More California Fires – level 3

01-09-2020 07:00

In California, more than 650 fires burned 2,000 square miles, and they destroyed over 1,400 homes and other structures.

Two of the major blazes rank second and third among the largest in California history. As gusty winds had decreased and residents started to return to scenes of devastation, dry lightning strikes triggered new fires. Between Tuesday and Wednesday alone, California had more than 400 reported lightning strikes that triggered 50 new fires. Luckily, all of them were contained.

Seven people have died in these fires, including a helicopter pilot who died in a crash while he was responding to a blaze. Additional fires are burning in Colorado, Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico.

Difficult words: gusty (sudden and strong), trigger (to set off), devastation (a scene where many things are destroyed), contain (to stop from spreading).

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