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A look at the California wildfires' jaw-dropping numbers

Barely two months after fires charred Northern California's wine country, the state is once again staring down a spat...

Posted: Dec 11, 2017 12:02 PM
Updated: Dec 11, 2017 12:02 PM

Barely two months after fires charred Northern California's wine country, the state is once again staring down a spate of wildfires, this time in Southern California. These fires are fueled by some of the strongest Santa Ana winds in recent memory. Here are some eye-popping numbers from these latest fires:

Growing huge ...

The Thomas Fire, the largest of the blazes, is burning through Ventura County toward Los Angeles. The blaze is more than four times the size of the Tubbs Fire (36,807 acres), which was the most destructive of the fires in Napa and Sonoma counties in October.

Really fast ...

The Thomas Fire began Monday and moved exceptionally fast. It grew about 31,000 acres in about nine hours -- that's nearly an acre per second. That rate would burn through Manhattan's Central Park in about 14 minutes. As of Sunday morning, the fire had grown to 173,000 acres and was 15% contained. While it's nowhere nearly as large, the Lilac Fire 45 miles north of San Diego grew exponentially Thursday, from 100 acres to 4,100 in less than 12 hours. As of Sunday, the Lilac Fire was 60% contained.

Los Angeles' biggest

The Thomas Fire is the biggest in Los Angeles since the Bel-Air fire in 1961 torched scores of homes of the rich and famous.

Greater danger

Every day, firefighters in Los Angeles receive a brush burning index report that indicates the fire danger. If it's 162 or higher, that's considered extreme. The number for Thursday was 296, a record.

Whipping winds

The last time the Santa Ana winds were this bad -- with multiple days of warning-level winds and red flags -- was in October 2007. Wind gusts in Los Angeles and Ventura counties were expected to reach more than 60 mph Sunday. So the risk of the fires spreading remains high.

Getting out

On Sunday, CalFire reported in a tweet that 98,000 residents were evacuated in Southern California.

In the dark

About 6,800 homes and businesses in fire-affected areas are without power, according to Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Smoke on the water

The smoke plume from the fires extends more than 1,000 miles into the Pacific, which is equivalent to the distance between New York and Miami.

Worst ever

This year has been the costliest for wildfires in the United States, with more than $10 billion in damages before the current Southern California fires began.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 34622

Reported Deaths: 1215
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DeSoto181818
Madison138236
Jones117349
Harrison104014
Rankin103515
Neshoba102274
Lauderdale94281
Forrest93943
Scott79215
Jackson72717
Washington64310
Copiah63115
Leake61320
Lee58621
Holmes57341
Oktibbeha56828
Wayne55416
Warren55320
Yazoo5436
Grenada5357
Lowndes52613
Leflore52256
Lincoln50935
Lamar5027
Pike47020
Sunflower4528
Lafayette4374
Monroe43635
Covington4195
Panola3996
Bolivar38018
Attala37524
Simpson3733
Newton35710
Adams34019
Pontotoc3266
Tate32313
Marion31312
Claiborne29310
Chickasaw29219
Winston28711
Pearl River27632
Noxubee2758
Marshall2693
Jasper2676
Clay25511
Union23811
Smith23412
Walthall2267
Coahoma2156
Clarke21425
Lawrence1992
Yalobusha1938
Kemper18014
Carroll17311
Tallahatchie1664
Humphreys15910
Montgomery1493
Calhoun1475
Tippah14411
Itawamba1418
Hancock13813
Webster12811
Tunica1193
Jefferson1173
Jefferson Davis1164
Prentiss1123
Greene10810
Amite1063
George1023
Wilkinson959
Tishomingo921
Quitman891
Alcorn852
Perry764
Choctaw754
Stone732
Franklin492
Benton420
Sharkey420
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
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Jefferson6030162
Mobile4418137
Montgomery4339109
Tuscaloosa254448
Madison19078
Marshall186611
Shelby150924
Lee149437
Morgan12205
Baldwin111410
Walker105127
Elmore98919
Dallas9639
Franklin92216
Etowah88214
DeKalb8416
Chambers65727
Russell6570
Autauga65313
Butler64328
Tallapoosa61669
Unassigned58626
Limestone5741
Houston5526
Cullman5395
Lauderdale5376
Lowndes48022
St. Clair4692
Colbert4656
Pike4595
Escambia4528
Calhoun4365
Coffee4074
Covington39911
Jackson3742
Bullock37010
Barbour3672
Dale3621
Talladega3497
Hale33722
Marengo33011
Wilcox2968
Clarke2946
Winston2893
Chilton2872
Sumter28512
Blount2731
Pickens2556
Monroe2492
Marion24514
Randolph2449
Conecuh2277
Perry2091
Bibb2081
Macon2069
Choctaw20212
Greene1928
Henry1433
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Washington1277
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Cherokee1127
Geneva920
Lamar811
Fayette781
Clay742
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