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The Carr Fire is one of multiple fires that have been raging in California in recent weeks, forcing tens of thousands from their homes and business.

Forrest Clark, 51, made several outbursts, claiming his life was being threatened and saying the arson charge against him was a lie.

His bail has been set at $1 million dollars. We will continue to keep you updated as we receive more information. Cal Fire explained the cause of fire as "mechanical failure of a vehicle".

The River Fire was reported to be fully contained as of Monday evening while the Ranch Fire was 59 percent contained. There will likely be increased smoke activity in that area today as firefighters work to create a buffer zone. The fire moved north towards that area overnight, burning near homes and the dam, and crews are now on the ground working on structure defense.

Cal Fire predicts the Mendocino fire will be fully contained by September 1.

On Sunday Zinke posted images to Twitter of destruction in Shasta County. But despite the unrelenting heat and the fire gaining about 20,000 acres, the fire is now 61 percent contained.

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Crews are also working to strengthen containment along the Ranch Fire's southern boundary.

The cooler temperatures, off triple digits across much of Northern California, came during a two-day tour of the area by two Trump administration officials, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. The River Fire, the other part of the Mendocino-Complex Fire is 93 percent contained. It has burned a combined 336,399 acres and injured two firefighters. I've been to a lot of fires and this is just something else.

After a month of burning, the Ferguson Fire has singed 96,457 acres across three national forests and private land.

The Nelson Fire started Friday in Solano County.

So far the fires have destroyed 139 homes and 119 structures. Forward progress of the fire has been stopped.

Firefighters monitor a back fire as they battle the Medocino Complex fire on August 7, 2018 near Lodoga, California.

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