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2018 was California’s worst year of fire ever, federal report confirms

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  1. dubteedub Link
    This is an absolutely mind-boggingly large amount of land that was destroyed by fire. That is nearly as large a land mass as the entire states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined. The fact that...

    According to the National Interagency Coordination Center’s year-end statistical roundup, more than 1.8 million acres of California was burned by wildland fires in 2018, surpassing the previous year’s total of 1.3 million, officials said.

    “That’s the highest in the recorded history of California,” said Scott McLean, spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    More than 100 people were killed and 17,000 homes and 700 businesses were destroyed in a state where fires are considered one of the annual seasons. Crews responded to more than 8,000 fires last year.

    This is an absolutely mind-boggingly large amount of land that was destroyed by fire. That is nearly as large a land mass as the entire states of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

    The fact that these super massive wildfires are becoming routine is incredibly concerning and shows how desperate we should be in getting climate change turned around.

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  2. Akir Link
    This isn't really surprising to anyone who lives in the state. You know fire has become an issue when you talk about a massive wildfire and someone has to stop you to ask which massive wildfire...

    This isn't really surprising to anyone who lives in the state. You know fire has become an issue when you talk about a massive wildfire and someone has to stop you to ask which massive wildfire you are talking about. I went across the LA valley for a leisure trip and ended up leaving early because there was a new wildfire starting nearby and the air was filled with soot coming from upwind. I've also had clients halt work because their houses were literally destroyed by the fire.

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