On the evening of Oct. 10, a fire ignited in Southern California, burning more than 8,000 acres in just a few days. As recovery efforts and damage assessments begin in the area, which was 52% contained as of Oct. 16, said the Los Angeles Daily News.

To date, in 2019, only about 163,000 acres have burned in California, reports Bloomberg, which is a fraction of the 632,000 acres singed during the same period in 2018. However, firefighters say the threat of more wildfires still looms.

Efforts to mitigate fire risks such as PG&E's power blackout and favorable weather helped firefighters identify and contain hot spots before they could spread.

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Heather A. Turner

Heather A. Turner is the managing editor of ALM's NU Property & Casualty Group. She can be reached at [email protected].