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California Wildfires

Coverage of brush fires across the state

Map: See Where Wildfires Are Burning in California

This map displays fire information collected by CAL FIRE, the state firefighting agency. Click on each location for more information, including containment figures and the size of the fire.

California is facing another hot, dry summer that brings the risk of high fire danger. More than 40 people were killed and more than 11,000 homes were destroyed by wildfires in 2017. More than 9,000 fires burned 1.2 million acres across the state.

The October firestorm destroyed 5,700 homes and other businesses in Northern California and killed 42 people. In December, the largest wildfire on record in California, the Thomas fire, killed two people and destroyed homes in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. It also stripped hillsides of vegetation, leading to a mudflow that killed at least 21 people in the coastal community of Montecito in January. 

The state was coming off one of its wettest winters in years in 2017, which allowed brush to sprout on hillsides. That brush dried out in summer and turned into fuel for the large and destructive fires. An increase in the number of dead and dying trees also can exacerbate the wildfire threat, CAL FIRE officials said. 

The agency has been urging residents to take prevention steps, such as maintaining 100 feet of defensible space around homes and other structures. Defensible space provides a natural buffer between buildings and grass, trees, bushes, shrubs and other vegetation that can burn.

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