California's Mendocino complex of fires now largest in state's history

phys.org | 8/7/2018 | Staff
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California has been dealing with record breaking fires for the past month and they aren't even halfway through their fire season. The Mendocino Complex eclipsed last year's Thomas fire which burned 283,800 acres last December 2017 in Ventura and Santa Barbara. Besides the huge and horrifying Mendocino Complex, there are four other extremely large fires consuming large swaths of the state as well. The Carr fire, the Donnell fire and the Ferguson fire are all taking their toll on the state.

The Mendocino Complex now firmly in the number one spot for largest fire in California history is at 290,692 and is only 34% contained. This complex consists of two separate fires, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. The River Fire is located northeast of the community of Hopland, and the Ranch Fire is located northeast of Ukiah, in Lake County and Mendocino County, California. The Ranch Fire is actively burning in the Mendocino National Forest north of Clearlake. This complex started on July 27, 2018 and the cause of the blaze in under investigation. There have been 75 residences and 68 other structures destroyed. Nearly 4,000 fire personnel are working this inferno at present. Extreme torching, flanking and spotting have been observed with this complex and both fires continue to have rapid growth when aligned with fuels, topography, and wind. High temperatures, low humidity, and afternoon winds coupled with critically low fuel moistures are contributing to large fire growth. The forecast hot, dry and windy weather pattern developing today coupled with extremely dry fuels and challenging terrain will continue to produced extreme rates of spread.

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The Carr fire has burned 167,113 acres and is 47% contained. This fire is north of the Mendocino Complex in Shasta and Trinity Counties. The cause of the fire was from a mechanical failure of...
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