Mendocino Complex Fire now second-largest in California history

FILE An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding California on 27 July 2018

FILE An inmate firefighter pauses during a firing operation as the Carr fire continues to burn in Redding California on 27 July 2018

The Carr Fire has now burned through 164,413 acres and has caused seven deaths, including a power utility worker who died over the weekend and two firefighters.

The second portion of Trump's tweet, that California "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!", is also confusing.

The fires have spread rapidly in recent days to burn 283,800 acres of land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

The disaster declaration that Trump approved for California on Sunday makes available federal funding to state, local and tribal governments "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and high winds in Shasta County".

The move came after Gov.

Trump, in a tweet on Sunday evening, blamed the intensifying fires on "bad environmental laws" that he said divert water resources into the Pacific Ocean.

The Mendocino Complex Fire began a little more than a week ago with two neighboring fires burning through only 9,500 acres of land, then rapidly spreading - at one point, by almost 30,000 acres within hours. On Sunday, firefighters worked around structures in the Lake Pillsbury area, clearing and creating lines around the residences.

Trump may be referring to state and federal laws that place water allocations to protect fish and wildlife on equal standing with irrigation and urban user supplies.

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The dry, hot weather that climate change brings adds to the dried tinder and risk. The board is taking that step because so much water has been pumped into the valley at the expense of the river ecosystem that the state's salmon fishery has been all but destroyed.

This year, California wildfires have burned more land earlier in the "fire season" than usual, said Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, during a news conference Saturday.

Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesRepublicans happy to let Treasury pursue 0 billion tax cut Trump weighs big tax cut for rich: report Celebrities dive into midterms, hoping to thwart Trump MORE (R-Calif.), who represents an agriculture-heavy district in the Central Valley, cheered Trump's Sunday tweet with a tweet of his own saying, "Forests should be managed properly and water should be allowed for farmers to grow food to feed people".

Last August, JBLM soldiers gave support in battling blazes in northern California, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

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

Temperatures could reach 110 degrees (43 Celsius) in Northern California over the next few days with gusty winds fanning the flames of the complex, a National Weather Service meteorologist said. The declaration would provide federal assistance, such as housing and food aid, counseling and medical services. The number one spot belongs to last year's Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires across California.

The Pentagon announced Monday that it will send about 200 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state to help with the firefighting efforts.

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