California wildfires: Donald Trump BLAMES California's ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS for blazes

Flames from Carr Fire in Shasta County on Monday

North California wildfires expand to more than two-thirds the size of LA

Though the fires are being counted together as one "complex", they remain two seperate fires (if only by a couple miles of unburned land south of Hwy. 20).

Authorities from state fire agency CalFire reported before midday that it already had mushroomed into the second worst blaze in state history in terms of area burned.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection has been puzzled by the claims from the president, according to Fox News. The entire so-called Mendocino Complex Fire is now one of the largest on record in the state, officials said.

The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

Henri Grissino-Mayer, a professor of geography at the University of Tennessee, nevertheless countered President Trump's statements and stated he had "no clue" what the President was referring to.

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

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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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"What seems like we should be in the peak of fire season, historically, is really now the kind of conditions we're seeing really at the beginning", Pimlott said at a news conference.

"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said.

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 Carr Fire has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around Redding.

The declaration makes federal funding available to individuals and business owners in Shasta County for temporary housing and home repairs, losses on uninsured property and other recovery programs.

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Through last week, California fires had torched about 117,300 hectares, more than double the five-year average over that same period, according to Cal Fire.

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. The Thomas Fire scorched a much more densely populated area, burning through 1,063 structures and damaging 280 more.

Reports surfaced last week that the Carr Fire was started when a tire failed on a trailer, causing its rim to scrape on asphalt along Highway 299 and ignite the sixth-most destructive wildfire in California's history.

Firefighters had managed to contain 45 percent of the Carr blaze by Monday morning.

At 273,664 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire now sits at number two of California's largest wildfires.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week.

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