Wildfires – California, USA
California is battling its largest wildfire ever recorded, along with 15 other major ones across the state.
The Mendocino Complex Fire is actually two separate fires, both of which began burning in late July: the Ranch Fire and the River Fire. They haven’t merged yet, but they are close enough to each other that officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection are counting them as one huge wildfire.
As of the morning of Aug. 7, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned 283,800 acres (115,000 hectares) of land in northern California around Clear Lake and is only 30 percent contained. Fueled by high temperatures, low humidity and wind, the fire has destroyed nearly 170 homes and other structures.
Wildfires – Colorado, USA
Authorities have released details on the numerous wildfires still burning across western, central Colorado here.