Monday, 17 December, 2018

Mendocino Complex day 11: River Fire nearly contained, Ranch Fire continues growth

So far at least 100 buildings have been destroyed by the Mendocino Complex and 650 by the Carr fire So far at least 100 buildings have been destroyed by the Mendocino Complex and 650 by the Carr fire
Ray Hunter | 07 August, 2018, 11:39

A helicopter drops water while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, near Clearlake Oaks, California, on August 5, 2018.

While supporting the overstretched California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), they "will be accompanied by experienced wildland fire strike team leaders and crew bosses from wildland fire management", NORTHCOM said in a statement. Add to this aircraft from across California, not just prop tankers, but DC-10s, C-130s and of course the famous Tanker 944 the 747 supertanker, and one begins to see the enormous financial cost of fighting the fire, not to mention the huge loss of property, and cost of rebuilding.

The Ranch and River fires that make up the Mendocino Complex wildfire had grown to 283,800 acres by Monday evening, Cal Fire said in their latest update.

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.

He said it's "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean".

Jairus Ayeta, who was in his 20s, worked as an apprentice lineman and was part of a PG&E crew working in "dangerous terrain" to restore power, she said.

More than 129 million trees have died since 2010 in California, a problem that state officials trace back to climate change.

"Fires across the west are burning hotter and more intense", he tweeted. "We had some very erratic fire conditions and it actually crossed the dozer lines and made a hard push, (but) we were able to stop it at Bear Creek Road" and create solid dozer lines on the east section of the fire. Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. In all, they have destroyed hundreds of homes, killed eight people - including two firefighters assisting in a wildfire near Yosemite National Park.

Vintage World War II plane crashes in Switzerland, 20 feared dead
Officials said 11 men and nine women were killed, most from Switzerland but also a couple and their son from Austria. He said it had its full annual service during the winter, and "we know of no technical problems with this aircraft".

But the other one is growing after spreading into the Mendocino National Forest.

Multiple wildfires that together grew Monday to almost the size of Los Angeles could become the worst in fire-prone California's history, authorities warned.

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.

"California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized", Trump wrote on Twitter.

The fire has now spread to more than 163,000 acres and is only 45 percent contained, according to the department.

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows by tweeting about the wildfires inaccurately, claiming there was not enough water to fight them. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.

The fire was started two weeks ago by sparks from a steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire.

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 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.

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