Fire officials expect it to take another nine days to fully contain the so-called Mendocino Complex Fire, which had scorched 273,664 acres (110,748 hectares) by Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, an area almost the size of Los Angeles.
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The complex of fires, which has burned 75 homes, has been less destructive to property than some of the other wildfires in the state because it is mostly raging in remote areas. The southern perimeter of the River Fire has been contained and controlled for several days. But officials say the twin fires threaten 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread. It's unclear if this is directly connected to the fire, but PG&E has been doing work to rebuild and restring power lines in the areas where the fire hit, so it's entirely possible that a line may have been de-energized as part of this continuing work.
One firefighter and one civilian died in the Thomas Fire, though later mudslides in the region in January 2018 - caused by the burn scars - killed 21 more people.
Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublicans happy to let Treasury pursue 0 billion tax cut Trump weighs big tax cut for rich: report Celebrities dive into midterms, hoping to thwart Trump MORE (R-Calif.), who represents an agriculture-heavy district in the Central Valley, cheered Trump's Sunday tweet with a tweet of his own saying, "Forests should be managed properly and water should be allowed for farmers to grow food to feed people".
The deadly Carr Fire, burning north of Mendocino in and around the city of Redding, claimed its seventh fatality, a Pacific Gas & Electric worker, on Saturday.
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A new fire erupted Monday in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, and prompted the evacuation of two canyons and some campgrounds as it expanded into the Cleveland National Forest.
President Trump nevertheless criticised Democrat Governor Brown, repeating his attacks on California's environmental laws. Throughout this busy fire season, firefighters here in Northern California have not indicated that a lack of water is hampering their efforts to fight these fires or contributing to their growth.
Critics said his tweets ignored the greater wildfire frequency and severity experienced in California and other Western states from extreme drought and sustained periods of hot, dry weather, in keeping with the forecasts of climate scientists. ZACA FIRE (Santa Barbara County), July 2007 Acres burned: Structures destroyed: Deaths: 7.
The Carr Fire, which incinerated 1,067 homes, started with sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire, Department of Agriculture and Fire Prevention officials said. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which is now only 30 percent contained.
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Firefighters have achieved more than 40 percent containment of that fire, which had reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park.