Authorities say firefighter killed battling Northern California

A helicopter drops water to protect a home at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore California southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10 2018

More information will be released as it becomes available. The River Fire, the other part of the Mendocino-Complex Fire is 93 percent contained. This comes as the River Fire of the two Mendocino Complex Fires has now reached 100% containment. It blew past the previous record set by last December's Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara, exceeding it now by about 14,000 acres.

A mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire near Redding in northern California was killed in a auto crash on Thursday, the eighth person to die in that conflagration. Within three days, the Holy Fire had claimed more than 10,000 acres of land.

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.

On Sunday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection confirmed that the fire, which has destroyed approximately 1100 residences, has spread over 816 square kilometres and is 61 per cent contained. Hughes was the second firefighter to die in the blaze after Braden Varney was killed July 13.

The Carr Fire is one of multiple fires that have been raging in California in recent weeks, forcing tens of thousands from their homes and business.

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Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was charged with aggravated arson and criminal threats, among other crimes, for allegedly starting the fire.

The vast majority of the fire - 65,460 acres - has torn through the Sierra National Forest, making it the largest fire in the forest's history, U.S. Forest spokesman for the Ferguson Fire Tom Efird told NPR.

The complex is one of about 110 major wildfires burning across the western United States which have burned more than 8,900 sq miles (23,000 sq km), an area larger than the state of New Jersey, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The National Park Service says Yosemite's Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will reopen to the public on Monday at 9 a.m. and the Yosemite Valley on Tuesday.

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