Northern California wildfire grows to become largest in state history

Mendocino fire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books

The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous".

The Ranch Fire is the larger of the two fires, having consumed more than 225,000 acres so far.

Here's what to know about California's largest ever wildfire. The Mendocino Complex is next to Clearlake Lake.

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Fire resources from across Dallas-Fort Worth will be heading to California to help crews combat the Mendocino Complex wildfire. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"

Last year's Thomas fire, which consumed 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, remains the state's largest on record. The gap between the two fires is now less than 3km.

Crews are using aircraft to try to control a raging forest fire south of Los Angeles. It doesn't mean that the fires have necessarily joined - and in the case of the Mendocino Complex Fire, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire have yet to meet.

He added: "Look how big [the fire] got, just in a matter of days".

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Those figures, along with the fact that large fires are starting earlier in the year, has state officials anxious . Brown says he is hopeful Trump will issue a so-called Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for California.

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Various parts of Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties remain under evacuation orders and advisories, and the region continues to see road closures, notably along Highways 20 and 29.

After igniting in a relatively small area on Monday afternoon it mushroomed to 4,000 acres and was not contained at all as of Tuesday morning, according to the US Forest Service.

Yosemite Valley is home to some of the most famous destinations of the park.

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

McLean and fire experts say it's impossible to surround a fire that large, especially with 17 other major fires requiring attention in the state. It has not resulted in any fatalities to date. One firefighter has been injured, according to Cal Fire, but the severity of the injury is unclear.

Both fires began on July 27.

A total of almost 3,900 people were fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire, including crews from Arizona, Washington and Alaska. Blazing temperatures during the day have exacerbated the wildfire. "You got steep terrain that makes it hard for firefighters". Sparks from power lines have also been known to spur massive infernos, as well as lightening. Steele's district includes the towns that still have fire above them, and in some places, creeping down the ridge.

The fire authorities insisted that they have ample water to fight California's catastrophic wildfires, contrary to Trump's controversial tweet.

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