- 1.3 million acres have burned in a month - a number unmatched this early in the fire season. In the entirely of last year, 259,000 acres burned.
- 14,000 firefighters are currently on the front lines.
- 1,100 structures have been destroyed, says the LA Times. More than 80,000 buildings remain at-risk.
- Almost a quarter of a million people are under evacuation orders.
- At a fine particulate matter of 2.5, air quality has reached levels among the worst in the world, says the National Weather Service.
- At least 7 people have been killed.
The speed of burning and the speed of expansion of a forest fire into new fuels depends to a large extent on the presence of oxygen. In turn, this means the wind speed is a huge factor in the life of a fire, as the wind brings in oxygen, as well as carries burning embers into new fuel sources.
Further, as might be expected, the openness of the fuel (open to blowing wind, such as the needles on a standing tree versus the needles that have fallen to the ground) is important in the intensity of the fire."
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