Utah firefighter dies battling Mendocino Complex wildfire in California

Marcus Newton
August 15, 2018

It is now the sixth most destructive fire in California history, Shanley said.

Two firefighters have died fighting a fire near Yosemite National Park.

So far, the Holy Fire has scorched more than 22,700 acres in the Cleveland National Forest.

The largest blaze in state history is the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of the Ranch and River fires in Northern California.

The Mendocino Complex includes the Ranch and River fires and has burned almost 350,000 acres in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties. "Sorry if we weren't supposed to", read the note from Cal Fire. In all, it has burned 295,970 acres, putting it on track to become the state's first single 300,000 acre fire.

Two firefighters were killed in the Ferguson Fire, which began on July 13 in Mariposa County, east of San Jose and burning in part of Yosemite National Park.

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When asked about the claims by left-wing environmental groups and even USA lawmakers who blame climate change for contributing to the fires, Zinke said that is a separate matter from the need to manage forests to help lessen the spread of wildfires or even prevent them.

"The significant challenge for the Ranch Fire is the terrain it's starting to burn into".

A PG&E employee was killed in a vehicle incident while working to restore services to areas affected by the Carr Fire on August 4.

Zinke said, while it is true that wildfire seasons have grown dryer and hotter, the underlying cause of the fires themselves is because of the "fuel load" of dead timber and other combustible matter littering forests.

"We've had a number of safety issues, in terms of, very large diameter trees that are falling and making it hazardous for crews", Park said.

A Redding, California, family who fled the sprawling Carr Fire returned home to find something fishy had happened while they were away.

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