No, California didn’t worsen wildfires by dumping water into ocean

No, California didn’t worsen wildfires by dumping water into ocean

No, California didn’t worsen wildfires by dumping water into ocean

The size of the fire has surpassed that of last year's Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and destroyed more than 1,000 structures.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said Tuesday the blaze burning in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties has scorched 378 square miles (979 square kilometers).

There have been no deaths associated with the Mendocino Complex Fire, which actually began as two separate fires - the River Fire and Ranch Fire - before merging into one incident.

Although fires typically calm down at night because temperatures decrease and humidity increases, the Mendocino Complex Fire has continued to grow by thousands of acres regardless of the time of day, according to the Los Angeles Times and the Post.

Since being ignited on 27 July they have devastated 283,000 acres (443.4 square miles).

A sweeping wildfire became the largest in Californian history on Monday as it raged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest where crews battled to keep flames from descending into foothill communities.

"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.

Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 16 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions.

Officials had set a target to extinguish the fire by mid-August, but they now say they will need until early September. This puts them at the number two spot on the list of largest wildfires in state history.

The table released by CAL FIRE on August 4, 2018 does not include the Mendocino Complex, since it is still very actively growing.

Following a request to respond as part of the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, the Frisco Fire Department said it will send four firefighters and a brush truck to California.

Crews also gained ground against another Northern California wildfire that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding.

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. In reality, there are zero reports of water shortages for any of California's ongoing firefighting efforts, and there are zero places in California where water is diverted to the ocean.

A total of almost 3,000 people were fighting the flames, including firefighters from Arizona, Washington and Alaska.

"Unfortunately, they're not going to get a break anytime soon", Brian Hurley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center, said in an interview on Monday.

"Let's be clear: It's our changing climate that is leading to more severe and destructive fires", said Cal Fire spokesman Mike Mohler. Jerry Brown (D) said Saturday in a news conference about the fires, adding that the disasters offer a chance for people to overcome ideological divisions.

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