California is currently battling a wildfire that has been officially named the Mendocino Complex Fire; setting records is positive in most things in life, but certainly not when it comes to the size of the aforementioned wildfire – it’s the largest recorded wildfire in the history of California, a mark that was reached just yesterday, on Monday, August 6, 2018.
The year to date – not just the Mendocino Complex Fire
The Golden State’s fire season isn’t even halfway over thus far, though relevant statistics indicate that some 14,000 firefighters have already been involved in the fighting of wildfires throughout the state in 2018. Those 14,000-odd firefighters have fought off 16 major, big-time blazes.
Unfortunately, those fires haven’t been friendly to the homeowners of the affected areas, having killed nine homeowners and burned down over 2,000 residential units.
Here’s how the Mendocino Complex Fire became the largest of its kind to ever grace the face of California
283,800 acres – that’s the record in terms of burnt land that the Mendocino Complex Fire set on Monday, August 6, 2018. Government statistics indicate that the 284,000-odd-acre area is larger than the combined size of the California cities of Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco.
The Mendocino Complex Fire joined as the result of a merger between the Ranch Fire and the River Fire; the River Fire and the Ranch Fire had actively burned across California for days before moving together.
Statistics from Cal Fire, the official government entity of the Golden State for keeping up with all sorts of fires – mainly wildfires, however – indicate that both the Ranch Fire and the River Fire were initialized on July 27th, just one hour after the other. Thus far, only 58 percent of the River Fire has been contained, whereas a measly 21 percent of the Ranch Fire has been stopped thus far. Experts on the Cal Fire team aren’t sure of what could have caused the River Fire and the Ranch Fire.
Scott McLean, an official representative of Cal Fire, shared with a local news media outlet that there is “nothing but ash all over my vehicles each day,” referring to how bad the Mendocino Complex Fire is even though Mr. McLean lives over an hour away from the Mendocino Complex Fire in the city of Chico. He isn’t sure as to when fire conditions will become poor.