FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It has been a relentless year of wildfires for California.
A new fire in southern California is threatening homes and business.
The Sanderson Fire erupted early Sunday morning near Beaumont, California.
By Monday morning, it spread to nearly two thousand acres.
— firevalleyphoto (@firevalleyphoto) December 13, 2020
At least 130 firefighters have been battling this blaze which is 45% contained.
Since January 1, 2020, nearly eight thousand wildfires have charred over 1.4 million acres of land across the Golden state.
RT CALFIRERRU "Several retardant dropping air tankers are helping our firefighters on the ground and water dropping helicopters fight the #SandersonFIRE. The wind is spreading the smoke west towards Mead Valley, Corona and Temescal Valley. ��:CAL FIRE… pic.twitter.com/EdVXVlScVj"
— CALIFORNIA PIO (@CaliforniaPio) December 13, 2020
Four of the top five largest wildfires have occurred this year.
The 2018 Mendocino Complex took the top spot for largest fire in California history with over 459,000 acres burned.
That number was surpassed with the 2020 August Complex Fire which burned over one million acres.
California’s largest wildfire on record is now a million-acre "gigafire" (400 thousand hectares)
The August Complex Fire in Northern California has now burned an area larger than Rhode Island.
Total area of land burned by California wildfires this year passed 4 million acres. pic.twitter.com/M9QiJx61ad
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According to the Climate Prediction Center, dry and warmer than average conditions are expected for California from December through February.
Strong and more occasional Santa Ana wind events are expected in this time frame which will cause any fires to rapidly spread.
The fire potential for California will likely last through December and continue into early 2021.