Wildfires have become so extreme that experts have had to coin new terms to describe them.
A “gigafire” is one that burns more than one million acres and the August Complex is California’s first in this category.
The term gigafire is the next step above what experts call a “megafire,” which burns 100,000 acres.
But the August Complex wildfire is not the first gigafire in the United States.
Previous fires in Alaska, Montana, and Idaho have also scored more than a million acres.
The world saw another gigafire in Australia where 1.5 million acres burned earlier this year.