2014 Incident Archive

A summary of all 2014 incidents, including those managed by CAL FIRE and other partner agencies.

625,540 Acres

Estimated Acres Burned

7,233 Incidents

Number of Wildfires

2 Fatalities

Confirmed Loss of Life

650 Structures

Structures Destroyed

2014 Fire Season

In the context of the 2011–17 California drought, as well as powerful Santa Ana winds, weather conditions were ideal for wildfires in 2014. Over 7,200 wildfires ignited throughout the year, burning at least 620,000 acres. The season began unusually early when a wildfire ignited on January 1, followed by 6 more fires igniting later within the same month. During a heat wave and dry Santa Ana conditions in May 2014, multiple wildfires broke out simultaneously in San Diego County and elsewhere across the state. By mid-May, fire officials said they had already dealt with 1,400 wildfires - twice the normal amount for that time of year - and a spokesman for CAL FIRE described the conditions as "unprecedented." In early September 2014, the Happy Complex Fire became the largest wildfire of the season, eventually topping out at 135,369 acres in size on September 27.