Blackened and charred hills from the Woolsey Fire which made it all the way to the Pacific Ocean. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images
California is never immune to big fires, but a look at the past 13 months reveals a horrifying path of destruction that deserves equal screen time to the latest political intrigues.
Driving the news: Parts of the state are blanketed in smoke, with temperatures dropping as a result and residents scrambling to get specialized masks to help filter the air. The state's air quality is currently the worst in the nation as a result of the fires, Bloomberg reports.
By the numbers over the past 13 months, per CalFire (** indicates active fire):
The big picture: 14 of the 20 most destructive fires in the state have been since 2000, along with 15 of the 20 largest by acreage, Axios' Andrew Freedman notes.
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People pray for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during an absence prayer held after Friday prayers at Fatih Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
"Eager employers trying to lure workers in the tightest job market since 1969 are hiring some candidates sight unseen, at times after one phone interview," the WSJ's Chip Cutter reports.