One of California's 17 major fires exploded over the weekend


The blaze was only 30% contained as of 7 a.m. Monday, but officials expect to achieve full containment by next week. Another large fire that is still now uncontained, the Carr Fire, is climbing the list at number 12.

Elsewhere in California the two-week-old Carr Fire on Saturday claimed the life of 21-year-old apprentice lineman Jay Ayeta, who died when his vehicle crashed as he worked with crews in unsafe terrain in Shasta County, according to PG&E corporation. Fire agencies haven't been complaining about a lack of water, especially water "diverted" to the Pacific.

Trump's tweet went on: "Must also tree clear to stop fire spreading!"

Trump's suggestion that environmental laws were somehow compounding wildfire woes drew derision on Twitter.

"I sort of had to suppress a chuckle when I read the President's tweet", says Glen MacDonald, a distinguished professor of geography and ecology at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Ridiculous. It's true that water is diverted to the coastal cities for a constant water supply but all such water is used by the coastal communities".

CBN News' Heather Sells is in California covering the wildfires.

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

"Battling these relentless fires requires a Herculean effort", California Gov.

Peter Gleick, one of California's leading experts on Western water resources as president of the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, said that Trump appeared to be seizing on the wildfires to side with farmers on a separate debate over how to allocate California's finite water resources among farmers, cities, fish and wildlife.

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"California wildfires are being magnified & made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren't allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized".

As of Sunday, that fire has burned through 160,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 homes.

Trump's remarks, which he posted in a pair of tweets Sunday and Monday, drew immediate criticism from fire experts in the state.

It's killed seven people, including two firefighters who were helping residents evacuate from the affected area.

Another major fire also burning in Northern California, the Ferguson Fire, extended into its third week.

Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa and Merced groves of giant sequoias, Hetch Hetchy and other areas of the park are among the closed areas. And yesterday firefighters made substantial progress on the northern flank, completing a dozer line through rugged terrain and lighting backfires to throughout this northern areas.

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

California has not been suffering record temperatures, but the minimum overnight temperatures for the month of July at 64.9 degrees were a record since the weather service began collecting accurate data in 1950 and about 5 degrees warmer than the average over 68 years, according to Wildfire Today. Of the 89,633 acres burned, firefighters have contained about 38%, according to authorities.