FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — More than 29 thousand firefighters and support personnel are working around the clock to fight the raging wildfires across the western part of the United States.
According to Cal Fire, as of Saturday afternoon, 28 major wildfires are burning across the Golden State.
Since the beginning of the year, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres of the state.
The August Complex Fire increased significantly due to the merging of the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow and Vinegar fires.
It is the largest fire in California history.
The August Complex currently sits at 491,446 acres and 25 percent contained. It is listed as the largest fire in California history. The most up to date information and maps can be found at https://t.co/O9NtrjgS2Y#augustcomplex #wildfireseason2020 #wildfires pic.twitter.com/NuhvgMI9b0
— Mendocino NF (@MendocinoNF) September 11, 2020
For comparison, the total acres burned in California this year is larger than the state of Connecticut.
According to Cal Fire, six of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history have taken place during 2020.
Extreme weather conditions has caused an increase in acreage for the #CreekFire, which has now grown to be the 16th largest wildfire in California history. 5 of the Top 20 largest wildfires in California History have occurred in 2020. Visit https://t.co/6s2QmGvwFi for more. pic.twitter.com/EENY1UCJql
— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 11, 2020
Wildfires are also quickly spreading across Oregon and Washington.
As of Saturday afternoon, 35 large fires have burned over 1 million acres.
Last 24 hours of "hotspots" (colored dots) detected by satellite on #RiversideFire & #BeachieCreekFire
Interiors of big fires cool & action is along edges of course. Little/no movement westward last two days. Growing mainly into Cascades. Creeping together slowly @fox12oregon pic.twitter.com/LSpi2rsBK8
— Mark Nelsen (@MarkNelsenKPTV) September 12, 2020
Fires have killed at least 28 people in the three contiguous West Coast states since mid-August.