CalFire: Firefighter in Mendocino Complex Fire dies, River Fire 100% contained

Andrew Cummings
August 14, 2018

CalFire Mendocino issued a tweet Monday at around 7:30 p.m. and said more information will be released as it becomes available. The River Fire, the other part of the Mendocino-Complex Fire is 93 percent contained.

California is seeing more destructive wildfire seasons because of dry conditions and high temperatures, and Brown has warned that this is the new normal.

The Holy Fire, which has burned 22,714 acres in Southern California and is 52% contained as of August 13, was captured on a timelapse video as it began as a waft of smoke and later evolved into a giant dark cloud.

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

The second biggest is the Carr Fire in Shasta County, also in Northern California.

The fire has nevertheless destroyed 146 homes thus far, and is not expected to be fully contained until September. Despite losing everything they own, many of them still come to work to restore power, fight fires, and fix damaged facilities. As it has grown to cover more than 202,000 acres, 1,077 homes, 22 commercial structures and 500 other buildings have burned.

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

However, Clark denied the arson charge during a court hearing.

His bail has been set at $1 million dollars.

The Mendocino Complex is actually two blazes burning so close together that authorities are attacking them as one, a common practice at Cal Fire.

The vast majority of the fire - 65,460 acres - has torn through the Sierra National Forest, making it the largest fire in the forest's history, U.S. Forest spokesman for the Ferguson Fire Tom Efird told NPR.

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

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