California wildfires are largest in state history


Six other people, including two firefighters, have been killed by the Carr Fire, which has grown into the state's seventh-most destructive fire in California history.

On Sunday, 140 fire managers and specialists from Australia and New Zealand underwent special training and were outfitted with safety gear at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, before being deployed to battle fires in the Pacific Northwest and California.

California has not been suffering record temperatures, but the minimum overnight temperatures for the month of July at 64.9 degrees were a record since the weather service began collecting accurate data in 1950 and about 5 degrees warmer than the average over 68 years, according to Wildfire Today. The Carr Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding.

However, if the fire does manage to cross the dozer lines covered in retardant, Blankenheim said there are "engines in place ready to protect structures".

Environmentalists and some politicians say the uptick in the intensity of the state's wildfire season may be linked in part to climate change.

TRUMP: "Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

The fire, present in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties, has burned nearly 274,000 acres as of Monday afternoon and has destroyed 143 structures, including 75 homes, according to CalFire's list of the state's largest wildfires.

Another major wildfire is tearing through California and it's growing at a phenomenal pace.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman declined to comment on Trump's tweet but said crews did not lack water to fight the flames. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice!

The fledgling wildland firefighters from JBLM will be organized into 10 teams of 20 soldiers each, Manning said, but they won't be sent to battle a blaze on their own.

He tweeted on Monday that the wildfires were being "magnified & made so much worse" because of a Californian policy to divert water into the Pacific Ocean.

Over the weekend, the White House approved a disaster declaration for Shasta County, allowing affected residents from the Carr Fire to apply for federal disaster assistance such as temporary housing, home repairs and other programs.

A CalFire spokesperson, Marco De Anza, said the fire highlighted the need for a more comprehensive fire strategy, which could help communities in northern California stay safe in a time of prolonged drought and hotter days.

"All the fuels are receptive and the fire is being pushed erratically", Austin said.

"Jurisdictions are drawing on any and all available resources to contain all of the fires statewide and to quickly attack and attempt the extinguish the myriad of new fire starts that arise across all regions of the state every day".

Another blaze that ignited last week has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.