Mendocino Complex Fire

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Mendocino Complex Fire
Smoke from the Mendocino Complex on Highway 20 on July 31, 2018
LocationMendocino County, Colusa County and Lake County, California, United States
Coordinates39°14′36″N 123°06′12″W / 39.243283°N 123.103367°W / 39.243283; -123.103367Coordinates: 39°14′36″N 123°06′12″W / 39.243283°N 123.103367°W / 39.243283; -123.103367
Date(s)July 27, 2018 (2018-07-27) ()
Burned area302,086 acres (1,222 km2)
Buildings destroyed229
DeathsNone reported
Non-fatal injuries8

The Mendocino Complex Fire is  a large complex of two wildfires, the River Fire and Ranch Fire, currently burning in Mendocino, Lake, and Colusa counties in the U.S. state of California. It is th largest fire complex in recorded US history.[3] The Ranch Fire is currently burning eight miles northeast of Ukiah and the River Fire is currently burning six miles north of Hopland. The fires were first reported on  July 27, 2018. Both fires have burned a combined total of 302,086 acres (1,222 km2) . Several communities and cities in the region had to be evacuated.

By the night of August 7, the fires were collectively 34% contained. The River Fire was 78% contained and the Ranch Fire was only 20% contained, with flames on the northern flank still actively pushing towards Snow Mountain Wilderness.[4][3]

Impact[change | change source]

The River and Ranch Fires have affected communities along the Mendocino and Lake County borders. People in these areas had to be evacuated: Lakeport, Kelseyville, Lucerne, Upper Lake, Nice, Saratoga Springs, Witter Springs, Potter Valley, and Finley, parts of Hopland, and the tribal communities Hopland Rancheria and Big Valley Rancheria.

References[change | change source]

  1. "River Fire (Mendocino Complex)". CAL FIRE. State of California. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. "Ranch Fire (Mendocino Complex)". CAL FIRE. State of California. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Mendocino fire is now the largest ever in California's modern history". CNBC.
  4. "California wildfire: Mendocino Complex fire expected to burn till end of August".

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