Yet another record-breaking fire season is currently happening in California, with more than twice the area burned so far this year compared to 2017.
In the Northern part of California, the Mendocino Complex Fire is the largest wildfire ever recorded in the state’s history.
The fires in Mendocino County, which is 155 miles north of San Francisco, began on July 27 and has grown to more than 300,000 acres since then.
The fire has led to evacuations for portions of Colusa County, as well as Mendocino and Lake counties.
Firefighters said the blaze was 67 percent contained on Saturday but officials have said they will not have full containment until early September.
The blaze is made up of two separate conflagrations and is compromised of the Ranch Fire and the River Fire.
Emergency firefighters are still being drafted in while crews battle to keep flames from descending into foothill communities.
Another huge fire in the Northern part of the state is the Carr Fire, which has caused eight deaths, making it the most deadly fire so far this year.
The blaze was 61 percent contained on Saturday and is located near Redding and Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County.
Cal Fire wrote on Twitter earlier this morning the blaze has now spread to some 201,680 acres.
A local resident told The Sacramento Bee in July: ”It is an Armageddon-like feel up here.”
The Ferguson Fire is close to Yosemite National Park, which was closed indefinitely, but has now been lifted.
Residents, employees and contractors in need of cleaning and repairing their homes have been let back in after a raft of evacuation orders were put in place.
And as of this morning, Yosemite West has also been opened to renters with reservations inside Yosemite West.
Although there is still long and dangerous work left to be done, Northern California’s three worst fires – Carr Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire and Ferguson Fire – are all at least 50 percent contained.
The progress is still fragile, and the fires can still grow, but temperatures are expected to slightly cool down in the coming days, making it easier for the rescue teams to contain the blazes.
There will be temperatures in the 90s instead of the 100s, a meteorologist for the NWWS in California said.
However, heat and dryness will continue in the weeks ahead – the two key ingredients for fire weather in the USA state.
Since 2000, fires in California account for approximately ten percent of acres burned in the USA.
The 2018 fire season is expected to be one of California’s worst ever, and across the country more than 100 fires are active.
Over 30,000 emergency workers are battling the devastating fires, with concerns that more fires will start in the coming days, as the fire season has only just started.