Firefighter dies battling Northern California's Mendocino Complex blaze


"Sorry if we weren't supposed to", firefighters from Cal Fire Engine 1489 said in a hand-written note left next to Grant's fish bowl.

Clark's bail was set at $1 million dollars, and he could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Cal Fire reported Monday evening that a firefighter died but had no other information.

About 100 miles (160 km) southwest of the Carr Fire, about 3,500 firefighters are battling the Mendocino complex fire, which has burned 328,226 acres (132,828 hectares) as of Saturday and was the largest fire on record in California.

The Mendocino Complex has already become the largest fire in California's history and has destroyed 146 homes.

"The significant challenge for the Ranch Fire is the terrain it's starting to burn into".

He said dry thunderstorms, which produce lightning but little rain, are expected for parts of the Rocky Mountain region, while the United States north-west has critical fire weather conditions that include strong winds and low relative humidity.

The firefighters normally work in the Los Padres National Forest.

Regional priorities in the Monashee Complex include the 508-hectare, out-of-control Harris Creek Fire southeast of Lumby; a 332-hectare blaze east of Sugar Lake and a 1,861-hectare fire east of Mabel Lake. The Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity counties has so far resulted in eight deaths. It is still at 61 percent containment at 61 percent containment at over 201,000 acres. "Now we can focus on the challenge of the Ranch Fire", he said. At least 3221 personnel continue to fight both fires in the Mendocino Complex. It is 86 percent contained, with full containment expected on Wednesday.

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

Yosemite National Park will reopen Tuesday, 14 days after a wildfire choked the park with smoke at the peak of tourist season.

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