California fire officials contradict Trump’s claim about water shortage amid wildfire

A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire tears down New Long Valley Rd near Clearlake Oaks on Saturday

The Mendocino Complex grew to span 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) by Tuesday morning, with barely a third of it contained since two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

"In past decades, we may have seen a fire that we're seeing now in August or September", Ca Fire Director Ken Pimlott said during a press conference last week.

The Mendocino Complex Fire has already engulfed 290,692 acres (117,639 hectares) - nearly the size of Los Angeles.

Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous". The fast moving brush fire has burned at least 4,000 acres.

The wildfires across the West have been fueled this year by drought conditions and unusual three-digit temperatures.

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So-the Mendocino Complex wildfire just became the largest in California's history.

The Mendocino Complex consists of two neighboring Northern California blazes, the Ranch and River fires.

"These fires are frightening to watch, even from space", European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst wrote via Twitter Friday (Aug. 3), where he posted images of several big fires and their even larger smoke plumes. Another large fire that is still now uncontained, the Carr Fire, is climbing the list at number 12. But officials say the twin fires threaten 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.

Out-of-control wildfires in California have become the largest in the U.S. state's history with weeks to go until the end of the scorching summer season.

Although the Mendocino Complex Fire is record-setting for California, it does seem to be following a trend of increasingly massive and risky fires.

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President Trump claimed in a tweet that California's wildfires are "made so much worse by the bad environmental laws" which prevent firefighters from accessing water.

The president's comment comes after he said Sunday that too much water from the northern part of the state is being wasted by flowing into the Pacific Ocean. It has destroyed more than 100 structures since July 27, the Frisco Fire Department said.

The fire authorities insisted that they have ample water to fight California's catastrophic wildfires, contrary to Trump's controversial tweet. It was almost halfway contained, Cal Fire said.

And when they can't take that direct approach, firefighters retreat to a ridge, wide road or stream where they use bulldozers to cut a "fire line".

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.

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