Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Firefighter dies in Mendocino Complex Fire

High wildfire alert due to heat and storm threat High wildfire alert due to heat and storm threat
Cristina Norman | 14 August, 2018, 19:12

This is the eleventh wildfire-related fatality in California in the past month. But they were assigned to help extinguish the Holy Jim blaze. As of Saturday morning, it was 29 percent contained.

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties, and several school districts have canceled classes due to fire warnings and unhealthy air quality.

A volunteer fire chief said that two weeks ago, Clark sent him a message saying, "The place is going to burn". He's being held on $1 million bail, and faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.

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Another massive blaze, the Carr Fire, has blackened about 207,000 acres and killed eight people in and around Shasta County, north of Sacramento near the OR state line. It began as result of vehicle mechanical failure.

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".

"Firefighters worked through the night to build and improve containment lines". The fire moved north towards that area overnight, burning near homes and the dam, and crews are now on the ground working on structure defense.

"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said.

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. It has burned 1,900 acres and was 25 percent contained.

The cooler temperatures, off triple digits across much of Northern California, came during a two-day tour of the area by two Trump administration officials, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

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

The Carr fire was first reported on July 23, when a trailer tire blew on a road near Redding, California. The fires had burned a combined total of 325,226 acres and was 67 percent contained. The fire is burning near the Mendocino National Forest, about 140 miles northwest of Sacramento.

The Nelson Fire started Friday in Solano County. The fire has threatened 10 structures and destroyed one. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped. Fire officials said notification of next of kin was in progress.

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