California wildfires scorch record 4 million acres

by Jordyn Pair · Oct 5th, 2020 12:37 pm

Last Updated Oct 6th, 2020 at 6:34 am

California wildfires have now burned a record-breaking 4 million acres, even as the fires continue to rage.

The figure is more than double the previous record for land burned in a single year in California, which was set in 2018 at 1.67 million acres burned.

"The 4 million mark is unfathomable. It boggles the mind, and it takes your breath away," said Scott McLean, a spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire. "And that number will grow."

Cal Fire said on Sunday that the more than 8,200 California wildfires have killed 31 people, destroyed more than 8,400 buildings, and burned "well over 4 million acres in California," or 6,250 square miles.

"This year is far from over and fire potential remains high," Cal Fire said. "Please be cautious outdoors."


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