California’s First-Ever Gigafire Blazes Through the State, Scorching More Than One Million Acres

In photos: Louisiana reels from storm Delta as Southeast faces tornado and flooding threat

Flood waters from Delta on Oct. 10 at Iowa, Louisiana. “Moderate to major river flooding will continue across the Calcasieu and Vermilion river basins in Louisiana through much of next week,” per the National Hurricane Center. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Former Hurricane Delta weakened to a post-tropical cyclone Saturday. But the storm remains a threat, with heavy rains forecast to bring flooding and possible tornadoes for parts of the South.

The big picture: Delta made landfall near Creole, La., as a Category 2 hurricane Friday. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said Saturday while no deaths had been reported “everyone needs to remain vigilant” amid the threat of “hazards like flooded roads, downed power lines and displaced wildlife.” Tornado watches were issued for Alabama, upstate South Carolina and Georgia, where a suspected twister struck in Covington….

California’s First-Ever Gigafire Blazes Through the State, Scorching More Than One Million Acres

In August, a massive thunderstorm swept through northern California, and its lightning strikes ignited the region’s dry, fire-prone forests. The storm set off more than 300 individual fires, and as time went on, they fused together to form the August Complex Fire—California’s first-ever “gigafire,” reports Umair Irfan for Vox.

Earlier this week, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) announced that the August Complex Fire had been upgraded from a megafire—a fire burning hundreds of thousands of acres—to a gigafire after it blazed through more than a million acres of land…

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