Firefighter dies battling Northern California's Mendocino Complex blaze

14 August, 2018, 19:09 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
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The Carr Fire is a Californian wildfire that is burning west of Redding, California.

Crews have been able to cut containment lines around 68% of the northern California fire, Cal Fire said. But most of that has been driven by the Ranch Fire, which has burned much more vigorously.

The Mendocino Complex Fire just keeps setting records.

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

These C-130s are specially equipped to assist in the firefighting effort, using Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) to drop massive amounts of fire retardant from the sky. "Fire crews continue working on bringing bring the east edge of the fire back in to the Mendocino National Forest, but obstacles and access still prove to be challenging", Cal Fire said.

About 110 major wildfires are burning across the western United States and have burned more than 8,900 sq miles (23,000 sq km), an area larger than the state of New Jersey, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Monday marks three weeks since the deadly Carr Fire broke out near Whiskeytown Lake. "We are dedicated to investigating what happened", said Sean Kavanaugh.

The fire has led to three deaths, destroyed almost 1,600 structures including 1,077 homes, and threatened 528 other structures.

Yosemite National Park will reopen Tuesday, 14 days after a wildfire choked the park with smoke at the peak of tourist season.

The Mendocino Complex Unified Incident Commanders will be making a press statement... Walker said. And they've been with him the entire time.

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.



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