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California Wildfires Set a Record

California, USA
Three weeks after lightning storms ignited an early start to California’s wildfire season, a state official said history had been made this time around. “That has definitely surpassed any of our large fire events." As many as 1,781 fires were burning at one point earlier in the battle; nearly 300 of them remain unquenched. In all, 861,385 acres were scorched by them, mostly in the northern part of the state. Because this year’s fires were mainly in sparsely populated rural areas, the biggest fire season has by no means been the most destructive, at least so far. The wildfire season still has months left to run. “Historically, we see the most devastating fires in September and October
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