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Record-breaking California wildfires surpass 4 million acres

Glass Fire: California battling another massive, destructive wildfire
Posted at 5:23 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 08:23:16-04

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Deadly wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres this year, a new record for the number of acres burned in a single year.

The previous record was two years ago when wildfires destroyed 1.67 million acres.

California fire officials said the state hit the fearsome milestone Sunday with about two months still left in the fire season.

Lightning strikes in mid-August caused some of the most devastating blazes and most of the damage has occurred since then.

The wildfires have incinerated hundreds of homes and killed 31 people.