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The Blue Cut Fire has spread to more than 31,600 acres in just two days

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California has a lot of summertime forest fires. The Blue Cut fire is raging right now. (Russ Allison Loar/Flickr)

More than 1,500 firefighters are battling the Blue Cut Fire that has already scorched more than 31,600 acres in San Bernardino County in California in just two days.

Only 4% of the wildfire has been contained so far as it continues to blaze along the I15 through the Cajon Pass.

And the images coming from there are not pretty.

Here's the fire in numbers as of early morning on August 18th:

That's right, 80,000 people have been evacuated. Firefighters are calling this fire abnormal because of the speed at which it has spread. The smoke from the blaze is visible in Las Vegas, 60 miles away, and even from space.

San Bernardino County fire chief summed it up when he said:

“It hit hard, it hit fast – it hit with an intensity that we haven’t seen before. There will be a lot of families that will come home to nothing.”

People are now questioning whether climate change is to blame for the rising incidents of wildfires. Drier winters in California, warmer springs and higher than average temperatures in summer are to blame, said some people. This fire is more a characteristic of fall when the dry trees are fuel for the fire and low humidity and high winds are the norm, said Richard Guyette, a man who has studied forest fires for more than 40 years.

“I would say we’re going to see them all around in the United States. It’s unfortunate.”

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The Blue Cut Fire has spread to more than 31,600 acres in just two days

Anugya Chitransh

Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.

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