Utah firefighter dies battling Mendocino Complex wildfire in California

A toddler covers his nose at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore California southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10 2018

A toddler covers his nose at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore California southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10 2018

By this time previous year, the most deadly California fires hadn't even begun.

So far, the Holy Fire has scorched more than 22,700 acres in the Cleveland National Forest. The deadly fire has burned for almost three weeks and killed eight people.

"The significant challenge for the Ranch Fire is the terrain it's starting to burn into". The Carr fire stood at 65 percent containment after blackening 207,000 acres.

Among 14 active wildfires across California, the Holy Fire started on August 6 in Holy Jim Canyon of the Cleveland National Forest.

Notification of the next of kin is now in progress. Elsewhere, the Carr Fire has left a trail of destruction in Redding and the Ferguson Fire forced Yosemite National Park to evacuate portions of the park last month.

"Wow. This used to be the neighborhood of some of my employees".

"I have no words that describe the loss and devastation experienced by the community".

Santaquin City Fire and EMS wrote: "One of our brothers working the #MendicinoComplex fire with the Utah Task Force won't be coming home to his family". I've been to a lot of fires and this is just something else. "We are dedicated to investigating what happened", said Sean Kavanaugh. The fire is 1,900 acres and 55 percent contained.

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... They have worked long, hard hours to help save lives and property.

Fire officials have issued a grim prediction, warning that massive blazes will cost the state billions of dollars more over the next decade.

He said dry thunderstorms, which produce lightning but little rain, are expected for parts of the Rocky Mountain region, while the U.S. north-west has critical fire weather conditions that include strong winds and low relative humidity.

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