Largest wildfire in California history

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In rural areas up north, what began as two small fires more than a week ago have grown at breathtaking speed to form the Mendocino Complex Fire, a massive and still-growing inferno that has charred an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

If the Mendocino Complex Fire continues to grow, it could become the largest wildfire the state has seen in nine decades, surpassing the Thomas Fire, which burned through almost 282,000 acres of land in December 2017 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The River Fire has burned 48,663 acres (19,693 hectares) and is 58 percent contained. The number one spot belongs to last year's Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres.

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The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident.

That fire killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings.

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Elsewhere in California the two-week-old Carr Fire on Saturday claimed the life of 21-year-old apprentice lineman Jay Ayeta, who died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain in Shasta County, according to PG&E corporation. That follows the deaths of two firefighters and four civilians. But the Carr Fire in Redding, California, has by far been the most deadly and destructive this year. It was also noticeably the only monster fire on Cal Fire's Top 20 list to occur in December.

"What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", Pimlott said at a news conference. The state's fire agency, CalFire, said it has not had problems accessing water.

Since being ignited on 27 July they have devastated 283,000 acres (443.4 square miles).

Dozens of fires are now burning across California.

Trump's suggestion that environmental laws were somehow compounding wildfire woes drew derision on Twitter.

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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.

"This is part of a trend - a new normal - that we got to deal with", the state's governor Jerry Brown told journalists of the "horrific" wildfires.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized", he said Monday. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" - tweet Sunday.

Cal Fire Division Chief Chris Anthony, who has been working on the Carr Fire since late last month, stressed the impact that changes to the environment and climate have caused.

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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Aircraft are dropping retardant across ridgelines to keep fire from racing down hillsides toward residential communities.

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