Experts Weigh In on Trump’s Wildfire Tweets

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The wildfires are "extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely risky", said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

While supporting the overstretched California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), they "will be accompanied by experienced wildland fire strike team leaders and crew bosses from wildland fire management", NORTHCOM said in a statement.

According to Daniel Ramey, the PIO for Peardale Chicago Park Fire, "The team has seen a large amount of wildlife in the area - elks, coyotes, rabbits, deer, eagles etc". Altogether, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 283,800 acres - growing about 80% since Friday night.

Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous". Both fires began on July 27, according to Cal Fire.

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures.

The Mendocino Complex Fire rapidly became the largest wildfire in California history.

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. The Thomas Fire scorched a much more densely populated area, burning through 1,063 structures and damaging 280 more.

As of Monday, the Carr Fire had consumed 163,207 acres and was 45 percent contained.

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Sources: Satellite imagery from Copernicus (Sentinel-2), fire perimeters and largest wildfires data from CalFire, building footprint data from Microsoft.

The River and Ranch fires, which together are called the Mendocino Complex, blackened an area of 273,660 acres (110,750 hectares).

"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said. In reality, there are zero reports of water shortages for any of California's ongoing firefighting efforts, and there are zero places in California where water is diverted to the ocean.

In his tweet, Trump claimed that environmental laws are magnifying California wildfires by "diverting" water to the Pacific Ocean. It now sits at No. 6 on that list after destroying more than 1,600 structures and leaving six people dead.

And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line". It was almost halfway contained, Cal Fire said.

Firefighters battle to stop the spread of the massive fire in California.

"This is part of a trend - a new normal - that we got to deal with", the state's governor Jerry Brown told journalists of the "horrific" wildfires. Resources from Dallas Fire-Rescue and the Lewisville, Little Elm and Lake Cities fire departments will also be going to assist as a task force.

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