Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Experts Weigh In on Trump’s Wildfire Tweets

Flames from Carr Fire in Shasta County on Monday Experts Weigh In on Trump’s Wildfire Tweets
Charlie Simmons | 07 August, 2018, 11:39

The Mendocino Complex fires have swelled to become larger than the deadly Carr Fire, about 160 km to the northeast, which has killed at least six people and destroyed more than 1,500 structures. They'll be in the area for up to 30 days, she said.

"We have plenty of water", Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean told The Hill after Trump's tweet on Monday. The entire so-called Mendocino Complex Fire is now one of the largest on record in the state, officials said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for evidence to support Trump's tweet.

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

In his first tweet about this summer's California wildfires, President Trump blamed environmental laws for making the blazes worse by preventing firefighters from using a "massive amount of readily available water".

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.

"Fire season is really just beginning", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said, explaining that such intense conditions used to come around the peak of the season.

A helicopter makes a water drop on windswept flames from the River Fire as it again threatens the town of Lakeport on August 3, 2018. "Must also clear trees to stop fire spreading". Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

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 span 700 acres (283 hectares).

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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.

NORTHCOM's National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho, has estimated that more than 127 wildfires are burning on about 1.6 million acres in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and Alaska. Two firefighters and four other people have also been killed.

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by tweeting about the wildfires inaccurately, claiming there was not enough water to fight them.

Gleick continued: "California's forests are burning because of past severe drought and current extreme temperatures and weather, worsened by human-caused climate change, which you think, in your fantasy world, doesn't exist".

This is the seventh death associated with the Carr Fire, and the ninth death of this wildfire season.

It has burned approximately 273,664 acres, and grew around 70 percent over the weekend.

The wildfire started two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire. The Ranch Fire, which has burned over 225,000 acres, sit at only 21 percent contained.

Another blaze that ignited last week in the Sierra Nevada has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Last year's Thomas fire, which consumed 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, remains the state's largest on record.

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