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California Wildfire History

2/7/2018 (Permalink)

Raging California Wildfire

Recently, the Thomas fire became California’s largest wildfire on record, burning approximately 300,000 acres.

The massive fire, raged for weeks through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, has claimed just over 1,000 structures and San Diego fire engineer Cory Iverson died fighting the fire in December.

Here’s a look at how the blaze compares with four other major wildfires in the state’s history:

1. Thomas Fire


Burned 300,000 Acres

2. Cedar fire — 273,246 acres

October 2003

County: San Diego

Cause:  Human-related

Structures destroyed: 2,820

Deaths:  15

3. Rush fire — 272,200 acres*

August 2012

County: Lassen

Cause:  Lightning

Structures destroyed: 0

Deaths:  0

* 271,911 acres burned in California; 43,666 burned in Nevada

4. Rim fire — 257,314 acres

August 2013

County: Tuolumne

Cause:  Human-related

Structures destroyed: 112

Deaths:  0

5. Zaca fire — 240,207 acres

July 2007

County: Santa Barbara

Cause:  Human-related

Structures destroyed: 1

Deaths:  0

Source: LA Times

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