10 Haunting Photos As California's Largest Wildfire Ever Spirals Out Of Control

On Monday, the twin fires being treated as one incident north of San Francisco became the largest wildfire in state history, destroying 443 square miles (1,148 square kilometers), nearly the size of the city of Los Angeles and 45% greater than New York City. 

The Mendocino Complex grew to span 283,000 acres (114,526 hectares) on Monday when two wildfires merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said. The size of the fire has surpassed the previous record set by the Thomas Fire which burned 281,893 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties when it destroyed more than 1,000 structures. It is now the largest of eight major fires burning out of control across California, prompting U.S. President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” in the state.

The wildfire about 225 miles (360 kilometers) north of San Francisco started more than two weeks ago by sparks from the steel wheel of a towed-trailer's flat tire. It killed two firefighters and four residents and displaced more than 38,000 people.

And as the record-breaking wildfire continued to grow amid hot and windy conditions, it challenged thousands of fire crews battling eight major blazes burning out of control across the state.

The Mendocino Complex, which is 30% contained, has been less destructive to property than some of the other wildfires in the state - it has so far burned down 75 homes - because it is mostly raging in remote areas. But as AP notes, officials say it threatens 11,300 buildings and some new evacuations were ordered over the weekend as the flames spread.

More than 14,000 firefighters are battling more than a dozen major blazes throughout California, state Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokesman Scott McLean told AP. "I can remember a couple of years ago when we saw 10 to 12,000 firefighters in the states of California, Oregon and Washington and never the 14,000 we see now."

Unfortunately, there is no respite in sight as temperatures could reach 110 degrees (43 Celsius) in Northern California over the next few days with gusty winds fanning the flames of the complex, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

The 3,900 crews battling the Mendocino Complex on Monday were focusing on keeping flames from breaking through fire lines on a ridge above the foothill communities of Nice, Lucerne, Glen Haven, and Clearlake Oaks, said Tricia Austin, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire.

Elsewhere, the Carr Fire - which has torched 164,413 acres in the scenic Shasta-Trinity region north of Sacramento since breaking out on July 23 - was 47% contained according to Reuters. The Carr Fire has been blamed for seven deaths, including a 21-year-old Pacific Gas and Electric Company lineman Jay Ayeta, whom the company said on Sunday was killed in a vehicle crash as he worked with crews in dangerous terrain.

Even Trump commented on Twitter on the California conflagrations: “California wildfires are being magnified and made so much worse by the bad environmental laws which aren’t allowing massive amount of readily available water to be properly utilized."

The Northern California fires have created such a haze of smoke in the Central Valley that Sacramento County health officials advised residents to avoid outdoor activities for the entire week.

Below we shows 10 haunting photos from the wildfire, courtesy of Bloomberg:

An air tanker drops retardant on the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks, California, on Aug. 5. Via Getty Images
The Ranch Fire, part of the Mendocino Complex Fire, burns near Clearlake Oaks on Aug. 5. Via Getty Images
A hillside smolders after flames passed through during the Ranch Fire on Aug. 5. Photographer: Josh Edelson/AP Photo
Firefighters retrieve supplies while battling the Ranch Fire burning near Clearlake Oaks on Aug. 5. Via Getty Images
Alex Schenck carries a water bucket while fighting to save his home from the Ranch Fire on Aug. 4. Via Getty Images
A firefighter gathers water from a pool on Aug. 4. Photographer: Noah Berger/AFP via Getty Images
A house burns near Clearlake Oaks on Aug. 4. AFP via Getty Images
A firefighter douses flames while battling the Ranch Fire on Aug. 4.
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Firefighters ride in the back of a pickup truck while battling the Ranch Fire near Clearlake Oaks on Aug. 4. Via Getty Images
A tree burns from the inside during the Ranch Fire in Clearlake Oaks on Aug. 5. Via AP Photo




californiagirl Keyser Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:37 Permalink

The Mendocino fire was not started by the trailer with the flat tire. That was the Carr fire, further north by Redding.

This statement - "largest wildfire in state history" - is false.

The largest California wildfire documented was the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889, which burned about 308,000 acres in Orange, San Diego and Riverside counties.  Some reports indicated that the Santiago Canyon Fire may have reached a size of 495,000 acres as it merged with other large wildfires that were concurrently burning in San Diego County. A couple months earlier in that same year, the Great Bakersfield Fire destroyed most of the town, leaving 1,500 people homeless. The 1889 fires occurred during a bad drought in California, where it had stopped raining in early March.


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CheapBastard tmosley Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:21 Permalink

Are these fires in violation of Commifornia's Proposition # 65? Seems like lots of stuff in this smoke is carcinogenic?

Proposition 65, officially the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is a law that requires warnings be provided to California consumers when they will be exposed to chemicals identified by California as causing cancer or reproductive toxicity.

The warnings are intended to help California consumers make informed decisions about their exposures to these chemicals from the products they use. The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) administers the Proposition 65 program and publishes the listed chemicals, which includes more than 850 chemicals.




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GeezerGeek COSMOS Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:31 Permalink

It is not all that hot around Ft. Lauderdale this year (90-91 typical high) but yes, it is humid in the summertime. In past years the typical high was 94-95, but August isn't over yet. But we do have AC, and many have swimming pools.

Alligators? I haven't heard one in decades (excluding U of F fans). 40 years ago the western inhabited areas could hear them at certain times of the year. It would be ideal if we could just eliminate the real pests, the libtards that infest the area.

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Last of the Mi… RabbiWood Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:11 Permalink

I'm going to have to down vote this article around 50,000 times. 

There was no mention of climate change and the fires are in California! How could this happen? I realize the men fighting these things are rife with toxic masculinity, but come one snowflakes. Put down the puppy, emerge from your safe space and enforce the SJW propaganda front. This just cannot be allowed to happen if you expect to destroy our constitutional republic and continue with your socialist agenda. 

damn dudette!

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Insearch CheapBastard Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:38 Permalink

Last week (within 24 hrs of mendo complex fire)in Napa, shelter in place overturned tanker CO2/hazmat nixle, Oakville grade Area.

yesterday Napa Calistoga, Clover Landfill Fire started... all chemicals/pesticides crap for the Napa valley dumped there. Nixle alert.

i talked to sonoma resident whose house burned down in oct fire disaster... he said the PGE smart meters started the fires 11 fires all at once, not the trees all falling at once.

video on YT, woman at city council states rollout of 5G in North CA (follow the money) she states PGE owned by Opus One owner Roth...ch ild, also interested in ancient  archaeological dig‘s that are somewhere out in this area. Napa  stopped hotel site from being built for one year because of archaeological discovery they still have not said what they discovered interesting times !

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Solosides cheech_wizard Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:47 Permalink

I could not see anything on that infographic until I tilted my monitor 30 degrees. Whoever started the current fad of using light grey text and images against a bright white background needs to be shot.


The rest of the images show the consequences of putting your goyim work slaves into molding tinder-box shack houses, instead of brick, concrete, or stone houses like the rest of the world.

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cougar_w cheech_wizard Tue, 08/07/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

IP-ban doesn't work. Most people doing their thing from home are using an ISP and getting their IP on connection, and it changes every time they reconnect. So you have to ban an entire C-block of IPs, maybe a B-block. Might end up banning an entire city if you aren't careful. In the end, it's easier just to let you deal with it or in the case where you cannot, then to see a therapist about your control issues.

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shovelhead californiagirl Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:06 Permalink

Almost bought my first house in Santiago Canyon. My FIL, an LA firefighter, talked me out of it.

"Son, you don't want to live in a densely wooded canyon in So. Cal. I've pulled too many crispy critters out of them to let you do that, especially one that only has one exit."

The next year there was a fire in the canyon.

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Ms No shovelhead Tue, 08/07/2018 - 12:49 Permalink

There is an alternate route in AZ that ends up eventually in Sedona that goes into a sliver canyon, on a two lane road with zero shoulders and is loaded with houses.  Nobody would probably even make it to the locked up road.  The road has signs for "fire evacuation route".  Lol. I can't remember its exact location because I only drove it once at night and my breaks were burning on the POS.  

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Nobody For President californiagirl Tue, 08/07/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

right you are California Girl. I was driving up 101 from Santa Rosa and saw the Potter Valley fire aka the Ranch Fire aka the northern part of the Mendocino Fire when it was just a baby, probably around 50 acres. Dropped into Ukiah for lunch, and when I hit 101 again it and went by about 10 miles plus West northbound on 101, it was up (from the loom up) to probably 100 acres and methought "This is not good", 'cause I knew a lot of local resources were already out of area on the Carr Fire.

I get my annual on my Cub at Toms at Lakeport Airport, it is gonna be a bit overdue this year. Airport is closed except for fire traffic, which is very large right now.

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Boing_Snap dark pools of soros Tue, 08/07/2018 - 09:52 Permalink

The real reason the weather will be crazy this year is the Grand Solar Minimum, as the sunspot activity drops on the Sun higher intensity cosmic radiation is emitted and we get wild swings in the weather.

GSM events are a part of history and easily understood, unless of course you want to believe that man is the cause, and then you'll believe what ever they present on TV.


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