Largest wildfire in California history still growing

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire near Lakeport California

A DC-10 air tanker drops fire retardant along the crest of a hill to protect the two bulldozers below that were cutting fire lines at the River Fire near Lakeport California

One of the wildfires, the "Carr fire" near Redding, California, on the Sacramento River about 120 miles south of the OR border, has claimed seven lives, destroyed more than 1,000 homes and scarred more than 163,200 acres, according to CAL FIRE.

A spokesperson for PG&E says he sustained fatal injuries in a vehicle-related accident Saturday on the western edge of the Carr Fire in Shasta County.

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

"We have plenty of water" for battling the massive blazes burning in hills north of San Francisco, said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

It wasn't immediately clear what California laws Trump was referring to.

"The water that reaches the ocean is what's left after we've diverted most of the water away for cities and farms, and what little is left is barely enough for California's aquatic ecosystems and the fisheries", he said.

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California Governor Jerry Brown, who visited some of the burnt areas on Saturday, said, "This is part of a trend, the new normal, that we've got to deal with".

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

Before arriving at the fires, the Aussies and Kiwis went through a brief training period at the NIFC headquarters in Boise, Bilbao said.

"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said. "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"

Gilless said Trump's language about water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", doesn't make sense, as water naturally flows to the ocean.

Elsewhere across the state, firefighters are working to put out more than a dozen other fires that have killed several people, ravaged thousands of acres, and sparked air quality alerts.

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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). One, the Carr Fire, was still active in Shasta County.

"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized", he tweeted Sunday.

It's killed seven people, including two firefighters who were helping residents evacuate from the affected area.

It has burned approximately 273,664 acres, and grew around 70 percent over the weekend. The fire was 43% contained as of late Sunday, according to Cal Fire.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week. Of the 89,633 acres burned, firefighters have contained about 38%, according to authorities.

According to Daniel Ramey, the PIO for Peardale Chicago Park Fire, "The team has seen a large amount of wildlife in the area - elks, coyotes, rabbits, deer, eagles etc".

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