By SOPHIA ROTHMAN, age 12
PHOTO: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr
Spurred on by a historic drought, wildfires have consumed more than 134,000 acres of land in California this year. That’s almost triple the state’s average of 48,153 acres in five years. The drought has “turned much of the state into a tinderbox,” said Governor Jerry Brown. The Rocky Fire, the largest fire which stretched across three counties, engulfed 60,000 acres in six days. The two dozen separate fires have caused thousands of people to evacuate threatened areas as a result.