August 19, 2020 at 10:13 AM EDT
Map: Dozens of fires have erupted all over California
The scope of the fires facing California is unusually broad, with blazes burning across the state, from Monterey County on the coast, to near the Oroville Dam north of Sacramento, to near the Nevada state line in the south. Many were fire complexes, consisting of multiple individual blazes.
On Tuesday, the National Interagency Fire Center, which coordinates federal firefighting efforts, was placed on its highest alert level. And many of the fires were burning so intensely into Wednesday morning that their heat signatures were easily detectable from space.
By Jason Samenow and Andrew Freedman
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