Full Coverage: California’s summer siege of wildfires
In early July, firefighters were battling two large blazes in Northern California and forecasters were warning of record heat and gusty winds that could stir up more trouble. Then the Holiday fire hit Santa Barbara County, destroying homes and forcing evacuations. In the middle of the month, the Ferguson fire west of Yosemite National Park doubled in size in one night. Then came the Cranston fire south of Idyllwild and the deadly Carr fire in Redding. By the end of July, wildfires across the state had killed eight people and scorched 200,000 acres.
As August began, the Mendocino Complex fire north of San Francisco reached 283,000 acres in just 11 days, making it the largest recorded wildfire in modern California history. The Holy fire began Aug. 6 in Orange County and burned more than 22,000 acres through the Cleveland National Forest and into Riverside County.