Largest Wildfire in California History Still Growing
The largest wildfire in California's history continues to grow. Hot and windy conditions have tested firefighters across the state.
The Northern California fire by the Mendocino National Forest has now destroyed 1,178 square kilometers. That is nearly the size of Los Angeles.
The Mendocino fire continued to grow this week, even after it passed a record set only eight months ago. Last December, the Thomas fire destroyed 1,139 square kilometers in Southern California. It killed two people and burned more than 1,000 buildings.
The Mendocino fire is mostly burning in remote areas. But officials say it threatens more than 11,000 buildings. Over the weekend, officials ordered more people to leave their homes.
A spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said more than 14,000 firefighters are now battling major fires across the state.
Another wildfire in Northern California has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding. Cal Fire said that wildfire started more than two weeks ago. It has killed two firefighters and four residents. It displaced more than 38,000 people.
U.S. President Donald Trump has declared a "major disaster" in the state. Trump also wrote on Twitter that the wildfires are growing because of "bad environmental laws." He said the laws do not permit, in his words, "massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized."
A spokesman for Cal Fire did not comment on Trump's tweet. But the spokesman did say that firefighters have enough water to fight the fires.
Wildfire experts, environmental activists and some politicians say the state's intense wildfires are linked to climate change.
The U.S. National Weather Service says firefighters will have to deal with temperatures as high as 43 degrees Celsius over the next few days. Strong winds may also strengthen the flames.
Melissa Morgado's husband is a firefighter in California. She wrote a blog about a year in the life of a California firefighter wife.
She wrote, "My husband and I spent 256 days apart in 2017. This has been the hardest year to date."
I'm Ashley Thompson.
1.climate change 气候变化
Carbon emissions exacerbate the global climate change problem.
2.environmental laws 环境法
Tougher environmental laws could have negative impacts on economic growth.
3.in one's words 用某人的话说
Lend freely, in his words, "to stay the panic".
4.remote areas 偏远地区
Landslides have cut off many villages in remote areas.
5.Wildfire experts, environmental activists and some politicians say the state's intense wildfires are linked to climate change.
be linked to 与...有关
The authorities insist that the discussions must not be linked to any other issue.
Research associations are often linked to a particular industry.
6.The U.S. National Weather Service says firefighters will have to deal with temperatures as high as 43 degrees Celsius over the next few days.
deal with 处理；应付
I have no way yet as to how to deal with such a complicated situation.
I don't want to deal with these imbeciles any longer.
本周，门多西诺的山火范围仍在扩大，甚至在8个月前刚创下了山火记录。去年12月，“托马斯火灾”烧毁了南加州1139平方公里土地 。这场山火造成两人死亡，千栋建筑被焚毁 。
“门多西诺”山火主要位于偏远地区。但是有关官员表示，山火威胁到1.1万栋建筑 。周末，有关官员命令更多民众离开家园 。
美国总统特朗普称，这场山火是加州的“重大灾难”。特朗普在推特上还表示，山火还在蔓延是因为“糟糕的环境法” 。他说，该法律禁止“适当利用大量现成的水资源 。”
梅丽莎（Melissa Morgado）的丈夫是加州的消防员。她写了一篇博客，讲述了身为加州消防员妻子一年的生活 。