Mendocino Complex Fire Grows To 2nd Largest In California History

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire near Lakeport California

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.

The problem with that claim?

"There's some challenges that firefighters are facing near the fire and in the area of the fire".

THE FACTS: That's not what state experts say. We focused on the first portion of the tweet about water policy.

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Another blaze that ignited last week has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.

He said he believes Trump is conflating two very different issues.

In an unrelated long-running dispute, farmers have demanded more water to irrigate crops for years, while environmentalists say diverting more water to crops would kill off fish stock and hurt rivers. But that fight hasn't had any effect on firefighting.

A little further northwest, Blankenheim said the fire "did cross High Valley Road several places", but firefighters were able to build dozers lines and dropped "a lot of retardant on the mountain there and kept it from coming down into town".

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Gilless said the reason California's wildfires are so destructive this year is the state's "high heat, low relative humidity, high wind speeds and high fuel loading".

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

At the southeastern end of the fire, where it began, the area has been burnt out and mopped up, and no fire threat remains, which allowed for the opening of Hwy. 20. "The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment-they have done immeasurable harm to our forests". The argument about how much water should be captured before it gets to the ocean, again, is part of a different, unrelated debate.

The group in California includes 10 task force leaders, four structure protection specialists, six safety officers, four helicopter managers, two heavy equipment bosses, 15 division supervisors, 10 crew bosses and two liaison officers, Bilbao said. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger.

"I'm not sure what he was recommending", University of California, Merced professor LeRoy Westerling told the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday.

Evan Westrup, Brown's press secretary, said Trump's tweeting "does not merit a response".

The Mendocino Complex Fire has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee. "It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

According to Daniel Ramey, the PIO for Peardale Chicago Park Fire, "The team has seen a large amount of wildlife in the area - elks, coyotes, rabbits, deer, eagles etc".

Crews made progress over the weekend against one of the two blazes in the Mendocino Complex with help from water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire operations chief Charlie Blankenheim said in a video on Facebook.

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