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Together, the fires haves destroyed 75 homes and 68 other structures, while threatening more than 9,300 others.

This year, California wildfires have burnt more land earlier in the "fire season" than usual, said Ken Pimlott, Cal Fire director, during a news conference on Saturday.

"We broke the record", state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean said.

Crews did make progress over the weekend against one of the two blazes in the Mendocino Complex with help from water-dropping aircraft, Cal Fire operations chief Charlie Blankenheim said in a video on Facebook.

The fires, known as the Mendocino Complex, are burning around 100 miles north of San Francisco.

"California does NOT divert water to the ocean", he told CNN in an email.

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Experts say Trump is giving voice to Republican opposition to the state's progressive environmental policies by taking issue with state measures created to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta by allowing water to flow through the delta and the San Francisco Bay, then out to the ocean.

"The big fires have scores of water-dropping helicopters getting water from nearby lakes and reservoirs", he said.

More than 11,000 structures are listed as being threatened by the fires.

The sole nugget of fact in Trump's tweet may be found in its final line, which states, "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!" Trump said the water is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean.

That fire killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings.

But those policies fall within the jurisdiction of the federal government, as well as the state, since national forests and their environs are where much of the encroachment - the so-called wildland-urban interface - has taken place.

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Two small blazes burning through Northern California have grown at breathtaking speed to form a massive inferno, quickly becoming the largest active wildfire in the state.

Head here for the latest information on evacuations and fire conditions for the Carr Fire.

President Trump blamed environmental laws yesterday for intensifying wildfires in California, in his first tweet about the ongoing disaster that has killed at least seven people.

"Extreme droughts and high winds are increasing as climate is warming", said Monica Turner, an ecologist at the University of Wisconsin at Madison who has spent three decades researching fires at Yellowstone National Park.

The Mendocino Complex, which is 30 percent contained, has been less destructive to property than some of the other wildfires in the state because it is mostly raging in remote areas.

Overall, experts say Trump's Twitter remarks ignore two of the biggest factors in the wildfires: Climate change, which is likely exacerbating the droughts that lead to fires, and increased development near forests that makes the fires more unsafe to life and property. Four of the state's largest six fires have occurred since 2012.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire is one of over a dozen large fires burning in California at the moment. The Ranch Fire, which has burned over 225,000 acres, sit at only 21 percent contained.


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