Visualizing The Size Of California's Largest-Ever Fire

11 August, 2018, 21:29 | Author: Donnie King
  • This satellite image released on Tuesday Aug. 7 2018 provided by NOAA shows the wildfires known as the Mendocino Complex Calif. Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in California history breaking a record set only months ear

This scene, captured by a webcam overlooking California's Holy Fire, offers a sober glance of the state's horrific wildfire season, which is far from over.

The fire is named for Holy Jim Canyon, where it erupted on Monday and burned a dozen cabins. One then swoops in low behind a row of houses before opening its bay doors and dumping its load of flame retardant liquid over the ground.

In the Redding area, the year's deadliest fire was almost half surrounded and was burning into remote and rugged forest land but grass, brush and trees there are so dry from years of drought and recent heat that the potential remained for the fire to grow, state fire officials said.

Earlier this week, the fire had threatened homes in Lake Elsinore and nearby communities.

The massive Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California is now 60 percent contained, as firefighters enter their third week of battling what has become the largest wildfire in state history.

Think your friends would be interested? "Steep terrain, dry fuels, and inaccessible areas continue to be a factor in fire spread", the U.S. Forest Service said on the Inciweb fire tracking website. A damage assessment team will be deployed Friday to determine if any homes were destroyed on the Riverside County side of the fire Thursday.

More than 2,000 properties are at direct risk of the Holy Fire, which is 70 miles south-east of Los Angeles. He's charged with three counts of arson, resisting arrest, deterring an executive officer and is being held on $1 million bail.

That's an assessment climate scientists and fire ecologists agree with, as NPR's Kirk Siegler reports: "People should not take solace that this is the worst it's going to get".

The charges being leveled could carry a life sentence, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.




The Holy Fire burns in the Cleveland National Forest.

New evacuations were ordered Wednesday.

After nearly a month of wildfires, the National Weather Service warned that satellite images showed "widespread smoke" drifting from the fires into western and central Canada before heading back south in the US Northern Plains.

The Holy Fire, is burning to the east of Trabuco Canyon near the border of Orange County and Riverside County within the Cleveland National Forest.

Orange County sheriff's deputies said they have had multiple encounters with Clark dating back to 2006, according to Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman for the department.

The man suspected of setting the blaze, 51-year-old Forrest Clark, appeared in court Friday, but his arraignment was postponed.

"The place is going to burn just like you planned", Clark later texted, according to Milligan. The Carr Fire has burned more than 1,000 homes.

With so many wildfires throughout the state, incident commanders initially struggled to get enough firefighters on the lines of the Holy Fire.

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