On August 19, 2020 , California Governor Gavin Newsom reported that the state was battling 367 known fires , many sparked by intense thunderstorms on August 16–17 caused by moisture from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fausto.
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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 wildfires map The most recent fire is the Creek fire , which started on Dec. 23. The largest active fire is the Claremont-bear fire, which has burned 318,775 acres so far.
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A freakish siege of thousands of dry lightning strikes in Northern California — a weather event on a scale not seen in decades — moved over lands parched in an era of climate change and sparked four of the five largest wildfires in modern state history, with more than 3 million acres burned in California alone.
Most of the fires in California are caused by people. The El Dorado Fire , which has grown to more than 10,000 acres, was ignited when a family used a “pyrotechnic device” to announce the gender of a new baby.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, known as Cal Fire , blamed a “smoke-generating pyrotechnic device, used during a gender reveal party” for the start of the blaze. In recent years, several large-scale parties have gone wrong, even resulting in the death of a woman in 2019.
Here are maps of some of the major fires that are burning across the three states . California: Glass Fire . California: Zogg Fire . California: North Complex. California/Oregon: Slater Fire . California: Creek Fire . California: August Complex. California: Bobcat Fire . Oregon: Riverside, Beachie Creek and Lionshead Fires .
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.
Now the fires have burned an area larger than California’s 10 most-populous cities — Los Angeles , San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield and Anaheim — combined, The Sacramento Bee reported.
August Complex fire
There are four different fires burning in the Los Angeles area. Together, the four fires – the Thomas and Rye fires , which are north of LA , and the Creek and Skirball fires , which are directly in the LA metro area, have burned more than 116,000 acres.