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California wildfires now as big as the Grand Canyon

California Governor Gavin Newsom revealed in an update Monday that the extent of the fire damage ravaging the state is now at 1.2 million acres, nearly the size of the entire Grand Canyon.

Some 1,875 square miles of California have succumbed to the wildfires that ignited early last week. To compare, the Grand Canyon covers 1,902 square miles. Rim-to-rim, it takes hikers around three days to get from the North Rim to the South Rim. For another perspective, the area of fire damage in California right now is larger than Rhode Island’s 1,212 square miles, and just shy of the state of Delaware, which covers 1,954 square miles.


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