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Trump Reiterates Falsehood About California Water Diversions

Trump Reiterates Falsehood About California Water Diversions

Total containment for the complex has improved slightly to 34 percent, Cal Fire said. One, the Carr Fire, was still active in Shasta County.

California Governor Jerry Brown said around 10,000 people had been evacuated in the areas surrounding the Mendocino Complex fire, which has destroyed 100 structures and threatens approximately 10,000 more. It continues to threaten 9,300 homes and structures in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa counties as almost 4,000 firefighters work to take hold of the aggressive flames.

LAKE ELSINORE, CA - AUGUST 06: A woman walks out of the water after taking a dip as smoke rises in the distance from the Holy Fire in Cleveland National Forest on August 6, 2018 in Lake Elsinore, California.

Both fires began on July 27.

Cal Fire online records show a growing number of wildfires in recent years.

The Mendocino Complex Fire rapidly became the largest wildfire in California history.

The Nevada County Strike Team, composed of engines from Ophir Hill Fire, Peardale Chicago Park Fire, Higgins Fire, Nevada County Consolidated Fire and Nevada City Fire is still assigned to the Ranch Fire on the Mendocino Complex.

NORTHCOM's National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, has estimated that more than 127 wildfires are burning on about 1.6 million acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska.

Fire officials have said that 95 percent of all wildfires are caused by humans, from camp fires left unattended to careless smoking, to sparks from vehicles and improperly maintained power lines.

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It called its plan a "50-state fuel economy and tailpipe carbon dioxide emissions standard for passenger cars and light trucks". In the years before California's extremely strict clean air rules, there were smog-filled skies that were fairly common.


Out-of-control wildfires in California have become the largest in the U.S. state's history with weeks to go until the end of the scorching summer season.

Seventy-five homes and 68 other structures have been destroyed by the fire so far.

The fires, known as the Mendocino Complex, are burning around 100 miles north of San Francisco.

'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 wrote.

For the latest updates about all California's wildfires, go to Cal Fire's "Incidents" page.

The president's comment comes after he said Sunday that too much water from the northern part of the state is being wasted by flowing into the Pacific Ocean. He also encouraged the clearing of trees to stop the fires from spreading.

Firefighting aircraft can dip in and out of cattle ponds or other small bodies of water to scoop up water for dropping and spraying on flames.

President Donald Trump on Monday again falsely stated that the California government is diverting river water into the Pacific Ocean that could be used to fight forest fires, but he also signaled he will fast-track federal help.


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