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Mendocino Complex becomes largest wildfire in California history - state officials

Mendocino Complex becomes largest wildfire in California history - state officials

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 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been puzzled by the claims from the president, according to Fox News.

According to Daniel Ramey, the PIO for Peardale Chicago Park Fire, "The team has seen a large amount of wildlife in the area - elks, coyotes, rabbits, deer, eagles etc".

The Mendocino Complex Fire has already engulfed 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) - nearly the size of Los Angeles.

Gleick continued: "California's forests are burning because of past severe drought and current extreme temperatures and weather, worsened by human-caused climate change, which you think, in your fantasy world, doesn't exist".

Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon after a blaze broke out and quickly spread to blacken some 700 acres (283 hectares). The Mendocino Complex Fire jumped creeks, firelines and roads this weekend, and is already the second-largest wildfire in the state's history, as judged by acres burned. The Thomas Fire scorched a much more densely populated area, burning through 1,063 structures and damaging 280 more. Another large fire that is still now uncontained, the Carr Fire, is climbing the list at number 12.

Officials had set a target to extinguish the fire by mid-August, but they now say they will need until early September. Numerous largest fires in state history were caused by humans.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is one of over a dozen large fires burning in California at the moment.

State authorities responded by saying California's water supply was not "diverted" anywhere. Steele's district includes the towns that still have fire above them, and in some places, creeping down the ridge.

On Monday, another fast-moving fire ignited in the state - this time in Orange County, where firefighters battled the Holy Fire that expanded to more than 4,000 acres. Seven people were killed and more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

McLean said firefighters are using the direct approach to prevent the fires from reaching urban areas along Clear Lake while retreating in national forests "and letting the fire come to us".

"There were no firefighters here whatsoever until I called 911 and they sent some firefighters because they were all back in the valley paying attention to other fires", said Easter.

Scott McLean, also a Cal Fire spokesman, said he doesn't understand the president's comments. 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.