The California wildfires, by the staggering numbers

More than dozen wildfires are scorching N. Calif.

California homes burned in wildfires

(CNN) - More than a dozen wildfires are scorching Northern California, aided by low humidity and high winds. Here are some eye-popping numbers that tell the scope of the tragedy.

Over 122,000 acres have been burned, much of it the lush, picturesque landscape of the state's beloved wine country. The area burned so far in Napa and Sonoma is three times larger than Washington, D.C.

The fires torched 20,000 acres in about 12 hours on Monday alone. This means the fires advanced at a rate of more than a football field every three seconds.

The fires were fueled by wicked hurricane force winds. The highest reported was a 79 mph gust in Sonoma County. That's similar to wind gusts recorded along the Gulf Coast as Nate made landfall.

With 571 structures burned, the Tubbs fire is the 12th most destructive wildfire in Cal Fire records, and it's threatening another 16,000 structures.

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from their homes; two hospitals were also cleared out.

At least 17 people are dead, including seven in the wine country city of Santa Rosa, but that number will most likely rise: Sonoma County alone received more than 240 missing person reports. Authorities have found 57 of those people safe.

The smoke from the fires led to the worst air pollution on record for Northern California. Air quality is considered "very unhealthy" when the index reaches 201. At one point Tuesday, the air score in parts of Napa hit 486.

Just over 53,000 customers are still without power throughout the state, most of them in the Napa and Sonoma areas.

Around 2,000 homes and businesses were destroyed.

No rain is in the forecast over the next seven days.

More than 100 people were being treated at hospitals for burns, smoke inhalation and shortness of breath.


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