82,000 Evacuated as ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Wildfire Shocks California
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With more than 25,000 acres still burning, firefighters managed to achieve four percent containment of the Blue Cut fire in California late Wednesday night.
The blaze, which spread from a few acres to 30,000 in just 24 hours, was called a “once in a lifetime kind of fire” by the U.S. Forest Service. Sizzling temperatures, tree die-off and the ongoing drought—exacerbated by climate change—created a perfect storm of conditions for the fire.
— Climate Signals (@ClimateSignals) August 17, 2016
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) August 16, 2016
Here’s a map showing the Blue Cut Fire:
For a deeper dive:
Commentary: TIME, Justin Worland column
Background: Climate Signals