Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Largest wildfire in California history to burn for rest of August

Largest wildfire in California history to burn for rest of August

Collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, the wildfires have burned through 283,800 acres (114,850 hectares) - an area almost the size of the sprawling city of Los Angeles - and are just 30 percent contained, according to state fire authority CalFire.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman declined to comment on Trump's tweet.

Total containment for the complex has improved slightly to 34 percent, Cal Fire said.

LOS ANGELES-California's biggest wildfire on record raged on Tuesday as hot and windy conditions challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state.

The size of the fires surpasses a blaze last December in Southern California that burned 281,893 acres.It killed two people, including a firefighter, and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings before being fully contained on January 12.

Sources: Satellite imagery from Copernicus (Sentinel-2), fire perimeters and largest wildfires data from CalFire, building footprint data from Microsoft.

Crews also gained ground against another Northern California wildfire that has destroyed more than 1,000 homes in and around the city of Redding.

Aerial view of Trabuco Canyon as a tanker aircraft dumps load onto Holy Fire, Near Santiago Peak, California, U.S., August 6, 2018 in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

"On the River Fire we continued to increase containment and work towards tieing (sic) in the remaining containment lines to Scotts Valley Road", officials said. In rural areas up north, what began as two small fires more than a week ago have grown at breathtaking speed to form the Mendocino Complex Fire, a massive and still-growing inferno that has charred an area nearly the size of Los Angeles.

The Mendocino Complex Fire is comprised of two twin fires: the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. The engine company is assisting on the Donnell Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest, north of Yosemite.

The Mendocino Complex fire is burning in Colusa, Lake and Mendocino counties, just north of wine country in Northern California.

Two fires mercilessly roaring through northern California have grown so rapidly that they are now the largest ever to ravage the state, authorities said.

California's firefighting resources are stretched thin dealing with some 20 fires burning throughout the state, which means the Arizona crews play a crucial role.

Seventy-five homes and 68 other structures have been destroyed by the fire so far. The fast moving brush fire has burned at least 4,000 acres. Easter lives in the Spring Valley community of Clearlake Oaks, which evacuated last Friday as the Ranch Fire pushed to the south and east.

At 273,664 acres burned, the Mendocino Complex Fire now sits at number two of California's largest wildfires.

A man watches the Thomas Fire in the hills above Carpinteria, California, December 11, 2017.

Like this: