Wildfires burn over 4.1 mln acres in U.S. California

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- There have been over 8,600 wildfires that have burned more than 4.1 million acres (16,592 square km) in the U.S. state of California since the beginning of this year, according to the fire summary released by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) on Sunday.

To date, the total number of fatalities statewide is 31 and more than 9,200 structures have been destroyed.

As of Sunday, over 7,700 firefighters remained on the frontlines of 20 wildfires across the state, 12 of which remain major incidents. Firefighters responded to 23 new wildfires, all were quickly contained, Cal Fire said.

Containment of the August Complex, the largest fire in state history, was increased from 82 percent to 86 percent overnight Saturday into Sunday morning. The blaze has burned 1.03 million acres (4,168 square km) in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa counties.

The Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties reached 348,085 acres (1,409 square km) as of Sunday morning and remained 60 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

Although the Red Flag Warnings have expired, dry weather and unseasonably warm temperatures continue through much of next week across much of the state. Coastal areas will see some relief, but heightened fire danger remains elsewhere. No rain is forecast in the short term, Cal Fire said.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 18
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3

Did you find this article insightful?


Next In World

Recount in Wisconsin county demanded by Trump increases Biden's margin
Former head of U.S. election security calls Trump team fraud allegations 'farcical'
Los Angeles County to impose new COVID-19 restrictions on social gatherings
Iran tells U.N. 'serious indications' of Israeli responsibility in scientist's death
British, Irish prime ministers discuss EU trade negotiations
For Big Tech, Biden brings a new era but no ease in scrutiny
U.S. appeals ruling that barred Postal Service changes before election
Black Friday in-store shopping drops amid COVID-19 pandemic
Chile sees 547,223 cases of COVID-19, 15,278 deaths
EU ready to concede on Brexit fishing rights - the Telegraph

Stories You'll Enjoy