California's Mendocino Wildfire Is Now The 2nd-Largest In State History

California's Mendocino Wildfire Is Now The 2nd-Largest In State History

Though the fires are being counted together as one "complex", they remain two seperate fires (if only by a couple miles of unburned land south of Hwy. 20). It was 45 percent contained. Some 200 soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, have also been called in to help in one of the most destructive fire seasons on record.

"We have plenty of water" for battling the massive blazes burning in hills north of San Francisco, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted Sunday that the wildfires hitting California are "being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized".

"California does NOT divert water to the ocean", he told CNN in an email.

Hurley said temperatures could reach 110 degrees (43 Celsius) in Northern California over the next few days with gusty winds fanning the flames.

Firefighters stand watch on a roof as a wildfire sweeps through the area near Lakeport, Calif., Thursday, August 2, 2018.

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There are at least 18 major fires burning throughout California, authorities said. "We had some very erratic fire conditions and it actually crossed the dozer lines and made a hard push, (but) we were able to stop it at Bear Creek Road" and create solid dozer lines on the east section of the fire.

He was the seventh person to die in that blaze, which has scorched more than 160,000 acres (64,750 hectares) in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, including two young children and their great-grandmother whose home was overrun by flames, and two firefighters.

But those policies fall within the jurisdiction of the federal government, as well as the state, since national forests and their environs are where much of the encroachment - the so-called wildland-urban interface - has taken place.

This puts them at the number two spot on the list of largest wildfires in state history.

Trump seemed to be referring to proposals by some California Republicans to expand the Shasta Dam, located near the heart of the Carr Fire.

Nine people have been killed so far, including four firefighters.

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As for the "bad environmental laws", it's unclear whether Trump means California laws or federal laws.

The dry, hot weather that climate change brings adds to the dried tinder and risk.

Through July 29, the agency said it responded to 3,770 fires across 292,455 acres.

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by tweeting about the wildfires inaccurately, claiming there was not enough water to fight them.

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.

Another blaze that ignited last week has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.

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According to Daniel Ramey, the PIO for Peardale Chicago Park Fire, "The team has seen a large amount of wildlife in the area - elks, coyotes, rabbits, deer, eagles etc".

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