Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History

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Two blazes collectively called the Mendocino Complex burnt in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties, about 145 km north of San Francisco.

President Trump blamed environmental laws yesterday for intensifying wildfires in California, in his first tweet about the ongoing disaster that has killed at least seven people.

A couple of fast-growing wildfires in northern California expanded to more than two-thirds the size of sprawling Los Angeles as more residents were ordered to evacuate their homes and tired firefighters endured high temperatures and gusting winds.

Meanwhile, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire, says it's having no issue finding water to fight the fires. And yesterday firefighters made substantial progress on the northern flank, completing a dozer line through rugged terrain and lighting backfires to throughout this northern areas.

Typically, temperatures dip and humidity rises overnight, giving fire crews a window to slow down the spread of the wildfires.

The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident. Officials say the flames threaten more than 9,000 structures. By nightfall, the fire had burned 4,000 acres (6 square miles or 16 square kilometers) of chaparral-covered hillsides and destroyed one building. With only 41 percent containment and the National Weather Service posting Red Flag warnings for fire and smoke through Sunday, the Carr Fire that began on July 23 is expected to continue to grow.

Firefighters are unlikely to see some respite.

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Experts say 2018 has the worst start to the fire season in 10 years - partly due to the 2012-2017 drought that killed off large amounts of vegetation.

Seventeen wildfires are burning up and down California.

Another fire, the almost two-week-old Carr Fire, claimed another life on Saturday, a 21-year-old apprentice lineman, Jay Ayeta, officials with PG&E Corp said on Sunday.

Local officials and experts have criticised and dismissed his tweets. Fire agencies haven't been complaining about a lack of water, especially water "diverted" to the Pacific.

Trump doubled down Monday, saying that California Gov.

Then on Monday he tweeted, "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". "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change". "That's the ultimate driver behind what's happening in California".

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. The board is taking that step because so much water has been pumped into the valley at the expense of the river ecosystem that the state's salmon fishery has been all but destroyed. Water diversion also contributes to increased salinity of delta ecosystems. Whatever his targets, they don't prevent "readily available water" to be utilised to fight fires.

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Their demands have nothing to do with the availability of water for firefighting.

Contrary to the president's comments, water diversion refers to the redirection of water for agricultural purposes.

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

Evan Westrup, Brown's spokesman, said the president's tweets do not "merit a response".

Head here for the latest information on evacuations and fire conditions for the Carr Fire. The declaration will help fire victims with unemployment assistance, food aid and legal and mental health counseling among other federal programs.

More than 14,000 personnel from California and elsewhere in the country are fighting wildfires across the state.

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