CALIFORNIA, USA — Firefighters are spread out across the state working to extinguish dozens of major fire incidences. None loom larger in Northern California than the Dixie Fire – the single largest wildfire in California history – and the Caldor Fire.
According to Cal Fire, there have been 7,575 fire incidents in the state so far this fire season. Those fires have consumed 2,333,909 acres of land. Three people have died and more than 3,200 structures have been lost in those fires.
Here is a look at all of the fires burning in California from the National Interagency Fire Center (it might take a few seconds for the fires to show up on the map) :
Here is a map of where the fires are burning, according to Esri:
Gallery: Caldor Fire smoke, flames, and destruction
According to Cal Fire, 2020 was one of the most severe fire seasons on record as 9,917 wildfires burned 4.2 million acres. Over 9,000 structures were destroyed, and 31 people (civilians and firefighters) were killed.
California also experienced its first "Gigafire" because of the August Complex Fire, burning over 1 million acres by itself. Four of California's top five largest wildfires in state history happened in 2020.
If you live in a wildfire-prone zone, Cal Fire suggests creating a defensible space around your home. Defensible space is an area around a building in which vegetation and other debris are completely cleared. At least 100 feet is recommended.
The Department of Homeland Security suggests assembling an emergency kit that has important documents, N95 respirator masks, supplies to grab with you if you’re forced to leave at a moment’s notice. The agency also suggests signing up for local warning system notifications and know your community’s evacuation plans best to prepare yourself and your family in cases of wildfires.
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