Massive wildfire becomes largest in California history

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

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

Jairus Ayeta worked as an apprentice lineman for Pacific Gas & Electric and died in a vehicle-related incident near the Carr Fire in Shasta County on Saturday, spokeswoman Melissa Subbotin said.

The trio were arrested on suspicion of interfering with firefighters and not having authorization to be in an evacuation zone.

California's battles over divvying up water in the arid state are unending, but a battle between firefighters and the Pacific Ocean hasn't been one of them, according to Jay Lund, a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Davis, and a longtime analyst of the state's water wars.

All three men were later released with citations.

"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said. "Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hurley said of firefighters who had cut buffer lines around 30 percent of the blaze.

The fires, known as the Mendocino Complex, are burning around 100 miles north of San Francisco.

The fire has razed more than 1,600 buildings, including some 1,000 homes, state officials say.

Meanwhile, the death toll from California's Carr Fire rose to seven over the weekend, as climate change-fueled wildfires continue to blaze across the state.

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

The fire has burned over 160,000 acres of land, and was 43 percent contained on Sunday evening, according to CAL FIRE.

President Donald Trump on Monday again falsely stated that the California government is diverting river water into the Pacific Ocean that could be used to fight forest fires, but he also signaled he will fast-track federal help.

Brown's call for help came shortly before authorities called on residents in Glenn and Colusa counties in Northern California to evacuate as a wildfire there continues to grow. He said climate change is making these conditions more frequent.

Mandatory evacuations are in place throughout Shasta and Trinity counties.

As for the "bad environmental laws", it's unclear whether Trump means California laws or federal laws. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.

Another blaze that ignited last week has damaged a historic Northern California resort in the Stanislaus National Forest.

On Sunday, the National Park Service announced that parts of Yosemite National Park will remain closed indefinitely because of growing fires in areas near and on the park. But the number of acres burned this year at 292,455 is about 50 percent higher than the 219,369 acres burnt last year and more than double the 118,811-acre average for the last 5 years. The line was held through the use of between 15 and 18 helicopters, scooping water from Clear Lake - and the aid of two DC-10 very large air tankers (VLATs) as well as the 747 supertanker, along with several CalFire prop tankers, for a lot of 10 to 12 airtankers dumping on that fire line through the day.

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