Largest wildfire in California history still growing

Flames from Carr Fire in Shasta County on Monday

The Thomas Fire killed two people, burned 440 square miles, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings in Southern California before being fully contained January 12.

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement. The complex is now only a couple thousand acres shy of becoming the largest in state history, and it has done so in a remarkably brief period. MATILIJA FIRE (Ventura County), Sept. 1932 Acres burned: 220,000 Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 8. The city of Los Angeles, by comparison, is about 300,000 acres.

As for the northeast section of the fire that is moving further into the Mendocino National Forest, Blankenheim said firefighters were building lines around several cabins on private property near the edges of the Snow Mountain Wilderness as the fire continued east below.

The declaration makes federal funds available to residents of Shasta County, where the Carr Fire outside Redding, California, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen major blazes throughout California, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

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The fire has now spread to more than 163,000 acres and is only 45 percent contained, according to the department.

The strike team has been prepping structures ahead of the fast-moving fire, making homes more defensible and increasing the chances of saving the residences.

California's battles over divvying up water in the arid state are unending, but a battle between firefighters and the Pacific Ocean hasn't been one of them, according to Jay Lund, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Davis, and a longtime analyst of the state's water wars.

At the southeastern end of the fire, where it began, the area has been burnt out and mopped up, and no fire threat remains, which allowed for the opening of Hwy. 20.

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Head here for the latest information on evacuations and fire conditions for the Ferguson Fire.

The state's recently ended five-year drought killed millions of trees, leaving them as brittle fuel for wildfires.

The Ferguson Fire started on July 13. That was only about 10 percent higher than that the 3,440 last year and the 3,405-acre average for the last 5 years.

Parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely due to the Ferguson Fire burning near the park, according to the National Park Service.

President Trump doubled down on his criticism of California's environmental regulations and water management policies as the state struggles with one of the worst wildfire seasons in recent history. Jerry Brown (D) "must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North". He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.

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