California: the worst wildfires in history, 2 mil+ acres in fire, helped Santa Ana winds

What we claimed at the beginning of September came true and Califronian fires reached status of the worst wildfires in history.

After record-breaking temperatures in Death Valley (130°F / +54,4°C) / and Los Angeles (121°F / +49,4C) in August and September / has come strong Santa Ana winds linked with extreme unusual early September blizzard across western half of US /;;;;

From Tuesday to Wednesday, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has reported wind gusts of up to 115 km/h (71,5 mph), in Pocatello, Idaho up to 100km/h (62,1 mph), in Salt Lake City up to 87 km/h (54,1 mph) or in Portland, Oregon, 80 km/h (49,7 mph).

In California, winds has been little less severe, but it was enough for the next spreading of wildfires across country.

Burned area has exceeded 2 millions acres early this week and during next days are expected next diablo winds with next spreading of fires.

Previous year with the worst wildfires was 2018 with 1,893,913 burned acres.

Thanks to dry and hot weather during next week and wildfires will be worsening. Possible coolder days could come only after 18. September.

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