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November 11, 2018

California residents should start expecting major wildfires to break out throughout the year, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said on Sunday.

"This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal," he said. "And this abnormal will continue certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they're going to intensify. We have a real challenge here threatening our whole way of life, so we've got to pull together."

There are several fires burning in both Northern and Southern California, with thousands of firefighters, including many from as far away as Idaho and Montana, battling the blazes. The fires have killed at least 31 people, destroyed nearly 7,000 structures, and burned nearly 200,000 acres.

Brown said when the vegetation and air is dry and winds hit gusts of up to 60 miles an hour, "this is what happens. We're in a new abnormal. Things like this will be a part of our future." Catherine Garcia

November 11, 2018

Several fires burning in Southern and Northern California have killed at least 31 people and destroyed about 7,000 buildings.

These wind-driven fires have burned 196,000 acres, Chief Scott Jalbert of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Sunday. The Camp Fire in Butte County has burned 109,000 acres since Thursday, destroyed 6,435 homes and 260 commercial buildings, and is now tied with the 1933 Griffith Park Fire as being the state's deadliest blaze, leaving at least 29 people dead. The Camp Fire is only 25 percent contained.

The Woolsey Fire in Southern California has scorched 83,275 acres over the last few days, burning down 177 structures in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and leaving at least two people dead. The fire is just 10 percent contained. Catherine Garcia

November 9, 2018

Three wildfires continued to grow in California overnight, torching major roads and entire towns as wind sweeps them through both ends of the state.

In southern California, the Woolsey Fire has all of Malibu under mandatory evacuation, while the Hill Fire has mostly stuck to uninhabited areas, reports USA Today. And in the north, the Camp Fire quadrupled in size overnight and wiped out the entire town of Paradise, The Associated Press reports.

The Woolsey Fire is the smallest of the three, spanning Los Angeles and Ventura counties and quadrupling from 2,000 to 8,000 acres overnight, per CNN. It's led to evacuations in the eastern part of Thousand Oaks — the city that saw a mass shooting at a bar Wednesday night. As of Friday morning, the fire had crossed a major highway and will likely reach the Pacific Ocean, the Los Angeles County Fire Department warned. The Hill Fire has burned through 10,000 acres, but hasn't damaged any buildings, USA Today says.

The Camp Fire, meanwhile, grew to about 110 square miles overnight just north of Sacramento, a fire official tells AP. It totally demolished the 27,000-person town of Paradise and was stopped at the edge of Chico, a city of 90,000, on Thursday night. The fire is just five percent contained, leaving 15,000 homes and 2,000 commercial buildings in "imminent danger of burning," a fire official said. Get more details on the northern California fire at The Associated Press. Kathryn Krawczyk

August 6, 2018

The Holy fire in Southern California is moving at a rapid rate of speed, the Orange County Fire Authority said Monday afternoon, and has already burned more than 1,000 acres in just a few hours.

The fire broke out at around 1:30 p.m. PT in the Cleveland National Forest, across the main divide between Orange and Riverside counties, the OCFA said. Evacuations are underway in two canyons, Trabuco and Holy Jim, and two hikers who were stranded near the fire have been rescued.

There are both ground and air units fighting the blaze, and a huge, dark plume of smoke is visible for miles. Catherine Garcia

August 5, 2018

The Mendocino Complex fire in Northern California has burned more than 254,000 acres, making it the fifth largest blaze in the state's history.

Fire officials said 68 homes have been destroyed, 15,000 structures are threatened, and thousands of residents of Mendocino, Lake, and Colusa counties have been forced to evacuate. The Complex fire is actually two fires that have burned for several days: the Ranch fire, which has scorched 207,000 acres north of Clear Lake and is 23 percent contained, and the River fire, which has swept through 47,000 acres west of Clear Lake and is 53 percent contained, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The biggest fire ever recorded in California was the Thomas Fire last December, which burned 281,000 acres in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The Mendocino Complex fire is one of 17 burning in the state. Catherine Garcia

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