The SoCal Wildfires Are Now Larger Than New York City And Boston Combined

Monday, December 11, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Dec 11, 2017

It’s been nearly a week since the first stirrings of the wildfires ripping across Southern California sprang to life, and firefighters are still struggling to contain the blazes. The two largest and most destructive fires are growing despite firefighters’ best efforts at containment as the powerful Santa Ana winds – which are picking back up after another brief lull – fan the flames.

As CNN pointed out, the Thomas Fire, which presently covers 230,000 acres, is now the fifth largest blaze in modern California history. The fire slipped from 15% containment to 10% early Monday as it surged into the foothills of Santa Barbara county.

But perhaps even more staggering, the SoCal fires are presently covering an area larger than New York City and Boston combined.

As firefighters struggle to overcome the difficulties posed by the windy conditions, low humidity, and bone-dry vegetation, the fact that there’s no rain in the forecast for at least 10 days means the flames could continue to spread, uncontained, for another week or so before meaningful containment can be achieved.

As the map below – courtesy of CNN – shows, the six blazes vary in size.

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