Nevada County Strike Team on the Mendocino Complex


Two blazes mercilessly charring northern California have grown so rapidly that they became the USA state's largest in recorded history Monday, authorities said.

The Mendocino Complex Fire in Colusa and Lake counties near Ukiah, California, about two hours north of San Francisco, is now 283,800 acres and remains 30 percent contained, Cal Fire reported in its latest update at 7:33 p.m. local time Monday. Total containment for the complex has improved slightly to 34 percent, Cal Fire said.

While supporting the overstretched California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), they "will be accompanied by experienced wildland fire strike team leaders and crew bosses from wildland fire management", NORTHCOM said in a statement.

The Carr Fire, another active monster fire in Northern California, has the grim distinction of being one of the state's most destructive wildfires ever recorded.

The SAFD hopes its crew will help in the fight, adding to the more than 4,700 fire personnel who are now battling the Carr Fire.

The River and Ranch fires, which together are called the Mendocino Complex, blackened an area of 273,660 acres (110,750 hectares).

No one has been injured in the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of two fires - the Ranch Fire and the River Fire - burning around Clear Lake, in several counties in Northern California.

Firefighters are tackling 16 major blazes across the state amid hot weather, strong winds and low humidity.

Further north in the state, the deadly Carr Fire has scorched more than 164,400 acres of land since July 23, and killed another seven people along the way. It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12.

'Look how big it got, just in a matter of days.

Experts say 2018 has the worst start to the fire season in 10 years - partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation. That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen, ' he said. He also claimed water is "foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

Almost 4,000 fire personnel, including 441 fire fighters, were battling the wildfire. Jerry Brown's (D) request for a major disaster declaration, which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County.

There's always been a conflict between farmers and environmental groups over how much water should go to crops versus rivers and lakes.