California's Carr Fire Was Bad. The Mendocino Complex Fire Is Worse

Facebook									Jairus Ayeta 21 was confirmed as the seventh death in the deadly Carr Fire ravaging California

One of the 17 major wildfires burning in California, the Mendocino Complex Fire grew to be the second-largest wildfire in the state's history Monday, officials said.

Evacuation orders were issued across Mendocino, Lake and nearby Colusa counties, though some people were allowed to return home on Monday afternoon, Cal Fire said - more than 20,000 people have been evacuated.

California Governor Jerry Brown said around 10,000 people had been evacuated in the areas surrounding the Mendocino Complex fire, which has destroyed 100 structures and threatens approximately 10,000 more.

It is one of more than a dozen wildfires raging across Northern California amid record-breaking temperatures and a drought-stricken state.

The fires have spread rapidly in recent days to burn 283,800 acres of land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

California is grappling with 18 large fires burning across the state, including the deadly Carr fire, which has claimed seven lives to date. The current spate of wildfires happens to be within range of large Northern California lakes and the state's biggest river, McLean said.

Although the Mendocino Complex Fire is record-setting for California, it does seem to be following a trend of increasingly massive and unsafe fires.

More than 14,000 firefighters are fighting various fires across the north west of the US.

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President Donald Trump on Monday again falsely stated that the California government is diverting river water into the Pacific Ocean that could be used to fight forest fires, but he also signaled he will fast-track federal help. It has destroyed more than 100 structures since July 27, the Frisco Fire Department said.

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.

Fire officials have said that 95 percent of all wildfires are caused by humans, from camp fires left unattended to careless smoking, to sparks from vehicles and improperly maintained power lines.

"California is going through a really heartbreaking fire season right now", he added.

According to CBS News, there are now at least 18 major wildfires throughout the state of California that have killed nine people.

In fact, another fire that made the list recently, the Soberanes Fire, has already been pushed off - even at more than 132,000 acres. Forestry experts say thinning trees is a well-established practice that can reduce the severity of fires.

Helicopters and airplanes, including two massive DC-10s and a 747 jumbo jet, were supporting firefighters by dousing the flames with water.

The Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park has killed two and has charred about 91,000 acres.

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