|2018 California wildfires|
|Cost||>$26.347 billion ( 2018 USD) (Costliest on record)|
|Deaths||97 civilians and 6 firefighters killed|
|Non-fatal injuries||At least 80 total|
Death toll grows from new round of California wildfires . Four people have been killed in the Zogg Fire , which has burned more than 55,000 acres and destroyed nearly 150 structures, fire officials said. Between the two fires , around 48,000 people have been evacuated, Cal Fire said.
August Complex Fire now the largest in recent California history , Creek Fire breaks top 10. The August Complex Fire in Northern California is now the largest fire in the state since record-keeping began.
The California wildfires that scorched thousands of acres and prompted mass evacuations across the state in recent weeks are largely under control , but experts warn that hot and dry conditions will continue to elevate fire risk throughout the week. All mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Saturday.
Camp Fire is deadliest wildfire in California history The death toll in Northern California’s Camp Fire reached historic levels after the blaze devastated Butte County in November 2018. The fire has killed 86 people, the most in a single blaze in state history, and at one point left nearly 500 people unaccounted for.
— Miley Cyrus , Gerard Butler , Robin Thicke and Shannen Doherty are among the growing list of celebrities who have lost homes to the devastating Woolsey Fire in Southern California. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong,” the singer wrote on social media overnight.
The largest wildfire in modern history was the Black Friday Bushfire in Australia’s Victoria State in January 1939, burning some 4.9 million acres and claiming 71 lives.
California , like much of the West, gets most of its moisture in the fall and winter. Its vegetation then spends much of the summer slowly drying out because of a lack of rainfall and warmer temperatures. That vegetation then serves as kindling for fires .
Hundreds of wildfires, of varying size, scorch the state each year. The total area consumed has increased sharply this decade. With fire season still beginning, 2020 has already shattered the all-time record with 3.2 million acres burned so far.
Largest fires of the 21st-century
|1||2003 Russian wildfires||Russia|
|2||2019-2020 Australian bushfire season||Australia|
|3||2019 Siberia wildfires||Russia|
|4||2014 Northwest Territories fires||Canada|
Pine Gulch Fire