California's Mendocino Wildfire Is Now The 2nd-Largest In State History

Firefighters watch as a helicopter makes a drop on a hot spot of a wildfire in Scotts Valley near Lakeport California

Firefighters watch as a helicopter makes a drop on a hot spot of a wildfire in Scotts Valley near Lakeport California

On Monday, another fast-moving fire ignited in the state - this time in Orange County, where firefighters battled the Holy Fire that expanded to more than 1,200 acres.

Dozens of fires are now burning across California.

The Ranch Fire has scorched 225,001 acres (91,055 hectares) to date and is just 21 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

More than 14,000 firefighters were battling the blazes across the state.

So far the Carr Fire has left seven people dead and razed more than 1,600 buildings, more than half of them family homes, state officials said Monday.

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous USA state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres.

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The National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which includes both the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, defines a complex fire as "two or more individual incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single incident commander or unified command". Some 9,300 structures are threatened by fire, while 75 homes have already been destroyed. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading. Burning through nearly 160,000 acres, it was 47% contained by late Monday.

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It wasn't immediately clear what California laws Trump was referring to. Jerry Brown (D) "must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North". Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! White House officials also couldn't say whether Trump had discussed the issue with California lawmakers involved in the water debate.

McLean and fire experts say it's impossible to surround a fire that large, especially with 17 other major fires requiring attention in the state.

Thinning can help reduce fire severity by limiting fuel, Stewart said, but the president's tweet misses some important nuance.

Evan Westrup, Brown's spokesman, said the president's tweets do not "merit a response".

Following a request to respond as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, the Frisco Fire Department said it will send four firefighters and a brush truck to California.

The disaster declaration that Trump approved for California on Sunday makes available federal funding to state, local and tribal governments "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and high winds in Shasta County".

Farmers in the south and central parts of the Golden State would prefer that more water go through aqueducts and other infrastructure to their lands.

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