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Flames from a wildfire advance down a hillside towering over homes off Scotts Valley Road Thursday near Lakeport

The Mendocino Complex of Fires east of Ukiah, California has blackened more than 273,664 acres, becoming the second largest wildfire in the state's recorded history.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, made up of two separate conflagrations that merged, grew to 283,800 acres (114,800 hectares) and was still growing, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The fire, which also includes the Ranch and River fires, was only 30 percent contained Monday evening.

Cal Fire officials said they were nervous because the state has seen so much destruction from fires when it's only the first week of August, reports CBS San Francisco. It has scorched more than 290,000 acres, fire officials said Tuesday.

LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 06: A woman walks out of the water after taking a dip as smoke rises in the distance from the Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest on August 6, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, California.

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures.

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In fact, another fire that made the list recently, the Soberanes Fire, has already been pushed off - even at more than 132,000 acres.

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. The current spate of wildfires happens to be within range of large Northern California lakes and the state's biggest river, McLean said. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

Northern California is grappling with one of the largest wildfires in the history of California.

Thus far Australia, New Zealand and Mexico have all sent fire and rescue workers to help give California some relief. Fueled by low humidity, triple-digit temperatures and winds blowing across wide swaths of tinder-dry vegetation, the conflagration has expanded to three counties, surrounded an entire river and parts of neighboring reservoirs, and destroyed and damaged almost 170 homes and other structures.

Hotter weather attributed to climate change is drying out vegetation, creating more intense fires that spread quickly from rural areas to city subdivisions, climate and fire experts say.

And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line".

There are at least 18 major fires burning throughout California, authorities said. Jerry Brown (D) said Saturday in a news conference about the fires, adding that the disasters offer a chance for people to overcome ideological divisions.

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