2012 California wildfires

California's 2012 wildfire season saw 7,950 wildfires burn a total of 869,599 acres (3,519.14 km2);[1]: 62  these included the massive Rush Fire, which was the tenth-largest wildfire recorded in California in modern times, and the Ponderosa Fire, which destroyed 133 structures. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) incurred fire suppression costs of US$310 million between July 2012 and June 2013, in addition to wildfire damages of $28.2 million.[2]

2012 California wildfires
August 2012 Northern California wildfires.jpg
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North Pass Fire
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Fort Complex Fire
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Bagley Fire
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Ponderosa Fire
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Chips Fire
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Rush Fire
Wildfires burn in Northern California in an image taken by NASA's Aqua satellite on August 19, 2012.
Statistics
Total fires7,950
Total area869,599 acres (3,519.14 km2)
Cost>$338.21 million (2012 USD)
DeathsNone reported
Non-fatal injuriesUnknown
Season
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FiresEdit

The following is a list of the wildfires that burned more than 1,000 acres (400 hectares), produced significant structural damage or casualties, or were otherwise notable. It is excerpted from Cal Fire's 2012 list of large (≥ 300 acres) fires, and may not be complete or reflect the most recent information.[3]

Name County Acres Km2 Start Date Contained Date Notes
Banner San Diego 5,320 21.5 May 24, 2012 May 29, 2012
George Tulare 1,707 6.9 June 1, 2012 June 15, 2012
Gaines Mariposa 1,700 6.9 June 12, 2012 June 14, 2012
Highland Riverside 2,171 8.8 June 16, 2012 June 18, 2012
Cascade Mariposa 1,705 6.9 June 16, 2012 November 26, 2012
Dale Shasta 1,083 4.4 July 5, 2012 July 7, 2012 2 structures destroyed
Fish Inyo 1,103 4.5 July 7, 2012 July 9, 2012
Mill Colusa 29,502 119.4 July 7, 2012 July 18, 2012 5 structures destroyed
Grapevine Colusa 1,870 7.6 July 8, 2012 July 12, 2012
Rail Colusa 1,870 7.6 July 9, 2012 July 12, 2012
Turkey Monterey 2,529 10.2 July 9, 2012 July 20, 2012
Robbers Placer 2,650 10.7 July 11, 2012 July 21, 2012 8 structures destroyed
Flat Trinity 1,688 6.8 July 11, 2012 July 17, 2012
Sand Kern 1,428 5.8 July 14, 2012 uly 19, 2012 1 structure destroyed
Spanish Lassen 1,169 4.7 July 18, 2012 July 21, 2012
Reading Shasta 28,079 113.6 July 23, 2012 August 21, 2012
Chips Plumas 75,217 304.4 July 29, 2012 August 31, 2012 9 structures destroyed
Rushmore Riverside 1,000 4.0 August 4, 2012 August 4, 2012
Piute Comlex Kern 1,783 7.2 August 4, 2012 August 11, 2012
Lake Complex Modoc 1,668 6.8 August 5, 2012 August 9, 2012
Fort Complex Siskiyou 23,653 95.7 August 5, 2012 September 10, 2012
Barry Point Modoc 38,394 155.4 August 6, 2012 August 28, 2012 3 structures destroyed
Indian Mono 12,574 50.9 August 8, 2012 August 15, 2012
Chihuahua San Diego 2,006 8.1 August 9, 2012 August 12, 2012
Jawbone Complex Kern 1,218 4.9 August 10, 2012 August 22, 2012 19 structures destroyed
Ramsey Calaveras 1,137 4.6 August 11, 2012 August 31, 2012
Wye Lake 2,934 11.9 August 12, 2012 August 18, 2012 3 structures destroyed
Walker Lake 5,000 20.2 August 12, 2012 August 14, 2012
Rush Lassen 271,911 1,100.4 August 12, 2012 August 31, 2012
Vallecito Lightning Complex San Diego 22,829 92.4 August 13, 2012 August 20, 2012
Mill Tehama 1,641 6.6 August 13, 2012 August 23, 2012
Buck Riverside 2,681 10.8 August 14, 2012 August 18, 2012 4 structures destroyed
Nelson Modoc 3,661 14.8 August 17, 2012 August 21, 2012
Ponderosa Tehama 27,676 112.0 August 18, 2012 September 2, 2012 133 structures destroyed
Bagley Complex Shasta 1,000 4.0 August 18, 2012 August 22, 2012
North Pass Mendocino 41,983 169.9 August 18, 2012 September 16, 2012 26 structures destroyed
Bagley Shasta 46,011 186.2 August 18, 2012 September 15, 2012
Williams Los Angeles 4,192 17.0 September 2, 2012 September 11, 2012
Sixteen Complex Colusa 19,000 76.9 September 4, 2012 September 11, 2012
Stafford Trinity 4,407 17.8 September 5, 2012 September 13, 2012
Likely Lassen 9,838 39.8 September 5, 2012 September 14, 2012
Scotts Lake 4,517 18.3 September 7, 2012 September 14, 2012
Shockey San Diego 2,555 10.3 September 23, 2012 September 27, 2012 39 structures destroyed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Wildland Fire Summary and Statistics Annual Report 2012" (PDF). National Interagency Coordination Center. Archived (PDF) from the original on August 6, 2022. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  2. ^ "CAL FIRE 2012 Wildland Fire Summary" (PDF). California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. September 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 25, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2023.
  3. ^ "2012 Wildfire Activity Statistics" (PDF). California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Archived (PDF) from the original on January 9, 2023. Retrieved January 24, 2023.