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A total of 8,745 wildfires burned a total area of 893,362 acres (3,615 km2) in California during 2015.[1]

2015 California wildfires
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Smoke from the 2015 California wildfires as seen from space, on August 18, 2015
Statistics[1]
Total fires8,745
Total area893,362 acres (3,615 km2)
Cost≥4.771 billion (2015 USD)[2][3]
Fatalities2 firefighters and 7 civilians killed
Non-fatal injuriesAt least 1
Season
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2016 →

On September 11, after the Butte Fire exploded from a size of 32,000 acres (129 km2)[4] to 65,000 acres (263 km2), in the Amador and Calaveras counties, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.[5]

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Nationwide fire seasonEdit

The National Interagency Fire Center reported in mid-August that the 2015 fire season had been the most destructive since 2011. Nationwide, a total of 6,058,694 acres (24,519 km2) had burned, which is roughly triple the total land area burned from the same time span in 2014.[6] By the end of August, in terms of the land area burned, the 2015 nationwide wildfire season had surpassed any other wildfire season in the last 10 years, with 7,825,559 acres (31,669 km2) burned.[7]

FatalitiesEdit

The season also proved to be a deadly one for firefighters battling the many blazes throughout the state. A United States Forest Service member from South Dakota died on July 31 from carbon monoxide poisoning, while battling the Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest.[8] A second firefighter was killed on August 8 by a falling tree, while battling the Sierra Fire south of Echo Summit.[9] A 72-year-old handicapped woman was killed in her home by the fast-moving Valley Fire.[10]

FiresEdit

Below is a list of all fires that exceeded 1,000 acres (400 ha) during the 2015 California wildfire season, as well as the fires that caused significant damage.[11] The information is taken from CAL FIRE's list of large fires, and other sources where indicated.

Name County Acres Km2 Start Date Containment Date Notes Ref
Round Inyo 7,000 28.3 February 6, 2015 February 12, 2015 [12]
Highway Riverside 1,049 4.2 April 18, 2015 April 24, 2015 [13]
Lake San Bernardino 31,359 126.9 June 17, 2015 August 1, 2015 [14]
Park Hill San Luis Obispo 1,791 7.2 June 20, 2015 June 24, 2015 [15]
North San Bernardino 4,250 17.2 July 17, 2015 July 21, 2015 7 houses and 44 vehicles destroyed [16]
Wragg Napa 8,051 32.6 July 22, 2015 August 6, 2015 [17]
Rocky Lake 69,438 281.0 July 29, 2015 August 14, 2015 [18]
Fork Complex Shasta 36,503 147.7 July 30, 2015 November 3, 2015 [19][20]
River Complex Trinity 77,081 311.9 July 30, 2015 October 29, 2015 [21]
Frog Lassen 4,863 19.7 July 30, 2015 August 20, 2015 1 firefighter killed [22]
Humboldt Lightning Humboldt 4,883 19.8 July 30, 2015 August 19, 2015 [23]
Mad River Complex Humboldt 73,137 296.0 July 30, 2015 September 13, 2015 includes Route Complex Fire [24]
Rough Fresno 151,623 613.6 July 31, 2015 November 5, 2015 [25]
Dodge Lassen 10,570 42.8 August 3, 2015 August 17, 2015 [26]
Gasquet Del Norte 30,361 122.9 August 3, 2015 October 15, 2015 Fires: Feeder (100%), Coon (100%),
Bear (100%) and Peak (100% containment)
[27]
Jerusalem Lake and Napa 25,118 101.6 August 9, 2015 August 25, 2015 [28]
Cabin Glendora 1,723 7.0 August 14, 2015 November 20, 2015 5 structures destroyed [29]
Cuesta San Luis Obispo 2,446 9.9 August 16, 2015 August 28, 2015 [30]
Tesla Alameda 2,700 10.9 August 19, 2015 August 22, 2015 [31]
Butte Amador 70,868 286.8 September 9, 2015 October 1, 2015 2 civilians fatalities
475 residences & 343 outbuildings destroyed
[32]
Valley Lake 76,067 307.8 September 12, 2015 October 15, 2015 4 civilian fatalities, 1,955 structures destroyed; 4th most destructive wildfire in modern California history (as of 2018)[33] [34]
Tassajara Monterey 1,086 4.4 September 19, 2015 September 27, 2015 1 civilian fatality [35]
Solimar Ventura 1,388 5.6 December 25, 2015 December 29, 2015 1 minor ankle injury[36] [37]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "National Report of Wildland Fires and Acres Burned by State 2015" (PDF). National Interagency Fire Center. Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Geiling, Natasha (September 23, 2016). "California fire becomes the most expensive in history". ThinkProgress. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  3. ^ Ken Pimlott (2016). "2015 Wildfire Activity Statistics" (PDF). CAL FIRE. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  4. ^ Helsel, Phil (September 11, 2015). "California Town of 2,700 Warned Ahead of Explosive Wildfire". NBC News. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  5. ^ Serna, Joseph; Rocha, Veronica (September 11, 2015). "Brown declares state of emergency in 65,000-acre Gold Country fire". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 12, 2015.
  6. ^ Pydynowski, Kristina (August 10, 2015). "Heart of Already Busy California Wildfire Season is Yet to Come". AccuWeather. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Year to date totals". National Interagency Fire Center. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  8. ^ Locke, Cathy (August 4, 2015). "Firefighter at Frog fire died of carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, autopsy shows". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  9. ^ Rocha, Veronica (August 9, 2015). "Firefighter, 21, Is 2nd Killed Battling Northern California Wildfires". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  10. ^ Kurtis Alexander; Kale Williams; Evan Sernoffsky (September 14, 2015). "Worry to horror: A caretaker's desperate attempt to get help for fire victim". SF Gate. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Large Fires 2015" (PDF). CAL FIRE. 2016. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "Round Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Highway FIre". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  14. ^ "Lake Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  15. ^ "Park Hill Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  16. ^ "North Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  17. ^ "Wragg Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  18. ^ "Rocky Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  19. ^ "Fork Complex Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  20. ^ Fire areas reopened on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest
  21. ^ "River Complex Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  22. ^ "Frog Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  23. ^ "Humboldt Lightning Fires". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  24. ^ "Mad River Complex Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  25. ^ "Rough Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved September 16, 2015.
  26. ^ "Dodge Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  27. ^ "Gasquet Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  28. ^ "Jerusalem Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  29. ^ "Cabin Fire". InciWeb. Retrieved November 27, 2015.
  30. ^ "Cuesta Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  31. ^ "Tesla Fire". CALFIRE. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  32. ^ "Butte Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved September 19, 2015.
  33. ^ "Top 20 Most Destructive California Wildfires" (PDF). CAL FIRE. August 20, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 2018.
  34. ^ "Valley Fire". CAL FIRE. October 15, 2015. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  35. ^ "Tassajara Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  36. ^ |https://mobile.twitter.com/VCFD_PIO/status/680864261585813504
  37. ^ "Solimar Fire". CAL FIRE. Retrieved December 26, 2015.

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