Visiting the Mendocino Complex fire - a trip to an old research site.
Bob Timm holds a piece of melted metal from a shed burned in the River Fire. The Mendocino Complex fire is now the largest fire ever to have occurred in California, consisting of two fires, the River Fire and the Ranch Fire. As I write this, the River Fire covers 48,920 acres, and is 100% contained. The larger Ranch Fire covers 366,086 acres, and containment is listed as 67%. It is already listed as the largest recorded fire complex in California history. I spent the years 1986-1991 working at the Hopland Field Station, a University of California research station (and now called the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center). We lived and worked on the station for 4 years, then moved about 8 miles north. The River Fire actually started across the Russian River near Russian River Estates, a stone's throw from where we used to live. Bob Timm points to where the River Fire started. Apparently, the cause was errant sparks from a dangling trailer