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The 18 large wildfires burning across California have consumed about 559,000 acres, destroyed homes and forced thousands to evacuate.

A Pacific Gas and Electric worker was killed while working to restore power in an affected region, according to utility spokesman JD Guidi.

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the destructive blaze that has been burning for two weeks near Redding. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.

Firefighters had managed to contain 45 percent of the Carr blaze by Monday morning.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea urges Pyongyang to speed up denuclearization process More than a dozen arrested as protesters, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley Trump golfs with Graham at New Jersey club MORE is solidifying his opposition to California's environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state's historic wildfires.

The move came after Gov.

Gilless said Trump's language about water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", doesn't make sense, as water naturally flows to the ocean.

Though the fires are being counted together as one "complex", they remain two seperate fires (if only by a couple miles of unburned land south of Hwy. 20). "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change". Fire agencies haven't been complaining about a lack of water, especially water "diverted" to the Pacific.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted Sunday that the wildfires hitting California are "being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized".


Hotter weather attributed to climate change is drying out vegetation, creating more intense fires that spread quickly from rural areas to city subdivisions, climate and fire experts say.

Authorities say that the fires are only 30% contained and may not be fully under control for at least another week.

But the other one is growing after spreading into the Mendocino National Forest. "What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", said Pimlott.

Fifty-three of the almost 150 specialists who were requested by USA officials last week arrived at the Northern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Redding on Monday, NIFC spokeswoman Carrie Bilbao said, while the remaining firefighters were sent to Redmond, Ore. "We can pretty much get water out of streams, creeks, ponds, rivers, lakes".

But those are unrelated issues, according to Bill Stewart, a forestry specialist at the University of California at Berkeley.

Thinning can help reduce fire severity by limiting fuel, Stewart said, but the president's tweet misses some important nuance.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week. The declaration will help fire victims with unemployment assistance, food aid and legal and mental health counseling among other federal programs.

Firefighters stand watch on a roof as a wildfire sweeps through the area near Lakeport, Calif., Thursday, August 2, 2018. That activates additional personnel and funding; about 200 soldiers will join the effort this week.


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