August 8, 2018 / 5:37 PM / a month ago

Federal agencies directed to use any water needed to fight California fires

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday directed federal agencies to use any water that was needed to “protect life and property” threatened by wildfires in California, a statement from the Commerce Department said.

FILE PHOTO: A structure burns out of control in the River Fire (Mendocino Complex) in Lakeport, California, July 31, 2018. REUTERS/Fred Greaves

In the statement, Ross said he had directed the National Marine Fisheries Service to facilitate access to the water needed to fight the fires.

Reporting by Tim Ahmann; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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