Is That Smoke? A California Wildfire Primer.
There are more than a dozen large wildfires burning across the State of California right now. The amount of smoke billowing is so great, that it can actually be seen from space. The number of firefighters deployed has exceeded 6,000 and Gov. Jerry Brown has declared his first wildfire-related emergency of the year in Butte County. We’re already at double the amount of charred acreage compared to this time last year. With hot dry weather and mounds of dead trees, you can expect more.
Here’s a cursory look at some of the largest blazes:
Where: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties
Acres Burned: 28,926
Where: Santa Barbara County
Acres Burned: 11,281
Where: Butte County
Acres Burned: 5,800
But that’s not all. Not by a long shot. For a breakdown of all wildfires currently burning in California, check out this article from the San Diego Union Tribune.