Firefighter killed battling largest blaze in California history

High wildfire alert due to heat and storm threat

A volunteer fire chief said that two weeks ago, Clark sent him a message saying, "The place is going to burn".

California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Orange and Riverside counties, and several school districts have canceled classes due to fire warnings and unhealthy air quality. There will likely be increased smoke activity in that area today as firefighters work to create a buffer zone. "Fire crews continue working on bringing bring the east edge of the fire back in to the Mendocino National Forest, but obstacles and access still prove to be challenging", Cal Fire said. It is still at 61 percent containment at 61 percent containment at over 201,000 acres.

A firefighter had been killed in that fire, officials said, but no details were immediately available.

The Carr Fire, which has blackened about 203,000 acres (82,000 hectares) and killed eight people in and around Shasta County, north of Sacramento near the OR state line, was 61 percent contained as of Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The first fatality has been reported in connection with the largest blaze in California history.

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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.

The increasing containment was good news but did not necessarily mean the wildfire season was dying down, Cal Fire spokesman Cary Wright said.

On Sunday Zinke posted images to Twitter of destruction in Shasta County. It has burned a combined 336,399 acres and injured two firefighters.

The Mendocino Complex Fire just keeps setting records. The fire has threatened 10 structures and destroyed one.

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