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The Mendocino Complex Fire has now surpassed last year's Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, as the largest fire in Cal Fire history. Firefighters have achieved 78% containment on it as of Tuesday morning, making significant progress over Monday night.

"We broke the record", said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with Cal Fire, according to the Los Angeles Times.

On Monday, twin fires being treated as one incident north of San Francisco became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles (1,148 square kilometres) - almost the size of the city of Los Angeles.

A combination of wildfires raging north of San Francisco, which already has consumed an area nearly as big as Los Angeles, is on pace to become the largest in California history, fire officials said.

Brown's office announced Saturday that the White House has approved a request for a presidential major disaster declaration that would help fire victims in Shasta County, which has been ravaged by the Carr Fire. But officials say the twin fires threaten 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread. But Nguyen said these have not happened in the affected areas.

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"Let's be clear: It's our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires", said Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler.

Where are the fires burning?

As fires grow to historic sizes in California, President Trump tweeted that the state is "foolishly" diverting "vast amounts of water from the North" into the Pacific Ocean instead of using them to fight its wildfires.

It's killed seven people, including two firefighters who were helping residents evacuate from the affected area.

Further north in the state, the Carr Fire has scorched 154,524 acres of land since July 23, when authorities say it was triggered by the "mechanical failure of a vehicle" that caused sparks to fly in tinderbox-dry conditions.

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President Donald Trump is claiming that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires.

Evan Westrup, Brown's press secretary, said Trump's tweeting "does not merit a response".

Deputy fire chief Mr Mclean dismissed Mr Trump's comments to USA media, saying firefighters had "plenty of water" to tackle these wildfires.

Some believe Mr Trump's tweets refer to a row about water supplies, fish habitat protection and local farmers - but environmental experts say this has no relevance to the state's firefighting capability.

"What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", Pimlott said at a news conference.

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