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Top 20 Most Destructive California Wildfires

FIRE NAME (CAUSE)

DATE

COUNTY

ACRES

STRUCTURES

DEATHS

1

CAMP FIRE (Under Investigation)

November 2018

Butte County

153,336

18,804

85

2

TUBBS (Electrical)

October 2017

Napa & Sonoma

36,807

5,636

22

3

TUNNEL - Oakland Hills (Rekindle)

October 1991

Alameda

1,600

2,900

25

4

CEDAR (Human Related)

October 2003

San Diego

273,246

2,820

15

5

VALLEY (Electrical)

September 2015

Lake, Napa & Sonoma

76,067

1,955

4

6

WITCH (Powerlines)

October 2007

San Diego

197,990

1,650

2

7

WOOLSEY (Under Investigation)

November 2018

Ventura

96,949

1,643

3

8

CARR (Human Related)

July 2018

Shasta County, Trinity County

229,651

1,614

8

9

NUNS (Powerline)

October 2017

Sonoma

54,382

1,355

3

10

THOMAS (Powerline)

December 2017

Ventura & Santa Barbara

281,893

1,063

2

11

OLD (Human Related)

October 2003

San Bernardino

91,281

1,003

6

12

JONES (Undetermined)

October 1999

Shasta

26,200

954

1

13

BUTTE (Powerlines)

September 2015

Amador & Calaveras

70,868

921

2

14

ATLAS (Powerline)

October 2017

Napa & Solano

51,624

783

6

15

PAINT (Arson)

June 1990

Santa Barbara

4,900

641

1

16

FOUNTAIN (Arson)

August 1992

Shasta

63,960

636

0

17

SAYRE (Misc.)

November 2008

Los Angeles

11,262

604

0

18

CITY OF BERKELEY (Powerlines)

September 1923

Alameda

130

584

0

19

HARRIS (Undetermined)

October 2007

San Diego

90,440

548

8

20

REDWOOD VALLEY Powerline)

October 2017

Mendocino

36,523

546

9

 

**"Structures" include homes, outbuildings (barns, garages, sheds, etc) and commercial properties destroyed.

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

 

 

 

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