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
Governor Jerry Brown must allow the Free Flow of the vast amounts of water coming from the North and foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Can be used for fires, farming and everything else. Think of California with plenty of Water - Nice! Fast Federal govt. approvals.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 6, 2018
Even President Sh**-For-Brains is smart enough to know this is bunk. He tweets a lie to get a rise from his base. What a disgrace to our heroic firefighting efforts and the thousands whose lives have been wrecked by these fires. This nightmare presidency can't end soon enough. pic.twitter.com/FFuB4gohRD— Rep. Jared Huffman (@JaredHuffman) August 6, 2018
The #CarrFire and #MendocinoComplex fires are challenging enough for communities, first responders, and agency officials who are trying to help without all of this absurd and unnecessary confusion from the President & his allies. https://t.co/sGZBW5ng6Y— Rep. Jared Huffman (@RepHuffman) August 6, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump: It may have been hard to tell from your golf course this morning, but thousands of #California residents are suffering desperately from these devastating blazes. #Firefighters and family members have died from these fires. Focus on their loss, not this BS below https://t.co/9GNFMWf2B3— Mike McGuire (@ilike_mike) August 5, 2018
North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District release:
Dear Mr. President:
Today, we write in support of the State of California’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance as a result of the devastating wildfires in Lake, Mendocino, and Napa Counties.
California has experienced an unusual amount of wildfire activity — with 16 wildfires burning simultaneously throughout the state. These fires have been exacerbated by the weather, which is exceptionally hot and dry. Daytime highs and nighttime lows have averaged 10 degrees above normal and drought conditions prevail. We appreciate your swift approval of a Major Disaster Declaration for Shasta County for the Carr Fire, as well as of Fire Management Assistance Grants, to help our state fight these devastating fires. As you know, the Carr Fire that began its devastating impact in Shasta County has also crossed into Trinity County, where mandatory evacuation orders were issued and additional assistance may be required.
On July 27, 2018, the River and Ranch Fires ignited in Mendocino County and quickly crossed into Lake County. These two fires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, subsequently exploded in size, threatening highly populated areas within Lake County. They have scorched more than 280,000 acres and forced the entire population of Upper Lake and the City of Lakeport to evacuate. The Mendocino Complex Fire continues to grow at an alarming rate, and is now the largest fire in our state’s history. It is only 30 percent contained.
In addition, on the evening of July 28, 2018, the Steele Fire ignited in Napa County. Though smaller in size than the Carr or Mendocino Complex Fires, the Steele Fire has already been extremely destructive. Residents were forced to flee with almost no prior notice, as the fire destroyed homes soon after ignition.
These catastrophic fires are a disaster of major scope and consequence. Therefore, we strongly support the State of California’s request for a major disaster declaration for these communities. We appreciate your consideration of this request and stand ready to assist you in expediting support and resources to the communities afflicted by this terrible tragedy.
Fires remain active throughout Oregon and Northern California. The fires with the potential to impact our area (depending on conditions) are the Klondike and Natchez Fire (Southern Oregon), Carr Fire (Shasta/Eastern Trinity County), Mendocino Complex (Lake/Mendocino County). In the north, morning Northeast winds around the Oregon fires will shift to Northwest in the evening. Smoke will be localized and into the drainages to the South of the fires with downslope winds trapping smoke in the evening. Along the coast, haze and periods of smoke are expected in the afternoon and evening depending on conditions. Smoke impacts from the Carr Fire in Trinity County are expected to remain minor and intermittent until Wednesday. The Mendocino Complex remains active with a forecast of Southerly winds bringing potential smoke impacts Northward sometime Wednesday. Particulate Matter (PM2.5) monitors are presently in Gasquet, Klamath, Weitchpec, Orleans, Hoopa, Weaverville, and Eureka. Updates will be provided as conditions change. For 24-hour Air Quality Advisory Information, call toll-free at 1-866-BURN-DAY (1-866-287- 6329). Fire information can be found at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ or at www.calfire.ca.gov. Current weather information can be found at www.wrh.noaa.gov.