2019 California wildfires

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2019 California wildfires
Statistics[1]
Total fires4,090
Total area51,079 acres (20,671 ha)
CostUnknown
Fatalities0
Non-fatal injuries2
Season
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The 2019 wildfire season is the current-running fire season in California, United States. So far, over 4,090 fires have been recorded according to Cal Fire and the US Forest Service, totaling an estimated of 51,079 acres (20,671 ha) acres of burned land as of August 18.[1] Although the 2019 fire season had been relatively quiet in California through mid-August as compared to past years,[2] October through December is still expected to have the greatest fire potential as the Santa Ana winds pick up.[3]

As of mid-August, the Tucker Fire is the largest fire of the year, burning 14,419 acres (5,835 ha) near the town of Tulelake in Modoc County.[4]

Early projections[edit]

Fire behavioral experts and climatologists have warned that heavy rains from months early in the year have produced an excess of vegetation that would become an abundance of dry fuel later in the year as the fire season gets underway.[5] According to the US Forest Service and Interior Department officials, early projections indicated that the fire season would possibly be worse than the year prior, stating that "if we're lucky, this year will simply be a challenging one." This assessment was written on the basis of noting that the state has recently been seeing consistently destructive fires more often than ever before.[6]

Wildfires[edit]

The following is a list of fires that burned more than 1,000 acres (400 ha), or produced significant structural damage or loss of life.

Name County Acres Start date Containment date Notes Ref
Boulder San Luis Obispo 1,127 June 5, 2019 June 6, 2019 [7]
Sand Yolo 2,512 June 8, 2019 June 17, 2019 7 structures destroyed [8][9]
West Butte Sutter 1,300 June 8, 2019 June 10, 2019 [10][11]
McMillan San Luis Obispo 1,764 June 12, 2019 June 14, 2019 [10][12]
Lonoak Monterey 2,546 June 25, 2019 June 26, 2019 Downed PG&E power line was the cause[13] [14]
Rock Stanislaus 2,422 June 25, 2019 June 27, 2019 [15]
Springs Mono 3,029 July 26, 2019 Active (37% contained) Caused by lightning strike [16]
Tucker Modoc 14,150 July 28, 2019 August 15, 2019 Unintentionally caused by vehicular traffic along California State Route 139[17][4] [18][19]
W-1 McDonald Lassen 1,020 August 8, 2019 August 11, 2019 Caused by lightning strike [20]
Gaines Mariposa 1,300 August 16, 2019 August 20, 2019 [21]
Mountain Shasta 600 August 22, 2019 Active (50% contained) 14 buildings destroyed, 6 damaged and 2 people injured [22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Current Year Statistics". Cal Fire. State of California. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Puleo, Mark (July 22, 2019). "'It's just a matter of time:' Despite fewer wildfires so far in 2019, California braces for another busy fire season". AccuWeather. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  3. ^ Shalby, Colleen (July 1, 2019). "With summer here, expect the fires to follow". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 2, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Díaz, Alexa (July 30, 2019). "Tucker fire grows to 14,000 acres, becoming largest blaze in California this year". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  5. ^ Sahagun, Louis; Serna, Joseph (June 14, 2019). "One in 4 Californians live in a 'high risk' wildfire area. Is the state ready for another fire season?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  6. ^ Kaufman, Ellie (June 13, 2019). "Wildfires are 'burning longer' and 'harder to control,' officials warn". CNN. CNN. Retrieved June 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Boulder Fire now burning 1,127 acres - 100% contained in San Luis Obispo County". SFGate. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  8. ^ "Sand Fire grows overnight near Davis". KTVU. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sand Fire". CAL FIRE (Incident Information). State of California. June 17, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Ding, Jaimie; Bobrowsky, Meghan (June 8, 2019). "Where are fires burning in Northern California? Yolo County's Sand Fire is largest". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  11. ^ "Wildfire contained near Sutter Buttes". Chico Enterprise-Record. June 10, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  12. ^ "Cal Fire SLO Tweet". CALFIRE SLO. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  13. ^ Copitch, Josh (June 27, 2019). "PG&E power lines cause of wildfire near King City: Cal Fire". KSBW. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  14. ^ "Lonoak Fire". CAL FIRE (Incident Information). State of California. June 27, 2019. Retrieved July 4, 2019.
  15. ^ "Rock Fire". CAL FIRE (Incident Information). State of California. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  16. ^ "Springs Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System". inciweb.nwcg.gov. August 11, 2019.
  17. ^ Bansagi, Natasa (July 31, 2019). "Tucker Fire in Modoc County unintentionally ignited by vehicular traffic". KRCR.
  18. ^ "Tucker Fire". CAL FIRE. State of California. July 30, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  19. ^ "Tucker Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System". inciweb.nwcg.gov. July 31, 2019.
  20. ^ "W-1 McDonald Fire Information - InciWeb the Incident Information System". inciweb.nwcg.gov. August 11, 2019.
  21. ^ "Gaines Fire Information". fire.ca.gov. August 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "Mountain Fire". CAL FIRE (Incident Information). State of California. August 24, 2019. Retrieved August 24, 2019.

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