White House can't -- or won't -- explain Trump's wildfire tweets

White House can't -- or won't -- explain Trump's wildfire tweets

The Mendocino Complex Fire is one of over a dozen large fires burning in California at the moment. When fires burn in an area that happens to be without ponds, lakes or rivers, state officials typically call in more planes to ferry in water, McLean said. Firefighters have achieved 78% containment on it as of Tuesday morning, making significant progress over Monday night.

Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the destructive fire burning for two weeks near Redding. Two years ago, the Clayton fire tore through nearly 4,000 acres and 300 structures, many of them mobile homes and rentals. Officials said it killed a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. employee Saturday in the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, bringing the death toll to seven.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the blazes across the state of California.

"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.

Trump's tweet went on: "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!"

"We are routinely now seeing fires reach 100,000 acres several times in one month and it's only July, so we have a long way to go in this fire season, and as we saw past year fire season can go right up through December".

Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions. It has scorched 443 square miles (1,148.4 square kilometers), fire officials said Monday.




Nationwide on wildfires 558 hand crews, 186 helicopters, and 1,907 fire engines are assigned on wildfires, for a total 28,234 personnel including overhead and other firefighting resources.

The Mendocino Complex Fire in Colusa and Lake counties near Ukiah, California, about two hours north of San Francisco, is now 283,800 acres and remains 30 percent contained, Cal Fire reported in its latest update at 7:33 p.m. local time Monday.

"It's the embers, not the fire itself, that destroy most homes", said Steve Conboy, a construction expert whose company develops fire-resistant chemicals to apply to wood. One, the Carr Fire, was still active in Shasta County.

The Mendocino Complex is the second fire to break records in California in as many years, following the Thomas Fire in December 2017 that destroyed 281,893 acres. Two firefighters and four residents, including two children, were also killed. Both fires began on July 27, according to Cal Fire.

Although the Mendocino Complex Fire is record-setting for California, it does seem to be following a trend of increasingly massive and unsafe fires.

The Ranch Fire is the larger of the two fires, having consumed more than 225,000 acres so far.

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