California wildfire racing at unprecedented speed into the record books

“This is a part of the state that I think that overnight temperatures have played an enormous role. It’s sort of this middle elevation where you’re above the marine layer but you’re not high enough in the mountains to really cool down either. So you’re sort of in this zone where fires can burn, with the increase in temperatures, as we’ve seen, all day and all night,” said UCLA’s Daniel Swain about Mendocino fire’s exponential growth.