A Wildfire in Northern California Is Now the Biggest in State History

Facebook									Jairus Ayeta 21 was confirmed as the seventh death in the deadly Carr Fire ravaging California

And it's still burning.

The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to 283,800 acres as of Monday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The wildfires have burned through 283,800 acres (114,850 hectares) - an area almost the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles.

Resources assigned to the fire include 432 fire engines, 89 water tenders, 15 helicopters, 57 hand crews, and 80 dozers, for a total of 3,781 personnel.

In fact, another fire that made the list recently, the Soberanes Fire, has already been pushed off - even at more than 132,000 acres.

Where is the Mendocino Complex Fire?

Another image of the California fires captured from orbit by NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold. More than three-quarters of the state's largest fires on record have occurred in the last 20 years.

It is raging about 130km north of San Francisco, at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest.

The Mendocino Complex is next to Clearlake Lake.

Experts have said this has meant fires spreading more quickly from rural areas to urban developments. By nightfall, the fire had burned 4,000 acres (6 square miles or 16 square kilometers) of chaparral-covered hillsides and destroyed one building.

The U.S. Forest Service reported that the fire crossed a highway Sunday evening, forcing crews to retreat from the fire's edge.

This smaller blaze has consumed 48,663 acres and is considered to be 58% contained. Just 30 percent of the blaze is contained, Cal Fire's Mendocino unit said.

Two California wildfires have merged, creating the largest blaze in the state's history.

Fire officials have condemned the presidents comments, saying that they are not in fact struggling to source enough water to contain the fires.

It's the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, and that have claimed the lives of 7 people.

The fire has destroyed dozens of homes and other buildings, and more than 11,000 structures remained threatened, the department said. It has not resulted in any fatalities to date.

A geophysicist and volcanologist, Gerst also worked as a volunteer firefighter while in school, according to his ESA biography. That includes a great-grandmother and her two great-grandchildren, all of whom died in their Redding, Calif., home as a result of the Carr Fire.

"Look how big it got, just in a matter of days..." There they'll wait for the blaze to come to them while lighting "backfires" to clear vegetation between the fire line and the approaching blaze.

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures.

It's unclear how the Mendocino Complex fire began, as its cause is still under investigation. Here are the 10 largest fires in California history.

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