California fires set bleak record as 4m acres destroyed

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Published on: October 5, 2020

The Guardian / Oliver Milman / 5 October 2020

The wildfires that have ravaged California have reached a new grim milestone, having consumed 4m acres of the state in a fire season that shows little sign of ending.

The unprecedented figure – an area larger than Connecticut – is more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in California.

“The 4m mark is unfathomable. It boggles the mind, and it takes your breath away,” said Scott McLean, a spokesman for the California department of forestry and fire protection, known as Cal Fire. “And that number will grow.”