Largest wildfires in California history

Largest wildfires in California history

Largest wildfires in California history

The Thomas Fire, which tore across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, leaving in its wake one person dead and more than 1,000 structures destroyed, raced up the list previous year to become the largest wildfire ever recorded in California.

Firefighters had managed to contain 45 percent of the Carr blaze by Monday morning. When fires burn in an area that happens to be without ponds, lakes or rivers, state officials typically call in more planes to ferry in water, McLean said.

Its intensity was so great at one point, that it generated a tornado-like fire storm - as well as its own weather system.

The Mendocino Complex fire is reportedly growing by thousands of acres daily and has surpassed the state's Thomas fire a year ago, which set ablaze more than 281,000 acres in California.

Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous".

"Fires do not know boundaries or borders and as a firefighting service we are ready to respond both within Australia and overseas", he said.

Authorities have evacuated cabins in two communities in the Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County because of a fast-moving wildfire. It has forced thousands from their homes and destroyed over 80 residences, rapidly becoming the most pressing of the 18 wildfires raging across the state. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.

Another major fire, Ferguson, has left two dead and forced the closure of part of the Yosemite national park, and is now only 38 percent contained. On Monday he reminded people that the fires in the Western U.S. have been more intense due to an overabundance of dead timber that officials are not able to remove without facing lawsuits. Numerous largest fires in state history were caused by humans. It's just 21% contained and is growing fast, jumping at least four creeks, a major road and a fire line in a six-mile stretch this weekend.

In a pair of tweets that puzzled experts, Trump said the wildfires are worsened by "bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized". That fire has so far killed seven people. "It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", Trump wrote. Steele's district includes the towns that still have fire above them, and in some places, creeping down the ridge.

Almost 4,000 fire personnel, including 441 fire fighters, were battling the wildfire.

Brown's office announced Saturday that the White House has approved a request for a presidential major disaster declaration that would help fire victims in Shasta County, which has been ravaged by the Carr Fire. The fire surrounds Clear Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in the state, a vital habitat for fish and other wildfire and a spot for water sports enthusiasts.

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