Mendocino Complex Fire now largest wildfire in state history

MENDOCINO, LAKE, COLUSA COUNTY, Calif. (KIEM) – Authorities are now calling the Mendocino Complex Fire the largest wildfire in California’s history.

The fire consists of two fires, the Ranch and River fires, and Cal Fire officials say the flames have scorched about 283,800 acres – about the size of Los Angeles.

The Mendocino Complex Fire edges out the Thomas Fire in size, which last year burned nearly 282,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

The fire has destroyed at least 75 homes, 68 other buildings, and has forced thousands of people to evacuate from Mendocino, Lake, and Colusa counties.

Harsh conditions such as gusty winds and building heat have made it difficult to fight the fire.

As of Monday night, the Mendocino Complex is about 30% contained.

More information on emergency evacuations is available, here.