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Heat, winds pose enduring menace to burning Northern California

Heat, winds pose enduring menace to burning Northern California

Within hours Monday, the blaze became the largest fire in California history, surpassing the Thomas Fire that burned two counties last year and the Cedar Fire that killed 15 people 15 years ago.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged, grew to 283,800 acres and was still growing, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The Holy Fire popped up on Monday in Orange County in Southern California and had already spread to 4,000 acres by 8 p.m. with zero percent containment. "Yes, we have plenty of water", CalFire Chief Scott McLean said.

The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

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Gleick continued: "California's forests are burning because of past severe drought and current extreme temperatures and weather, worsened by human-caused climate change, which you think, in your fantasy world, doesn't exist". That fire started in the Cleveland National Forest and evacuations in the nearby areas have been ordered, according to the Orange County Fire Authority.

Nine people have died as a result of other fires in the state since July, however. "In years past, there were one or two big fires a year".

An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burning along High Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California, Aug. 5, 2018. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history. Burning through nearly 160,000 acres, it was 47% contained by late Monday.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is one of over a dozen large fires burning in California at the moment. In reality, there are zero reports of water shortages for any of California's ongoing firefighting efforts, and there are zero places in California where water is diverted to the ocean.

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The president, offering no proof of his claims, said the blazes "were made worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilised". "Now they're doing three to four huge fires in a week".

Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand arrived in California to help.

Tens of thousands of firefighters on Tuesday were battling relentless flames ripping across California, as the death toll from a series of infernos that first erupted last month hit 11. Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed almost 170 homes and other structures, according to The Washington Post.

"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", said Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

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