Map showing the perimeter, in red, of the Mendocino Complex of Fires at 7 p.m. MDT, August 5, 2018.
The Mendocino Complex became the largest wildfire in California state history on Monday as it raged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, state wildfire officials said.
Gilless said the reason California's wildfires are so destructive this year is the state's "high heat, low relative humidity, high wind speeds and high fuel loading". The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two neighboring fires that have scorched through thousands of acres each day and destroyed 75 homes.
The other fire that makes up the "complex" is the River Fire west of Clear Lake. There they'll wait for the blaze to come to them while lighting "backfires" to clear vegetation between the fire line and the approaching blaze.
Crews battling the second-largest wildfire ever recorded in California fought on Monday to keep flames from descending a ridge into foothill communities, as reinforcements arrived from as far away as Alaska. Another 12 homes and 14 structures have been damaged, too, and 9,300 homes and other buildings are still threatened by the inferno, officials say.
The fire, which consists of the Ranch and River fires, has burned 290,692 acres (454.2 square miles) as of Tuesday morning, with containment at 34 percent.
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Seventeen wildfires are burning up and down California.
"Fire season is really just beginning", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said, explaining that such intense conditions used to come around the peak of the season.
'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.
State authorities responded by saying California's water supply was not "diverted" anywhere.
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US President Donald Trump declared the fires a "major disaster" in California and ordered federal funding to be made available to help recovery efforts.
President Trump claimed in a tweet that California's wildfires are "made so much worse by the bad environmental laws" which prevent firefighters from accessing water.
Evan Westrup, Brown's press secretary, said Trump's tweeting "does not merit a response".
The Australian crews were first sent to Boise, Idaho, for training at the National Interagency Fire Centre; and joined U.S. and Canadian firefighters in the field on Tuesday.