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California Wildfires Exceed One Million Acres

By: Eris Lowdermilk

On Oct 5 it was confirmed that over one million acres have extinguished Northern California. The amount makes these wildfires calculated as a gigafire, which is when fires burn over one million acres.

These wildfires are otherwise known as the August Complex, defined as a series of blazes that on their own would be recognized as historical. The fires that began in a mid-August lightning siege have merged into one giant fire. 

The fires are now larger than the entire state of Rhode Island. Earlier this year, Australia saw a gigafire during its bushfire season. While there have been past examples of more than one million acre fires in the United States, this is the first in over a decade. 

Khan, Biran. (2020, October 5). California Has Its First 'Gigafire' in Modern History. Gizmodo.

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