Largest wildfires in California history

07 August, 2018, 11:39 | Author: Jason Torres
  • FILE An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding California on 27 July 2018

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.

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement. Add to this aircraft from across California, not just prop tankers, but DC-10s, C-130s and of course the famous Tanker 944 the 747 supertanker, and one begins to see the enormous financial cost of fighting the fire, not to mention the huge loss of property, and cost of rebuilding.

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

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

"California does NOT divert water to the ocean", he told CNN in an email.

He's proposing to eviscerate government standards on fuel economy, which would mean more emissions of greenhouse gases, and proposing to revoke a waiver allowing California to set its own, tougher standards. Temperatures will remain hot all week across much of the state including Southern California, where red flag warnings for increased fire danger are in place. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!" Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

Elsewhere across the state, firefighters are working to put out more than a dozen other fires that have killed several people, ravaged thousands of acres, and sparked air quality alerts.

Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublicans happy to let Treasury pursue 0 billion tax cut Trump weighs big tax cut for rich: report Celebrities dive into midterms, hoping to thwart Trump MORE (R-Calif.), who represents an agriculture-heavy district in the Central Valley, cheered Trump's Sunday tweet with a tweet of his own saying, "Forests should be managed properly and water should be allowed for farmers to grow food to feed people".

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The Carr Fire in Shasta County is the deadliest of 17 wildfires now blazing in California, after claiming its seventh victim over the weekend.

President Trump nevertheless criticised Democrat Governor Brown, repeating his attacks on California's environmental laws.

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.

This is the seventh death associated with the Carr Fire, and the ninth death of this wildfire season. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which is now only 30 percent contained.

More than 14,000 firefighters and hundreds of USA army personnel are trying to contain the more than a dozen major fires burning throughout the state.

It burned so furiously on July 26 that it created what is called a fire whirl.

At 273,664 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire now sits at number two of California's largest wildfires.

In addition, "the rates of mortality from fire, insects, and disease are about three times as high on national forest lands as they are on private lands regulated under California's strict environmental laws", he said.

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