Wildfires are nothing new to the state of California. But this year’s fires have taken an especially devastating toll on the state. One fire in particular, the August Complex Fire, has become the largest fire in state history, having consumed 471,185 acres as of Thursday afternoon. This beat the previous record of 459,000 acres set by the Mendocino Complex Fire in 2018.
Six of California’s 20 largest fires have occurred just since the start of 2020, burning a total of 3.1 million acres as of Thursday afternoon. Tragically, at least 23 people have lost their lives as a result of the fires, with many more still missing.