Firefighter dies battling Mendocino Complex

Family returns from Carr Fire evacuation to find Grant the fish happy and well-fed

The heart of Yosemite National Park in California, shut down for almost three weeks due to a deadly wildfire, was reopened to visitors on Tuesday, but smoke limited visibility and a key route to the park's best known landmarks remained closed. Add California Wildfires as an interest to stay up to date on the latest California Wildfires news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

A firefighter battling the Mendocino Complex fires has died, Cal Fire reported Monday night.

The reopening of Yosemite Valley, by far the most heavily touristed area of the park, came as firefighters continued to make slow, steady progress containing the last hot spots of the Ferguson Fire, which erupted July 13 at the edge of Yosemite. "More information will be released as it becomes available".

The northern California fire was created when two smaller fires, the Ranch fire and the River Fire merged.

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With more than 300,000 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest in California's history.

The fire season has already been a hard one for firefighters working dozens of fires, especially in California.

Eight civilians have also been killed in the blazes across the state.

The Carr Fire has been the deadliest of the wildfires to hit the West this season.

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A firefighter from Utah was killed while fighting a wildfire in California Monday.

In Southern California the Holy Fire, which authorities say was set on August 6 by a disgruntled homeowner in an Orange County canyon, was 59 percent contained after torching more than 22,000 acres and destroying a dozen cabins.

This year has been the deadliest for firefighters since 2008, according to SF Gate.

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