While dozens of wildfires are burning across California, the August Complex Fire — currently raging in Northern California — has become the largest wildfire in state history.
Nearly 500,000 acres have burned in the Mendocino National Forest east of Redding and Chico, an area equal to about 736 square miles.
The August Complex was initially 37 separate fires that ignited from a lightning storm on Aug. 17. Many of those smaller fires merged to create larger complex. Containment is currently estimated at 24%.
Three fires currently burning in the state are in the top five of California’s all-time list:
- August Complex in Mendocino, Tehema, Lake and Glenn Counties (currently burning)
- Mendocino Complex in Mendocino, Lake, Colusa and Glenn Counties (2018)
- SCU Lightning Complex in Santa Clara County (currently burning)
- LNU Lightning Complex in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties (currently burning)
- Thomas Fire in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties (2017)