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California's record-breaking wildfires consume nearly 1 million acres in a month

California's record-breaking wildfires have consumed about 1 million acres in just the past month, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Pr...

Posted: Oct 17, 2020 5:29 PM

California's record-breaking wildfires have consumed about 1 million acres in just the past month, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The worst wildfire season in state history has been one of shocking superlatives.

CalFire reported Saturday that more than 4.1 million acres have burned across the state in 2020 -- nearly 1 million of those since mid September, when California had seen more than 3.3 million acres scorched by fire.

The expansive August Complex in the northern part of the state, alone, has had more than a million acres burned. Earlier this month, it became California's first "gigafire" -- a term for a blaze that burns at least a million acres of land -- in modern history.

Statewide, an small army of 8,000 firefighters remain on the front lines of 20 wildfires, CalFire reported Saturday. A dozen of them are still major incidents.

On Friday alone, firefighters responded to nearly 40 new fires across the state.

"A Red Flag Warning for critical fire weather continues today in much of the North State for gusty winds and low humidity," CalFire said Saturday. "Warm and dry conditions persist throughout the State, continuing the elevated fire threat."

California has seen more than 8,500 wildfires, which have claimed 31 lives and destroyed more than 9,200 structures.

Scientists and California authorities have blamed the climate crisis for the intensity of this year's fire season.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 879645

Reported Deaths: 16982
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2893666877
Riverside640751272
San Bernardino597791021
Orange570711410
San Diego52735853
Kern33448410
Fresno30051429
Sacramento24425468
Santa Clara23355378
Alameda22738433
San Joaquin21187484
Contra Costa18157234
Stanislaus17341392
Tulare17120275
Ventura13901160
Imperial12475335
San Francisco11901133
Monterey1109183
San Mateo10810157
Santa Barbara9608119
Merced9314152
Sonoma8934129
Kings815983
Solano711774
Marin7019124
Madera488673
San Luis Obispo400932
Placer397852
Yolo307356
Butte301950
Santa Cruz270623
Napa188214
Sutter179612
Shasta172329
San Benito140314
El Dorado12834
Yuba125310
Mendocino110321
Tehama7748
Lassen7571
Lake67015
Glenn6393
Nevada5828
Humboldt5549
Colusa5456
Calaveras33317
Amador31316
Tuolumne2494
Inyo21515
Siskiyou1840
Mono1752
Del Norte1731
Mariposa782
Plumas540
Modoc270
Trinity230
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
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Chester
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Tuesday was another sunny and unseasonably warm to hot day for much of northern California. It was much like Monday, except the wind was stronger, and the wind will be much stronger through much of the next week.
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