Twin fires are second-largest in recorded California history


At the evacuation center in Colusa, the Red Cross worker Dene Shaver said the repeated cycles of fire, home destruction and evacuation had begun to take a psychological toll on residents and caused them to question the future of living in this region, which has been a haven for retirees and others priced out of the Bay Area.

Fire authorities insisted on Monday that they have ample water supplies to fight California's devastating wildfires, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump's tweets that unspecified water diversions to the Pacific were making matters worse.

"There's some challenges that firefighters are facing near the fire and in the area of the fire".

This year, California wildfires have burnt more land earlier in the "fire season" than usual, said Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, during a news conference on Saturday.

Typically, temperatures dip and humidity rises overnight, giving fire crews a window to slow down the spread of the wildfires.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee. Officials say the flames threaten more than 9,000 structures.

MENDOCINO COMPLEX FIRE (July 2018) Acres burned: 273,664 Structures destroyed: 143 Deaths: 2 3. It has burned through 225,000 acres - almost twice its size on Friday. Cal Fire says the total blaze is now 30% contained.

Firefighters are unlikely to see some respite.

Firefighter has success in strengthening the containment line to the north of Upper Lake, but just to the east there remains a long stretch of open fire line threatening the communities of Nice and Lucerne. "Everything is still dry".

One of the 17 major wildfires burning in California, the Mendocino Complex Fire grew to be the second-largest wildfire in the state's history Monday, officials said.

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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. That fire has so far killed seven people.

Another fire, the almost two-week-old Carr Fire, claimed another life on Saturday, a 21-year-old apprentice lineman, Jay Ayeta, officials with PG&E Corp said on Sunday.

The White House did not immediately respond when asked about Gleick's comments.

In a pair of tweets that puzzled experts, Trump said the wildfires are worsened by "bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized".

He tweeted on Monday that the wildfires were being "magnified & made so much worse" because of a Californian policy to divert water into the Pacific Ocean.

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If Trump means "tree clear" to mean more logging, then he's merely putting his oar in for more commercial exploitation of the forests. 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.