Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Photos Show Horrifying Scenes from California Wildfires

Photos Show Horrifying Scenes from California Wildfires

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

The Holy Fire was 52% contained by Monday, up from 10% on Friday.

Firefighters from all over the country have been helping California battle a series of deadly and devastating wildfires in recent weeks that have spread through drought-parched forests and rural communities.

Three personnel assisting in the firefighting effort have been killed by the fire, which started on July 23, Shanley confirmed to NPR.

Two firefighters have reported injuries while fighting the fires, which have threatened 1,525 structures and destroyed 258 structures including 139 homes. The fire has now grown to over 349,000 acres, but the Ranch Fire - one half of the Mendocino Complex Fire - is up to 59 percent contained.

The fire has led to three deaths, destroyed almost 1,600 structures including 1,077 homes, and threatened 528 other structures. It is 86 percent contained, with full containment expected on Wednesday.

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A recently released video shows what it's like to fly in the cockpit of one of the California National Guard C-130s now working to contain the Carr fire, one of the largest wildfires in California's history.

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

"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", CAL FIRE sad in a statement.

"We may be nearly close to containment but there's still a lot of work that needs to be done", Efird said.

A firefighter monitors a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, near Ladoga, Calif.

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