A utility worker was killed near a Northern California wildfire as crews continued to battle multiple blazes that have forced hundreds more to evacuate, officials said Sunday. Officials have confirmed that six people, including two firefighters and a woman and her two great-grandchildren, have died.
The Mendocino Complex Fire is one of over a dozen large fires burning in California at the moment.
Gilless said the reason California's wildfires are so destructive this year is the state's "high heat, low relative humidity, high wind speeds and high fuel loading".
Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more risky to life and property.
Fire officials have said that 95 percent of all wildfires are caused by humans, from camp fires left unattended to careless smoking, to sparks from vehicles and improperly maintained power lines.
The Ranch Fire was just 22 percent contained and the River Fire was 50 percent contained.
The worldwide fire teams were to arrive in Redding, California, on Monday, said Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott.
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About 200 active-duty troops from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, will get a quick course in becoming "wildland firefighters" to battle the deadly wildfires devastating wide swaths of California, the Pentagon said Monday.
Both fires began on July 27.
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". With mandatory evacuations in place in parts of Mendocino and Lake Counties authorities warn that only 30 percent of the blaze has been contained so far. The declaration makes federal funds available to residents of Shasta County, where the Carr Fire outside Redding, California, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes.
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Exhausted firefighters across the state are trying to contain 17 major fires that are burning in hot, dry and windy conditions. Trump friend Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has claimed in the past that Communists are stealing water from farmers in the area.
At the same time, firefighters have pulled back in the uninhabited national forests to the north, where they have cut fire lines and are employing indirect methods.
The group in California includes 10 task force leaders, four structure protection specialists, six safety officers, four helicopter managers, two heavy equipment bosses, 15 division supervisors, 10 crew bosses and two liaison officers, Bilbao said.
"Congress and the president could help out with that by, rather than cutting fire funding, putting more money into basic" prevention efforts, he said.