(CNBC) Six large new wildfires erupted in the United States, pushing the number of major active blazes nationwide to over 100, with more expected to break out sparked by lightning strikes on bone-dry terrain, authorities said on Saturday.
More than 30,000 personnel, including firefighters from across the United States and nearly 140 from Australia and New Zealand, were battling the blazes that have consumed more than 1.6 million acres (648,000 hectares), according to the National Interagency Coordination Center.
NEW FIRE DANGER: More than a dozen wildfires are burning across California as firefighters work feverishly to save homes and homeowners return to nothing but ash. @marcusmoore and @RobMarciano report. https://t.co/Yw0SPu6PLI pic.twitter.com/yN8T4KRyLH
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