The Latest On Major Fires Burning In Northern California

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

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.

The Carr Fire burning near Redding has 163,207 acres and is 45 percent contained. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger.

Though Trump's logic is sure to be questioned by hydrologists, the water diversion policies have always been a target of conservative farmers in the region, who argue that water should be stored for their use rather than flowing out to sea.

Authorities say three men tending to a marijuana garden were arrested over the weekend after they refused to leave a fire evacuation zone in Northern California, hindering firefighters' efforts against a massive blaze. These backfires give off large plumes of smoke, and their flames have been visible from Ukiah, but it should be remembered that they are a firefighting measure, and though they may appear threatening from the Ukiah Valley, they instead represent progress in containing the fire, and ensuring that it does not actually threaten the valley.

CBN News' Heather Sells is in California covering the wildfires. By Monday, it has become the second-largest California wildfire on record, surpassing the size of a massive blaze that killed 15 people in 2003 in San Diego County.

Sunday was a "really good day for the River Fire", Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Charlie Blankenheim said during his evening update on the Mendocino Complex fires, explaining that personnel had begun "mopping up" and shifting focus to the Ranch Fire, which grew another 25,000 acres overnight to exceed 200,000 acres. Jerry Brown's administration is sending water from "the North" into the Pacific Ocean. Pacific Gas and Electric Company tells ABC News a crew member was doing restoration work in Shasta County when an unspecified accident happened. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! The Complex has now grown to 273,664 acres with 30% containment, and CalFire has confirmed the destruction of 75 residences and 68 other structures - though this number should continue to climb as CalFire teams enter burned out areas to make a careful accounting of the situation.

Peter Gleick, one of California's leading experts on Western water resources as president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, said that Trump appeared to be seizing on the wildfires to side with farmers on a separate debate over how to allocate California's finite water resources among farmers, cities, fish and wildlife. "But we're trying to get in with dozers and hand crews and cut it direct". That was only about 10 percent higher than that the 3,440 last year and the 3,405-acre average for the last 5 years. Last August, JBLM soldiers gave support in battling blazes in northern California, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman.

Brown's office announced Saturday that the White House has approved a request for a presidential major disaster declaration that would help fire victims in Shasta County, which has been ravaged by the Carr Fire.

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