California Fires: Experts Push Back Against Trump Claim

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If the Mendocino Complex Fire continues to grow, it could become the largest wildfire the state has seen in nine decades, surpassing the Thomas Fire, which burned through almost 282,000 acres of land in December 2017 in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. Two firefighters and four residents, including two children, were also killed.

The Mendocino Complex is technically two separate fires.

Meanwhile US President Donald Trump has reiterated social media comments that the fires' spread is being "made so much worse" by California's environmental laws.

The smaller fire, known as River Fire, is more contained and has grown by only a few thousand acres over the weekend.

To the north, the deadly Carr Fire has entered its third week of destruction in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento, scorching more than 164,400 acres of land since July 23.

The worldwide fire teams were to arrive in Redding, California, on Monday, said Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSouth Korea urges Pyongyang to speed up denuclearization process More than a dozen arrested as protesters, counter-protesters clash in Berkeley Trump golfs with Graham at New Jersey club MORE is solidifying his opposition to California's environmental policies, saying they are to blame for the state's historic wildfires.

Parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely due to the Ferguson Fire burning near the park, according to the National Park Service.

"The fire did make a big push through Long Valley into Spring Valley", he said, adding that some structures were burned in both Spring Valley and Long Valley when "the fire made a very significant, extremely erratic push into those areas".

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A seventh death has been reported in the battle against the Carr Fire.

About 9,300 structures are threatened. It has killed two firefighters and five civilians, and has destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

The Ranch Fire is 225,001 acres and containment has decreased to 21% - making this fire the sixth largest in state history by itself.

Hundreds of colleagues, family and friends attended a memorial service Saturday in Fresno for National Forest Service Capt. Brian Hughes. And parts of Colusa, Lake, and Mendocino counties have been evacuated.

As for the northern section of the fire, Blankenheim said it "continues to progress toward Lake Pillsbury, and we're building line on Middle Mountain Road and working toward the Eel River, trying to cut it off before it gets to the community of Lake Pillsbury". They are now deployed in California, Oregon, and Washington.

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The resort owners said in a Facebook post that "at this point it has been confirmed that there is 'massive structural damage.' We are heartbroken and struggling with this news".

Experts have said this has meant fires spreading more quickly from rural areas to urban developments.

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