Cal Fire: Utah Firefighter Dies Battling Ranch Fire

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2018

Here, a firefighter walks through smoke during the Mendocino Complex Fire in Lakeport, California, on July 30, 2018. The blaze has taken the lives of fire personnel and civilians, devouring homes and forest habitat. "Sorry if we weren't supposed to", firefighters from Cal Fire Engine 1489 said in a hand-written note left next to Grant's fish bowl.

About 11,120 people remain under mandatory evacuation, down from 21,000 on Friday.

Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was charged with aggravated arson and criminal threats, among other crimes, for allegedly starting the fire.

A volunteer fire chief said two weeks ago, Clark sent him a message saying, "The place is going to burn".

After a month of burning, the Ferguson Fire has singed 96,457 acres across three national forests and private land.

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.

The fire is the largest wildfire ever recorded in California - the Mendocino Complex - burning north of Sacramento destroyed more than 100 homes.

The Mendocino Complex Unified Incident Commanders from CAL FIRE, and the United States Forest Service are deeply saddened to report the death of a firefighter on the Mendocino Complex. As it has grown to cover more than 202,000 acres, 1,077 homes, 22 commercial structures and 500 other buildings have burned.

The Mendocino Complex includes the Ranch and River fires and has burned almost 350,000 acres in Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties.

Crews are also working to strengthen containment along the Ranch Fire's southern boundary.

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. But despite the unrelenting heat and the fire gaining about 20,000 acres, the fire is now 61 percent contained.

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