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SAFD sending crew to help battle deadly Carr Fire in California

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The 200 troops, plus command and support staff, will get one day of classroom training from firefighters at JBLM this week and then two more days of field training once it's decided which of the 18 major wildfires burning across California they will be asked to help contain.

At more than 290,692 acres, the fire spans more than 454.2 square miles.

Where is the Mendocino Complex Fire?

Keith Gilless is a UC Berkeley professor of forest economics and chairman of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection. Fire officials use the term "complex" fire to describe two or more fire incidents in the same area that are under the same operational control.

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have taken dramatic new photos of the unsafe and destructive blazes, which are blackening huge swaths of the Golden State and throwing off smoke that billows far to the east.

The fire is compromised of the Ranch and River fires, two separate conflagrations that has merged, and is continuing growing.

The fire has razed more than 1,600 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, state officials say. It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12.

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Although the Mendocino Complex Fire is record-setting for California, it does seem to be following a trend of increasingly massive and risky fires.

NOAH BERGER via Getty Images The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, crests a ridge as Battalion Chief Matt Sully directs firefighting operations on High Valley Rd. near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Sunday. Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed almost 170 homes and other structures, according to The Washington Post. It is 45 percent contained.

Firefighters battle to stop the spread of the massive fire in California.

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures. That can range from anything from a spark from a vehicle that catches fire in dry brush nearby, to, in extreme cases, arson. "Now they're doing three to four huge fires in a week".

The Australian crews were first sent to Boise, Idaho, for training at the National Interagency Fire Centre; and joined U.S. and Canadian firefighters in the field on Tuesday. The Cedar fire in 2003, now the third-largest, devoured 273,246 acres in San Diego County, according to Cal Fire records.

A geophysicist and volcanologist, Gerst also worked as a volunteer firefighter while in school, according to his ESA biography.

This is only the beginning of California's fire season. The Thomas Fire scorched a much more densely populated area, burning through 1,063 structures and damaging 280 more.

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