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2020 Incident Archive

A summary of all 2020 incidents, including those managed by Cal Fire and other partner agencies.

4,197,628 Acres

Estimated Acres Burned

9,279 Incidents

Number of Incidents

31 Fatalities

Confirmed Loss of Life

10,488 Structures

Structures Damaged or Destroyed

2020 Fire Season

While wildfires are a natural part of California’s landscape, the fire season in California and across the West is starting earlier and ending later each year. Climate change is considered a key driver of this trend. Warmer spring and summer temperatures, reduced snowpack, and earlier spring snowmelt create longer and more intense dry seasons that increase moisture stress on vegetation and make forests more susceptible to severe wildfire. The length of fire season is estimated to have increased by 75 days across the Sierras and seems to correspond with an increase in the extent of forest fires across the state.