California has first million-acre megafire as devastating season sets new records

Source: Politico | October 5, 2020 | Colby Bermel

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The August Complex of wildfires surpassed the grim milestone Monday of over 1 million acres burned, the first blaze in recorded California history to reach seven figures of acreage.

The update by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection on the August Complex in the north coastal range of mountains came just after the agency announced Sunday that the state has seen over 4 million acres burned so far this year. That’s more than the double the total destruction of 1.9 million acres burned in all of 2018, the previous record year.

The August Complex started in Mendocino National Forest almost two months ago after lightning strikes ignited 37 fires that merged together. The complex exploded in size last month when winds blew flames beyond previously established control lines.


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