It’s Not Just California That’s Burning

There are also major wildfires in five other states.

Wildfires in California have destroyed thousands of acres in recent weeks, claiming at least eight lives in the process. On Monday, the state’s Mendocino Complex Fire became the largest in state history. But it’s not just California that’s burning; infernos rage across the rest of the West as well.

A total of 107 active large fires are burning 1.6 million acres in 14 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Here’s what you need to know about the other major wildfires in the country right now.


In Idaho, two large fires have consumed thousands of acres this week. The Sharps Fire, outside Bellevue, is 60 percent contained at nearly 65,000 acres. The Mesa Fire, outside Council, has scorched more than 33,000 acres and is 55 percent contained. Both are expected to burn through this week.


Oregon is battling 15 fires. The worst include the Miles Fire, which, together with other nearby blazes, has burned a collective 40,288 acres; the Taylor Creek Fire, at more than 41,000 acres and 38 percent containment; and the Klondike Fire, now burning across at least 33,000 acres in the Siskiyou National Forest and only 15 percent contained.

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