This October has been a devastating month for wildfires in California.
At least 5,700 homes and business have also been destroyed.
Since last Sunday, Cal Fire says 245,776 acres have burned in the state. That number, combined with totals from earlier in the year has now pushed the total number of acres burned in California this year to over one million.
- Jan. 1- Oct. 8: 853,457
- Oct. 8-16: 245,776
- Total: 1,099,233
That number is likely to rise as firefighters work to put out the fires still burning across the state.
The one million acres burned is a staggering number; It doubles the number of acres burned last year. However, it is not a record for the state. According to the National Interagency Fire Center, 1.3 million acres burned in 2008.