Mendocino Complex Fire Now Fourth Largest in California History

Clay Curtis
August 7, 2018

The problem with that claim?

State, tribal and other local governments as well as non-profit organizations will also have access to federal funds for emergency work and to fix or replace damaged facilities. "But it has nothing to do with water policy", Lund said. "When we are fighting these fires, we are trying to protect all life - wild and domestic".

"Our changing climate is leading to more severe and destructive fires that we are seeing this year and last", he told Time magazine.

But that's "a totally separate issue" from fire management, said William Stewart, a forestry specialist at the University of California at Berkeley.

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. "And I'm not aware of any situation in which those conflicts have restricted the availability of water for firefighting purposes".

The state's recently ended five-year drought killed millions of trees, leaving them as brittle fuel for wildfires.

"The big fires have scores of water-dropping helicopters getting water from nearby lakes and reservoirs", he said.

Yesterday the fire was held back along this line with direct fighting and aircraft, but the land there is extremely rugged and hard to work in.

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Gilless said Trump's language about water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", doesn't make sense, as water naturally flows to the ocean.

The second portion of Trump's tweet, that California "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!", is also confusing.

"We're experiencing the same thing every day, which is our afternoon winds and high winds in the area", said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for the Mendocino Complex Fire.

Still only 30 percent contained, it is one of 17 major wildfires burning across California that prompted Trump to declare a "major disaster" in the state on Sunday, ordering federal funding to be made available to help recovery efforts.

Meanwhile to the south, new evacuations were ordered Saturday evening near twin fires burning in Mendocino and Lake counties across wilderness on both sides of Clear Lake. "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". Jerry Brown's administration is sending water from "the North" into the Pacific Ocean.

"We feel like we're doing pretty good above Lucerne and Nice, but there is still a lot of potential, and we're using a lot of aircraft to hold (the fire) in place", he continued. And fire experts said it's the state's hot and bone-dry conditions, not environmental laws, that are making blazes more extreme.

The Washington Post's fact-checking team recently concluded that Trump had made 4,229 false statements as of August 1, including an increased pace over the last two months.

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