Cal Fire: Utah Firefighter Dies Battling Ranch Fire

A toddler covers his nose at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore California southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10 2018

Commanders from CAL FIRE and the U.S. Forest Service confirmed the death.

A firefighter from Utah was killed while fighting a wildfire in California Monday.

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

In a Facebook post, Cal Fire used the opportunity as a teaching moment, telling residents, "Remember to have a plan for all your pets". In all, it has burned 295,970 acres, putting it on track to become the state's first single 300,000 acre fire.

The complex is one of about 110 major wildfires burning across the western United States which have burned more than 8,900 sq miles (23,000 sq km), an area larger than the state of New Jersey, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

Late Monday, officials announced that a firefighter had died while combating the Mendocino Complex fires; no further details were made available.

"The significant challenge for the Ranch Fire is the terrain it's starting to burn into".

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Crews have been able to cut containment lines around 68% of the northern California fire, Cal Fire said.

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.

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

On Monday Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will visit Redding to review efforts to battle the Carr Fire. "Now we can focus on the challenge of the Ranch Fire", he said.

The fires in the Monashee Complex are lower on the priority list because they're burning in remote areas and not threatening homes.

"They provided her with water and helped her get back on her feet", the Cleveland National Forest said in a tweet.

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