Firefighter dies in Mendocino Complex Fire

Firefighter dies in Mendocino Complex Fire

The Carr Fire is one of multiple fires that have been raging in California in recent weeks, forcing tens of thousands from their homes and business.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties, and several school districts have canceled classes due to fire warnings and unhealthy air quality. The cooler temperatures gave firefighters on Monday a chance to attack the string of major wildfires across California, fire officials said.

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

In addition to the Holy Fire, firefighters in California are battling at least 10 large blazes, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. It has consumed 201,680 acres so far and is 61% contained.

"Fact finding on the accident is ongoing and notification of the next of kin is in progress", Cal Fire said. Crews have been able to cut containment lines around 68 percent of the northern California fire, Cal Fire said.

California's wildfires are now burning through land at a pace more than three times faster than last year's blazes.

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There are now nine large fires burning across California, including one north of San Francisco in Mendocino and Lake counties that's the largest in state history.

Commanders from CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service confirmed the death. The fires had burned a combined total of 325,226 acres and was 67 percent contained.

The Mendocino Complex Fire just keeps setting records. The River Fire is nearly contained, and the larger Ranch Fire is 62% contained.

"But we have these radical environmentalists that close off roads, refuse to have firebreaks, refuse to have any timber harvested, no grazing, and the result is these catastrophic fires", Zinke said.

The Nelson Fire started Friday in Solano County. As it has grown to cover more than 202,000 acres, 1,077 homes, 22 commercial structures and 500 other buildings have burned.

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