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After a very meticulous and thorough investigation, CAL FIRE has determined that the Camp Fire was caused by electrical transmission lines owned and operated by Pacific Gas and Electricity (PG&E) located in the Pulga area. The fire started in the early morning hours near the community of Pulga in Butte County.
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.
California’s Largest Fire Ever Recorded Now Burning North of San Francisco . According to Cal Fire, an eight-mile long flank of the blaze, previously known as the Bear Fire, swept across the hilly terrain and engulfed the towns of Berry Creek, Feather Falls and others.
Again , California is aflame — and it isn’t close to being over yet. As of Tuesday, more than two million acres have burned across the state so far in 2020, which makes this a record year, surpassing 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The El Dorado Fire in Southern California was caused by a “smoke generating pyrotechnic device,” said the California Department of Forestry and Fire Prevention in a statement. The fire started Saturday morning at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, about 72 miles east of Los Angeles.
In California state, the federal government owns nearly 58% of the 33 million acres of forest, according to the state governor’s office.
Why the wildfire in Northern California was so severe. Heat, wind, and drought — and long-term climate trends — conspired to create the deadly Camp Fire .
An investor-owned utility, PG&E provides power to most of California , servicing more than 16 million people. It’s also been found responsible for at least 17 of the state’s 21 major wildfires in 2017, not to mention last year’s Camp Fire in which 87 people died, making it the deadliest fire in California history.
The forest fire that incinerated northern British Columbia and Alberta grew to a final size of over 3.5 million acres. 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.
Severe drought, extreme winds and multiple ignitions fueled the most destructive wildfires in state history. Roughly 1.07 million acres burned during the 2020 season, the second-most on record. The cost to fight the fires was also high — $354 million.
August Complex fire