California: Mendocino Complex biggest wildfire in state history

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A total of almost 3,900 people were fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, including crews from Arizona, Washington and Alaska. They'll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.

Wind swept flames from the Ranch fire threaten the town of Nice near Upper Lake, California, on August 3, 2018. Firefighters have achieved 78% containment on it as of Tuesday morning, making significant progress over Monday night.

The devastating wildfires that have engulfed parts of California are so massive, they can be seen from outer space.

The SAFD hopes its crew will help in the fight, adding to the more than 4,700 fire personnel who are now battling the Carr Fire. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger.

Combined, they form the biggest blaze that California firefighters are now battling.

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Out-of-control wildfires in California have become the largest in the USA state's history with weeks to go until the end of the scorching summer season.

Still only 30 percent contained, it is one of 17 major wildfires burning across California that prompted Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state on Sunday, ordering federal funding to be made available to help recovery efforts. At the same time, firefighters have pulled back in the uninhabited national forests to the north, where they have cut fire lines and are employing indirect methods.

Three specialist firefighters from South Australia's Country Fire Service are being deployed to Canada where authorities are battling more than 450 fires in the British Colombia district.

The fire has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings, and more than 11,000 structures remained threatened, the department said.

A hillside smolders after flames passed through during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks, Calif., on Sunday, August 5, 2018.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed climate change, however.

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures.

In a May congressional hearing, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said, "Forty-five years ago, we began imposing laws that have made the management of our forests all but impossible".

With blazes continuing to ravage the state, we set out on a fact check. "That's the way it is".

The last time active-duty military personnel were mobilized was in September 2017, when 200 soldiers from JBLM were mobilized to help battle the North Umpqua Complex wildfires in OR for 30 days, NIFC said. We're calling any fire that makes this list a "monster fire".

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