El August Complex Fire, a massive wildfire burning in the Northern California Coast Range in Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity Counties and considered the largest in state history, has already burned 794,801 acres to ashes of brush, trees, 26 structures and has caused one death.
This blaze started as 38 separate fires started by lightning on August 16-17.
Four of those larger fires – Doe, Tatham, Glade and Hull – joined the August Complex on August 30.
On September 9, the Doe Fire, the August Complex’s main fire, overtook the 2018 Mendocino Complex (which devastated 459,123 acres) to become both the largest wildfire on record in California history.
The geographic area that has burned is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
A day later, the Doe Fire also merged with the Elkhorn Fire (originally a separate incident) and the Hopkins Fire.
Overnight on Tuesday, the August Complex moved from the southern area to the west, through the Yuki Desert, just north of Sanhedrin Mountain.
According to the South Zone August Complex public information officer Bill Sweeney, the flames are also spreading through the Pillsbury Lake area.
For his part, Will Powers, spokesman for the West Zone of the August Complex, said that They estimate that they will have full containment of the fire by September 30, 2020. He noted that this is a rough estimate, as weather conditions are subject to change.