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4 million acres burned in California as wildfire season continues: NPR



More than 4 million acres were burned in California during this year’s forest fire season. Nearly 17,000 firefighters are still working to contain at least 23 major fires in the state.

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More than 4 million acres were burned in California during this year’s forest fire season. Nearly 17,000 firefighters are still working to contain at least 23 major fires in the state.

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California reached a dismal milestone on Sunday when the total number of acres burned this forest fire season exceeded 4 million, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention (Cal Fire).

The agency said the state had never exceeded 2 million acres since recording the amount of land burned in a single season until this year.

“The 4 million mark is unfathomable. It confuses your mind and takes your breath away,” Scott McLean, a spokesman for Cal Fire, told The Associated Press.

The state has recorded more than 8,200 fires this year, killing 31 people and destroying more than 8,454 buildings, according to Cal Fire. Nearly 17,000 firefighters are still working to contain at least 23 major fires in the state.

The August Complex Fire remains the largest in the state and has been active for 48 days. Fire activity increased on Saturday when the fire got more oxygen as the wind put out part of the smoke cover over the fire. The fire was 51% contained and covered 985,304 acres as of Sunday morning.

The cremated remains of the Castello Di Amorosa winery can be seen on Friday as the glass fire continues to burn in California.

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The cremated remains of the Castello Di Amorosa winery can be seen on Friday as the glass fire continues to burn in California.

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The glass fire started last Sunday and continues to burn in the Napa and Sonoma counties of California. As of Sunday morning, the fire covered 63,885 acres and was 17% in. Wind conditions as well as warm and dry weather and low fuel humidity are factors in the fire’s active behavior, Cal Fire said in a statement.

The Zogg fire also started last Sunday and is still active. It covers 56,305 acres and is 68% included. Cal Fire said firefighters would further increase containment on Sunday as some areas would reopen with the lifting of some evacuation orders.

In a world that is getting hotter and hotter, forest fires and other natural disasters are becoming increasingly destructive. And while officials are battling the actual flames, this year they also had to fight back against rumors regarding the cause of the fires.


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