Trump Reiterates Falsehood About California Water Diversions

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

As of Monday morning, the blaze has consumed 273,664 acres and destroyed 75 homes, as well as 68 other structures, according to Cal Fire, the California agency responsible for fire protection.

The San Antonio Fire Department said it is preparing to send a crew to Northern California to help first responders with the Carr Fire.

The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

After Trump's tweet yesterday, a spokesman for Brown said "this doesn't merit a response".

He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

Fifty-three of the almost 150 specialists who were requested by US officials last week arrived at the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding on Monday, NIFC spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao said, while the remaining firefighters were sent to Redmond, Ore.

Nor is having enough water a problem in battling California wildfires in general.

Head here for the latest information on evacuations and fire conditions for the Ferguson Fire. 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 clear trees to stop fire spreading".

"Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", Trump tweeted. It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12.

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Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon after a blaze broke out and quickly spread to blacken some 700 acres (283 hectares).

Six other people, including two firefighters, have been killed by the Carr Fire, which has grown into the state's seventh-most destructive fire in California history.

"Extreme droughts and high winds are increasing as climate is warming", said Monica Turner, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who has spent three decades researching fires at Yellowstone National Park.

The Carr Fire has destroyed 1,080 residences, 24 commercial structures and 500 outbuildings.

The wildfire started two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire.

The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, has burned over 91,000 acres, while the Cranston Fire has burned over 13,000 acres.

Further north, the Carr Fire has burned through more than 164,000 acres since 23 July and is 47% contained.

More than 14,000 firefighters and hundreds of U.S. army personnel are trying to contain the more than a dozen major fires burning throughout the state. But the number of acres burned this year at 292,455 is about 50 percent higher than the 219,369 acres burnt last year and more than double the 118,811-acre average for the last 5 years.

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