Firefighter Dies Battling Ranch Fire In Lake County

Wednesday, 15 Aug, 2018

"As you can imagine, the province of extremely busy with fires all over the province including adjacent to communities and so there just aren't enough resources to man and put personnel on every fire", incident commander Jane Park explained.

The Mendocino Complex has already become the largest fire in California's history and has destroyed 146 homes.

Cal Fire reports a firefighter assigned to the Mendocino Complex fires has died.

The Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of both the Ranch and River fires, has burned through about 350,000 acres in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties. The River Fire is nearly contained, and the larger Ranch Fire is 62% contained.

This summer ranks as one of California's worst fire seasons, as numerous blazes burned with extraordinary intensity and speed across the drought-parched state, stoked by erratic winds and record temperatures.

But the fire is not resting on its achievements - in recent days it has been very active on its north side where it has spread practically unfettered one to two miles farther north over the last seven days, approaching Lake Pillsbury.

The firefighters normally work in the Los Padres National Forest.

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Fact finding on the accident is ongoing and notification of the next of kin is in progress.

"The significant challenge for the Ranch Fire is the terrain it's starting to burn into". As of Monday evening, it was 68 percent contained.

The deadliest wildfire, the Carr Fire, has left a total of eight people dead, including three firefighters.

A family made a heartwarming discovery after they were forced to leave their pet behind as devastating wild fires swept through northern California. "Now we can focus on the challenge of the Ranch Fire", he said.

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

"They provided her with water and helped her get back on her feet", the Cleveland National Forest said in a tweet.