It is part of the Mendocino-Complex Fire in Lake, Mendocino and Colusa Counties. It has burned 1,900 acres and was 25 percent contained.
"The Mendocino Complex Unified Incident Commanders from CAL FIRE, and the United States Forest Service are deeply saddened to report the death of a firefighter on the Mendocino Complex", CAL FIRE sad in a statement. There will likely be increased smoke activity in that area today as firefighters work to create a buffer zone. As of Monday evening, it was 68 percent contained.
Cal Fire shared the unlikely tale to Twitter on Saturday when they posted a photo of a perfectly happy looking pet fish.
Brushy, drylands in California between Orange and Riverside counties burn for a fifth day, leading to more than 20,000 evacuations from a fire blamed on arson.
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.
A firefighter has been killed battling the largest wildfire in Californian history that has been stoked by prime fire weather conditions as it has destroyed dozens of homes. I've been to a lot of fires and this is just something else. "Fire crews continue working on bringing bring the east edge of the fire back in to the Mendocino National Forest, but obstacles and access still prove to be challenging", Cal Fire said.
The man accused of deliberately starting the fire appeared in court on Friday, but his arraignment was postponed. As it has grown to cover more than 202,000 acres, 1,077 homes, 22 commercial structures and 500 other buildings have burned.
Zinke said it is ironic that environmental groups oppose access to federal lands to protect wildlife habitats when mismanagement of the land that results in fires destroys those habitats.
"Firefighters made good progress overnight building and reinforcing containment lines".
A press conference held Monday night confirmed the firefighter from Utah was injured while battling the Ranch Fire.