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August Complex is the largest wildfire on state record

August Complex Fire- Rockwell looking SE from 21N07. Taken on August 18, 2020. USDA Forest Service photo by Roy Jones.

A wildfire burning since last month in Northern California is now the state’s largest on record.

Posted: Sep 10, 2020 11:59 AM
Updated: Sep 11, 2020 8:40 AM

WILLOWS, Calif. - A wildfire burning since last month in Northern California is now the state’s largest on record.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says the August Complex has scorched more than 471,000 acres (1,906 square kilometers), centered in vast wilderness about 130 miles, north of San Francisco.

The blaze originated as 37 separate fires in the Mendocino National Forest on Aug. 17, when California was hit by thousands of lightning strikes.

RELATED: Latest updates on the August Complex

Many of the fires merged and others have since been added, and the complex now covers parts of Glenn, Mendocino, Lake, Tehama and Trinity counties. It has destroyed 26 structures as it consumes chaparral, timber and tall grass.

The state’s second-largest fire is now the Mendocino Complex, which burned more than 459,000 acres (1,857 square kilometers) in the same region in 2018.

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Los Angeles2989376989
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino623531072
Orange583261444
San Diego54314868
Kern33775416
Fresno30590436
Sacramento25264484
Santa Clara24014388
Alameda23215460
San Joaquin21630489
Contra Costa18523241
Stanislaus17572396
Tulare17495286
Ventura14192164
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12069140
Monterey1132189
San Mateo11075159
Santa Barbara9760120
Merced9465155
Sonoma9163134
Kings821883
Solano728674
Marin7057128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo414132
Placer408857
Yolo316658
Butte305952
Santa Cruz277125
Napa194215
Shasta184630
Sutter183712
San Benito143615
El Dorado13154
Yuba129310
Mendocino112421
Tehama8628
Lassen7661
Lake68915
Glenn6573
Nevada6088
Humboldt5629
Colusa5506
Calaveras34218
Amador32416
Tuolumne2684
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1930
Del Norte1781
Mono1782
Mariposa782
Plumas680
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
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Fire danger will be extreme Sunday-Monday as the biggest dry wind event of the season takes shape. A widespread freeze in the Sierra-Cascades as low as single-digit values possible Sunday night. Mild & sunny weather after Tuesday.
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