By Ryan Hanson
The California wildfire season of 2018 has been record-setting and thus far has scorched three times as many acres as were burned during the previous year. On August 7th, the Mendocino Complex, which consists of twin fires in northern California, became the largest fire in state history, covering 455 square miles, and is not expected to be fully contained until September. Map 1 shows the current perimeter of the fire north of San Francisco and Sacramento. There are 18 other fires currently burning across the state1 (see Map 2).