(Originally published at 12:39 p.m. PDT August 7, 2018)
The two wildfires that comprise the Mendocino Complex of Fires continue to chew up acres in three counties in northern California — Mendocino, Lake, and Colusa Counties.
The Ranch Fire, north and east of Clear Lake, has been expanding on all sides for the last two days except for the northwest side. Firefighters have slowed the growth near Upper Lake, Nice and Lucerne, but it has kept moving on the southeast side around Indian Valley reservoir and on the northeast side in the remote areas west of Lodoga.
To see all of the articles on Wildfire Today about the Mendocino Complex, including the most recent, click HERE.
The River Fire west of Clear Lake has only spread substantially in recent days on the north side east of Talmage. In spite of reports that the two fires have merged, as of Monday night they were more than two miles apart.
If the size of the two fires are considered together, they have burned 290,692 acres, which would make the complex of two fires, which are managed together, the largest in modern recorded state history. But if added to the list, it would need an asterisk since it is two fires. The Ranch Fire has blackened 241,772 acres, and considered alone it qualifies as the 5th largest in modern California history. To reach the number one position it would have to exceed the 281,893 acres attributed to last December’s Thomas Fire near Santa Barbara. The River Fire has burned 48,920 acres.
Crystal Easter of Spring Valley used a pot filled with water to fight spot fires from the #MendocinoComplexFires #ranchfire around her home (another home burns in the background) near Clearlake Oaks, then calmed her animals after crews doused flames in the area. @NorthBayNews pic.twitter.com/tXmlBAjAxe
— Kent Porter (@kentphotos) August 7, 2018