California is Burning and There's No End in Sight
A wildfire that has scorched more than 290,000 acres in Northern California is now the largest blaze ever recorded in state history.
Officials gave the Mendocino Complex Fire that devastating designation Monday after it reached 443 square miles, which is about twice the size of Tucson, Arizona.
The fire spans three counties (Lake, Colusa, and Mendocino) and has already destroyed dozens of homes. Officials say it probably won’t reach full containment until September.
Meanwhile, more than 15 other large wildfires are burning across the state. Firefighters have been deployed in the tens of thousands to keep the crisis under control. At least eight people are dead.
Experts say dry, hot conditions are to blame for this intense fire season. But the president, always apt to weigh in via Twitter, has other ideas.
California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amounts of readily available water to be properly utilized. It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
That tweet sent the fact checkers and environmentalists into a tailspin Monday. One of the state’s leading experts on California water and climate policy, Peter Gleick, called it “gobbledygook bullsh--.”
One thing is for certain: these blazes are absolutely devastating. To get a visual grasp of what the state is enduring right now, check out these images of our wildfires from space.