Firefighter killed battling largest blaze in California history

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

Zinke continued, saying he's heard, "the climate change argument back and forth", but that the California wildfires have "nothing to do with climate change".

This is the eleventh wildfire-related fatality in California in the past month.

Six firefighters have died in those wildfires.

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

"I've known Matt for a long time - over 20 years", said Draper Fire Battalion Chief Bart Vawdrey.

Firefighters battling more than a dozen fires in California made major progress over the weekend, quadrupling the containment of one blaze threatening homes in the southern part of the state.

CalFire Mendocino issued a tweet Monday at around 7:30 p.m. and said more information will be released as it becomes available. That compares to about 226,000 acres at this point past year.

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By Monday evening, the River Fire was 100 percent contained at 48,920 acres while crews were still trying to get a handle on the Ranch Fire, which has burned 300,970 acres.

About 3,900 firefighters, including a crew of 40 volunteers from New Zealand, had been battling the fire, contending with temperatures in the high 90s and winds gusting to 25 miles per hour.

The Mendocino Complex is actually two blazes burning so close together that authorities are attacking them as one, a common practice at Cal Fire. Brian Hughes was killed on July 29 when he was struck by a falling tree.

The second biggest is the Carr Fire in Shasta County, also in Northern California.

In a Facebook post, Cal Fire used the opportunity as a teaching moment, telling residents, "Remember to have a plan for all your pets".

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. The fire, which is roughly the size of Charlotte, North Carolina, was 59% contained as of Sunday morning.

This year has been the deadliest for firefighters since 2008, according to SF Gate.

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