The Latest: Firefighter killed battling California blaze

LAKEPORT, Calif. – The Latest on the fires burning in the US West (all times are local):

8:15 pm

Authorities say a firefighter has been killed at the biggest record blaze in the history of California.

State fire officials say the firefighter died on Monday at the site of the Mendocino Complex fires north of San Francisco.

Details have not yet been released.

Six firefighters have now died in connection with a wave of massive wildfires that have struck Northern California in recent weeks.

The deadliest wildfire, the Carr Brand, has a total of eight people, including three firefighters.

Two firefighters were killed fighting a fire near Yosemite National Park.

The Mendocino Complex — actually the twin fire is fought together — has burned for more than two weeks. The fire has burned nearly 150 homes and about 547 square miles (1,415 square miles) of brush and forest. That is an area larger than the city of Los Angeles.


4:45 pm

A relatively light wildfire season in the Northern Rockies has roared to life, such as firefighters scrambled to try to stamp out more than 30 new brands in the past few days.

Authorities reported Monday that a number of new large fires have taken hold in Montana after a recent heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures.

That includes a 3-square-mile fire that led to an evacuation order for the residents of 15 homes to the southwest of the town of Ennis and a fire in Glacier National Park that forced evacuations around Lake McDonald

Fire charred a combination of 30 square miles in Montana so far this year. By comparison, more than 2,400 square miles burned last year.

In Colorado, a wildfire in the southwestern portion of the state ignited by lightning July 29, had burned in 34 square miles (88 square kilometers) on Monday.


11:00 pm

A wildfire is forcing evacuations in the most heavily used area of Glacier National Park, and has destroyed an unknown number of structures around Lake McDonald.

The “National Park Service”, said the 25-site Sprague Creek campground was evacuated Monday, a day after the fast-moving fire forced the evacuation of the 82 rooms of the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.

A second campground with 87 sites and a number of private homes also were evacuated. A part of the Going-to-the-Sun Road remained closed for traffic.

The fire is one of the many started in the park by lightning on Saturday evening. Windy, dry conditions on Sunday caused the fire to spread rapidly.

Park officials had no estimate on the fire size.

It is the second year in a row that the forest fires prompted evacuations of Lake McDonald.

8:30 pm

A growing wildfire in Glacier National Park in northern Montana has forced the evacuation of a historic lodge and a camping site.

The “National Park Service”, says the Lake McDonald Lodge and Avalanche Creek Campground were evacuated Sunday night and part of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed to traffic. Some private homes in the neighborhood were evacuated.

The fire was one of several started in the park by lightning on Saturday evening. Windy, dry conditions on Sunday led to the fire growing Sunday.

Park officials had no estimate of the size of the fire, which is burning on the north side of Lake McDonald. The tourist areas on the south side of the lake, are not affected by the fire.

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