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How big are the Northern California fires?

The string of destructive fires in Northern California have burned a total of more than 182,000 acres of land as of Thursday afternoon, according to Cal Fire’s website.

The fires have killed at least 29 people, forced the evacuation of thousands of other residents and destroyed more than 3,500 structures across eight counties, but mostly in the North Bay’s famed Wine Country.

To put the size of the fire in perspective, the 182,000 acres is about 281 square miles. That’s nearly six times larger than San Francisco (about 47 square miles) and larger than San Jose (about 180 square miles) and Oakland (about 78 square miles) combined.

The fires are burning in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Yuba, Lake, Calaveras, Butte, and Nevada counties. According to the website, The Measure of Things, 281 square miles, the size of all of the fires, is:

  • 4 times larger than Washington D.C.
  • 7 times larger than Disney World
  • 50 times larger than Los Angeles International Airport
  • 200 times larger than…

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