Northern California wildfire now largest in state history

  • Northern California wildfire now largest in state history

Northern California wildfire now largest in state history

Is there one fire, or are there two?

However, no deaths have been reported. It has scorched more than 290,000 acres, fire officials said Tuesday.

The Carr Fire, which has torched 167,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23, was 47 percent contained. And in the case of the most recent California fires-which have burned populated areas as well as forests-hot, dry, windy weather is playing a bigger role than vegetative fuel loading. The Ranch Fire, which has burned over 225,000 acres, sit at only 21 percent contained.

Meanwhile, a new fire erupted south of Los Angeles in Orange County on Monday and quickly spread through the chaparral-covered ridges of the Cleveland National Forest.

"You name the fire, they've been on the fire, or they're being assigned to a new fire start [ing] in California", Davila said.

Environmental activists and some politicians say the intensity of the state's wildfire season could be linked in part to climate change.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized", he tweeted Sunday. The expansive fire is burning north of Clear Lake and through the Mendocino National Forest. It's possible that Trump was referring to laws that prevent industries, power plants, farms, and cities from sucking up every last drop of Western rivers before they reach the ocean-but those laws safeguard firefighting water supplies as well as fish. Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, said he had "no clue" what Trump was referring to in his tweet.

For the second time in less than eight months, California broke its record for the largest fire in the state's history. Numerous largest fires in state history were caused by humans.

Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand arrived in California to help.

"We're not going to put our servicemembers in harm's way if they are not prepared for it", Manning said.

A Cal Fire spokesman declined to comment on Trump's claims but said crews did not lack water to fight the flames. Seven people were killed and more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week.

Sources: Satellite imagery from Copernicus (Sentinel-2), fire perimeters and largest wildfires data from CalFire, building footprint data from Microsoft.

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Firefighters have gained significant momentum on the River Fire portion of the wildfire and will continue to work on containment efforts on the Ranch Fire throughout Tuesday. "These hazards, along with extreme fire behavior and frequent weather changes, have made this an extremely hard fire fight", according to the NPS statement. Of the 94,331 acres burned, firefighters have contained 39%, according to authorities.