Officials said on Monday that the Mendocino Complex Fire (twin wildfires in California), have grown to be the largest active wildfire in state’s history.
In recent days the fire has increased and spread fast, almost 283,800 acres of land have burned- which is almost the size of Los Angles.
Firefighters currently are tackling 16 major blazes across the state amid hot weather, strong winds and low humidity.
The Carr fire in the state’s north killed nearly seven people.
Concurrently US President Donald Trump commented on social media saying that the fires spread is being “made so much worse” by California’s environmental laws.
in response experts and local officials have criticized and dismissed his tweets.
Over hundreds of Us army personnel and 14,000 firefighters are trying to contain the more than a dozen major fires burning throughout the state.
Brian Hurley, National Weather Service meteorologist warned that the conditions are not going to improve immediately- with temperatures as high as 43C (110F) being forecast for some of the areas.
Experts say that 2018 has the worst start to the fire season in 10 years – due to the awful drought in 2012-2017 that killed off large amounts of vegetation.
Governor Jerry Brown said devastating wildfires filled by climate change had become “the new normal”.
The Row with Mr Trump
Recently through social media US President criticized Governor Jerry Brown and California’s environmental laws.
Mr Mclean, deputy fire chief dismissed Mr Trump’s comments to US media, saying firefighters had “plenty of water” to tackle these wildfires.
“Our changing climate is leading to more severe and destructive fires that we are seeing this year and last,” he told Time magazine.
Mr Trump tweets as believed as some refer to a row about water supplies, fish habitat protection and local farmers- but environmental experts say this has no relevance to the state’s firefighting capability.