Mendocino Complex now California's largest wildfire in history

A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks Calif. on Saturday

With several major wildfires burning across California, officials suggested they would decide where to deploy the extra firefighters once they arrived.

At more than 290,692 acres, the fire spans more than 454.2 square miles.

Emily Carlin, spokeswoman for Rep. Jeff Denham, a California Republican and almond farmer who is one of the most vocal in the calls for more water for farms, said Monday she didn't know of her boss raising any argument about scanty water for firefighting.

Map showing the perimeter, in red, of the Mendocino Complex of Fires at 7 p.m. MDT, August 5, 2018.

RUSH FIRE (Lassen County), August 2012 Acres burned: 271,911 in California (43,666 in Nevada) Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 5.

A new fire erupted Monday in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and prompted the evacuation of two canyons and some campgrounds as it expanded into the Cleveland National Forest.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have taken dramatic new photos of the risky and destructive blazes, which are blackening huge swaths of the Golden State and throwing off smoke that billows far to the east. The gap between the two fires is now less than 3km.

"Over 10,000 structures are threatened by these fires and 2,000 fires have been destroyed". It now sits at No. 6 on that list after destroying more than 1,600 structures and leaving six people dead.

Those Shasta County residents who suffered damage or losses directly related to the wildfire can now register for disaster assistance, according to a press release issued by the California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

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"The Ranch Fire remained active overnight expanding further north and east, continuing to challenge fire crews due to limited access, heavy fuel loads, low fuel moisture, and high temperatures", Cal Fire said, adding that resources will continue to be deployed to all areas of the Ranch Fire perimeter.

Over the weekend the twin fires grew by almost 80 percent, taking over more than 283,000 acres north of San Francisco.

Authorities say it was triggered by the "mechanical failure of a vehicle" that caused sparks to fly in tinderbox-dry conditions.

Fire officials have condemned the presidents comments, saying that they are not in fact struggling to source enough water to contain the fires. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.

Heat and poor relatively humidity will continue to plague firefighters battling this fire into early this week.

"Congress and the president could help out with that by, rather than cutting fire funding, putting more money into basic" prevention efforts, he said.

Gerst's ESA biography shows he once worked as a volunteer firefighter.

What was California's second-largest fire?

The Mendocino Complex fire has surpassed the size of the Thomas fire to become the largest fire in Californian history.

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