Largest wildfire in California history still growing

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Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.

One firefighter and one civilian died in the Thomas Fire, though later mudslides in the region in January 2018 - caused by the burn scars - killed 21 more people.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Hanna Kuyper of Redding, who lost her home in the fire.

The Carr Fire has burned 163,207 acres (66,048 hectares) as of this morning and is 45 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.


The press release states that residents who primarily reside in Shasta County can apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by phone at 800-621-3362 or (TTY) 800-462-7585.

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group, which includes both the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, defines a complex fire as "two or more individual incidents located in the same general area which are assigned to a single incident commander or unified command". It has forced thousands from their homes and destroyed over 80 residences, rapidly becoming the most pressing of the 18 wildfires raging across the state.

Crews made progress over the weekend against one of the two blazes in the Mendocino Complex with help from water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire operations chief Charlie Blankenheim said in a video on Facebook.

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump has reiterated social media comments that the fires' spread is being "made so much worse" by California's environmental laws.


That's a different issue from fire management, experts say, and there's no shortage of water in the areas where wildfires are happening. "That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen", he said on Monday. KLAMATH THEATER COMPLEX FIRE (Siskiyou County), June 2008 Acres burned: 192,038 Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 2 10.MARBLE CONE FIRE (Monterey County), July 1977 Acres burned: 177,866 Structures destroyed: 0 Deaths: 0 Note: This list only takes into account fires that happened in 1932 or earlier, as records before this time are less reliable, according to Cal Fire. He also claimed water is "foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

As for the severity of the golden state's fire season, that's attributed to the warming climate, not environmental laws. Jerry Brown had written in his request to Trump for a presidential major disaster declaration.

Almost 4,000 fire personnel, including 441 fire fighters, were battling the wildfire.

"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", California Gov.


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