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Trump Doubles Down on CA Wildfire, Claims 'Diverted' Water Could Help

Trump Doubles Down on CA Wildfire, Claims 'Diverted' Water Could Help
A tree burns from the inside Sunday in Clearlake Oaks, California. (Josh Edelson/AP)

By    |   Monday, 06 August 2018 04:16 PM

President Donald Trump on Monday again tweeted his belief water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean" could put out the wildfires in California, confusing experts.

He had previously tweeted Sunday:

A spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, told SFGate she is unaware of any water shortages at the Carr or Mendocino Complex fires, the worst fire zones in the state. Another spokesperson for Cal Fire told the Los Angeles Times "there have been no issues getting water" from the major reservoirs near those areas.

"The idea that there isn't enough water is the craziest thing in the world," said Peter Gleick, who is president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank, in Oakland. "There's absolutely no shortage."

LeRoy Westerling, a professor at the University of California, Merced who specializes in climatology and wildfire, told SFGate "on the water side," the tweet Trump sent Sunday "boggles the mind. We do manage all of our rivers in California, and all the water is allocated many times over. So, I'm not sure what he was recommending."

Westerling also said "Even if we eliminated all habitat for riparian species and fish, and allowed saltwater intrusion into the delta and set up a sprinkler system over the state, that wouldn't compensate for greater moisture loss from climate change."

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President Donald Trump doubled down Monday via Twitter, at the confusion of experts, saying again water "being diverted into the Pacific Ocean" could put out the wildfires in California.
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