SALT LAKE CITY — Evacuation orders expanded to more than 20,000 residents across Southern California Thursday as an intentionally set wildfire continues to spread, according to The Associated Press.
Firefighters worked tirelessly to put the Holy Fire to bed as its reached homes.
Fires also continue to rage in Northern California.
Mike Eliason, Santa Barbara County Fire Department
FILE – In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon near West Mountain Drive in Montecito, Calif. California lawmakers raised concerns Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, that a proposal from Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires would give them too much protection without ensuring the utilities safely maintain their equipment. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)
California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the Golden State as the fire threatens thousands of homes. The emergency declaration allows agencies to do all they can to help local governments.
Multiple news sources shared various numbers and data about the fires to help put the size into perspective. We collected four major points and share them below.
Fox News reported this week that smoke covers 75 percent of California because of the wildfires.
Smoke from CA fires now covering 75% of state. pic.twitter.com/7UKzMZdxjF
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 10, 2018
Utah isn’t the only state to see hazy skies from the fires. According to CNN, the wind-blown smoke from the California has traveled some 3,000 miles all the way to New York City.
“The smoke in the East is more than a mile above the surface. When it’s that high and stays there, the health risks are minimal, according to the weather service. But if it’s pulled down by the jet stream, it can cause unhealthy air quality,” CNN reported.
This image provided by NASA shows the California wildfires captured from the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2018 by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst. Northern California is grappling with the largest wildfire in California history, breaking a record set only months earlier. Experts say this may become the new normal as climate change coupled with the expansion of homes into undeveloped areas creates more intense and devastating blazes. (Alexander Gerst/NASA via AP)
14,000 firefighters battling 16 fires
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