CALIFORNIA, USA — California's wildfires have been less destructive than they were in 2018, so far. These 2019 wildfires haven't been as large or as destructive as the fires California saw last year.
In 2018, there were more structures burned and more lives lost.
The data spells out the huge difference in the number of fires and the acrage burned between 2018 and 2019.
January 1 - October 13, 2019:
Number of fires: 4,878
Acres burned: 46,996
January 1 - October 13, 2018
Number of fires: 5,155
Acres burned: 631,916
5-Year Average (same interval)
Number of fires: 5,109
Acres burned: 372,344
There's a huge difference in these numbers. Bear in mind, in 2018 there was the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest California wildfire ever. This fire blew up to 459,123 acres.
Currently, many parts of the Central Valley are in the middle of high fire danger with more fire danger possible again this weekend.