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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. Will Powers, a fire prevention specialist with Cal Fire, said the heat and dryness are fueling the blaze.

Deputy fire chief Mr Mclean dismissed Mr Trump's comments to United States media, saying firefighters had "plenty of water" to tackle these wildfires.

Officials say the Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of two nearby fires being treated as the same incident, has surpassed last year's Thomas Fire to become the largest in state history.

The White House did not respond to requests to clarify Trump's tweets.

Republican lawmakers in California's agriculture-rich Central Valley complain the state and federal governments allow too much of the state's rainfall and snow melt to flow naturally through rivers and into the Pacific Ocean, instead of being diverted for irrigation.

In July, California's State Water Resources Control Board released a draft plan for an important watershed in the northern part of the state that would limit the amount of water used for agriculture.

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Firefighters stand watch on a roof as a wildfire sweeps through the area near Lakeport, Calif., Thursday, August 2, 2018. He said climate change is making these conditions more frequent.

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. WITCH FIRE (San Diego County), October 2007 Acres burned: 197,990 Structures destroyed: 1,650 Deaths: 2 9.

For one thing, the wildfires are in the hills, far from the Pacific Ocean and from the man-made storage and distribution system that carries water from California's wetter north to the drier, more populated south.

"The president has been pretty good on helping us in disasters, so I'm hopeful", said Brown, a Democrat.

In his Sunday morning update, Blankenheim said while firefighters are succeeding in their battle to protect Scotts Valley in Lake County, the Ranch Fire did move into Long Valley Saturday. The River and Ranch fires had grown to cover about 82,675 hectares by Saturday night, and were considered 32 percent contained, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire). "Despite personal loss in many cases, they've managed to not only keep open the Outpatient Clinic's doors, but travel deep into the community to ensure displaced veterans are receiving the care they need and deserve".

Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more unsafe to life and property. The complex is now only a couple thousand acres shy of becoming the largest in state history, and it has done so in a remarkably brief period. Of the 89,633 acres burned, firefighters have contained about 38%, according to authorities.


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