2020 Incident Archive

  • 494,489
    Total Emergency Responses
  • 8,648
    Wildfires
  • 4,304,379
    Acres Burned
  • 33
    Confirmed Loss of Life
  • 11,116
    Structures Destroyed

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2020 Incidents
Incident Counties Started Acres Containment
5 Fire Kern 7/15/2024 348
0%
Paradise Fire Siskiyou 7/15/2024 50
0%
Lost Hills Fire Kern 7/14/2024 2,818
0%
Dewey Fire Siskiyou 7/14/2024 109
20%
Laura Fire Kern 7/14/2024 120
5%
Pickett Fire Trinity 7/14/2024 12
0%
Horse Fire (Previously 3-7) Lassen 7/13/2024 42
30%
Quality Fire Inyo 7/13/2024 51
90%
Rim Fire Lassen 7/13/2024 1,025
20%
Packsaddle Fire Tulare 7/13/2024 48
0%
Rancho Fire Kern 7/13/2024 9,950
65%
Trout Fire Tulare 7/13/2024 1,884
0%
White Fire Kern 7/13/2024 5,536
23%
Hurricane Fire Kern, San Luis Obispo 7/13/2024 12,703
75%
Soda Fire San Luis Obispo 7/13/2024 161
50%
Point Fire Humboldt 7/10/2024 85
80%
Five Fire Fresno 7/09/2024 348
0%
Cow Fire Tulare 7/09/2024 509
80%
Bogus Fire Siskiyou 7/08/2024 411
90%
Mina Fire Mendocino 7/08/2024 98
97%
Royal Fire Placer 7/07/2024 215
95%
Vista Fire San Bernardino 7/07/2024 2,936
59%
Lake Fire Santa Barbara 7/05/2024 38,430
38%
Shelly Fire Siskiyou 7/03/2024 14,309
6%
Basin Fire Fresno 6/26/2024 14,023
95%
Sheering Fire Tuolumne 6/24/2024 528
96%
The information presented here reflects what is known to CAL FIRE and is updated frequently. Learn more about data processing

2020 Fire Year

The 2020 California wildfire year was characterized by record-setting wildfires that burned across the state of California as measured during the modern era of wildfire management and record keeping. As of the end of the year, nearly 10,000 fires had burned over 4.2 million acres, more than 4% of the state's roughly 100 million acres of land, making 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California's modern history. California's August Complex fire has been described as the first "gigafire" as the area burned exceeded 1 million acres. The fire crossed seven counties and has been described as being larger than the state of Rhode Island. 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. In early September 2020, a combination of a record-breaking heat wave, and Diablo and Santa Ana winds sparked more fires and explosively grew the active fires, with the August Complex more than doubling the Mendocino Complex's size to become California's largest recorded wildfire.

Pictured: The LNU Lightning Complex which burned across wine country in August 2020.

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