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2021 Incident Archive

A summary of all 2021 incidents, including those managed by CAL FIRE and other partner agencies. *These numbers are subject to change until the final fire season reports are completed and tabulated.

2,569,386 Acres

Estimated Acres Burned

7,396 Incidents

Number of Incidents

3 Fatalities

Confirmed Loss of Life

3,846 Structures

286 Damaged / 3,560 Destroyed

2021 Fire Season

The 2021 wildfire season in California experienced an unusually early start amid an ongoing drought and historically low rainfall and reservoir levels. In January 2021 alone, 297 fires burned 1,171 acres on nonfederal land, which is almost triple the number of fires and more than 20 times the acreage of the five-year average for January. In July, more than three times as many acres had burned compared to the previous year through that date, with drought, extreme heat, and reduced snowpack contributing to the severity of the fires. On August 18, 2021, the state of California was facing "unprecedented fire conditions" as multiple fires including the Dixie Fire, McFarland Fire, Caldor Fire, and others raged on. In October, the state of California, especially in the Northern regions where most of the fires were located, received its first rain in over 200 days reducing the wildfire risk for much of the state.