Mosquito Fire Becomes California's Largest Blaze This Year, Scorching Over 63K Acre

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As it grew to over 63,000 acres on Wednesday night in a region that was cooling off after a record-breaking week of heat

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The Mosquito Fire surpassed all other wildfires in California this year. It was fed by parched vegetation.

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Since it first broke out on September 6, the enormous fire has been raging for more than a week. Since Tuesday, it has covered 14,000 acres.

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 According to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the fire has now spread to over 63,000 acres in El Dorado and Placer counties as of Wednesday night.

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While the fire subsided over the weekend, Cal Fire said that Tuesday night's vigorous fire behaviour was caused by high winds that dispersed the smoke and produced new oxygen.

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From 25% on Tuesday to 20% on Wednesday, containment decreased. As the fire spreads onto severely dry fuel, it is anticipated that the fire behaviour on the eastern end would worsen.

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A fire behaviour analyst with Cal Fire, stated during the US Forest Service's briefing on Wednesday, "We're ready for an incredible blowup out here.  It doesn't require much wind.

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As of this year, the Mosquito fire has exceeded the McKinney fire in size in California.

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Over 60,000 acres of Siskiyou County have been destroyed by the McKinney fire, which is currently 99% contained.