Firefighter dies in Mendocino Complex Fire

Firefighter dies in Mendocino Complex Fire

He was airlifted to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of the River Fire and Ranch Fire, has surpassed the Thomas Fire to become the largest wildfire in California state history with over 280,000 acres charred and at least 75 homes destroyed.

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.

"Fact finding on the accident is ongoing and notification of the next of kin is in progress", Cal Fire said. Hughes was the second firefighter to die in the blaze after Braden Varney was killed July 13.

The Mendocino Complex - actually twin fires being fought together - has burned for more than two weeks.

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The River Fire was reported to be fully contained as of Monday evening while the Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained.

This summer ranks as one of California's worst fire seasons, as numerous blazes burned with extraordinary intensity and speed across the drought-parched state, stoked by erratic winds and record temperatures.

Though temperatures had dropped from their triple-digit highs in recent days, they were expected to stay above 90 degrees F (32 C) through Friday.

Fire crews are working tirelessly in sweltering conditions, battling multiple fires.

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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.

Two firefighters have been injured in the fire.

Dry, hot and windy weather has fuelled the fires this season, making them hard to contain.

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