California fires: Five things to know


The Mendocino Complex is technically two separate fires.

Heat and poor relatively humidity will continue to plague firefighters battling this fire into early this week.

"The big fires have scores of water-dropping helicopters getting water from nearby lakes and reservoirs", he said. They'll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can.

"If it were to be carried outside of those lines they have on the ridge, it could sweep down into those communities".

More than 129 million trees have died since 2010 in California, a problem that state officials trace back to climate change.

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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".

Farther north, crews gained ground against a deadly blaze that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding.

The wildfires raging across California are a sight to behold from 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth. Firefighters aren't running out of water as they battle the blazes, experts said. That fire started in the Cleveland National Forest and evacuations in the nearby areas have been ordered, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" Can be used for fires, farming and everything else, ' Trump tweeted Monday afternoon. "That's what we're trying to prevent", Austin said. "Attacking it where we can and waiting and letting it come to us when appropriate".

The Forest Service became more costly and less effective as it increasingly "rewarded forest managers for losing money on environmentally questionable practices", wrote Randal O'Toole, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute.

Officials say the twin fires threaten 11,300 buildings.

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NOAH BERGER via Getty Images The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, crests a ridge as Battalion Chief Matt Sully directs firefighting operations on High Valley Rd. near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday.

In the meantime, Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials warned that the state is expected to endure record-breaking wildfires going forward.

In a May congressional hearing, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said, "Forty-five years ago, we began imposing laws that have made the management of our forests all but impossible". "That's the way it is".

More than 30 New Zealanders have been flown in to help.

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

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Further north, the Carr Fire has burned through more than 164,000 acres since 23 July and is 47% contained.