WORLD Crisis in California as US battles largest wildfire in its history

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Crisis in California as US battles largest wildfire in its history

VCG

08:51, August 08, 2018

A crisis in California as the state battles the largest wildfire in its history.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire is raging across more than 443 square miles, breaking the record set by last year's Thomas fire.

It's made of two smaller fires that merged Monday (August 7) night and shows no signs of slowing.

Weather experts say that with gusty winds and scorching temperatures there's little chance for a break in coming days.

Firefighters have contained only about 30 percent of the blaze and are battling to keep it from sweeping down to homes in the foothills.

The fire has destroyed 75 houses so far and forced thousands to flee.

Nearly 3900 firefighters from Arizona, Washington and Alaska have been deployed, with specialists from Australia and New Zealand pitching in to help exhausted crews.

The fire is just one of multiple major wildfires burning out of control across California.

President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster in the state ordering federal funds to help with recovery.

But he's also criticized California's quote "bad environmental laws" for making the crisis worse by restricting water.

Although a California fire protection official said that crews have always had enough to fight the flames. 

Two California wildfires have merged, creating the largest blaze in the state's history. 

Firefighters have only contained a small part of the Mendocino Complex fire in the northern part of the state, and hot weather is setting the stage for the fire to spread even further. 


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