California wildfires are burning like never before, already breaking records as summer fire season is still just beginning. The fires have destroyed thousands of structures and continue to cause evacuations and closures, including in several of California’s National Parks.
Google Maps continues to update its 2018 California fire map on the various blazes, as well as a Google Crisis Map with information about specific California wildfires, including the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Carr Fire. The California fire map also includes info about air quality, evacuation orders, shelters, fire containment statistics, road closures, and more.
Google’s 2018 Statewide Fire Map for California lists all the active fires in the state for which California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) is responding.
The Mendocino Complex Fire, which includes the Ranch Fire and River Fire, is now the largest wildfire in California history at over 350,000 acres, outpacing the Carr Fire, which has destroyed more than 214,000 acres and continues to rage. California fires, many of which ignited before the August 1 start of the state’s annual wildfire season, have caused the deaths of at least 10 people so far this summer.
In addition to maps of California fires currently burning, here are some statistics and information on major current Golden State wildfires.
Mendocino Complex Fire (River and Ranch Fires)
Burning across Mendocino and Lake Counties, these two Northern California wildfires started on Friday, July 27, located within 14 miles of one another. As of Thursday, August 16, the Mendocino Complex Fire has burned more than 350,000 acres. The Ranch Fire, which was previously more contained, was at over 317,000 acres and 69% contained as of Thursday morning. And the River Fire has already burned more than 48,000 acres and is now 100% contained.
California’s largest-ever wildfire on record is now expected to keep burning until September, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
#RanchFire #MendocinoComplex [update] northeast of Ukiah (Mendocino/Lake/Colusa Counties) is now 317,117 acres and 69% contained. Unified Command: @CALFIRE_MEU and @MendocinoNF https://t.co/uhlH8hb9e4 pic.twitter.com/Uh1siRsThA
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 16, 2018
The Carr Fire is one of the worst fires in California’s history. As of Thursday, August 16, the Carr Fire has so far torched nearly 214,000 acres near the Northern California city of Redding, destroying more than 1,000 homes, and claiming the lives of at least eight people, including three firefighters. A third firefighter was killed fighting the blaze last week, according to a report from the San Francisco Chronicle. Despite ongoing destruction and loss of lives, some of the initial evacuation orders for the area started to lift last week.
The rapidly spreading wildfire began Thursday, July 26, in the foothills of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and spread down toward Redding and surrounding neighborhoods and roadways including Interstate 5.
#CarrFire [update] northwest of Anderson (Shasta County) is now 214,527 acres and 71% contained. Unified Command: @CALFIRESHU, US Forest Service, and Whiskeytown National Park. https://t.co/QmhauhZj9m pic.twitter.com/K1MUPDu6lX
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 16, 2018
The Carr Fire continues to rage, though as of Thursday, August 16, it is 71% contained, which refers to how much of a control line has been constructed around a fire to keep it from jumping major roadways and igniting new areas of land. A control line is also referred to as a fire trail, an actual line dug in soil to prevent a fire from burning more brush.
The Carr Fire has stayed in the news not just because of its ferocity and “wall of flame,” as Cal Fire Deputy Chief Scott McLean called it when speaking with NBC News. Video of a so-called firenado from the Carr Fire has gone viral, showing a frightening tornado-like fire vortex that results from a massive wind updraft combined with the heat of a major blaze.
The Ferguson Fire, located in the foothills west of Yosemite National Park and Sierra National Forest, has consumed over 96,000 acres and is 87% contained as of Thursday, August 16. It has claimed the lives of two firefighters. Another nine firefighters have been injured battling the Ferguson Fire, including two firefighters whose injuries were reported by ABC30.
After some closures, Yosemite National Park is now reopen to the public.
Yosemite Valley reopens tomorrow! Wawona and Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias reopened today!
Air quality has been good to moderate parts of the park, but unhealthy in Yosemite Valley. If recreating in the Valley, reduce prolonged or heavy exertion and take breaks. pic.twitter.com/v45HaVVZTk
— Yosemite National Park (@YosemiteNPS) August 14, 2018
With summer winds fanning the flames of the California fires, causing some blazes to grow and others to merge, these two dynamic maps are worth bookmarking, so you can stay up to date with the latest updates from affected areas in Northern California as well as Southern California.
Fortune will continue to update this post as California’s 2018 summer fires continue to rage.