Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency, allowing California to claim federal aid in fighting the raging blaze.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said that the blaze north of capitol Sacramento is just one of 17 major wildfires burning across the state, and that it increased 25 percent in size overnight, and had blackened nearly 400 square miles as of Sunday morning.
Ayeta is the seventh person to die in the blaze which has scorched over 154,000 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region, including two young children and their great-grandmother whose home was overrun by flames and a resident who authorities said refused to leave his home despite evacuation orders. Two other firefighters have died as well.
US President Donald Trump blamed the northern California wildfire on Obama-era environmental legislation and urged that more trees be cut down to tackle the natural disaster.
According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, as of last week, California fires have torched some 290,000 acres (117,300 hectares), more than double the five-year average.