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Scale of Australia's fires compared to map of United States

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Posted at 5:37 PM, Jan 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 08:42:59-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The comparison puts the hellish fires scorching Australia into perspective.

In a Facebook post by the Sonoma County Fire District, a map of Australia's fires is juxtaposed with a map of the United States, revealing just how massive the inferno is.

According to the side-by-side analysis, if the same inferno sparked in the United States, dozens of states from coast to coast would be burning. Hundreds of cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix and Washington D.C. would be under fire.

The fatal wildfires sparked in September, burning over 12 million acres of land, scorching over 1,500 homes and killing over 20 people.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service reported 146 fires burning across the state with 65 uncontained as of Sunday, according to their Twitter post.