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.