The Mendocino Complex is California's largest fire on record—for now

Popular Science | 8/4/2018 | Staff
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It’s the speed of a wildfire that really determines how destructive it will become. As many as 100,000 may ignite in U.S. wildlands every year, but only a small percent of those will go on to become headline-grabbing blazes, swallowing thousands of acres a day.

That’s what happened in northern California, where the twin River and Ranch fires sparked to life on July 26, at one point growing by nearly 50 square miles in a few short hours. Now, just over a week later, the double-header Mendocino Complex fire has burned through more than 450 square miles (200,000 football fields), surpassing last December's Thomas fire to become the largest wildfire...
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