How this year's wildfire season compares to past years

More than 4.8 million acres have been torched by wildfires so far this year across the United States, according to data from the National Interagency Coordination Center — about 1 million acres above the 10-year average of 3.8 million acres burned by this point in the year. California has been particularly hard hit.

Data: National Interagency Coordination Center; Note: Cumulative counts are sometimes revised, causing short-lived spikes or dips in the number of acres burned; Chart: Axios Visuals

The big picture: California's deadly Carr Fire has burned more than 121,000 acres so far and claimed at least 6 lives. It was only 35 percent contained as of Wednesday evening. It's already on the state's top 10 lists for both its size and destructiveness, having burned 1,058 homes as well as hundreds of other structures.

California's fire siege has resulted from a combination of one of the state's hottest months on record, combined with extraordinarily dry vegetation along with frequent bouts of strong winds.

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