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"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.

The problem with that claim?

Many residents in Ukiah reported seeing flames licking over the top of Cow Mountain late Saturday night, and that appears to have been from a fire intentionally set by firefighters to create a barrier around the wildfire by taking away nearby fuel.

Several fire experts, however, said the comments don't address the main factor in fire severity: human-caused climate change. Denham hosted a visit to the area last week by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose agency has obligingly attacked state water policies.

"The soldiers will be outfitted with wildland fire Personal Protective Equipment and all of the gear they will need to serve as wildland firefighters", U.S. Northern Command said in a statement. "This year's changing weather pattern is leading to more severe and destructive wildfires".

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But that's "a totally separate issue" from fire management, said William Stewart, a forestry specialist at the University of California at Berkeley. "And I'm not aware of any situation in which those conflicts have restricted the availability of water for firefighting purposes".

It's the second year in a row that California has recorded the state's largest wildfire. "It's making for some extreme fire behavior", Powers said.

"Fire season is really just beginning". "The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment-they have done immeasurable harm to our forests". The argument about how much water should be captured before it gets to the ocean, again, is part of a different, unrelated debate. As Trump alluded to in his tweet, experts have urged state and federal forestry officials to move quickly in clearing swathes of dead forests due to their added fire danger.

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

If Trump means "tree clear" to mean more logging, then he's merely putting his oar in for more commercial exploitation of the forests.

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Leroy Westerling, a UC Merced professor and wildfire specialist, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Trump's tweet, "On the water side, it boggles the mind".

The White House did not respond to requests to clarify Trump's tweets.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday toured Redding neighborhoods wiped out by flames and called on President Donald Trump to help California fight and recover from the devastating wildfire season.

The fire, present in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties, has burned nearly 274,000 acres as of Monday afternoon and has destroyed 143 structures, including 75 homes, according to CalFire's list of the state's largest wildfires.

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