California Wildfires Are More Than Nine Times the Size of Pittsfield
Many have seen in the news, or in scary photos and videos, the massive wildfires that are spreading through the State of California.
Since they began on Nov. 8, the fires have burned more than 200,000 acres -- around 364 square miles -- and has claimed the lives of at least 50 people.
Being in Massachusetts, you can tell that these fires are, at an understating level, absolutely massive. They are considered the most destructive and deadly fires in the history of California. How big, actually, are these fires?
NBC News put together an interactive map that allows you to compare the size of these wildfires -- Camp Fire, Woolsey Fire and Hill Fire -- to any of the 1,000 most-populous cities or towns in the U.S.. Using the City of Pittsfield as an example, it is pretty scary to look at.
The Camp Fire, which is the largest of the three, has stretched across 201 square miles, which is equivalent to 88,000 football fields. If the area of the wildfires were put on top of Pittsfield, it would be enough to cover it 5 times over.
As of Tuesday, the Woolsey Fire -- which has spread near Los Angeles -- has covered 156 square miles. That is 3.9 times the size of Pittsfield.
The Hill Fire, as of Tuesday, covers 7 square miles. Compared to Pittsfield, it is 0.2 times the size of the city.
It is a scary situation to the folks that have been effected by these wildfires. According to reports, the Camp Fire may not be fully contained until the end of November. Our positive thoughts go out to all out in California.