Stories by Lazaro Gamio

The scale of California's largest-ever wildfire

The Mendocino Complex fire is officially the largest wildfire on record in California, with more than 300,000 acres burned as of Wednesday night. It's made up of two separate fires burning in close proximity, and it has already eclipsed last year's record-setting Thomas Fire, which torched about 281,000 acres.

Here's how the destruction compares to the size of Washington, D.C. and Manhattan. The fire is 47 percent contained, and will likely keep burning through at least September.

Data: GeoMAC; Map: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

The shuffling deck of White House staff

Blue and red illustrations of current and former top Trump administration officials
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump's White House has become infamous for its turnover rate, with Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Scott Pruitt being the most recent resignation after months of scandal.

Why it matters: The Trump administration has broken records for the most White House departures in a presidency just a year and a half in to taking the oath of office. Meanwhile, juicy leaks, gossip and insider reporting on the administration's internal chaos has become standard. Take a look at the hires and fires since Trump took office.

Kennedy's shift to the left of the Supreme Court

Although a Reagan appointee, Anthony Kennedy is ending his tenure in the Supreme Court on the liberal side of the ideological spectrum. Each line in the chart below tracks the ideological lean of a Supreme Court justice over the past 80 years, and shows how Kennedy swung left during his last couple of years on the bench.

Why it matters: Whoever President Trump appoints to replace Kennedy will likely be more conservative than Kennedy, and will reshape the Supreme Court.

"Dynamic Ideal Point Estimation via Markov Chain Monte Carlo for the U.S. Supreme Court, 1953-1999, " Andrew D. Martin and Kevin M. Quinn. Get the data. Chart: Lazaro Gamio/Axios