California wildfires in 2018 rates among the most destructive in the state’s history
The wildfire season in California is among the most destructive in the history of the state. An estimated 7579 fires burned an area covering an estimated 1,667855 acres, which is the largest amount of acreage in the history of California according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the National Interagency Fire Center as of November 11, 2018. Additionally, it is estimated that the damage exceeds more than $2.9B, which includes $1.36B for fire suppression-related costs.
During July and August, multiple wildfires broke out largely in Northern California, including Carr Fire and Mendocino Complex Fire, burning more than 459,000 acres making it the largest complex fire. Early August, Northern California was declared a national disaster due to the fires.