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FireWatch: Thousands of firefighters struggling to contain wildfires that have burned more than a million acres

Across California, firefighters are struggling to contain 10 active wildfires that have burned more than a million acres.

Posted: Aug 15, 2021 1:55 PM
Updated: Aug 15, 2021 8:40 PM

REDDING, Calif-- The 2021 Fire Season has lived up to its reputation in California, already burning millions of acres of land, destroying hundreds of homes, and forcing thousands of people to flee.

As of Sunday, August 15 2021, More than 10 and a half thousand personnel are battling and trying to contain 10 active wildfires across the state, that have already destroyed more than a million acres.

The largest of the wildfires, is the Dixie Fire which has already consumed more than 554,000 acres and has destroyed hundreds of homes. Intense fire activity, along with extreme dry and windy conditions have made it a challenge for fire crews to increase containment on the fire at a quick pace. Currently containment on the fire stands at 31%.

Further up to the northwest in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, firefighters are still trying to get a handle on the Monument Fire. More than 800 total personnel, 11 hand crews, 71 engines, 7 helicopters, 13 dozers, 5 water tenders are trying to stop the fire's growth is it continues to burn further into the forest.

The Monument Fire has already burned 82,435 acres since it started a little more than two weeks ago. The fire is only 7% contained and is still growing.

The River Complex and Antelope Fires have also been presenting challenges for fire crews in Northern California.

Both areas have been devastated by extremely dry conditions which has dried fire fuels come considerably than what they usually experience. The River Complex is estimated to have burned more than 41,000 acres and is 10% contained. The Antelope Fire is estimated to have destroyed around 52,000 acres and is 25% contained. 

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Washington37988313
Marion36055444
Clackamas29094304
Lane26966298
Jackson22632300
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Umatilla14241144
Linn12380120
Douglas11795240
Josephine9233195
Yamhill8517110
Klamath7709110
Polk715380
Malheur551574
Benton529130
Coos489691
Columbia371343
Jefferson361450
Union313146
Lincoln310638
Wasco281540
Crook274745
Clatsop239529
Baker198028
Tillamook193328
Hood River188337
Morrow181623
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Grant97612
Lake89011
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Sherman1463
Wheeler991
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Cases: 4810682

Reported Deaths: 70604
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Riverside3693444990
San Diego3641044163
San Bernardino3563155566
Orange3227415518
Sacramento1576212279
Santa Clara1445181890
Kern1441461605
Fresno1441232051
Alameda1198871374
San Joaquin1018071708
Ventura1005241164
Contra Costa99234982
Stanislaus851571315
Tulare78945951
San Francisco54031645
San Mateo53828622
Monterey50696582
Solano45761334
Santa Barbara44836521
Merced41781577
Sonoma40711402
Placer38902415
Imperial35642764
Kings32369314
San Luis Obispo29653329
Madera23518281
Butte23364260
Shasta23360334
Santa Cruz20861218
Yolo20147247
Marin17581243
El Dorado16960149
Sutter13775169
Napa12808100
Yuba994282
Tehama9298104
Humboldt9102108
Nevada903990
Mendocino752786
Lassen746346
San Benito737372
Tuolumne673993
Lake6506104
Amador537264
Siskiyou442742
Glenn430330
Calaveras381780
Del Norte356141
Colusa301718
Inyo196739
Mono16445
Plumas15756
Mariposa127315
Trinity86011
Modoc6698
Unassigned1860
Sierra1760
Alpine1020
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