Flames Return to Where California’s Largest Wildfire Started

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Monday: For a second time, a blaze narrowly missed the home of the rancher who inadvertently sparked the Ranch fire. Also: Meet Col. Charles Young.

Five months ago, we brought you the story of the rancher in Mendocino County who inadvertently started the largest wildfire in California history when he hammered a stake into a wasp’s nest.

I was surprised to learn last week that his home nearly burned — again — in the latest round of wind-driven fires in Northern California. Flames from the Burris fire, which was extinguished Nov. 3, scorched the sloping fields around the rancher’s wood-shingled home, coming very close to engulfing the wraparound porch.

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