Fire Update 2017 October 20

California Statewide Fire Summary

Friday, October 20, 2017

Cooler temperatures and rainfall across California provided for minimal fire activity

overnight, allowing crews to continue to make good progress on the active wildfires.

Today, nearly 10,000 firefighters are still battling 9 large wildfires burning in the



As of this morning, just over 15,000 people remain evacuated from the fires. While

the damage assessment is nearing completion, the latest estimates now put the

destruction at an estimated 7,700 structures. In fact, the Tubbs Fire alone has sadly

broken the record as the most destructive wildfire in California’s history. To view the

entire “Top 20 Most Destructive Wildfires” click here.


While Northern California experienced rain overnight in most areas, lowering the fire

risk for today, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch in

Southern California due to gusty winds and low humidity through the weekend.


For residents in Southern California, CAL FIRE is urging caution, as fire danger has

increased. To learn more tips on how to be fire safe visit


Since the start of the October Fire Siege on Sunday, October 8, CAL FIRE has

responded to 250 new wildfires. At the peak of the wildfires there were 21 major

wildfires that, in total, burned over 245,000 acres, 11,000 firefighters battled the

destructive fires that at one time forced 100,000 to evacuate, destroyed an

estimated 7,700 structures, and sadly, took the lives of 42 people.


Sonoma County bore the brunt of the devastation, with 23 deaths recorded in an 11-day span as four large fires — that recently merged to become three — tore through more than 80,000 acres in the North Bay. But as the three fires — the Tubbs, Pocket and Nuns — neared containment, first responders were looking forward to recovery.

And on Thursday, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said there were now 37 people unaccounted for, an increase from the 30 listed as missing a day earlier.