Northern California blazes now largest in state history

A firefighting helicopter drops water onto a hot spot at the River Fire near Lakeport California

A firefighting helicopter drops water onto a hot spot at the River Fire near Lakeport California

Fifty-three of the almost 150 specialists who were requested by US officials last week arrived at the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding on Monday, NIFC spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao said, while the remaining firefighters were sent to Redmond, Ore.

At the same time, President Donald Trump blamed the state's environmental laws for the wildfires. "It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", Trump wrote.

The fire has burned over 160,000 acres of land, and was 43 percent contained on Sunday evening, according to CAL FIRE.

Several fire experts, however, said the comments don't address the main factor in fire severity: human-caused climate change.

California fire officials said Monday that the two fires about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of San Francisco were 30 percent contained and have scorched 428 square miles (1,108 square kilometers).

Plumes of smoke towered over flame-engulfed mountains in northern California on Monday as firefighters grappled with what may be, by some measures, the second-largest wildfire in state history. More than 9,000 structures remain under threat.

More than 14,000 personnel from California and elsewhere in the country are fighting wildfires across the state. That likely references either future federal funding assistance or his approval to move water stored in federal facilities to help fight the California fires.

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.

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A seventh death has been reported in the battle against the Carr Fire.

Trump's claim "is so physically impossible, you don't even really want to respond", Lund said.

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

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures.

The Mendocino Complex fire surpassed the Thomas fire, which ripped through 281,000 acres in southern California past year.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has long argued for better forest management policies. Trump's references to diverting water to the oceans was "completely backwards", he said. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! "Fast Federal govt. approvals".

President Trump nevertheless criticised Democrat Governor Brown, repeating his attacks on California's environmental laws. But the dispute has little to do with firefighting.

The US president stated that California was diverting large amounts of water into the Pacific Ocean, while also failing to develop a sufficient number of firebreaks in dense vegetation. In July, California's State Water Resources Control Board released a draft plan for an important watershed in the northern part of the state that would limit the amount of water used for agriculture.

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