Firefighters in California have been batting numerous blazes nonstop, trying to save millions of people and homes from the flames.
The biggest fire, the Kincade Fire, has incinerated parts of the wine country in Sonoma County since last week. Further south, multiple wildfires continue spreading near Los Angeles and surrounding counties. Here are all the wildfires currently threatening the state, from the most active to those nearing full containment:
- It was first reported on October 31 in Riverside County
- Size: 35 acres
- Containment: 0% as of November 1
- It was first reported on October 31 in Ventura County
- Size: 9,412 acres
- Containment: 50% as of November 3
- It started October 28 in Los Angeles
- Size: 745 acres
- Containment: 79% as of November 2
- Cause: A eucalyptus tree limb fell into power lines.
- It started October 23 in Sonoma County
- Size: 77,758 acres
- Containment: 68% as of November 2
- Cause: It’s still under investigation but PG&E’s equipment may have been involved in the start of blaze.
- It started October 31 in Riverside County
- Size: 328 acres
- Containment: 95% as of November 3
- Cause: Riverside police blame the driver of a stolen car that officers were chasing. The 15-minute chase ended in a field, and the car’s damaged tires sparked the fire. Two suspects were arrested.
- It started October 31 in San Bernardino County
- Size: 200 acres
- Containment: 70%
- It started October 30 in Ventura County
- Size: 1,860 acres
- Containment: 80%
- It started October 30 in Riverside County
- Size: 628 acres
- Containment: 80%
Old Water Fire
- It started October 24 in San Bernardino County
- Size:145 acres
- Containment: 85%
- It was first spotted on October 27 in Mendocino County
- Size: 703 acres
- Containment: 98% as of November 3
Saddle Ridge Fire
- It was first reported on October 10 in Los Angeles County
- Size: 8,799 acres
- Containment: 97% as of November 1
- About 100,000 people were evacuated
Another autumn, more fires, more refugees and incinerated homes. For California, flames have become the colors of fall.
California wildfires signal the arrival of a planetary fire age.California doesn’t really have a fire season anymore; it’s really a fire year!
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