California firefighters begin week on attack

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"What we're seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen", Cal Fire spokesman Jonathan Cox said.

"This is a very hard time for the Draper City Fire Department, our Draper City staff, and all firefighters still fighting the wildfires in California".

The unidentified firefighter was killed on Monday while battling the Ranch Fire, one of two blazes that make up the Mendocino Complex, which has already charred about 349,000 acres (141,200 hectares), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said.

The mapping flight Sunday night did not show any major fire activity on the rest of the fire, or on any of the perimeter of the other fire in the Complex, the River Fire west of Clear Lake.

In a Facebook post, Cal Fire used the opportunity as a teaching moment, telling residents, "Remember to have a plan for all your pets".

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The deadliest fire, the Carr Fire, has left eight people dead, including three firefighters. The fire spread quickly due to what officials said was a flawless combination of weather, topography and abundant vegetation turned into highly flammable fuel by years of drought. But now the Ranch Fire alone is the biggest single fire to ever scar the state.

Firefighters battling the Carr Fire further north - near Mount Shasta - did not have the same reprieve from scorching temperatures over the weekend, Jason Shanley, a Cal Fire spokesman told NPR. "Now we can focus on the challenge of the Ranch Fire", he said.

Santaquin City Fire and EMS wrote: "One of our brothers working the #MendicinoComplex fire with the Utah Task Force won't be coming home to his family". The figures do not include blazes on U.S. Forest Service land.

The road into Yosemite Valley was reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25, along with two highways into the park.

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