One of California’s many wildfires has reached the size of more than 1 million acres. This makes it the first so-called giga brand in the American state ever measured in modern times.
According to the fire service, 1,003,300 hectares of nature had gone up in flames on Tuesday (local time). By way of comparison: that is about a quarter of the total area of the Netherlands. More than half of the conflagration has been brought under control, according to the fire service. The fire, called the August Complex fire, broke out on August 16.
The gigabrand is one of a few dozen fires still raging in California at the moment. Statewide, a record 4 million acres of wildlife have been burned to date. That number will increase in the coming weeks, a fire service spokesman recently told the US news agency AP.
At least 31 people have died so far as a result of the California wildfires. Millions of people have been exposed to severe air pollution in recent weeks as clouds of smoke passed over inhabited areas. More than eight thousand buildings have been devoured by the fire.