Wildfires in California, August 2018

31 Jul 2018

There are at least 17 major wildfires burning in California. In Shasta County, the Carr fire has burned over 200,000 acres, destroyed more than 1,600 structures, and killed 8 people. It is now the 6th most destructive wildfire in California’s history. Combined, the Ranch and River fires in Mendocino County make theMendocinoComplex Fire which is now the largest recorded wildfire in California history, having burned more than 340,000 acres so far.

California’s wildfires are becoming increasingly large and fast spreading as the state faces extreme heat and an ongoing drought. More than 400,000 acres of land have been burned by wildfires in California already this year and experts say the wildfire potential for the rest of this fire season is above normal.


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