By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Richard Edwords, an Alpine resident driving a water tender truck: at the Mendocino Complex Fire, where bulldozers have been cutting fire breaks
Update: An earlier version of this article stated that the Mendocino Complex fire is the second largest in our state's history. With more acreage burned tonight, it is now the largest.
August 6, 2018 (San Diego) – Across California, 36 wildfires are currently burning. View map and incident reports. Currently the only one in San Diego County, the #CasnerFire in Ramona, is 75% contained at 14 acres, with no structures lost. A 1,000 brush fire on Camp Pendleton has been extinguished. But elsewhere in the state, explosive fires are burning, claiming lives and property.
The #MendocinoComplexFire is now the second largest in California history, where 283,000 acres have burned after the Ranch and River fires joined forces, Reuters reports tonight.
Evacuations are ordered in Orange County, where the #HolyFire that started in Cleveland National Forest has scorched 1,200 acres, burning one structure and causing one injury, the Orange County Register reports tonight.
Yosemite National Park remains closed as firefighters battle the #FergusonFire. Thus far firefighters have managed to save groves of great Sequoia trees at Mariposa Grove and Wawona but flames and smoke have caused indefinite extensions of closures, according to the San Francisco Chronicle today.
The devastating #CarrFire in Shasta and Trinity Fires was caused by a flat tire driven on a rim that caused sparks. Two firefighters lost their lives as well as civilians including two children and their great-grandmother. Over a thousand homes and 500 outbuildings have been destroyed so far, along with two dozen commercial buildings, and many other structures damaged. Over 1,200 homes remain threatened. The fire has burned over 164,000 acres but is now 47% contained, according to the Cal Fire incident page. View reports on damage in the San Jose Mercury News.
The #CranstonFire in Riverside and San Bernadino Counties is now 96% contained after burning over 13,000 acres. The #ValleyFire in San Bernadino County is 29% contained and has also burned over 13,000 acres, Cal Fire reports.
For a full list of all fires in California and incident reports on each of them, visit Cal Fire’s incident page, which tracks all fires, even those not under Cal Fire jurisdiction such as fires on federal forestlands.
You can also look up the hashtag and name of any fire at www.Twitter.com to view additional information such as news stories, fire agencies’ updates, and posts by members of the public. For instance, put #CarrFire or #FergusonFire into the search bar on Twitter to access texts, photos and videos.