A combination of wildfires raging north of San Francisco, 11-day-old blaze, which already has consumed an area almost as big as Los Angeles, is now the largest fire in modern California history, authorities say.
The fire has burned in three counties: Mendocino, Lake and Colusa. The Mendocino Complex fire, which includes two blazes along the Mendocino National Forest, had chewed through more than 283,800 acres as of Monday night. “It is extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely dangerous,” Scott McLean, a deputy chief of Cal Fire told to media. President Donald Trump on Sunday approved California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) request for a major disaster declaration which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance by registering online. Nationally, wildfires have burned about 5.1 million acres this year, about 1.1 million acres above the 10-year average for the seven-month period, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Firefighters from Australia, New Zealand help battle California wildfires.