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<p>A firefighter monitors a back fire while battling the Mendocino Complex fire on August 7, 2018 near Lodoga, California. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which is made up of the River Fire and Ranch Fire, has surpassed the Thomas Fire to become the largest wilfire in California state history with over 280,000 acres charred and at least 75 homes destroyed. </p>
A press conference was held in regards to the death of a firefighter during the Mendocino Complex fire.
Officials said that a firefighter from Utah was injured while assisting with the Ranch Fire. An emergency crew airlifted him to the hospital where he died from his injuries.
Officials said there will be a thorough investigation into the death.
The Mendocino Complex fire is made up of the River Fire and Ranch Fire. According to Cal Fire
, the Ranch Fire is at 59 percent containment with over 300 thousand acres burned. The River Fire is at full containment after burning 48,920 thousand acres.
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