CA fire explodes in size, now 2nd largest in state history

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

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.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea urges Pyongyang to speed up denuclearization process More than a dozen arrested as protesters, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley Trump golfs with Graham at New Jersey club MORE is solidifying his opposition to California's environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state's historic wildfires. Officials said 40,000 people have been evacuated and 14,000 firefighters were battling the blazes.

Jairus Ayeta worked as an apprentice lineman for Pacific Gas & Electric and died in a vehicle-related incident near the Carr Fire in Shasta County on Saturday, spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin said. He noted the lakes near the Carr and Mendocino Complex fires.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted, "California wildfires 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". At a press conference, Denham said one of the goals was to show Zinke "the devastation that can happen if you push all of our water out to the ocean".

Trump also tweeted that California officials "must also tree clear to stop fire spreading".

As for the "bad environmental laws", it's unclear whether Trump means California laws or federal laws. Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, said he had "no clue" what Trump was referring to in his tweet.

"The water that reaches the ocean is what's left after we've diverted most of the water away for cities and farms, and what little is left is barely enough for California's aquatic ecosystems and the fisheries", he said. "Ridiculous. It's true that water is diverted to the coastal cities for a constant water supply but all such water is used by the coastal communities". The line was held through the use of between 15 and 18 helicopters, scooping water from Clear Lake - and the aid of two DC-10 very large air tankers (VLATs) as well as the 747 supertanker, along with several CalFire prop tankers, for a lot of 10 to 12 airtankers dumping on that fire line through the day.

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"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", California Gov.

Trump's comments came after the administration declared the wildfires a "major disaster", according to The New York Times.

"There have been no issues getting water from them", Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, told me.

As of Sunday, that fire has burned through 160,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

Firefighters had managed to contain 45 percent of the Carr blaze by Monday morning. That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week. That fire has so far killed seven people.

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