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The Mendocino Complex, largest fire in California history
8/16/2018 12:00:00 AM



CATEGORIES:
Fire
AFFECTED AREAS:
Colusa County, CA
Glenn County, CA
Lake County, CA
Mendocino County, CA

Start Date: 7/27/2018 -  
California’s largest fire, the Mendocino Complex fire, burned more than 364,000 acres, or 568 square miles, of rugged terrain. Los Angeles Times, Aug. 16, 2018 The Mendocino Complex, comprised of the Ranch and River fires, burned 470 square miles and destroyed 116 homes, becoming the largest fire in California’s history. The fire began on July 27 and grew quickly due to a perfect storm of heat, rugged topography, and ample brush and timber that were exceedingly dry after years of drought. Firefighting resources were spread thin across the state as numerous blazes burned simultaneously. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.), Aug. 8, 2017
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