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CAL FIRE: Mendocino Complex Fire surpasses Thomas Fire, largest wildfire in California history

Posted at 7:43 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 22:43:01-04

The Mendocino Complex Fire in northern California has grown larger than the biggest fire in California’s history, the Thomas Fire

CAL FIRE said Monday night the Mendocino Complex Fire – which is comprised of the Ranch Fire and the River Fire – has burned more than 283,800 acres together. 

The Ranch Fire started near Highway 20 on July 27 and is 235,000 acres and 21 percent contained. The River Fire started on the same day on Old River Road and is 48,800 acres and 58 percent contained. 

The Thomas Fire started in December 2017 and grew to the largest wildfire in California’s history at 281,893 acres. 

There are several evacuations in place for the Mendocino Complex Fire and about 3,903 fire personnel working to contain the flames.