Northern California Wildfires

firefighter was killed in Mendocino National Forest north of San Francisco

A firefighter was killed and another injured Monday battling a wildfire within the Northern California forest, authorities said. The firefighter was killed in Mendocino National Forest north of San Francisco , where a wildfire that started on Aug. 17 was 20% contained, consistent with a press release from the U.S. Forest Service. No other details were immediately available.

The blaze was burning in timber, chaparral and tall grass. It began as 37 separate fires but many have either been contained or merged, consistent with the Forest Service. Many other fires continued to burn. California was freed from extreme weather warnings Monday but firefighters working to contain massive wildfires were cautioned about increasingly warm and dry conditions heading toward the Labor Day weekend.

The two largest fires, east and north of San Francisco Bay, were each about 65% surrounded, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. a 3rd big fire, burning to the south within the Santa Cruz Mountains region, was 41% surrounded. that fireplace has burned nearly 900 homes. The progress has allowed thousands of individuals to return home but nearly 40,000 remained under evacuation orders, Cal Fire said.

Those fires et al. began with a huge thunderstorm on Aug. 15 that unleashed thousands of lightning bolts. many wildfires ignited therein period of time have burned quite 2,218 square miles (5,747 square kilometers). There are eight deaths and quite 2,800 structures destroyed, many of them homes. A Red Flag warning in Humboldt and Del Norte counties expired at late morning. Air quality alerts thanks to smoke went into effect for the Lake County air basin and in parts of the San Joaquin Valley pollution Control District.

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