WHITE HOUSE: Trump says 'bad environmental laws' to blame for wildfires

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Two fires in northern California have become the largest in the state's history, fire officials have said.

A firetruck rushes past flames that overran a road at the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) in Lakeport, California, U.S. July 31, 2018.

Neither McLean nor Jessica Gardetto, a spokeswoman for the Idaho-based fire agency, would address the tweets directly, but Gardetto said by telephone, "Most wildfire suppression efforts involve firefighters and boots on the ground".

This fire has killed two people and injured 11 others. Seven people were killed and more than a thousand homes were destroyed.

The president, offering no proof of his claims, said the blazes "were made worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilised".

The disaster declaration that Trump approved for California on Sunday makes available federal funding to state, local and tribal governments "on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the fix or replacement of facilities damaged by the wildfires and high winds in Shasta County".

The soldiers have not been assigned to a specific fire yet, Manning said. There they'll wait for the blaze to come to them while lighting "backfires" to clear vegetation between the fire line and the approaching blaze.

While containment grew to 47 percent, burned acreage grew over the weekend, as well, now sitting at 164,413 acres burned.

The weather forecast for the week ahead is not encouraging: very hot and very dry, the flawless conditions for the fires to expand.

"California is going through a really heartbreaking fire season right now", he added.

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It has claimed more than 1,600 buildings, majority homes.

A brand new blaze called the Holy Fire was ignited on Monday in Orange County, quickly expanding to more than 1,200 acres.

At more than 290,692 acres, the fire spans more than 454.2 square miles.

Seventeen wildfires are burning up and down California.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two twin fires: the River Fire and the Ranch Fire.

The Ferguson Fire, which has claimed the lives of two firefighters, has burned over 91,000 acres, while the Cranston Fire has burned over 13,000 acres.

The Department of Defense has also provided five aircraft to aid in fighting the wildfires, four C-130 cargo planes outfitted with Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and an RC-26 surveillance plane, being used to monitor and map wildfires, Manning said.

Cal Fire is now calling the Mendocino Complex the largest wildfire in California history.

Deputy fire chief Mr Mclean dismissed Mr Trump's comments to USA media, saying firefighters had "plenty of water" to carry out their work.

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