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Wildfires in California have now scorched land the size of Los Angeles

Wildfires in California have now scorched land the size of Los Angeles
Posted at 4:57 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 07:58:31-04

Sixteen of the largest wildfires burning in California have scorched 320,000 acres — an area larger than the entire city of Los Angeles.

The Carr Fire, which has left six people dead and burned 121,000 acres by itself, is now considered the sixth most destructive fire in California history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, also known as Cal Fire.

Forecasters said winds, high temperatures and low humidity don't bode well for containing the blazes.

PHOTOS: Carr Fire rages in California

"California can expect to see hot, dry and breezy conditions through the end of the week," CNN meteorologist Gene Norman said.

Temperatures will soar into the lower 100s in many places, Norman said, and whipping winds will be "wildly fluctuating as the fires generate their own localized wind."

 

Here's a look at some of the most dangerous wildfires burning in the state now:

Carr Fire's destruction is 'like an atomic bomb'

Six people have died in this blaze, including three members of the same family.

The Carr Fire was 35 percent contained early Wednesday, Cal Fire said.

The fire was still active in certain spots in the afternoon, but was not running toward communities, Cal Fire's Steve Moore said.