Californian officials have called the ‘Mendocino Complex Fire’ the largest active wildfire in state history. The twin wildfires have spread quickly in recent days to burn 283,800 acres of land. This is an area almost the size of Los Angeles.
Firefighters are also embarking upon 16 major blazes amid hot weather, strong winds and low humidity. In the state’s north, at least seven people have died in the Carr fire.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has repeated social media comments that fires’ spread made so much worse by California’s environmental laws. However, local officials and experts have condemned and dismissed his tweets.
More than 14,000 firefighters and hundreds of US army personnel are battling to contain dozen major fires throughout the state.
According to National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley, conditions are not going to immediately recover with temperatures as high as 43C (110F).
The Mendocino Complex Fire is made up of two nearby fires. It has surpassed last year’s Thomas Fire to become the largest in state history.
Scott McLean is a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire). He called the wildfires as “extremely fast, extremely aggressive, and extremely dangerous”.
“Look how big it got, just in a matter of days… Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking. That doesn’t happen. That just doesn’t happen”
Only 30% of fire has contained so far. The authorities are also warning it could take another week to get the blaze under control.
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