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Ranch Fire takes over as largest wildfire in California history

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Staff Writer | August 13, 2018
The Ranch fire became the largest individual wildfire in California history Sunday as it continued to grow in size, especially at its northwest corner just to the east of Potter Valley, fire officials said.
Ranch Fire
America   The blaze had consumed 287,479 acres
The blaze, which started July 27, had consumed 287,479 acres throughout Mendocino, Lake and Colusa counties as of Sunday night, according to Cal Fire.

That total surpasses the Thomas fire of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, which destroyed 281,893 acres last December. The River fire, which is just south of the Ranch fire and tucked in between Highway 101 on the west and Highway 29 on the east, has burnt 48,920 acres.

Despite the size of the blazes, which together have been named the Mendocino Complex fires, no deaths have been reported, Cal Fire said. However, two firefighters were injured.

Last week, the Mendocino Complex fires became the state’s largest wildfire in recorded history.

Cal Fire said 146 homes have been destroyed and another 13 damaged from the fires. The Ranch fire was at 62 percent containment Sunday, while the River fire was 93 percent contained.