Weather Blog: California wildfires have charred more than 4 million acres in 2020

Glass Fire in the wine country of Northern California.

More than 16 thousand firefighters are battling over two dozen large fires across the Golden State.

Posted: Oct 6, 2020 1:04 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Wildfires across California have burned a record 4 million acres in 2020.

According to Cal Fire, that is more than double the previous record that was set in 2018.

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More than 16 thousand firefighters are battling over two dozen large fires across the Golden State.

The Glass Fire, which began on September 27, has grown to nearly 66 thousand acres and it is 50% contained.

The Zogg Fire, which started on September 27, has burned over 56 thousand acres, killed 4 people and it is 76% contained.

A storm system that brought little rain to northern California produced more than 11,000 lightning strikes in the middle of August.

Due to extreme heat and severely dry conditions, the lightning strikes sparked more than 300 blazes which makes up the August Complex fire.

As of Tuesday, the August Complex has become the first million-acre fire in California history, it is the largest in the state’s history and it is 58% contained.

The SCU lightning complex fire became the third largest wildfire in California history and the LNU lightning complex fire became the fourth largest wildfire.

Both have been contained but the SCU and LNU lightning complex fires have scorched an area nearly the size of Rhode Island

According to Cal Fire, 31 people have died due to the wildfires in 2020 and more than 8 thousand structures have been destroyed.

Meteorologists say the weather pattern will change from high heat to cooler temperatures across northern California this week.

They are tracking widespread rain late in the week and into the weekend to hopefully bring relief to the area.

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