Cal Fire said the incident is now under investigation. The fire is burning near the Mendocino National Forest, about 140 miles northwest of Sacramento. The Ranch Fire and the River Fire are the two fires that make up the Mendocino Complex.
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.
He went on to explain that "active forest management" was a solution he wanted to implement to prevent more fires in the future, but some activists say that's just another way of letting big business decimate natural habitats.
While it's not the largest burning in the state, the Holy Fire has raised concerns about effects on residential communities. Within three days, the Holy Fire had claimed more than 10,000 acres of land.
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The BC Wildfire Service is dealing with more than 27 fires in what officials are calling the Monashee Complex, stretching from the Lumby, B.C. area to Three Valley Gap on the Trans Canada Highway.
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.
The Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained at 8am local time (4pm BST) on Monday morning, at a size of 295,970 acres. "We are here for you", he said.
A Redding, California, family who fled the sprawling Carr Fire returned home to find something fishy had happened while they were away.