National Drought Mitigation Center

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The Mendocino Complex, largest fire in California history
8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM

Colusa County, CA
Glenn County, CA
Lake County, CA
Mendocino County, CA

Start Date: 7/27/2018 - End Date: 8/20/2018
The Mendocino Complex fire charred 398,862 acres and 157 homes through the morning of Aug. 20, nearly a month since the blaze began. Los Angeles Times (Calif.), Aug. 20, 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