The Camp Fire in Butte County has already destroyed thousands of homes and tens of thousands of acres of land, eradicating the towns of Paradise and Pulga, and now threatening the much larger community of Chico.
The fatal blaze has also dispersed naive hopes that the worst of California’s 2018 fires may be behind us after a relatively quiet September and October.
Looking at Cal Fire’s Incident Map, the state’s official fire agency records more than a dozen active, non-contained burns across the state.
However, closer examination reveals that the majority of these blazes are outdated citations that Cal Fire has long since handed off to other agencies, some that burned out as far back as August.
Right now there are only a few active, large-scale burns being addressed by state agencies—including the massive Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles.
Despite this seeming small number, 2018 has been one of the worst years for wildfires in California history; to date, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service record a total of more than 1.36 million acres burnt by 6,814 fires.
For comparison, 2017’s firestorms burned just more than 1.24 million acres. While 2017 did see more fires in all—over 9,100—the conflagrations of 2018 have spread further and faster.
All of the fires listed on the map are active. We will continue to update as firefighting efforts continue.
- Butte County Fire Grows [Curbed SF]
- Woolsey Fire torches 91,572 acres, destroys 370 homes from coast to canyons [Curbed LA]
- Fire Incident Map [Cal Fire]
- 2018 Fire Statistics [Cal Fire]
- 2017 Fire Statistics [Cal Fire]