The Carr Fire is now the 12th largest fire recorded in the state. If he means the construction of fire breaks to contain fires, that's correct but it's a well understood technique and is exactly the technique being applied as a matter of course. The fires, he said, are "being magnified" because California has "diverted" a "massive amount" of water to the Pacific Ocean.
"We have plenty of water to fight these wildfires", says Scott McLean, deputy chief at California's Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), in an email to TIME.
"There's nothing that California water policy has done that makes these fires worse or more hard to fight", Gleick said. Whatever his targets, they don't prevent "readily available water" to be utilised to fight fires. That system, a combination of the Ranch Fire and the River Fire, totals more than 250,000 acres about 100 miles north of San Francisco. The Mendocino Complex Fires, which have killed two people, have grown to a combined 273,664.
California currently has 21 fires burning, with the Carr Fire near Redding now ranking as the state's 15th largest in wildfire history after burning 154,524 acres, according to Cal Fire. And experts anticipate the 2018 season will only get worse.
The Mendocino Complex, which has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to flee, is the largest of eight major wildfires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to declare a "major disaster" in the state.
Combined, they form the biggest blaze that California firefighters are now battling.
The White House issued a major disaster declaration over the weekend. Henri Grissino-Mayer, a geography professor at the University of Tennessee, said he had "no clue" what Trump was referring to in his tweet.
"The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment-they have done immeasurable harm to our forests".
"Fires across the west are burning hotter and more intense", he tweeted.
"All the fuels are receptive and the fire is being pushed erratically", Austin said. "It's really a head-scratcher".
As for the northeast section of the fire that is moving further into the Mendocino National Forest, Blankenheim said firefighters were building lines around several cabins on private property near the edges of the Snow Mountain Wilderness as the fire continued east below.
More than 14,000 firefighters are battling the wildfires across California.
The images on Lira's phone are a testament to the forbidding atmosphere in a region that has seen repeated blazes over the past four years, threatening the local economy and leading residents to question fire prevention strategies. In his own post Monday, the interior secretary made no mention of the role scientists say climate change is playing in California, instead focusing on the need to remove dead and dying timber.
California Gov. Jerry Brown blamed climate change, however.
Ayeta died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in risky terrain in Shasta County. "Tragedies bring people together". "It's not the new normal, this is a stepping stone, and we better start taking action right now".