How Mendocino Complex became California's monster fire

If you're viewing on the ABC10 App, tap here for multimedia. It has scorched 443 square miles (1,148.4 square kilometers), fire officials said Monday.

But fire crews made progress against the other blaze, which is now 78 percent contained. But they also blame cities and towns that are expanding housing into previously undeveloped areas.

"I can remember a couple of years ago when we saw 10 to 12,000 firefighters in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and never the 14,000 we see now", he said.

Most, however, are combating fires in the super-parched West, where the record-breaking Mendocino Complex promises to spread even more.

Various parts of Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties remain under evacuation orders and advisories, and the region continues to see road closures, notably along Highways 20 and 29. 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. The tweets puzzled not only the state officials, but also scientists, who said that Trump not only failed to address human-caused climate change but also seemed to confuse the completely separate issues of fire protection and water management.

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which includes both the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, defines a complex fire as "two or more individual incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single incident commander or unified command".

Further north in the state, the deadly Carr Fire has burned through more than 164,400 acres since July 23, and killed another seven people along the way. One said his crew had slept - sitting up - in the seats of their fire engine on some nights.

Several thousand people have been evacuated, although some have been given permission in recent days to return to their homes.

The fires in Northern California have created such a haze of smoke in the Central Valley that Sacramento County health officials advised residents to avoid outdoor activities for the entire week.

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2,000 structures damaged or destroyed.

As air quality continues to improve around most of the USA, wildfires are tainting the air across a large swathe of the West.

LAKEPORT, Calif. (AP) - Twin Northern California blazes fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather grew Monday to become the second-largest wildfire in state history, becoming the norm as climate change makes the fire season longer and more severe.

The Mendocino Complex, which is comprised of two massive fires whose edges are as close as three miles apart, is not almost finished.

Aerial view of Trabuco Canyon as a tanker aircraft dumps load onto Holy Fire, Near Santiago Peak, California, U.S., August 6, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

Where is the Mendocino Complex Fire?

Fire resources from across Dallas-Fort Worth will be heading to California to help crews combat the Mendocino Complex wildfire.

The latest update from Cal Fire notes that total containment actually decreased to 30 percent, down from 33 percent the previous day.

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