Astonishing facts about the Carr Fire

The deadly wildfires in California are approaching historic proportions

By AJ Willingham, Judson Jones and Brandon Miller

Published July 30, 2018

The Carr Fire is a massive wildfire currently blazing in Northern California. So far, the fire has claimed the lives of six people, and many more have been reported missing.

Here are some astonishing facts about this record-setting wildfire.


The number of acres that Carr Fire has burned, as of Friday morning.

That's an area bigger than the size of Denver.

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The number of people fighting the 17 large wildfires currently burning in the state.

That's about how many people work in Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, CA.

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From July 27th to July 28th, the fire grew from 40,000 acres to 80,000 in about 24 hours.

That's equal to about 28 acres per minute, or about a football field burning every 3 seconds.


> 1,100

The number of structures that have been destroyed by the blaze as of Tuesday morning.

The Carr fire is now the 6th most destructive fire in California history.


Over the weekend, smoke from the Western wildfires stretched from California to Oklahoma.


The fires were so strong near Redding, California, that they created their own weather system of pyrocumulus clouds, erratic gusty winds and firenadoes.

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5 of the 10 most destructive California fires have occurred in the last four years.


The state of California spent 1/4 of its entire fire budget for the year during the month of July.

Fire season doesn't even typically start there until August.

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