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  • Department of Statistics reviews California Wildfires...

    Since the big San Diego fire is now the largest in acreage in California recent history, at 270,000 acres, wondered how it compared.

    Top ten by acreage:
    Name/Cause/Date/County/Acres/Structures/Deaths
    1 MATILIJA (UNDETERMINED) September 1932 VENTURA 220,000 0 0
    2 MARBLE CONE (LIGHTNING) July 1977 MONTEREY 177,866 0 0
    3 LAGUNA (POWERLINES) September 1970 SAN DIEGO 175,425 382 5
    4 MCNALLY (HUMAN) July 2002 TULARE 150,696 17 0
    5 STANISLAUS COMPLEX (LIGHTNING) August 1987 TUOLUMNE 145,980 28 1
    6 BIG BAR COMPLEX (LIGHTNING) August 1999 TRINITY 140,948 0 0
    7 CAMPBELL COMPLEX (POWERLINES) August 1990 TEHAMA 125,892 27 0
    8 WHEELER (ARSON) July 1985 VENTURA 118,000 26 0
    9 HWY. 58 (VEHICLE) August 1996 SAN LUIS OBISPO 106,668 13 0
    10 CLAMPITT (POWERLINES) September 1970 LOS ANGELES 105,212 86 4

    Interesting trend: Pretty well spread out, but 9/10 have been since 1970. Probably part of the issue of fire suppression got better in the 40s/50s/60s only to let the fuels build up.

    Top ten by structures:
    1 TUNNEL (REKINDLE) October 1991 ALAMEDA 1,600 2,900 25
    2 JONES (UNDETERMINED) October 1999 SHASTA 26,200 954 1
    3 PAINT (ARSON) June 1990 SANTA BARBARA 4,900 641 1
    4 FOUNTAIN (ARSON) August 1992 SHASTA 63,960 636 0
    5 CITY OF BERKELEY (POWERLINES) September 1923 ALAMEDA 130 584 0
    6 BEL AIR (UNDETERMINED) November 1961 LOS ANGELES 6,090 484 0
    7 LAGUNA FIRE (ARSON) October 1993 ORANGE 14,437 441 0
    8 LAGUNA (POWERLINES) September 1970 SAN DIEGO 175,425 382 5
    9 PANORAMA (ARSON) November 1980 SAN BERNARDINO 23,600 325 4
    10 TOPANGA (ARSON) November 1993 LOS ANGELES 18,000 323 3

    Interesting trend: You can see the wildland/urban interface kick in -- 6/10 where in the 1990s! Contrast that to largest acres when 3 where in the 90s, 2 in the 80s, and 3 in the 70s -- much more evenly spread out.
    IACOJ Canine Officer
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