Northern California wildfire now largest in state history

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Nothing Trump would understand Flames erupt from the River fire in Lake County California on Thursday

Additional areas impacted by the Mendocino Complex Fire are seeing evacuations lifted.

California has been ravaged by destructive and deadly wildfires burning up and down the state.

The Ranch and River fires, which make up the complex fire, had grown to 283,800 acres as of Monday evening, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Firefighters are tackling 18 major blazes across the state amid strong winds and low humidity.

Helicopters and airplanes, including two massive DC-10s and a 747 jumbo jet, were supporting firefighters by dousing the flames with water. Seven people were killed and more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including a 21-year-old Pacific Gas and Electric Company lineman Jay Ayeta, whom the company said on Sunday was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain. The larger of the two fires, at some 240,000 acres, is just 20 percent contained.

The Carr Fire, which has torched 167,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23, was 47 percent contained.

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Several thousand people have been evacuated, although some have been given permission in recent days to return to their homes.

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.

"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. 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. That's almost the size of Los Angeles, nearly double the size of Chicago, and more than triple the size of cities like Philadelphia, Detroit, Portland, Atlanta and Las Vegas. 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.

"There were no firefighters here whatsoever until I called 911 and they sent some firefighters because they were all back in the valley paying attention to other fires", said Easter.

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by tweeting about the wildfires inaccurately, claiming there was not enough water to fight them and appearing to place the blame on environmental laws, not climate change.

"It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!"

The Republican president infuriated much of the worldwide community past year when he withdrew from the Paris climate change pact, meant to combat global warming by reducing emissions. At a time when fires are becoming increasingly expensive, and climate change is making the problem worse, wildfire science is needed more than ever.

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