A snapshot of California's explosive wildfires

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Posted: Sep 14, 2015 3:26 PM
A snapshot of California's explosive wildfires

MIDDLETOWN, Calif. (AP) — Drought-stricken California is in the midst of a deadly and destructive siege of wildfires, some exhibiting extreme behavior with what state officials describe as record rates of spread exceeding predictions of computer models. Here's a look at the situation Monday:

NUMBER OF FIRES: 12, mostly in the northern coastal ranges and the Sierra Nevada.

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TOTAL AREA OF FIRES: 703 square miles, more than half of it from the three most significant blazes.

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NUMBER OF PEOPLE DISPLACED: 23,000 from two fires.

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LOSSES: 535 homes in two fires, hundreds of other structures including businesses, barns, outbuildings and infrastructure.

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DEATHS: One confirmed; several people unaccounted for.

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FIREFIGHTERS: 11,000.

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NUMBER OF WILDFIRES IN THE STATE THIS YEAR: Approximately 6,000, or about 1,500 more than this time last year.

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NUMBER OF FIRE STARTS EACH WEEK: Approximately 250.

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Sources: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott, Governor's Office of Emergency Services Director Mark Ghilarducci.