According to the National Interagency Coordination Center, 1.8 million acres of land was burned in California last year, making 2018 the worst wildfire year on record for California. Acres burned was up from 1.3 million acres in 2017.
The 2018 fires killed more than 100 persons and destroyed 17,000 homes and 700 businesses. The Camp Fire in the Paradise area was the deadliest and costliest fire in California’s history.
CAL FIRE crews responded to more than 8,000 fires last year.
California saw more acres burned last year than any other state. The last time California saw the most acres burned than any other state was 2003 when a series of blazes killed dozens and burned more than 750,000 acres in a matter of weeks.
About half the acres burned in California last year were on federal land. California accounted for 21 percent of all acres burned in the country last year.
CAL FIRE last week released a report that listed dozens of forest management projects to avoid the next devastating fire. None of the projects were located in Tuolumne County. The entire CAL FIRE Community Wildfire Prevention & Mitigation Report can be accessed here.