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U.S. California reports over 8,100 wildfires this year

Published : 30 Sep 2020, 01:39

  DF News Desk

Firefighters battle the wildfire in Arcadia, Los Angeles, California, Sept. 13, 2020. File Photo Xinhua.

The U.S. state of California had experienced 8,155 wildfires this year, which scorched 3,863,216 acres (15,633 square kilometers), the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) reported Tuesday, reported Xinhua.

"2020 has seen significantly more fires & acres burned than experienced in 2019 or even over the 5-year average. CA broken almost every record there is to break, & continue to see increased wildfire activity. It is imperative that you and your family remain #wildfire ready!" Cal Fire tweeted after updated the statewide fire summary in the morning.

According to the department, in 2019, 5,487 wildfires were reported with 157,923 acres (639 square kilometers) land burned and on the 5-year average, 6,544 wildfire were occurred every year, torching 739,459 acres (2,992 square kilometers).

On Monday, Cal Fire said that over 18,700 firefighters continued to battle 27 major wildfires in the Golden State and three civilian fatalities occurred on Zogg Fire in the northern state, raising the overall fatality count since mid-August to 29.

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) also tweeted Tuesday that more than 20 states, including some east coast states as far as New York and New Jersey, had sent crews to reinforce the efforts against wildfires in the state.

"Always appreciative of the continued #MutualAid support in response to unprecedented wildfires throughout our state. Thank you to all of the 20+ states for joining our firefighting personnel on the frontlines," Cal OES said.