United States: California Wildfire Burns Record 2 Million Acres

More than 14,000 firefighters currently battling the fires.

Sohil Nikam

September 8, 2020

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The wildfires in California are showing no signs of easing, even as 2 million acres have already been burned down. In fact, the danger from the fires is so high that the US Forest Service has announced the closing down of all eight national forests in the southern half of the state. Two of the three largest fires in state history are burning in the San Francisco Bay Area right now. All over the state, more than 14,000 firefighters have been deployed to fight the blazes.

Randy Moore, the Regional Forester for the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region that covers California, has said, “The wildfire situation throughout California is dangerous and must be taken seriously. Existing fires are displaying extreme fire behaviour, new fire starts are likely, weather conditions are worsening, and we simply do not have enough resources to fully fight and contain every fire.” California has seen around 900 wildfires since August 15, with many of them being caused by thousands of lightning strikes in mid-August.

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