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About 560 wildfires burn in California as more than 100,000 people evacuate: Here’s what we know
Amid a scorching heat wave that is now in its second week, hundreds of wildfires are burning in California, forcing over 100,000 people to evacuate.
Blazes threatened homes and blackened city skies Friday as firefighters pleaded for more help in their efforts to contain the fires, according to officials. At least six people have died.
The state is battling about two dozen large complex fires, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday. In total, 560 fires are raging in the state.
Major fires in Southern California are coming under control, and the state is shifting resources to battle massive blazes in Northern California, Newsom said. There, fires have chewed through brushland, rural areas, canyon country and dense forest surrounding San Francisco….
Six of California’s largest fires in history ignited this year. Here’s what we know
On Thursday, the August Complex fire officially became the largest blaze in California history, burning more than 471,000 acres. Since then, authorities have grouped it with other fires, bringing its official acreage to more than 746,000 acres. The overall complex is only 25% contained.
The August Complex started as more than 30 separate fires in the Mendocino National Forest caused by lightning. It is burning in Glenn, Mendocino, Lake, Tehama and Trinity counties.
Two other fires in the month of August have also made their way into the record books. The SCU Complex fire east of the Bay Area is now No. 3 at 396,000 acres, and the North Bay LNU fire is No. 4 with 363,000 acres burned….
5 of the 6 largest wildfires in California history are burning right now
Five of the six largest wildfires in California state history have been sparked in the past two months — and they’re all still raging.
The state’s most aggressive fire, August Complex, has so far scorched nearly 860,000 acres of NorCal’s Tehama County — nearly doubling the now second-largest Mendocino Complex in 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Rounding out the all-time top six are four other blazes still currently burning, according to the agency and The Sacramento Bee, which first reported the staggering toll.
The SCU Lightning Complex has now consumed 396,624 acres near Santa Clara and Alameda counties, while the LNU Lightning Complex has decimated 363,220 acres around Sonoma and Napa…
California endures record-setting ‘kiln-like’ heat as fires rage, causing injuries
California just witnessed one of its hottest weekends in memory, which intensified destructive wildfires that erupted.
The scorching temperatures forced the National Weather Service to issue heat alerts for nearly the entire state. Many areas were also under red-flag warnings for high fire danger as the heat worsened blazes already burning and helped fuel new ones.
Numerous locations in California experienced their hottest September day on record Sunday. A few spots saw their highest temperatures ever observed in any month.
Woodland Hills, just 20 miles from downtown Los Angeles, soared to 121 degrees, the highest temperature ever observed in Los Angeles County. Chino, 32 miles east of Los Angeles, also hit 121 degrees. Both the Chino and Woodland Hills marks were the highest ever recorded west of the mountains in Southern California…
Photos: Wildfires Rage Across the American West
An unprecedented outbreak of wind-driven wildfires has erupted across parts of California, Oregon, and Washington in recent days, generating enormous clouds of thick smoke that have blanketed much of the Pacific Coast, affecting visibility and air quality. California’s wildfires this year have burned more than 2 million acres, setting a new record, according to the state’s fire department. Gathered below are images from the past few days of some of the dozens of fires currently active, as well as those battling against and affected by them….
The North Complex fire becomes the fifth-largest fire in California history
A historic lightning event in mid-August sparked four of the five largest wildfires in California history. California has seen an unprecedented and historic fire season so far in 2020, with four of the top five largest fires happening since mid-August.
Thursday night, the North Complex Fire became the fifth-largest fire in California history, passing the Thomas Fire, which burned 281,893 acres in 2017.
The North Complex saw tremendous growth in early September with a northeast wind event. The fire originally started during the historic lightning event in mid-August. A weather system off the California coast tapped into a weakening tropical system called “Fausto.”
This weather feature moved north near the coast and created several rounds of dry thunderstorms from August 16 – 18. More than 6,000 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes were recorded in California, including 1,463 strikes across interior Northern California…
Unrelenting fires continue to ravage Northern California
Wildfires are again devastating Northern California’s wine country, with dozens of homes and thousands of acres burning this week alone. More than 8,000 wildfires have raged across the state this season, destroying over 7,000 buildings and nearly 5,800 square miles. Weary fire crews are struggling to keep up the effort to contain the blazes amid difficult weather conditions. Stephanie Sy reports.
In Napa and Sonoma counties, the nights are lit up with huge flames. Firefighters in some cases battle blazes house by house and are confronting a fire that quadrupled in size in less than two days.
There’s been little relief for more than 2,000 firefighters involved in the effort and not much progress yet against the Glass Fire. It broke out Sunday and quickly merged with two other fires. The Zogg Fire to the north in Shasta County has consumed another 50,000 acres. Tens of thousands of people have evacuated and at least 80 homes have been destroyed in the Glass Fire…