Published: Tue, August 07, 2018

Wildfires the size of Los Angeles may be California's worst

Wildfires the size of Los Angeles may be California's worst

As of Monday, that fire burned through 163,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

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.

Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection told us, it's the hot and dry conditions taking place earlier in the year that are leading to the extreme fires.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized", Trump said.

Dozens of fires are now burning across California.

So-the Mendocino Complex wildfire just became the largest in California's history.

It is only 30 percent contained so far, with authorities warning it could take another week to get the blaze under control.


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 fire was 47% contained as of late Monday, according to Cal Fire. For example, the Mendocino Complex Fire is burning near the expansive Clear Lake.

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement.

Trump, in a tweet on Sunday evening, blamed the intensifying fires on "bad environmental laws" that he said divert water resources into the Pacific Ocean.

However, Trump is also touching on complaints that environmental policies stop land managers from clearing brush, dead trees and other biomass in forests that feed fires, and experts say that is a legitimate debate.

President Donald Trump on Sunday approved California Gov. When fires burn in an area that happens to be without ponds, lakes or rivers, state officials typically call in more planes to ferry in water, McLean said. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals'.

Trump issued an Emergency Declaration for the state on July 28, and Brown has now requested that the president declare a major disaster.

The Mendocino Complex and Carr fires were still burning as of publication, so their totals are likely to change. Two rural canyons and some campgrounds have been evacuated.

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