4 numbers that put the California wildfires in perspective


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.

75 percent

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

3,000 miles

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 …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

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