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:

Alamo Fire  

Where: San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

Acres Burned: 28,926

Containment: 60%

Whittier Fire  

Where: Santa Barbara County

Acres Burned: 11,281

Containment: 48%

Wall Fire

Where: Butte County

Acres Burned: 5,800

Containment: 55%

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.