Firefighter killed battling California's Ranch Fire

A truck and a street are covered in fire retardant dropped by an air tanker as crews battle a wildfire Friday Aug. 10 2018 in Lake Elsinore Calif

The Carr Fire is one of multiple fires that have been raging in California in recent weeks, forcing tens of thousands from their homes and business.

Thick smoke and ash spewing from the fire prompted air quality warnings.

The cooler temperatures gave firefighters a chance yesterday to attack the string of major wildfires across California, fire officials said.

So far, the Holy Fire has scorched more than 22,700 acres in the Cleveland National Forest.

A mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire near Redding in northern California was killed in a vehicle crash on Thursday, the eighth person to die in that conflagration. It has burned 1,900 acres and was 25 percent contained. The fire spread quickly due to what officials said was a ideal combination of weather, topography and abundant vegetation turned into highly flammable fuel by years of drought. By this time past year, the most deadly California fires hadn't even begun. Cause of the fire, made of up the Ranch and River fires, remains under investigation.

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"Thanks CAL FIRE Engine 1489 & Corning Police Dept. for ensuring Grant was fed while his owners were evacuated due to the #CarrFire".

The unidentified firefighter was killed on Monday while battling the Ranch Fire, one of two blazes that make up the Mendocino Complex, which has already charred about 349,000 acres (141,200 hectares), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

Brushy, drylands in California between Orange and Riverside counties burn for a fifth day, leading to more than 20,000 evacuations from a fire blamed on arson.

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. It has burned a combined 336,399 acres and injured two firefighters.

On Sunday Zinke posted images to Twitter of destruction in Shasta County. I've been to a lot of fires and this is just something else.

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