It has been a brutal summer for firefighters in California, primarily due monstrous complexes of fires burning in the Greater Bay Area.
CAL FIRE reported more than 7,900 wildfires that burned more than 3.3 million acres through mid-September. Last year through the end of August, the agency reported 3,673 fires that burned less than 30,000 acres.
California’s five-year average for the same period is 4,162 fires and 309,000 acres.
The map below shows where California's wildfires are burning (updated daily).
- The red fire symbols classify the fire by acres. The symbol increases in size as the fire increases in coverage.
- The polygons show current perimeters.
- The map legend also shows Hazardous Wildfire Conditions: Red Flag Warning and Fire Weather Watch.
2020 Fire Season Outlook
This year's fire season has already seen above normal activity. A dry winter, followed by a hot spring create a grim outlook, according to the The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook issued July 1.
August - September: Above normal temperatures along with drought conditions expected to lead to an expansion of wildfires across Northern California.
October: Above normal fire conditions forecasted in parts of Southern and Northern California. This is due to dry and hot conditions combined with Santa Ana winds. A La Niña is expected to develop leading to dry conditions.
Here are some wildfire evacuation tips to follow during the current COVID-19 pandemic.