Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

Marco Green
August 14, 2018

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

A few days ago the 295,970-acre Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex of Fires east of Ukiah, California, became the largest wildfire in the recorded history of the state.

The Carr fire was first reported on July 23, when a trailer tire blew on a road near Redding, California. He said crews were able to hold it back from the majority of the summer homes in that area, and they are working to control the fire "back around the the southern fork" of Lake Pillsbury.

The fires in the Monashee Complex are lower on the priority list because they're burning in remote areas and not threatening homes. The River Fire is nearly contained, and the larger Ranch Fire is 62% contained.

About 3,900 firefighters, including a crew of 40 volunteers from New Zealand, had been battling the fire, contending with temperatures in the high 90s and winds gusting to 25 miles per hour.

Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday.

The deadliest fire, the Carr Fire, has left eight people dead, including three firefighters.

CAL FIRE officially lists two firefighter deaths in the blaze, though San Francisco ABC station KGO reported a third firefighter, Andrew Brake, was killed in a vehicle accident traveling to the fire.

Ed Bledsoe searches through what remains of his home, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Redding, Calif. Bledsoe's wife, Melody, great-grandson James Roberts and great-granddaughter Emily Roberts were killed at the home in the Carr Fire.

Below Cal Fire's message, some thoughtful member of the Corning PD also wrote a message, even including the date and time when Grant was fed. As of Monday evening, it was 68 percent contained.

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