Utah firefighter battling Mendocino Complex Fire dies

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A firefighter who was working within the Mendocino Complex Fire died Monday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The unnamed firefighter, the newspaper reports, was injured while working within an active area of the wildfire. He was transported to a hospital where he died. Fire authorities are investigating for more information on what happened.

"We are extremely heartbroken for this loss," an incident commander said at a news conference, according to the Los Angeles Times. "We mourn as we also battle California's largest wildfire that continues to to burn extremely steep and remote terrain."

The Mendocino Complex Fire is California's largest wildfire and has burned more than 350,000 acres so far with 68% containment, according to Cal Fire. More than 3,000 fire personnel have responded. The Thomas Fire, which ran through Ventura and Santa Barabara counties last December, scorched more than 270,000 acres by comparison.

We updated the story at 9:15 a.m. to show the most recent containment and acreage figures.

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