Raging Mendocino Complex fire becomes largest in California history (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Raging Mendocino Complex fire becomes largest in California history (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

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.

This smaller blaze has consumed 48,663 acres and is considered to be 58% contained.

"We're experiencing the same thing every day, which is our afternoon winds and high winds in the area", said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for the Mendocino Complex Fire.

The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including a 21-year-old apprentice PG&E lineman Jay Ayeta, whom the company said on Sunday was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in risky terrain.

"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".

Fire authorities insisted on Monday that they have ample water supplies to fight California's devastating wildfires, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets that unspecified water diversions to the Pacific were making matters worse. Fire agencies haven't been complaining about a lack of water, especially water "diverted" to the Pacific.

President Trump nevertheless criticised Democrat Governor Brown, repeating his attacks on California's environmental laws.

"California does NOT divert water to the ocean", he told CNN in an email.

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"Ridiculous. It's true that water is directed to the coastal cities for a constant water supply but all such water is used by the coastal communities".

Farmers in the south and central parts of the Golden State would prefer that more water go through aqueducts and other infrastructure to their lands.

Australia and New Zealand have sent 138 fire personnel to assist.

"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", California Gov. This puts them at the number two spot on the list of largest wildfires in state history.

At least seven people have been killed in the Carr fire in the state's north. The massive wildfire has grown to 154,524 acres and is 41 percent contained.

The images on Lira's phone are a testament to the forbidding atmosphere in a region that has seen repeated blazes over the past four years, threatening the local economy and leading residents to question fire prevention strategies. It's the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, and that have claimed the lives of 7 people. That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres.

Yosemite Valley is home to some of the most famous destinations of the park. And yesterday firefighters made substantial progress on the northern flank, completing a dozer line through rugged terrain and lighting backfires to throughout this northern areas. "These hazards, along with extreme fire behavior and frequent weather changes, have made this an extremely hard fire fight", according to the NPS statement. But the heat forced many crews to drop back to safety zones in July and helplessly watch fires continue to rapidly expand.

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