The Australian and New Zealand firefighters who arrived in the US last weekend to help fight the wildfires spreading throughout the country have been deployed to blazes in Northern California and OR, the National Interagency Fire Center said Monday.
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.
Officials said the Mendocino Complex fire has continued to grow by thousands of acres each day, even at night, when most fires normally calm down.
The White House did not immediately respond when asked about Gleick's comments.
"We have had no issues accessing water to fight the fires", McLean wrote in an email. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. It was 45 percent contained.
For one thing, the wildfires are in the hills, far from the Pacific Ocean and from the man-made storage and distribution system that carries water from California's wetter north to the drier, more populated south.
In the far east of the fire, firefighters have build dozer lines the valley flats, west of Ladoga Stonyford Rd.
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Patti Wold, a spokeswoman for the National Park Service, which is investigating the cause of the Carr Fire, said Sunday the fire was believed to have been caused by a malfunction with a camper trailer but additional details were unavailable.
There are at least 18 major fires burning throughout California, authorities said.
To the north, the deadly Carr Fire has entered its third week of destruction in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, scorching more than 164,400 acres of land since July 23. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger. "What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", said Pimlott. Jerry Brown called on President Trump to help the state fight and recover from the wildfires.
Evan Westrup, Brown's press secretary, said Trump's tweeting "does not merit a response".
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. The declaration would provide federal assistance, such as housing and food aid, counseling and medical services.
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.
The Pentagon announced Monday that it will send about 200 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state to help with the firefighting efforts. They'll go at it directly with water and retardant where they can.