Updated Aug 9, 2018

The scale of California's largest-ever wildfire

The Mendocino Complex fire is officially the largest wildfire on record in California, with more than 300,000 acres burned as of Wednesday night. It's made up of two separate fires burning in close proximity, and it has already eclipsed last year's record-setting Thomas Fire, which torched about 281,000 acres.

Here's how the destruction compares to the size of Washington, D.C. and Manhattan. The fire is 47 percent contained, and will likely keep burning through at least September.

Data: GeoMAC; Map: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

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Alaska experienced its hottest year on record in 2019

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Alaska endured its hottest year in recorded history in 2019, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.

By the numbers: The state's average temperature sat at 32.2°F, which was 6.2°F hotter than the long-term average. Last year's temperatures topped 2016's previous record, which saw the statewide average at 31.9°F. For the first time on record, Anchorage recorded a 90°F day in July.

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Podcast: Australia on fire

Australian wildfires continue to rage after the country’s hottest and driest year on record, causing death and unprecedented destruction. Dan and The Washington Post's Andrew Freedman discuss if this could lead to a political tipping point on climate change.

Australia's deadly fires: What you need to know

The Australian flag flies under red skies from fires on Jan. 4 in Bruthen, Victoria. Photos: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

The Orroral Valley fire has burned through nearly 25% of the district that's home to Australia's capital, News.com.au reports, after ACT Emergency Controller Georgeina Whelan said the fire was rapidly growing into the south east on Saturday.

The latest: The Orroral fire grew from 81,544 acres to at least 129,073 acres on Saturday, based on Whelan's initial statement, and ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr's following estimate. Whelan said the Orroral fire is expected to move "well into" New South Wales, which creates potential for it to reach and merge with other bushfires in the area.