Firefighter killed battling California's Ranch Fire

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"As you can imagine, the province of extremely busy with fires all over the province including adjacent to communities and so there just aren't enough resources to man and put personnel on every fire", incident commander Jane Park explained.

When the fire started July 27, thousands of firefighters were hundreds of miles north battling a massive blaze that spread into the city of Redding, destroying more than 1,000 homes, in addition to a dozen other major blazes.

So far, the Holy Fire has scorched more than 22,700 acres in the Cleveland National Forest.

The Mendocino Complex Fire - comprising the River Fire and the Ranch Fire - is the largest recorded blaze in California history. This comes as the River Fire of the two Mendocino Complex Fires has now reached 100% containment. The River Fire is nearly contained, and the larger Ranch Fire is 62% contained.

A combination of state, federal and global crews are struggling to establish 50 miles of fire line, Tisinger said - but with 93 percent of the River Fire under control, there is a tremendous sense of relief among those battling the flames. Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit says Highway 299 East is now open to traffic. But most of that has been driven by the Ranch Fire, which has burned much more vigorously.

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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.

A family made a heartwarming discovery after they were forced to leave their pet behind as devastating wild fires swept through northern California.

When asked about the claims by left-wing environmental groups and even US lawmakers who blame climate change for contributing to the fires, Zinke said that is a separate matter from the need to manage forests to help lessen the spread of wildfires or even prevent them. "We are dedicated to investigating what happened", said Sean Kavanaugh.

Almost 19,000 acres of the Stanislaus National Forest and about 11,000 acres of Yosemite National Forest also have been razed.

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