2018 Incident Archive

A summary of all 2018 incidents, including those managed by CAL FIRE and other partner agencies.

1,975,086 Acres

Estimated Acres Burned

7,948 Incidents

Number of Wildfires

100 Fatalities

Confirmed Loss of Life

24,226 Structures

1,358 Damaged / 22,868 Destroyed

2018 Fire Season

The 2018 wildfire season was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season on record in California, with a total of over 7,500 fires burning an area of over 1,670,000 acres, the largest area of burned acreage recorded in a fire season. In mid-July to August 2018, a series of large wildfires erupted across California, mostly in the northern part of the state, including the destructive Carr Fire and the Mendocino Complex Fire. On August 4, 2018, a national disaster was declared in Northern California, due to the extensive wildfires burning there. In November 2018, strong winds aggravated conditions in another round of large, destructive fires that occurred across the state. This new batch of wildfires included the Woolsey Fire and the Camp Fire, which killed at least 85 people. It destroyed more than 18,000 structures, becoming both California's deadliest and most destructive wildfire on record. The Mendocino Complex Fire burned more than 459,000 acres, becoming the largest complex fire in the state's history, with the complex's Ranch Fire surpassing the Thomas Fire and the Santiago Canyon Fire of 1889 to become California's single-largest recorded wildfire.