Firefighter Dies Battling Ranch Fire In Lake County

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There were few details on how the firefighter died in the Mendocino Complex Fire, northeast of Ukiah, California.

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

"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.

Meanwhile, firefighters made significant progress trying to tamp down a wildfire that threatened homes and has been raging for days south of Los Angeles, officials said Saturday. More information is expected to be released at a press conference late Monday evening. That compares to about 226,000 acres at this point a year ago.

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The Mendocino Complex Fire, which includes the River Fire and the Ranch Fire, has scorched a total area of more than 344,890 acres. But most of that has been driven by the Ranch Fire, which has burned much more vigorously.

A firefighter monitors a back fire while battling the Medocino Complex fire on August 7, near Lodoga, Calif.

The River Fire started more than two weeks ago. Brian Hughes was killed on July 29 when he was struck by a falling tree.

On Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tweeted that he and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would be visiting the city of Redding Monday, where the Carr Fire is about half contained.

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The deadliest wildfire, the Carr Fire, has left a total of eight people dead, including three firefighters.

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. In all, it has burned 295,970 acres, putting it on track to become the state's first single 300,000 acre fire.

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

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