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82,000 Evacuated as ‘Once in a Lifetime' Wildfire Shocks California

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.

Wildfires of this magnitude don't usually occur until the fall, but climate change is making wildfire season longer and more intense.

Here's a map showing the Blue Cut Fire:

For a deeper dive:

News: LA Times, Washington Post, ThinkProgress, US News & World Report, Pacific Standard, PBS Newshour, Wall Street Journal

Commentary: TIME, Justin Worland column

Background: Climate Signals

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