California Camp Fire Currently 11 Times The Size Of Laramie
The California Camp Fire is dominating the news, but how big is it really? To put it into perspective, NBC put together an interactive map that allows you to compare the size of the blaze to the top 1000 most populated cities in the US. This includes our neighbor to the east, Cheyenne, but unfortunately doesn't include Laramie.
Laramie, with a square mileage of 17.76, is roughly 11 times smaller than the fire currently blazing near Chico, California. The blaze was last measured at 233 square miles.
The most recent fire in the region, the Ryan Fire, was measured at approximately 1,832 acres in size. For reference, the 233 square miles Camp Fire in California would translate to 149,120 acres, or about 81 times larger than the Ryan Fire.
NBC says about the size of the fire:
Since the fires started spreading on Nov. 8, the blazes have burned more than 240,000 acres, which is 386 square miles, or about the size of Indianapolis. Two blazes, the Camp Fire in Northern California and the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles, have each claimed an area larger than the nation’s capital.
Fire rescue and fighting efforts continue in California, with the fire being labeled one of the most destructive and deadly in the history of the US.