No, California didn’t worsen wildfires by dumping water into ocean

Facebook									Jairus Ayeta 21 was confirmed as the seventh death in the deadly Carr Fire ravaging California

The Mendocino Complex became the largest wildfire in California state history on Monday as it raged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, state wildfire officials said.

"Yes, we have plenty of water", CalFire Chief Scott McLean said by telephone, adding that the two largest blazes in California this week - the Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire - were each ringed by at least three major reservoirs.

With gusting winds, triple digit temperatures and nearly zero chance of rain in Northern California this week, scorching weather poses a persistent threat to firefighters battling out-of-control blazes on parched land, officials said.

One of the wildfires, the "Carr fire" near Redding, California, on the Sacramento River about 120 miles south of the OR border, has claimed seven lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and scarred more than 163,200 acres, according to CAL FIRE.

The Carr Fire, another active monster fire in Northern California, has the grim distinction of being one of the state's most destructive wildfires ever recorded.

The Mendocino Complex fire is reportedly growing by thousands of acres daily and has surpassed the state's Thomas fire previous year, which set ablaze more than 281,000 acres in California.

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"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.

The complex fire is comprised of the Ranch and River fires, both of which sparked July 27 near Clear Lake.

Ayeta died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain in Shasta County. The same can not be said of the Carr Fire, which is raging farther north, in Shasta County; it has claimed seven lives to date.

Deputy fire chief Mr Mclean dismissed Mr Trump's comments to United States media, saying firefighters had "plenty of water" to tackle these wildfires.

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

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement.

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"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center, said in an interview on Monday.

In this file photo taken on August 04, 2018 Resident Lane Lawder carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home from the Ranch Fire burning down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks, California. But officials say the twin fires threaten 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.

Several fire experts, however, said the comments don't address the main factor in fire severity: human-caused climate change.

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.

"There are also significant terrain hazards for firefighters".

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