Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for California as Wildfires Claim Utility Worker's Life

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire near Lakeport California

One of the wildfires, the "Carr fire" near Redding, California, on the Sacramento River about 120 miles south of the OR border, has claimed seven lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and scarred more than 163,200 acres, according to CAL FIRE. If he means the construction of fire breaks to contain fires, that's correct but it's a well understood technique and is exactly the technique being applied as a matter of course. Add to this aircraft from across California, not just prop tankers, but DC-10s, C-130s and of course the famous Tanker 944 the 747 supertanker, and one begins to see the enormous financial cost of fighting the fire, not to mention the huge loss of property, and cost of rebuilding.

The Mendocino Complex Fire in Colusa and Lake counties near Ukiah, California, about two hours north of San Francisco, is now 283,800 acres and remains 30 percent contained, Cal Fire reported in its latest update at 7:33 p.m. local time Monday.

A day later he posted another tweet about water being "diverted", and he said Gov.

Woodward said the crew will be traveling to Northern California sometime this week.

Nor is having enough water a problem in battling California wildfires in general.

Before arriving at the fires, the Aussies and Kiwis went through a brief training period at the NIFC headquarters in Boise, Bilbao said.

A helicopter makes a water drop on windswept flames from the River Fire as it again threatens the town of Lakeport on August 3, 2018. Jerry Brown called for aid from the Trump administration. It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12.

In contrast to the current largest fire in state history, the 2017 Thomas Fire, which burned for over a month before being contained, the Mendocino Complex has attained this enormous size in under two weeks.

A sixth victim was found after the fire consumed the person's home, Tom Bosenko, the Shasta County sheriff, said last week.

"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", he said. "Despite personal loss in many cases, they've managed to not only keep open the Outpatient Clinic's doors, but travel deep into the community to ensure displaced veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve".

Neither McLean nor Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the Idaho-based fire agency, would address the tweets directly, but Gardetto said by telephone, "Most wildfire suppression efforts involve firefighters and boots on the ground". The River and Ranch fires had grown to cover about 82,675 hectares by Saturday night, and were considered 32 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more risky to life and property.

At 273,664 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire now sits at number two of California's largest wildfires.

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

Firefighters have achieved more than 40 percent containment of that fire, which had reached into remote areas of the country's third-oldest national park.

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