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2020 California wildfires

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2020 California wildfires
Statistics[1]
Total fires6,871
Total area728,909 acres (294,979 ha)
CostUnknown
Fatalities2
Non-fatal injuries5
Season
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Aurora Fire

The 2020 California wildfire season is a series of wildfires that are burning across the state of California. The peak of the wildfire season usually occurs between August and November when hot, dry winds are most frequent. The wildfire season typically does not end until the first significant rainstorm of winter arrives, which is usually around October in Northern California, and roughly between late October to December in Southern California. As of August 16, 2020, a total of 6,871 fires have burned 728,909 acres (294,979 ha) according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.[1]

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 Tropical Storm Fausto. Response and evacuations were complicated by a historic heatwave and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The governor declared a state of emergency on August 18.[2]

Early outlook[edit source | edit]

Early in the year, there was a concern for the potential 2020 fire season to be prolonged and especially grave due to the unusually dry months of January and February which were recorded as one of the driest first two months of any calendar year on record.[3] On March 22, a state of emergency was declared by California governor Gavin Newsom due to a mass die-off of trees throughout the state, potentially increasing the risk of wildfires.[4] Throughout March and April, rain began to consistently fall in the state which lessened the severe drying conditions. However, Northern California was expected to have severe wildfire conditions due to the moderate or severe drought conditions in the area, whereas Central and Southern California were expected to have serious fire conditions later in the year due to the late wet season and precipitation.[5]

Wildfires[edit source | edit]

The following is a list of fires that burned more than 1,000 acres (400 ha), or produced significant structural damage or casualties.

Name County Acres Start date Containment date Notes Ref
Interstate 5 Kings 2,060 May 3 May 7 [6]
Range San Luis Obispo 5,000 May 27 May 28 [7]
Scorpion Santa Barbara 1,395 May 31 June 1 [8]
Quail Solano 1,837 June 6 June 10 3 structures destroyed [9][10]
Wood San Diego 11,000 June 8 June 12 Burned on Camp Pendleton [11]
India San Diego 1,100 June 8 June 14 Burned on Camp Pendleton [12]
Soda San Luis Obispo 1,672 June 10 June 11 2 structures destroyed [13][14]
Grant Sacramento 5,042 June 12 June 17 [15]
Walker Calaveras 1,455 June 16 June 20 2 structures destroyed [16]
River San Luis Obispo 15 June 22 June 23 2 structures destroyed, 9 damaged [17]
Grade Tulare 1,050 June 22 June 26 [18]
Pass Merced 2,192 June 28 June 30 [19]
Bena Kern 2,900 July 1 July 3 [20]
Crews Santa Clara 5,513 July 5 July 13 1 structure destroyed; 1 damaged; 1 injury. Resulted in evacuations of rural Gilroy. [21]
Soledad Los Angeles 1,525 July 5 July 15 1 injury [22]
Mineral Fresno 29,667 July 13 July 26 7 structures destroyed [23] [24]
Coyote San Benito 1,508 July 15 July 18 [25]
Hog Lassen 9,564 July 18 August 8 2 structures destroyed [26]
Gold Lassen 22,634 July 20 August 8 13 structures destroyed; 5 structures damaged; 2 firefighters injured in burnover [27]
July Complex 2020 Modoc, Siskiyou 83,261 July 22 August 7 1 structure destroyed; 3 outbuildings destroyed [28]
Red Salmon Complex Humboldt, Siskiyou, Trinity 16,255 July 26 38% Contained as of August 20 Originally started as both the Red and Salmon fire (both started by lightning strikes), but have since merged into one fire [29][30]
Apple Riverside 33,424 July 31 95% Contained as of August 14 4 structures destroyed; 8 outbuildings destroyed; 1 firefighter injured [31]
Pond San Luis Obispo 1,962 August 1 August 8 1 structure destroyed; 1 damaged; 13 outbuildings destroyed[32] [33]
North Lassen 6,882 August 2 August 10 6,882 acres in total, of which approximately 4,105 acres burned in Washoe County, Nevada [34]
Stagecoach Kern 7,760 August 3 August 16 23 structures destroyed; 4 damaged; 25 outbuildings destroyed; 2 damaged;[35] 1 firefighter fatality[36] [37]
Lake Los Angeles 27,041 August 12 48% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike, 12 structures destroyed; 3 damaged; 21 outbuildings destroyed [38]
Ranch2 Los Angeles 4,237 August 13 33% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike [39]
Loyalton Lassen, Plumas, Sierra 46,617 August 15 38% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike, Caused National Weather Service to issue first ever Fire Tornado Warning; 5 homes, 6 outbuildings destroyed [40][41]
Hills Fresno 1,500 August 15 35% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike [42]
River Monterey 33,653 August 16 7% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike, 4 injuries [43]
Dome San Bernardino 43,273 August 16 74% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike, Burned in the Mojave National Preserve [44]
Beach Mono 3,780 August 16 80% Contained as of August 19 Lightning strike [45]
SCU Lightning Complex Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Stanislaus 137,475 August 16 5% Contained as of August 20 Deer Zone, Marsh, Canyon Zone and other surrounding fires combined into one multi-fire incident by CalFire; all believed to have been sparked by an intense and widespread lightning strike [46]
August Complex Mendocino 116,372 August 16 3% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strikes started 35 fires, several of which grew to large sizes, especially the Doe Fire [47]
LNU Lightning Complex Lake, Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Yolo 131,000 August 17 0% Contained as of August 20 Multi-fire incident that includes the Hennessey Fire, Gamble Fire, 15-10 Fire and several other small fires sparked by lightning strike; 105 structures destroyed, 70 damaged [48]
Holser Ventura 3,000 August 17 30% Contained as of August 19 Lightning strike [49]
Butte Lightning Complex Butte 1,900 August 17 20% Contained as of August 20 Lightning sparked 34 fires throughout Butte County [50]
North Complex Plumas 8,600 August 17 0% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike, Largest fires are the Sheep Fire (7,000 acres) and the Claremont Fire (1,500 acres); 1 injury [51]
CZU August Lightning Complex San Mateo, Santa Cruz 40,000 August 17 0% Contained as of August 20 Several lightning strike-sparked fires burning close together across San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties;20 structures destroyed, 3 injuries [52]
Salt Calaveras 1,789 August 18 35% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike [53]
W-5 Cold Spring Lassen 4,952 August 18 20% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike [54]
Carmel Monterey 4,285 August 18 0% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike, 3 structures destroyed [55]
Elkhorn Tehama 15,250 August 19 0% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike [56]
Dolan Monterey 6,700 August 19 0% Contained as of August 20 Lightning strike [57]
Ivory Glenn 4,000 August 19 0% Contained as of August 19 Lightning strike [58]
Woodward Marin 1,500 August 19 0% Contained as of August 20 1,500 structures threatened [59]

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