Trump picks fight with California over wildfires

Trump picks fight with California over wildfires

California currently has 21 fires burning, with the Carr Fire near Redding now ranking as the state's 15th largest in wildfire history after burning 154,524 acres, according to Cal Fire. Officials have confirmed that six people, including two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren, have died.

The 200 troops, plus command and support staff, will get one day of classroom training from firefighters at JBLM this week and then two more days of field training once it's decided which of the 18 major wildfires burning across California they will be asked to help contain.

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. That fire ended up burning 281,893 acres before being contained.

Crews battling the Mendocino Complex fire on Monday were focusing on keeping flames from breaking through fire lines on a ridge above the foothill communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glen Haven and Clearlake Oaks, Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea urges Pyongyang to speed up denuclearization process More than a dozen arrested as protesters, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley Trump golfs with Graham at New Jersey club MORE is solidifying his opposition to California's environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state's historic wildfires. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed eight people - including two firefighters assisting in a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.

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Through July 29, the agency said it responded to 3,770 fires across 292,455 acres.

The U.S. Forest Service reported that the fire crossed a highway Sunday evening, forcing crews to retreat from the fire's edge. But officials say the twin fires threaten 9,000 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread. If all goes well, we'll have the fire tied in at the top of Cow Mountain by the end of shift (Sunday) or early Monday. With mandatory evacuations in place in parts of Mendocino and Lake Counties authorities warn that only 30 percent of the blaze has been contained so far.

The fires in Northern California have created such a haze of smoke in the Central Valley that Sacramento County health officials advised residents to avoid outdoor activities for the entire week.

The amount of work on this fire is truly tremendous and expensive, with California rapidly running through the money budgeted for the summer fire season. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!" The diversion of water away from rivers and into agricultural lands has allowed the state's farmers to flourish, but it also has destroyed critical habitat for salmon and other species.

President Donald Trump has waded into the debate over the cause of California's enormous and deadly wildfires by claiming that the state's environmental protection efforts are stopping firefighters from properly battling the blazes. "If we continue to increase greenhouse gases and if we continue to have warming, this is just a stepping stone", MacDonald says.

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