Firefighters gain on major California blazes as heat wave breaks

A truck and a street are covered in fire retardant dropped by an air tanker as crews battle a wildfire Friday Aug. 10 2018 in Lake Elsinore Calif

Burning operations were performed in more active portions of the fire, while mop-up and patrol efforts continued throughout the less active areas.

This is the first reported death linked to the Ranch and River fires.

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. Because of a long-lasting drought in the region, the territory is ripe for the fire to once again gain the upper hand, and officials warn that there remains a significant threat that the fire could once again begin to grow uncontrollably. By this time previous year, the most deadly California fires hadn't even begun.

"Firefighters worked through the night to build and improve containment lines".

Featured image: C-130 equipped with a MAFFS system sprays retardant over the Black Crater Fire in Oregon.

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 Hat Fire started Thursday in Shasta County.

In Southern California the Holy Fire, which authorities say was set on August 6 by a disgruntled homeowner in an Orange County canyon, was 59 percent contained after torching more than 22,000 acres and destroying a dozen cabins.

It is now the sixth most destructive fire in California history, Shanley said.

In a video of the hearing, Clark can be seen making several outbursts and calling the charges against him "lies". The fires had burned a combined total of 325,226 acres and was 67 percent contained. It has consumed 201,680 acres so far and is 61% contained.

He said dry thunderstorms, which produce lightning but little rain, are expected for parts of the Rocky Mountain region, while the USA north-west has critical fire weather conditions that include strong winds and low relative humidity. "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. I've been to a lot of fires and this is just something else.

The man accused of deliberately starting the fire appeared in court on Friday, but his arraignment was postponed. The fire has threatened 10 structures and destroyed one. It has burned 1,000 acres and was 65 percent contained.

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