4.2 Million Acres Burned So Far In Historic Wildfire Season
This has been an historic wildfire season, with 4.2 million acres burned, California Gov. Gavin Newsom said today.
So far this fire season, 31 people have died, and nearly 10,000 structures have been destroyed, with many times more than that damaged.
More than 5,000 firefighters are currently battling 14 major fires across the state. Just in the last 24 hours, firefighters responded to 42 new ignitions, but managed to stop most of them, which Newsom said is a testament to the firefighting successes we don't usually hear about.
The state has secured the ability to get reimbursements of up to 75% of fire suppression costs from the federal government, Newsom said.
Newsom relayed the latest figures during a live-streamed update on the state's response to the current wildfires and to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can watch a replay above or read highlights below.