Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Massive wildfire rages after becoming largest in California's history

Massive wildfire rages after becoming largest in California's history

The Mendocino Complex fire is burning close to the shoreline of Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake entirely within the state of California.

Authorities from state fire agency CalFire reported before midday that it already had mushroomed into the second worst blaze in state history in terms of area burned.

California fire officials said that the two fires about 100 miles north of San Francisco were 30 percent contained and have scorched 428 square miles.

"The water that reaches the ocean is what's left after we've diverted most of the water away for cities and farms, and what little is left is barely enough for California's aquatic ecosystems and the fisheries", he said.

Some believe Mr Trump's tweets refer to a row about water supplies, fish habitat protection and local farmers - but environmental experts say this has no relevance to the state's firefighting capability.

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.

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But the other one is growing after spreading into the Mendocino National Forest.

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California currently has 21 fires burning, with the Carr Fire near Redding now ranking as the state's 15th largest in wildfire history after burning 154,524 acres, according to Cal Fire.

The Carr Fire has claimed six other lives since it began on July 23, including those of a firefighter and a bulldozer operator.

California has long had problems with fires during the summer but climate change has been blamed for the hotter weather and extremely dry vegetation which have aided them.

Trump initiated the spat on Sunday when he tweeted that the fires "are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws", which cause water to be "diverted into the Pacific Ocean", and prevent trees from being cleared. The number one spot belongs to last year's Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres.

Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more risky to life and property.

As for the northern section of the fire, Blankenheim said it "continues to progress toward Lake Pillsbury, and we're building line on Middle Mountain Road and working toward the Eel River, trying to cut it off before it gets to the community of Lake Pillsbury".

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. The Carr Fire is now the 12th largest fire recorded in the state.

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