A Wildfire in Northern California Is Now the Biggest in State History

Firefighters watch as a helicopter makes a drop on a hot spot of a wildfire in Scotts Valley near Lakeport California

That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres.

As of the morning of August 7, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 283,800 acres (115,000 hectares) of land in northern California around Clear Lake and is only 30 percent contained.

"We broke the record", state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

NOAH BERGER via Getty Images Flames leap above a vehicle on High Valley Road as the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burns near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday.

At 443.4 square miles and growing, the Mendocino Complex blaze is now California's largest ever wildfire. "Tonight fire crews will try to take advantage of the lower temperatures to increase suppression and hold current containment lines".

Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more risky to life and property.

TRUMP: "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

The Mendocino Complex fire is actually made up of two fires on either side of Clear Lake. The fire was 47% contained as of late Monday, according to Cal Fire.

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He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

The second portion of Trump's tweet, that California "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!", is also confusing.

Fire officials have condemned the presidents comments, saying that they are not in fact struggling to source enough water to contain the fires.

As for the severity of the golden state's fire season, that's attributed to the warming climate, not environmental laws.

Almost 4,000 fire personnel, including 441 fire fighters, were battling the wildfire. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! The state's firefighting agency said it's had no complications accessing water, while fire experts said the state's hot, dry and windy conditions are to blame for the infernos, not any water policy. Fast Federal govt. approvals'.

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

The Mendocino Complex and Carr fires were still burning as of publication, so their totals are likely to change.

Authorities have evacuated cabins in two communities in the Santa Ana Mountains in Orange County because of a fast-moving wildfire.

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