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LIST: California's 10 Largest Wildfires



    LIST: California's 10 Largest Wildfires
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    Firefighters watch a back burn during the Mendocino Complex fire in Upper Lake, California on July 31, 2018. Dozens of fires have raged across the state since July 27, burning more than 200,000 acres of land, forcing thousands to evacuate and killing eight civilians and firefighters.

    The list below shows the locations of California's 10 largest wildfires.

    Each fire includes the cause of the fire, date, location, acres burned, number of buildings damaged and fatalities. The data was compiled by Cal Fire and does not include fires before 1932, when less reliable records were available. 

    The list includes all fires in California, regardless of whether they were under local, state or federal agencies' responsibility.

    1. Mendocino Complex

    Acres: 459,123(fire is still active)
    Cause: Under investigation
    Date: July/August 2018
    Location: Colusa/Mendocino/Lake Counties
    Structures: 280 
    Fatalities: 1

    2. Thomas

    Cause: Under investigation
    Date: December 2017 
    Location: Ventura, Santa Barbara counties 
    Acres: 281,893
    Structures: 1,063
    Fatalities: 2

    3. Cedar

    Cause: Human Related 
    Date: October 2003 
    Location: San Diego County 
    Acres: 273,246 
    Structures: 2,820 
    Fatalities: 15

    4. Rush

    Cause: Lightning
    Date: August 2012
    Location: Lassen County
    Acres: 271,911 California/43,666 Nevada
    Structures: None
    Fatalities: None

    5. Rim

    Cause: Human Related
    Date: August 2013
    Location: Tuolumne County
    Acres: 257,314
    Structures: 112
    Fatalities: None

    6. Zaca

    Cause: Human Related 
    Date: July 2007 
    Location: Santa Barbara County 
    Acres: 240,207 
    Structures: 1 
    Fatalities: 0

    7. Carr Fire

    Cause: Human Related

    Date: July 2018 
    Location: Shasta, Trinity Counties 
    Acres: 229,651 
    Structures: 1,604
    Fatalities: 7

    8. Matilija

    Cause: Undetermined
    Date: September 1932
    Location: Ventura County
    Acres: 220,000
    Structures: 0
    Fatalities: 0

    9. Witch

    Cause: Powerlines
    Date: October 2007
    Location: San Diego County
    Acres: 197,990
    Structures: 1,650
    Fatalities: 2

    10. Klamath Theater Complex

    Cause: Lightning
    Date: June 2008
    Location:Siskiyou County
    Acres: 192,038
    Structures: 0
    Fatalities: 2

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