Firefighter killed battling largest blaze in California history

"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.

Two firefighters have died fighting a fire near Yosemite National Park.

The Mendocino Complex Fire - comprising the River Fire and the Ranch Fire - is the largest recorded blaze in California history.

There are now nine large fires burning across California, including one north of San Francisco in Mendocino and Lake counties that's the largest in state history. The River Fire is nearly contained, and the larger Ranch Fire is 62% contained.

He went on to explain that "active forest management" was a solution he wanted to implement to prevent more fires in the future, but some activists say that's just another way of letting big business decimate natural habitats.

The Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained at 8am local time (4pm BST) on Monday morning, at a size of 295,970 acres.

"We are here to confirm that we've had a firefighter fatality on the Ranch Fire within the Mendicino Complex tonight", he said.

The Carr Fire has been the deadliest of the wildfires to hit the West this season. "We are here for you", he said. Three firefighters have died in the blaze, which started on July 23 and has burned through 206,000 acres and destroyed 1,077 homes near Redding in the far northern Shasta County in California.

Per a Cal Fire tweet: "After a father informed his daughter that her fish was likely dead, both were in for quite a shock when they returned home to a well-fed fish!"

On Monday, Yosemite National Park officials announced the reopening of Wawona Road and Mariposa Grove to visitors. "We'd also like to express our gratitude and thanks to our gateway communities who tirelessly helped visitors to the area while they were being impacted by the fire", the park's superintendent said in a release.

  • Eleanor Harrison