"We are expecting that there will be more fire-starts today", Jeremy Grams, lead forecaster with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, said in an interview on Saturday.
Thick smoke and ash spewing from the fire prompted air quality warnings. The cooler temperatures gave firefighters on Monday a chance to attack the string of major wildfires across California, fire officials said.
"Firefighters worked through the night to build and improve containment lines".
A mechanic helping to fight the Carr Fire near Redding in northern California was killed in a vehicle crash on Thursday, the eighth person to die in that conflagration. But despite the unrelenting heat and the fire gaining about 20,000 acres, the fire is now 61 percent contained.
Zinke said, while it is true that wildfire seasons have grown dryer and hotter, the underlying cause of the fires themselves is because of the "fuel load" of dead timber and other combustible matter littering forests. Meanwhile, the Ranch Fire continued its spread across another 13,000 acres leading into Monday morning.
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"Both were in for quite a shock when they returned home to a well-fed fish!" read the Cal Fire tweet. Crews have been able to cut containment lines around 68 percent of the northern California fire, Cal Fire said.
A recently released video shows what it's like to fly in the cockpit of one of the California National Guard C-130s now working to contain the Carr fire, one of the largest wildfires in California's history.
As they battled the blaze, Californian firefighters and the Corning Police Department had taken time to feed the fish.
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. The fires had burned a combined total of 325,226 acres and was 67 percent contained.
A firefighter monitors a backfire while battling the Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, near Ladoga, Calif. The Ranch Fire also became the largest single fire in California history and, as of Monday evening, was the first to burn through more than 300,000 acres. The fire has threatened 10 structures and destroyed one.