Draper identifies Utah firefighter killed battling huge blaze 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

It was 63% contained as of yesterday afternoon, Cal Fire said.

A total of eight people have been killed in connection with the Carr Fire, including two firefighters and four civilians. The fire is burning near the Mendocino National Forest, about 140 miles northwest of Sacramento.

The Mendocino Complex Fire - comprising the River Fire and the Ranch Fire - is the largest recorded blaze in California history.

Together, the Ranch and River fires have scorched 344,890 acres. "Sorry if we weren't supposed to", read the note from Cal Fire.

With the firefighters' ongoing progress, authorities lifted evacuation orders in several neighborhoods in Lake Elsinore, the city most threatened by the fire.




Zinke said, while it is true that wildfire seasons have grown dryer and hotter, the underlying cause of the fires themselves is because of the "fuel load" of dead timber and other combustible matter littering forests. By this time a year ago, the most deadly California fires hadn't even begun.

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted that he and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would be visiting the city of Redding Monday, where the Carr Fire is about half contained.

Firefighters battling the Carr Fire further north - near Mount Shasta - did not have the same reprieve from scorching temperatures over the weekend, Jason Shanley, a Cal Fire spokesman told NPR. Despite losing everything they own, many of them still come to work to restore power, fight fires, and fix damaged facilities.

"We've had a number of safety issues, in terms of, very large diameter trees that are falling and making it hazardous for crews", Park said.

The road into Yosemite Valley was reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25, along with two highways into the park. They have worked long, hard hours to help save lives and property.

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