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Top 20 Largest California Wildfires

FIRE NAME (CAUSE)

DATE

COUNTY

ACRES

STRUCTURES

DEATHS

1 THOMAS (Under Investigation)

December 2017

Ventura & Santa Barbara

281,893

1,063

1

2 CEDAR ( Human Related)

October 2003

San Diego

273,246

2,820

15

3 RUSH (Lightning )

August 2012

Lassen

271,911 CA /

43,666 NV

0

0

4 RIM (Human Related)

August 2013

Tuolumne

257,314

112

0

5 ZACA (Human Related)

July 2007

Santa Barbara

240,207

1

0

6 MATILIJA (Undetermined)

September 1932

Ventura

220,000

0

0

7 WITCH (Powerlines)

October 2007

San Diego

197,990

1,650

2

8 KLAMATH THEATER COMPLEX (Lightning)

June 2008

Siskiyou

192,038

0

2

9 MARBLE CONE (Lightning)

July 1977

Monterey

177,866

0

0

10 LAGUNA (POWERLINES)

September 1970

San Diego

175,425

382

5

11 BASIN COMPLEX (Lightning)

June 2008

Monterey

162,818

58

0

12 DAY FIRE (Human Related)

September 2006

Ventura

162,702

11

0

13 STATION (Human Related)

August 2009

Los Angeles

160,557

209

2

14 ROUGH (Lightning)

July 2015

Fresno

151,623

4

0

15 McNALLY (Human Related)

July 2002

Tulare

150,696

17

0

16 STANISLAUS COMPLEX (Lightning)

August 1987

Tuolumne

145,980

28

1

17 BIG BAR COMPLEX (Lightning)

August 1999

Trinity

140,948

0

0

18 HAPPY CAMP COMPLEX (Lightning)

August 2014

Siskiyou

134,056

6

0

19 SOBERANES (Illegal Campfire)

July 2016

Monterey

132,127

68

1

20 CAMPBELL COMPLEX (Powerlines)

August 1990

Tehama

125,892

27

0

*There is no doubt that there were fires with significant acreage burned in years prior to 1932, but those records are less reliable, and this list is meant to give an overview of the large fires in more recent times.

**This list does not include fire jurisdiction. These are the Top 20 regardless of whether they were state, federal, or local responsibility. 1/12/2018

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