Trump Inaccurately Claims California Is Wasting Water as Fires Burn

Trump Inaccurately Claims California Is Wasting Water as Fires Burn

Trump insists California wildfires can be stopped by capturing water

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

Donald Trump has doubled down on a weekend tweet that insisted Californias deadly wildfires could be better fought if the states water resources werent foolishly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

There is no indication that firefighters are lacking for water to quench the fires, which have killed eight people so far. Most of the operations use flame retardants instead.

The second thought from Trump is from Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke. The policy on stopping fires is that if theres nothing to burn, fires wont be started. Thus, Trump and Zinke advocate deforestation. Theres one problem with that, as Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas residents can attest, trees arent needed for fire. Kansas farmers are known to burn fields and Oklahomans see grass fires frequently during the drought of the last several years. One grassfire in Texas burned over 500 acres over the weekend.

Video: Mendocino Complex wildfire on track to becoming largest fire in California history

California wildfire declared largest in states history

Instead, the presidents tweets Sunday and Monday are digital sleight-of-hand justifying measures that would take more water out of the states rivers, canals and aqueducts for agriculture – despite the opposition of environmentalists who have the federal Endangered Species Act on their side.

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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, Trump tweeted Monday afternoon. 

President Donald Trumps push for a diversion of water resources to fight wildfires is actually a smokescreen to help California farmers in Republic-heavy districts to snag more H2O

On Monday morning, about 120 miles north of San Francisco, the Mendocino Complex Fire officially became the second-largest wildfire in modern state history, reaching 427 square miles. It is now just 13 square miles away from surpassing the states largest fire, the Thomas Fire last year in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Trump tweeted Monday that water was foolishlly being diverted into the Pacific Ocean, a reference to streams that support native fisheries

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