The Mendocino Complex Fire

Wildfire in California

“We broke the record,” said Scott McLean, a deputy chief with Cal Fire. That is the state’s fire department. “That’s one of those records you don’t want to see.” A fire started in Northern California. The Mendocino Complex Fire is technically two fires burning with about an hour’s distance between them, the Ranch Fire and the River Fire. Two fires started and then they combined forming a massive fire scorching more than 304,402 acres of land. Many homes were destroyed, and cities had to evacuate. Many plants and environments were destroyed too. This wildfire started on July 27, 2018 and it ended on September 18, 2018. Temperatures in California had increased rapidly. The extreme heat can also cause other wildfires. This event is really important, and this had a big impact on us because currently we have global warming, and this can affect it. The fire scorching trees and plants could make global warming even worse. Since there is poor air quality because of the fire, pollution will get worse. There will also be less oxygen. With this event, we can reflect back to ourselves and that gives us a warning why we shouldn’t do things that can cause a fire.

I think this event was huge and it impacted California. Since I live there, I’ve seen some wildfires but not so destructive as this one. “The area covered by the fire is about one-and-a-half times the size of New York City.” (Newsela Article) From maps and statistics of the fire, I can tell that this might be one of California’s largest fires. “It is now the largest wildfire in modern California history, scorching more than 304,402 acres” (Newsela Article).
think this event was very devastating thing, but this can help us in the future. “It is extremely fast, extremely aggressive, extremely dangerous,” said McLean. “Look how big it got, just in a matter of days. … Look how fast this Mendocino Complex went up in ranking. That doesn’t happen. That just doesn’t happen.” Not a lot of people died, but environments were destroyed, but this event already ended so it’s ok. I think that this also had a big impact on global warming. People can know that we should stop smoking because that is how most people start fires. “Years of drought have created ripe conditions for large-scale wildfires that spread rapidly. Of the five largest wildfires in state history, four have occurred since 2012.” After this event happened, I think and I want people to pay more attention to this and how this affects our world.


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