(ETH) – The state of California has just shattered a record with more than 4 million acres or 6,250 square miles this year which comes out to actually more than double the previous record for the most land burned in a single year in the state.
According to reports in the state and firefighters there California reached the terrifying milestone on Sunday with about two months still remaining in the fire season. Reports indicate that the previous record was set two years ago when wildfires destroyed over 1.67 million acres or a breath-taking (2,609 square miles).
“The 4 million mark is unfathomable. It boggles the mind, and it takes your breath away,” according to Scott McLean, who is a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire.
There have been more than 8,200 wildfires since the start of the year that has scorched “well over 4 million acres in California.” according to the agency. Their report states that the flames have burned an area larger than the state of Connecticut and nearly 17,000 firefighters are still battling nearly two dozen major blazes throughout the state today.