After a summer of historic wildfires, California enters one of the most dangerous times of the year for fires with 27 major blazes already burning throughout the state.
Four of the six largest wildfires on record in California, including the 938,000-acre August Fire in Northern California’s Tehama County, began in August. Another started in early September.
Now, firefighters are facing infamous fall winds — including the Santa Ana gusts — that typically pick up in October and increase the threat of rapidly spreading flames. Red flag warnings are in effect for much of Northern California and some Southern California mountains.
Since the start of the year, there have been more than 8,100 wildfires that have burned well over 3.8 million acres — far beyond previous years’ totals through September. Since Aug. 15, there have been 29 fatalities and more than 7,000 structures destroyed.
Here’s a snapshot of the state’s wildfires burning during the week of Sept. 28.
Location: Shasta County, southwest of Redding
Size: More than 40,317 acres
Evacuation orders are in place. Three deaths have been reported and more than 140 structures have burned.
Location: Napa County, east of Calistoga
Size: More than 42,560 acres
Evacuation orders are in place and additional evacuations are in progress.
LNU Lightning Complex
Location multiple North Bay counties, including Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Colusa, Solano, and Yolo.
Size: More than 363,220 acres
SCU Lightning Complex
Location: Multiple Easy Bay counties, including Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus.
Size: 396,624 acres
Butte/Tehama/Glenn (BTU/TGU) Lightning Complex
Location: Butte, Tehama and Glenn counties
Size: 19,609 acres
Fourteen structures have been destroyed
Location: Plumas County, northeast of Oroville to southwest of Quincy (Plumas National Forest)
Size: 308,995 acres
Fifteen deaths have been reported. More than 2,300 structures have been destroyed. Evacuations remain in place.
Location: Northeast of Santa Clarita in northern LA County
Size: 230 acres
Evacuations are in place and buildings remain under threat.
Location: Fresno County, northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest)
Size: 305,240 acres
Evacuations in place. More than 850 structures have been destroyed.
Location: Tulare County, about three miles east of Giant Sequoia National Monument
Size: 150,286 acres
Evacuations are in place. More than 230 structures have been destroyed.
Location: Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity counties
Size: 938,044 acres
Nearly 90 buildings have been destroyed. This is an expansive group of fires that makes up the largest wildfire on record in California.
Location: Riverside County
Size: 6,254 acres
El Dorado Fire
Location: San Bernardino County
Size: 22,744 acres
One fatality, a firefighter, has been confirmed in connection with this fire, which started at a gender reveal party east of San Bernardino. Ten structures have been destroyed.
Location: Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest
Size: 114,200 acres
Evacuations in place
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