Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Massive wildfire rages after becoming largest in California's history

Massive wildfire rages after becoming largest in California's history

He went on to say that federal authorities have done a poor job of implementing methods to reduce the number of deadly fires, and that this has been devastating for America's wildlands.

Officials said the Mendocino Complex fire has continued to grow by thousands of acres each day, even at night, when most fires normally calm down.

It wasn't immediately clear what California laws Trump was referring to.

"The idea that there isn't enough water is the craziest thing in the world", says Peter Gleick, president emeritus of the Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment, and Security in Oakland.

Jairus Ayeta, who was in his 20s, worked as an apprentice lineman and was part of a PG&E crew working in "dangerous terrain" to restore power, she said.

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

Head here for the latest information on evacuations and fire conditions for the Ferguson Fire.

A helicopter makes a water drop on windswept flames from the River Fire as it again threatens the town of Lakeport on August 3, 2018. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"

Parts of Redding were damaged by the Carr Fire, which has burned more than 160,000 acres.

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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 span 700 acres (283 hectares).

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the vast blaze that has been burning for two weeks near Redding, where armies of firefighters and fleets of aircraft continue battling the flames about 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of the OR state line.

"California's forests are burning because of past severe drought and current extreme temperatures and weather, worsened by human-caused #climatechange, which you think, in your fantasy world, doesn't exist", tweeted Peter Gleick, president emeritus of the Pacific Institute and a frequent critic of Trump's environmental policies. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.

SAFD spokesman Woody Woodward told KSAT.com that the Fire Department is expected to send an engine truck, a brush truck and seven crew members to Shasta County.

California has long had problems with fires during the summer but climate change has been blamed for the hotter weather and extremely dry vegetation which have aided them. "Despite personal loss in many cases, they've managed to not only keep open the Outpatient Clinic's doors, but travel deep into the community to ensure displaced veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve". By nightfall, the fire had burned 4,000 acres (6 square miles or 16 square kilometers) of chaparral-covered hillsides and destroyed one building.

The Carr Fire, which incinerated 1,067 homes, started with sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire, Department of Agriculture and Fire Prevention officials said. The fire was more than 40 percent contained Sunday.

The Donnell Fire burning in the Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne County has scorched 12,000 acres and is 1 percent contained.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week.

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