Top 10 Largest California Wildfires (1)

 

Rank Fire name (cause) Date County Acres Structures Deaths
1 August Complex (Lightning) August 2020 Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa 1,032,648 935 1
2 Dixie (Powerlines) July 2021 Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Shasta and Tehama 963,309 1,311 1
3 Mendocino Complex (Human related) July 2018 Colusa, Lake, Mendocino and Glenn 459,123 280 1
4 SCU Lightning Complex (Lightning) August 2020 Stanislaus, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and San Joaquin 396,625 225 0
5 Creek (Undetermined) September 2020 Fresno and Madera 379,895 858 0
6 LNU Lightning Complex (Lightning/arson) August 2020 Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Yolo, Lake and Colusa 363,220 1,491 6
7 North Complex (Lightning) August 2020 Butte, Plumas and Yuba 318,893 2,352 15
8 Thomas (Powerlines) December 2017 Ventura and Santa Barbara 281,893 1,060 2
9 Cedar (Human related) October 2003 San Diego 273,246 2,820 15
10 Rush (Lightning) August 2012 Lassen 271,911 (2) 0 0
(1) As of October 2022. (2) In additon to the 271,911 acres in California, there were an addition 43,666 acres in Nevada. Source: Calfire.