Trump says he is monitoring California wildfires

Posted at 8:40 AM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 08:40:48-04

The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):
5:10 p.m.
President Donald Trump says he's monitoring the raging wildfires that continue to ravage California.
Trump is telling a group of business leaders attending a dinner at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf resort that he's been in contact with local authorities. He is praising firefighters for their efforts combating what is now the largest fire in the state's history.
Trump also says there are "things you can do to mitigate what's happening."

Trump has been claiming on Twitter that California's water policy is shortchanging firefighters of water to battle the state's raging wildfires. But wildfire and water experts say that's not the case.
12:45 p.m.
A Northern California school district is delaying the start of school because of smoke damage from a wildfire that is now the largest in state history.

The Lakeport Unified School District was scheduled to begin Wednesday but superintendent secretary Tami Carley said classrooms need to be cleared of smoke before students can return.

She said the school year for the Lake County district will be delayed at least two weeks.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is made up of twin fires being treated as one.

It has scorched 455 square miles (1,178 square kilometers) and is threatening thousands of homes in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties. It is burning about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

The district has about 1,500 students in grades K-12.