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California Consumed by Catastrophic Wildfires

Kate Byng-Hall reports as vicious wildfires tear through the state of California, making thousands homeless.

Photo by Meritt Thomas

Over the past month, 1.4 million acres – 1200 square miles – of land in California has been consumed by devastating wildfires.  Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes as hundreds of buildings and houses are destroyed.  Seven people so far have lost their life.

In mid-August, a series of dry thunderstorms hit the state, causing approximately 12,000 lightning strikes across the area, starting 585 separate fires in quick succession.  The nature of the storms means there has been minimal rain to help extinguish the blazes, and strong winds have quickened their spread.  Much of the fire is tearing through steep and inaccessible terrain, making stopping the spread of the flames all the more difficult.  

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