California’s Bobcat fire is one of the largest blazes in the history of Los Angeles County — torching more than 103,000 acres and setting off a rare “firenado” captured on video.
As of Sunday, the fire had consumed 103,135 acres since breaking out over the Labor Day weekend, according to The Los Angeles Times.
That makes it comparable to the 1970 Clampitt fire that scorched some 105,000 acres and killed four people in the San Fernando Valley, the broadsheet reported.
The 2009 Station fire, the largest ever recorded in Los Angeles County, laid waste to 160,000 acres, killed two firefighters and destroyed over 200 structures, the report said.
Only 15 percent of the Bobcat fire is considered contained, and it added almost 20,000 acres to its path of destruction between Friday and Saturday alone, backed by strong winds.
“We’re still in the thick of a good firefight,” Andrew Mitchell, a spokesman for the US Forest Service, told the paper.
A weather-watcher on Saturday tweeted video of a “fire-nado” sweeping across the Big Pines Highway “throwing rocks and ash all around,” aided by those fierce winds.
The Bobcat blaze is one of dozens that thousands of firefighters have battled up and down the West Coast dating back to last month.
Massive fires have also ravaged Oregon to the north, sending thick plumes of smoke wafting as far away as Europe.
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