"It is being diverted into the Pacific Ocean", the president tweeted Sunday.
Through last week, California fires had torched about 117,300 hectares, more than double the five-year average over that same period, according to Cal Fire. That fire, which is now 43% contained, has destroyed more than 1,000 homes and burned over 160,000 acres.
The twin wildfires, collectively known as the Mendocino Complex Fire, have together more than doubled in size in just the past four days and burned through 273,664 acres or 427 square miles of parched land - an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.
Twin blazes tearing through northern California fueled by dry vegetation and hot, windy weather have now grown to become the largest wildfire in state history. And experts anticipate the 2018 season will only get worse.
Trump declared the California bushfires a major disaster, which allows the state and those affected to access federal funds. "And I'm not aware of any situation in which those conflicts have restricted the availability of water for firefighting purposes". "The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment-they have done immeasurable harm to our forests".
State authorities responded by saying California's water supply was not "diverted" anywhere. Trump friend Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has claimed in the past that Communists are stealing water from farmers in the area.
Those two fires grew to a combined 1148 square kilometres to become the state's largest wildfire.
Some 200 soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash., have also been called in to help in one of the most destructive fire seasons on record.
The fire is made up of two separate conflagrations - Ranch Fire and River Fire - which merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest. "It's really a head-scratcher". "Must also tree clear to stop fire from spreading!"
Cal Fire online records show a growing number of wildfires in recent years. But, several of the fast-moving fires now burning in California have scorched areas filled with grass and shrubs - not in forests filled with dead trees.
Last August, JBLM soldiers gave support in battling blazes in northern California, said Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. "Anything he's talking about doing would come nowhere near addressing this problem".
The Mendocino Complex Fire expanded almost 80 percent over the weekend and has now scorched more than 283,000 acres north of San Francisco, forcing more than 20,000 people to evacuate and destroying at least 75 homes so far. "Tragedies bring people together". "That doesn't happen. That just doesn't happen", he said on Monday.
The last time active-duty military personnel were mobilized was in September 2017, when 200 soldiers from JBLM were mobilized to help battle the North Umpqua Complex wildfires in OR for 30 days, NIFC said.
"This is part of a trend - a new normal - that we gotta deal with", Gov.