California has broken a grim new record this week as over 4 million acres of land have now been burned by wildfires. That’s an area roughly the size of Connecticut.
The record broken is more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in California, according to KCRA 3 News.
California fires have now burned over 4M acres — double the previous record and bigger than Connecticut.
The fires, which scientists blame on climate change, have killed at least 31 and destroyed 8,000+ homes. Cal Fire says: “There’s no words to describe what is taking place.” pic.twitter.com/MgXyZIIo8g
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According to California fire officials, the state hit broke the troublesome record on Sunday with two more months still to go in this fire season. The previous record was set in 2018 when wildfires destroyed 1.67 million acres.
Cal Fire said in a statement Sunday that there have been over 8,200 wildfires since the start of 2020 that have burned “well over 4 million acres in California.”
Roughly 17,000 firefighters are still battling nearly two dozen major blazes throughout California.