Firefighter killed battling largest blaze in California history

A toddler covers his nose at the Holy Fire in Lake Elsinore California southeast of Los Angeles on Aug. 10 2018

"But we have these radical environmentalists that close off roads, refuse to have firebreaks, refuse to have any timber harvested, no grazing, and the result is these catastrophic fires", Zinke said.

In addition to the Holy Fire, firefighters in California are battling at least 10 large blazes, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

After a month of burning, the Ferguson Fire has singed 96,457 acres across three national forests and private land.

The blaze, one of the largest of dozens that have burned across California this summer, has charred almost 97,000 acres around the park's northwestern corner, but fire crews have carved containment lines around 86 percent of its perimeter.

Together, the Ranch and River fires have scorched 344,890 acres.

Five civilians were killed in the Carr Fire as well, including a worker for Pacific Gas & Electric.

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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.

Crews have been able to cut containment lines around 68% of the northern California fire, Cal Fire said.

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

"Fact finding on the accident is ongoing and notification of the next of kin is in progress", Cal Fire said.

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. But most of that has been driven by the Ranch Fire, which has burned much more vigorously. "We are here for you", he said.

"After a father informed his daughter that her fish was likely dead, both were in for quite a shock when they returned home to a well-fed fish!" read the post. The figures do not include blazes on U.S. Forest Service land. Yosemite Valley is expected to open on Tuesday.

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