California Wildfires Made Worse by Environmental Laws
07 August, 2018, 11:41 | Author: Charlene Valdez
The 3,900 crews battling the Mendocino Complex on Monday were focusing on keeping flames from breaking through fire lines on a ridge above the foothill communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glen Haven, and Clearlake Oaks, said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire.
"There have been no issues getting water from them", Scott McLean, a spokesman for the CaliforniaDepartment of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, told me. Some 200 soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington, have also been called in to help in one of the most destructive fire seasons on record.
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As Gleick points out, water in Northern California flows to the ocean naturally - it's the irrigation and urban users who have "diverted" it.
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"Fire season is really just beginning", Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott said, explaining that such intense conditions used to come around the peak of the season. RIM FIRE (Tuolumne County), August 2013 Acres burned: 257,314 Structures destroyed: 112 Deaths: 0 6. "Must also clear trees to stop fire spreading".
As of Sunday morning, the Carr Fire had destroyed more than 1,600 buildings and consumed more than 154,000 acres.
Elsewhere in California, evacuations were ordered for cabins in Cleveland National Forest canyons in Orange County on Monday afternoon after a blaze broke out and quickly spread to span 700 acres (283 hectares).
The Australian and New Zealand firefighters who arrived in the US last weekend to help fight the wildfires spreading throughout the country have been deployed to blazes in Northern California and OR, the National Interagency Fire Center said Monday.
As for the "bad environmental laws", it's unclear whether Trump means California laws or federal laws. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze, which is now only 30 percent contained.
The Ranch Fire is 225,001 acres and containment has decreased to 21% - making this fire the sixth largest in state history by itself. In response to the devastating wildfires in Shasta County, Tri Counties Bank has created a verified GoFundMe campaign to help those impacted by the fires.
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The Carr Fire, which incinerated 1,067 homes, started with sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire, Department of Agriculture and Fire Prevention officials said.
In addition, "the rates of mortality from fire, insects, and disease are about three times as high on national forest lands as they are on private lands regulated under California's strict environmental laws", he said. Of the 89,633 acres burned, firefighters have contained about 38%, according to authorities. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.
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