‘Five of the Most Destructive Fires’: Newsom Cites Historic Toll of Blazes

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‘Five of the Most Destructive Fires’: Newsom Cites Historic Toll of Blazes

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California surveyed wildfire damage and delivered an update on the state’s efforts to curb the fire’s spread.

We have now — currently have — five active fires that are five of the most destructive fires over the last, in the history of the state, five of the 20 most destructive that are currently being suppressed, which is just remarkable when you consider that we just came out August, the hottest in recorded history. Nineteen people have lost their lives in these fires. We anticipate that number may potentially go up as we get back into areas that have been ravaged by flame, and obviously smoke begins to clear. Thirty-nine hundred-plus structures have been destroyed. The good news is the winds have settled down. The good news is there’s weather starting to appear offshore that will create an environment where we may get a little bit of precipitation — a modest amount of precipitation. Want to just, again, express deep respect, admiration for all of our front-line folks out there doing the hand crew work, doing the work on making sure we’re dozing, creating these breaks.

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