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President Trump Grants California ‘Major Disaster’ Relief for Wildfires

07 August 2018

The two fires burning a few miles apart and known as the Mendocino Complex are being treated as one incident. Firefighters aren't running out of water as they battle the blazes, experts said.

"We have plenty of water", Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean told The Hill after Trump's tweet on Monday.

A combination of wildfires raging north of San Francisco, which already has consumed an area nearly as big as Los Angeles, is on pace to become the largest in California history, fire officials said.

After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response".

Republican lawmakers in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley complain the state and federal governments allow too much of the state's rainfall and snow melt to flow naturally through rivers and into the Pacific Ocean, instead of being diverted for irrigation.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilised". The southern perimeter of the River Fire has been contained and controlled for several days.

More than 11,000 structures are listed as being threatened by the fires. It's unclear if this is directly connected to the fire, but PG&E has been doing work to rebuild and restring power lines in the areas where the fire hit, so it's entirely possible that a line may have been de-energized as part of this continuing work.

But the other one is growing after spreading into the Mendocino National Forest.

About 200 active-duty troops from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, will get a quick course in becoming "wildland firefighters" to battle the deadly wildfires devastating wide swaths of California, the Pentagon said Monday.

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

The Carr Fire has destroyed 1,080 residences, 24 commercial structures and 500 outbuildings.

"Extreme droughts and high winds are increasing as climate is warming", said Monica Turner, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who has spent three decades researching fires at Yellowstone National Park.

The wildfire about 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of San Francisco started more than two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire.

It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created what is called a fire whirl. That follows the deaths of two firefighters and four civilians.

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

On Sunday, 140 fire managers and specialists from Australia and New Zealand underwent special training and were issued safety gear at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise before being deployed to fires in the Pacific Northwest and California.

Firefighters had managed to contain 45 percent of the Carr blaze by Monday morning, and authorities were letting some evacuees return.

President Trump Grants California ‘Major Disaster’ Relief for Wildfires