By Miriam Raftery
Photo: Local water tender contractor Richard Edwords of Alpine is in Covelo helping to battle the August Complex Fire, which at over 1 million acres is now the largest fire in California history.
October 5, 2020 (San Diego) – At 2 million acres, California’s all-time record for wildfire devastation in a single year was shattered last month. Now that figure has more than doubled, with over 4 million acres scorched so far in 2020 by over 8,300 wildfires.
More than 16,600 firefighters continue to work towards containment on 23 major wildfires and one extended attack wildfire across the state. Yesterday, firefighters also responded to 26 new wildfires, bringing full containment to all but one, the Lambert Fire in Amador County. But many large, older fires continue to rage as the devastating toll grows.
To date, the total number of fatalities statewide from wildfires this year is 31 and over 8,687 structures have been destroyed.