10,000 Firefighters Battling Fires Across California: Latest Stats From Cal Fire

A firefighting airplane drops fire retardant on the foothills of the San Bernardino National Forest above the burning acres

The latest on the wildfire status in the Golden State, by the numbers. Current as of Wednesday, Aug. 17.


In just one day, California wildfires have grown immensely, consuming tens of thousands of acres in the Golden State. More than 10,000 firefighters are now battling eight large wildfires Wednesday.

One of the fires, the Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino county, burned an estimated 30,000 acres in less than 24 hours. Several structures have been destroyed, and an estimated 34,500 homes and 82,640 people are affected by evacuation warnings issued for that incident. Farther south, in San Diego County, three smaller brush fires broke out on Camp Pendleton on Tuesday.

The largest current fire in the state remains the Soberanes Fire in Monterey County, which has blackened more than 76,000 acres and destroyed 57 homes. That is 60 percent contained at this point.

“A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for the mountains and desert foothills of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties,” Cal Fire officials said Wednesday. “Gusty winds, low humidity and high temperatures bring elevated fire danger to the area. In northern California, a Red Flag Warning is in effect in western Siskiyou county for strong winds and low relative humidity.”