Tragedy on the Mendocino Complex; Authorities Announce Firefighter fatality

A helicopter drops water to protect a home at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore California southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10 2018

His bail has been set at $1 million dollars.

The Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained at 8am local time (4pm BST) on Monday morning, at a size of 295,970 acres.

Authorities say a firefighter was killed while battling the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California.

A mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire near Redding in northern California was killed in a vehicle crash on Thursday, the eighth person to die in that conflagration.

While it's not the largest burning in the state, the Holy Fire has raised concerns about effects on residential communities.

The fire was also active in the Mid-Mountain Rd. area of above Potter Valley yesterday, but Steers said that although the fire was still on "some tough ground", there had been some success in cutting off its movement towards the Eel River in that portion of the fire. The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties has so far resulted in eight deaths.

In Southern California the Holy Fire, which authorities say was set on August 6 by a disgruntled homeowner in an Orange County canyon, was 59 percent contained after torching more than 22,000 acres and destroying a dozen cabins.

"Whether you believe or don't believe in climate change, it doesn't relieve you of the responsibility to remove the dead and dying timber and manage our forests, so you don't have these burns", Zinke said. But despite the unrelenting heat and the fire gaining about 20,000 acres, the fire is now 61 percent contained. As many as 3,100 personnel are working the fire. As it has grown to cover more than 202,000 acres, 1,077 homes, 22 commercial structures and 500 other buildings have burned.

If all goes well, firefighters still don't expect to the have the massive blaze completely contained until sometime in September.

Almost 19,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and about 11,000 acres of Yosemite National Forest also have been razed.

On Monday, Yosemite National Park officials announced the reopening of Wawona Road and Mariposa Grove to visitors.

The next phase for firefighters, he explained, is preparing to "reduce erosion when the winter rains come".



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