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This Year’s California Wildfires Keep Shattering Records

This year’s rash of catastrophic wildfires didn’t just destroy neighborhoods and livelihoods – they also annihilated records, CNN reports. And the destruction isn’t over. The Thomas Fire, which has torched an area the size of Dallas and Miami combined, is still raging in Southern California. The 2017 fires are the costliest in U.S. history. Damage estimates topped $10 billion, said Adam Smith of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And that was before the devastating wildfires tore through Southern California in December. For the past five years, wildfires scorched an average of 202,751 acres from Jan. 1 through Dec. 24, according to the state fire protection agency Cal Fire….