The California Wildfires Are Over 40 Times The Size Of Poughkeepsie
The state of California is currently battling major wildfires that have killed many and left others with no homes.
CBS News reports that the wildfires occurring in California have taken a total of 50 lives. An enormous amount of homes and property have also been lost, including the homes of some major celebrities, like Miley Cyrus, Gerard Butler, and Caitlyn Jenner.
There are 3 major fires occurring in California: Camp Fire in Butte County, Woosley Fire in Los Angeles County, Ventura County, and Hill Fire in Ventura County. The Hill Fire is the most under control, at 94% contained. The Woosley Fire is 47% contained and the Camp Fire is only 35% contained. Total, over 200,000 acres of land have been burned.
For a size comparison, because who knows for reference how much 200,000 acres is, CBS News made an interactive map to compare the size of the fires to any location.
The Camp Fire was 201 square miles as of Tuesday, November 13, according to CBS News. That's 40.2 times the size of Poughkeepsie.
The Woosley Fire was 156 square miles as of Tuesday, November 13, according to CBS News. That's 31.2 times the size of Poughkeepsie.
The Hill Fire was 7 square miles as of Tuesday, November 13, according to CBS News. That's 1.4 times the size of Poughkeepsie.
According to CBS News, a new lawsuit alleges that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) is being blamed for the fires for failing to inspect their power lines.