California Wildfires Rage in Astronaut Photos from the Space Station

California Wildfires Rage in Astronaut Photos from the Space Station

Further north in the state, the deadly Carr Fire has burned through more than 164,400 acres since July 23, and killed another seven people along the way.

RUSH FIRE (Lassen County), August 2012 Acres burned: 271,911 in California (43,666 in Nevada) Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 5.

The Ranch and River fires that make up the Mendocino Complex wildfire had grown to 283,800 acres by Monday evening, Cal Fire said in their latest update.

Across the state more than 14,000 firefighters are working to contain 16 major fires fueled by persistent hot, dry and windy conditions following years of severe drought. The Cedar fire in 2003, now the third-largest, devoured 273,246 acres in San Diego County, according to Cal Fire records.

"It's the embers, not the fire itself, that destroy most homes", said Steve Conboy, a construction expert whose company develops fire-resistant chemicals to apply to wood.

It was the second fire to break records in the fire-prone, most populous U.S. state in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017, which destroyed 281,893 acres.

The Ranch Fire is the bigger of the two, scorching 241,772 acres at just 20% containment.

Multiple wildfires that together grew Monday to almost the size of Los Angeles could become the worst in fire-prone California's history, authorities warned. "You got steep terrain that makes it hard for firefighters". Two firefighters and four residents, including two children, were also killed.

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Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, warned on Saturday that "fire season is really just beginning". Jerry Brown to "allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for evidence to support Trump's tweet.

Water management is a long-standing issue in California.

Some areas in Central and Northern California could see temperatures reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 Celsius) and winds of 15 miles (24 km) per hour, with higher gusts that could fan the flames and spread embers, he said. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else, ' Trump tweeted Monday afternoon.

A day later he posted another tweet about water being "diverted", and he said Gov.

Asked to comment about the president's tweets, Brown spokesman Evan Westrup was dismissive: "This does not merit a response".

The Australian crews were first sent to Boise, Idaho, for training at the National Interagency Fire Centre; and joined United States and Canadian firefighters in the field on Tuesday. They'll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can.

Fire crews from Australia and New Zealand have also flown over to share their expertise in battling bush fires.

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