On Monday, twin fires being treated in north of San Francisco became the largest collective wildfire in the state history, which destroyed more than 443 square miles of rural area and forest, almost the size of Los Angeles. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.
It's the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, and that have claimed the lives of 7 people.
As for the northeast section of the fire that is moving further into the Mendocino National Forest, Blankenheim said firefighters were building lines around several cabins on private property near the edges of the Snow Mountain Wilderness as the fire continued east below.
NORTHCOM's National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, has estimated that more than 127 wildfires are burning on about 1.6 million acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska. The rivers and lakes from which fire crews get water to drop on fires are full.
In fact, "we have plenty of water to fight these wildfires, but let's be clear: It's our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires", Daniel Berlant, CalFire assistant deputy director, told The New York Times.
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.
California has not been suffering record temperatures, but the minimum overnight temperatures for the month of July at 64.9 degrees were a record since the weather service began collecting accurate data in 1950 and about 5 degrees warmer than the average over 68 years, according to Wildfire Today.
'Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort, ' the governor wrote in the request Friday. WITCH FIRE (San Diego County), October 2007 Acres burned: 197,990 Structures destroyed: 1,650 Deaths: 2 9.
On Sunday, the National Park Service announced that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely because of growing fires in areas near and on the park. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.
The fires, north of San Francisco, have burned 75 homes and is only 30 percent contained. Mandatory evacuations are still in place for areas in Lake, Colusa, and Mendocino County.
Experts say Trump is giving voice to Republican opposition to the state's progressive environmental policies by taking issue with state measures created to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by allowing water to flow through the delta and the San Francisco Bay, then out to the ocean.
The current spate of wildfires happens to be within range of large Northern California lakes and the state's biggest river, McLean said. "We must be able to actively manage our forests and not face frivolous litigation when we try to remove these fuels".