Wildfires – California, USA
Creek Fire – As of 7 p.m. on September 24, this fire had burned 291,426 acres with 36% containment. Full containment is expected Oct. 15.
North Complex – As of 7 p.m. Sept. 24, these fires had burned 304,492 acres and 78% contained. The North Complex West (formerly the Bear Fire) makes up 84,583 acres the total and is 69% contained.
August Complex – As of 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 24, these fires had burned 862,733 acres and were 39% contained. This is now the largest recorded fire in California history.
LNU Lightning Complex – As of 11:55 a.m. on Sept. 22, these fires have burned 363,220 acres and were 98% contained.
SCU Lightning Complex – As of 8:41 a.m. on Sept. 19, these fires have burned 396,624 acres and were 98% contained.
Deadly Smoke from California Wildfires
The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience. It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say.
Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for at least 1,200 and possibly up to 3,000 deaths in California that otherwise would not have occurred, according to an estimate by researchers at Stanford University. Those fatalities were among people age 65 and over, most of whom were living with pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and respiratory ailments.
By comparison, through Wednesday, 26 people have died directly in wildfires this year statewide.