When asked about the claims by left-wing environmental groups and even USA lawmakers who blame climate change for contributing to the fires, Zinke said that is a separate matter from the need to manage forests to help lessen the spread of wildfires or even prevent them.
After a month of burning, the Ferguson Fire has singed 96,457 acres across three national forests and private land.
This summer ranks as one of California's worst fire seasons, as numerous blazes burned with extraordinary intensity and speed across the drought-parched state, stoked by erratic winds and record temperatures. It has consumed 201,680 acres so far and is 61% contained.
Among 14 active wildfires across California, the Holy Fire started on August 6 in Holy Jim Canyon of the Cleveland National Forest.
With the firefighters' ongoing progress, authorities lifted evacuation orders in several neighborhoods in Lake Elsinore, the city most threatened by the fire.
As the family fled their property during the Carr Fires west of Redding, the father warned his daughter that their pet fish, named Grant, probably hadn't survived.
A press conference held Monday night confirmed the firefighter from Utah was injured while battling the Ranch Fire.
"I have no words that describe the loss and devastation experienced by the community. Now we can focus on the challenge of the Ranch Fire", he said.
The third largest is the Ferguson Fire, near Yosemite National Park, incinerating almost 96,000 acres.
The road into Yosemite Valley was reopened on Tuesday for the first time since July 25, along with two highways into the park.
Fire officials have issued a grim prediction, warning that massive blazes will cost the state billions of dollars more over the next decade.
"Both were in for quite a shock when they returned home to a well-fed fish!" read the Cal Fire tweet.