Firefighter killed battling largest blaze in California history
00:55, Aug 15, 2018
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Regional priorities in the Monashee Complex include the 508-hectare, out-of-control Harris Creek Fire southeast of Lumby; a 332-hectare blaze east of Sugar Lake and a 1,861-hectare fire east of Mabel Lake. "It is extremely dry and susceptible to fire", Derek Tisinger, Cal Fire Battalion Chief and Public Information Officer told NPR. The fire is 1,900 acres and 55 percent contained.
According to reports by the Lake County News, the firefighter was struck by a tree while fighting the Ranch Fire in Lake County. But despite the unrelenting heat and the fire gaining about 20,000 acres, the fire is now 61 percent contained.
The cooler temperatures gave firefighters a chance yesterday to attack the string of major wildfires across California, fire officials said.
Santaquin City Fire and EMS wrote: "One of our brothers working the #MendicinoComplex fire with the Utah Task Force won't be coming home to his family". Not only was their house still standing, but Grant the fish was alive and well-fed.
Corning Police Department officers followed their example.
"Both were in for quite a shock when they returned home to a well-fed fish!" read the Cal Fire tweet.
That conflagration has now scorched more than 354,000 acres, the most consumed by a single wildfire on record in California, and destroyed at least 288 structures, about half of them homes.
Firefighters who have been battling the Holy Jim Canyon in eastern Orange County paused on Monday to provide life-saving aid to a deer who was suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration.
Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was charged with aggravated arson and criminal threats, among other crimes, for allegedly starting the fire. It is 86 percent contained, with full containment expected on Wednesday.
The road into Yosemite Valley was reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25, along with two highways into the park.
It is one of two major wildfires in California, the other one being the Carr fire , about 260km north of state capital Sacramento. Cal Fire deputy chief Scott McLean described the wildfires as "extremely fast, extremely aggressive [and] extremely dangerous".
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