Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

‘We Have Plenty Of Water’ For Fighting California Wildfires

‘We Have Plenty Of Water’ For Fighting California Wildfires

Three specialist firefighters from South Australia's Country Fire Service are being deployed to Canada where authorities are battling more than 450 fires in the British Colombia district.

Keith Gilless is a UC Berkeley professor of forest economics and chairman of the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Fire officials expect it to take another nine days to fully contain the so-called Mendocino Complex Fire, which had scorched 273,664 acres (110,748 hectares) by Monday morning, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, an area almost the size of Los Angeles.

Even the White House can't explain President Donald Trump's tweets suggesting California environmental laws have worsened wildfires raging in that state.

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The Ranch and River fires , which span Lake and Mendocino counties, are burning about 14 miles apart and have destroyed 75 homes. The fires have spread rapidly in recent days to burn 283,800 acres of land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.


Officials had set a target to extinguish the fire by mid-August, but they now say they will need until early September.

On the two fires 75 residences have been destroyed and another 9,300 remain threatened.

Some 200 soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., have also been called in to help in one of the most destructive fire seasons on record.

The Ranch Fire is the bigger of the two, scorching 241,772 acres at just 20% containment.

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As fires grow to historic sizes in California, President Trump tweeted that the state is "foolishly" diverting "vast amounts of water from the North" into the Pacific Ocean instead of using them to fight its wildfires.

A geophysicist and volcanologist, Gerst also worked as a volunteer firefighter while in school, according to his ESA biography. Officials have confirmed that six people, including two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren, have died. CEDAR FIRE (San Diego County), October 2003 Acres burned: 273,246 Structures destroyed: 2,820 Deaths: 15 4. He added in the tweet that water "is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

Trump doubled down Monday, saying that California Gov.

Water management is a long-standing issue in California.

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"California's forests and rangelands aren't dry and burning because of CA's water policies", Gleick said. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger. Jerry Brown's (D) request for a major disaster declaration, which makes additional federal funding available for fire response and provides assistance to evacuees in Shasta County. The soldiers will be trained and will undergo a certification process before they are deployed to California next weekend. The fire surrounds Clear Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in the state, a vital habitat for fish and other wildfire and a spot for water sports enthusiasts.

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