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Current wildfires and where California stands in comparison to 2018

The last two years saw almost the same amount of fires, but the burned acreage was 5 times worse in 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — From the first of the year to the start of November 2019, California has seen 5,244 fires, burning approximately 126,069 acres.

Right now, the largest wildfire is the Kincade Fire, which has burned more than 77,758 acres of land and is 88% contained as of Nov. 6.

Several other notable fires burning:

  • The Getty Fire in Simi Valley has burned 745 acres and is 100% contained as of Nov. 5.
  • The Maria Fire near Oxnard burned nearly 10,000 acres and is 95% contained.
  • The Ranch Fire near Red Bluff has burned 3,768 acres and is only 15% contained.
  • The Eagle Fire in Lake County burned 75 acres and is 65% contained.
  • The Hillside Fire in San Bernardino has burned 200 acres and is 95% contained.
  • The Taboose Fire in Inyo County burned 10,296 acres and is 75% contained.
Credit: USGS, NOAA, Garmin, EPA, FAO, Esri

During the same time period in 2018, California has seen almost the same amount of fires but the burned acreage has varied greatly. Last year saw almost exactly 5 times more burned acreage with 632,701 burned.

In July 2018, the Ranch Fire burned 410,203 acres and destroyed 280 structures including homes. It spanned Mendocino, Lake, Colusa, and Glenn Counties. After it merged with the River Fire it became known as the Mendocino Complex Fire.

Credit: JOSH EDELSON
Burned properties are seen during the Ranch Fire in Spring Valley, California on August 07, 2018. - Tens of thousands of firefighters battled relentless flames ripping across California on August 7, as the death toll from a series of infernos that erupted last month hit 11. The raging Mendocino Complex fire comprising twin blazes in the western state's north has now ravaged more than 290,000 acres (117,359 hectares) -- approximately the size of sprawling Los Angeles -- in less than two weeks, becoming California's largest wildfire since record-keeping began a century ago. (Photo by JOSH EDELSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

It was later reported a man in Potter Valley had hammered a stake into the ground to plug up a yellow jacket’s nest, and moments later he smelled smoke and was surrounded by a vegetation fire that quickly moved upslope through surrounding terrain.

Of course, the Camp Fire in Paradise, California made headlines in 2018 as the deadliest fire in state history, killing 85 people. The Camp Fire burned 153,336 acres and burned 18,804 structures and residences.

The National Interagency Fire Center says the fire outlook for November is expected to have above-normal significant fire potential for the Sacramento Valley and foothills.

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