The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 283,000 acres and frustrating firefighters as it continues to leap across natural and man-made barriers in Lake County.
Nine people have been killed so far, including four firefighters.
In contrast to the current largest fire in state history, the 2017 Thomas Fire, which burned for over a month before being contained, the Mendocino Complex has attained this enormous size in under two weeks. Brown has also sought a presidential disaster declaration for the areas around the Mendocino Complex fires.
In a pair of tweets that puzzled experts, Trump said the wildfires are worsened by "bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized". As of late Saturday, those fires covered 229,000 acres, according to Reuters. They made good progress on dozer line running from the Eel River northeast to below the community, and are looking for opportunities to place indirect line across the northern edge of the fire.
About two-thirds of the worldwide reinforcements in Redding were sent to the Mendocino Complex Fires, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Kerry Greene said, and the remaining third stayed nearby to fight the Carr Fire.
"We have strong, erratic winds and what that's doing is blowing embers and it's spreading the fire", Capt. Thanh Nguyen, a spokesman for a Southern California fire department who's acting as spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said Monday.
More than 14,000 firefighters were battling the blazes across the state.
Patti Wold, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, which is investigating the cause of the Carr Fire, said Sunday the fire was believed to have been caused by a malfunction with a camper trailer but additional details were unavailable.
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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.
Further north, the Carr Fire has torched 163,207 acres of land in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23.
The fire is burning in mostly rural areas, though 143 buildings have been destroyed, including 75 homes, and 26 other buildings have been damaged.
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"Congress and the president could help out with that by, rather than cutting fire funding, putting more money into basic" prevention efforts, he said.
At the same time, firefighters have pulled back in the uninhabited national forests to the north, where they have cut fire lines and are employing indirect methods.
There are at least 18 major fires burning throughout California, authorities said.