Draper identifies Utah firefighter killed battling huge blaze in California

California Wildfires: Thoughtful Authorities Help Keep Pet Fish Alive After Homeowners Evacuate

Zinke said, while it is true that wildfire seasons have grown dryer and hotter, the underlying cause of the fires themselves is because of the "fuel load" of dead timber and other combustible matter littering forests.

About 4,200 fires have charred 726,000 acres (294,000 hectares) in the state so far this year, according to figures from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The victim, an incident commander, was injured in the Ranch Fire on Monday evening.

California's wildfires are now burning through land at a pace more than three times faster than last year's blazes.

There were few details on how the firefighter died in the Mendocino Complex Fire, northeast of Ukiah, California. The cooler temperatures gave firefighters on Monday a chance to attack the string of major wildfires across California, fire officials said.

"Thanks CAL FIRE Engine 1489 & Corning Police Dept. for ensuring Grant was fed while his owners were evacuated due to the #CarrFire". It blew past the previous record set by last December's Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara, exceeding it now by about 14,000 acres.

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. It is part of the Mendocino-Complex Fire in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa Counties. "Sorry if we weren't supposed to", read the note from Cal Fire.

The deadliest wildfire, the Carr Fire, has left a total of eight people dead, including three firefighters.

As the family fled their property during the Carr Fires west of Redding, the father warned his daughter that their pet fish, named Grant, probably hadn't survived. In all, it has burned 295,970 acres, putting it on track to become the state's first single 300,000 acre fire.

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