Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

Hugh Fox
August 7, 2018

The problem with that claim?

Fifty-three of the almost 150 specialists who were requested by USA officials last week arrived at the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding on Monday, NIFC spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao said, while the remaining firefighters were sent to Redmond, Ore.

McLean and fire experts say it's impossible to surround a fire that large, especially with 17 other major fires requiring attention in the state. "We can pretty much get water out of streams, creeks, ponds, rivers, lakes".

The wildfires are "extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely unsafe", said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

'Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! "This year's changing weather pattern is leading to more severe and destructive wildfires".

With several major wildfires burning across California, officials suggested they would decide where to deploy the extra firefighters once they arrived.

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He said he believes Trump is conflating two very different issues.

Farmers in the south and central parts of the Golden State would prefer that more water go through aqueducts and other infrastructure to their lands. But that fight hasn't had any effect on firefighting.

"He clearly doesn't know what he's talking about", echoes LeRoy Westerling, a climate scientist and associate professor at the University of California, Merced. The state's hot, dry conditions are fueling the record-setting blazes.

The Carr fire has Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Lake and Trinity Lake just to name a few water sources. "The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment-they have done immeasurable harm to our forests".

TRUMP: "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

The president also called for clearing trees to stop the fires from spreading. His tweet could be related to pro-logging efforts or requesting more urgent removal of California's dead trees. That likely references either future federal funding assistance or his approval to move water stored in federal facilities to help fight the California fires.

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It wasn't immediately clear what California laws Trump was referring to.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump courted controversy when he claimed that California's water policy is short-changing fire-fighters of water to counter the state's biggest wildfires.

The strike team has been prepping structures ahead of the fast-moving fire, making homes more defensible and increasing the chances of saving the residences.

Firefighters from Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to arrive in Northern California today to help battle two huge blazes that were about half contained over the weekend.

State authorities responded by saying California's water supply was not "diverted" anywhere.

Environmental activists and some politicians say the intensity of the state's wildfire season could be linked in part to climate change. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.

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