California wildfire declared 'largest in state's history'

California wildfire declared 'largest in state's history'

The Mendocino Complex, which has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee, is the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state. Cal Fire says the total blaze is now 30% contained.

While supporting the overstretched California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), they "will be accompanied by experienced wildland fire strike team leaders and crew bosses from wildland fire management", NORTHCOM said in a statement.

The Los Angeles Times explained that the likeliest explanation for Trump's tweet is that he's confused about stories from Central Valley farmers about irrigation.

He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

As Gleick points out, water in Northern California flows to the ocean naturally - it's the irrigation and urban users who have "diverted" it.

He's proposing to eviscerate government standards on fuel economy, which would mean more emissions of greenhouse gases, and proposing to revoke a waiver allowing California to set its own, tougher standards.

"The fire did make a big push through Long Valley into Spring Valley", he said, adding that some structures were burned in both Spring Valley and Long Valley when "the fire made a very significant, extremely erratic push into those areas".

"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said. "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" WITCH FIRE (San Diego County), October 2007 Acres burned: 197,990 Structures destroyed: 1,650 Deaths: 2 9.

Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon after a blaze broke out and quickly spread to blacken some 700 acres (283 hectares).

The Carr Fire in Shasta County is the deadliest of 17 wildfires now blazing in California, after claiming its seventh victim over the weekend.

"The president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters, so I'm hopeful", said Brown, a Democrat. Seven people, including two firefighters, have died so far in relation to that fire. One, the Carr Fire, was still active in Shasta County.

According to Cal Fire, the Ranch Fire and River Fire have scorched 427.6 square miles (273,664 acres) as of Monday morning, putting it second on the state's all-time list.

It has claimed more than 1,600 buildings, majority homes.

Critics said his tweets ignored the greater wildfire frequency and severity experienced in California and other Western states from extreme drought and sustained periods of hot, dry weather, in keeping with the forecasts of climate scientists.

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 unsafe to life and property.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is one of over a dozen large fires burning in California at the moment. Of the 89,633 acres burned, firefighters have contained about 38%, according to authorities.