Mendocino Wildfire Becomes California's Largest, and It's Still Growing

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Gilless said the reason California's wildfires are so destructive this year is the state's "high heat, low relative humidity, high wind speeds and high fuel loading".

The fire has razed more than 1,600 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, state officials say.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Hanna Kuyper of Redding, who lost her home in the fire.

As of Monday, the Carr Fire had consumed 163,207 acres and was 45 percent contained. The same can not be said of the Carr Fire, which is raging farther north, in Shasta County; it has claimed seven lives to date.

The Mendocino Complex fire, which includes two blazes along the Mendocino National Forest, had chewed through more than 273,600 acres as of Monday morning, and is now the second-largest ever recorded in the state.

About 200 active-duty troops from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, will get a quick course in becoming "wildland firefighters" to battle the deadly wildfires devastating wide swaths of California, the Pentagon said Monday.

The Mendocino Complex fire is actually made up of two fires on either side of Clear Lake. RUSH FIRE (Lassen County), August 2012 Acres burned: 271,911 in California (43,666 in Nevada) Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 5.

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"We are committed to continuing to do everything we can to provide the firefighters, aircraft, engines, and other wildfire suppression assets that incident commanders need to protect lives, property, and valuable natural and cultural resources", said Dan Smith, chairman of NMAC. That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen, ' he said.

Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more risky to life and property.

At the same time, President Donald Trump blamed the state's environmental laws for the wildfires.

He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean". "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"

"California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized", Trump wrote on Twitter.

"The big fires have scores of water-dropping helicopters getting water from nearby lakes and reservoirs", he said.

"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", California Gov.

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