To see whether that’s true, The Times analyzed decades of data tracking California wildfires and the destruction they’ve wrought. Eight of the 10 largest fires in California history have burned in the past decade. With fire season still beginning, 2020 has already shattered the all-time record with 3.2 million acres burned so far. San Francisco30,000 acres 10k acres Yosemite National Park748,000 acres Total burned from 2001-107.03 million acres Total burned from 2011-2010.8 million acres 2020: 3.2 million acresSince the state’s fire season usually doesn’t peak until fall, when Santa Ana and Diablo winds pick up, this record-breaking year may still get much worse. Average summer temperature in California (June-August) 76°F 2020: 75.4° 74 72 1900: 71.3° 70 Hot summer months dry out vegetation.
Source: Los Angeles Times September 15, 2020 23:19 UTC