Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Markets | By Josh Butler

Tragedy on the Mendocino Complex; Authorities Announce Firefighter fatality

Tragedy on the Mendocino Complex; Authorities Announce Firefighter fatality

Cal Fire has announced the Ranch Fire as the largest in California history at over 287,000 acres.

When asked about the claims by left-wing environmental groups and even USA lawmakers who blame climate change for contributing to the fires, Zinke said that is a separate matter from the need to manage forests to help lessen the spread of wildfires or even prevent them.

Firefighters from all over the country have been helping California battle a series of deadly and devastating wildfires in recent weeks that have spread through drought-parched forests and rural communities.

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday. Thus far, firefighters believe they have about half of the Carr fire contained, but concerns remain about the remote forest and grasslands the fire is approaching.

To the family's surprise, their pet fish had survived the California fires because fire fighters and police officers fed him as they investigated the home.

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Data compiled by CAL FIRE, the state's fire agency, shows that fires for the year-to-date have burned five times more acreage in California compared the five-year average.

Two firefighters were killed in the Ferguson Fire, which began on July 13 in Mariposa County, east of San Jose and burning in part of Yosemite National Park. The fire is 1,900 acres and 55 percent contained. As of Saturday morning, it was 29 percent contained.

"After a father informed his daughter that her fish was likely dead, both were in for quite a shock when they returned home to a well-fed fish!" read the post.

This is the first reported death linked to the Ranch and River fires. "With low humidity, high heat and low moisture, fire season just seems to be getting longer and longer". But firefighters also made progress, with containment rising from 10 to 29%.

The Nelson Fire started Friday in Solano County.

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