Oregon

Camp Fire

Chico

Nevada

Sacramento

California

Pacific

Ocean

Woolsey Fire

Los Angeles

As of Nov. 13

The two massive wildfires that have ravaged California, burning more than a quarter million acres since Nov. 8, are now both 100 percent contained. The Camp Fire, near Chico, started early Nov. 8 and burned more than 153,000 acres and claimed the lives of 85 victims. The Woolsey Fire, northwest of Los Angeles, started the same day and destroyed nearly 100,000 acres. A total of three civilian fatalities have been reported as a result of that blaze.

Imagery from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel satellite taken on Nov. 11 shows the devastation. A “false color” sensor combination highlights healthy vegetation in bright green, while a maroon burn scar can be seen surrounding Paradise. To the east, the active fire line is visible in bright orange.

Active fire line on Nov. 11

Paradise

Chico

Burn

scar

5 MILES

Active fire line

on Nov. 11

Paradise

Chico

Burn

scar

5 MILES

Active fire

line on

Nov. 11

Paradise

Burn

scar

Chico

Active fire

line on

Nov. 11

Burn

scar

5 MILES

The Camp Fire is the deadliest in state history. Authorities expect the death toll to continue to rise as 249 people are still unaccounted for.

Most destructive fires

In California History

Structures destroyed

0

3K

6K

9K

12K

15K

18K

Camp (2018)

18,793

structures

destroyed

Tubbs (2017)

(as of Nov. 25)

Tunnel (1991)

Cedar (2003)

Valley (2015)

Witch (2007)

Carr (2018)

Nuns (2017)

Thomas (2017)

Old (2003)

Death Toll From Fires

Deaths

0

20

40

60

80

Camp (2018)

85 deaths

(as of Nov. 25)

Tubbs (2017)

Tunnel (1991)

Cedar (2003)

Valley (2015)

Witch (2007)

Carr (2018)

Nuns (2017)

Thomas (2017)

Old (2003)

Most destructive fires

In California History

Death Toll From Fires

Deaths

Structures destroyed

0

20

40

60

80

0

3

6

9

12

15

18K

Camp (2018)

Camp (2018)

85 deaths

18,793

structures

destroyed

(as of Nov. 25)

Tubbs (2017)

Tubbs (2017)

Tunnel (1991)

(as of Nov. 25)

Tunnel (1991)

Cedar (2003)

Cedar (2003)

Valley (2015)

Valley (2015)

Witch (2007)

Witch (2007)

Carr (2018)

Carr (2018)

Nuns (2017)

Nuns (2017)

Thomas (2017)

Thomas (2017)

Old (2003)

Old (2003)

most destructive fires in California History

Death Toll From FIres

9,016

structures

destroyed

Camp (2018)

Camp (2018)

56 deaths

(as of Nov. 15)

Tubbs (2017)

Tubbs (2017)

(as of Nov. 15)

Tunnel (1991)

Tunnel (1991)

Cedar (2003)

Cedar (2003)

Valley (2015)

Valley (2015)

Witch (2007)

Witch (2007)

Carr (2018)

Carr (2018)

Nuns (2017)

Nuns (2017)

Thomas (2017)

Thomas (2017)

Old (2003)

Old (2003)

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1K

2K

3K

4K

5K

6K

7K

8K

9K

0

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20

30

40

50

60

Structures destroyed

Deaths

As the fire spread, some victims were trapped in their cars as they tried to escape. The city of 27,000 is currently without power, and few residents have been able to return to the city since evacuating.

On Nov. 12, local and state authorities released a map based on field damage inspections from the Camp Fire. The points shown on the map depict damaged or destroyed structures in the vicinity of Paradise. Authorities stress this data is preliminary and that inspections are ongoing and subject to change.

Preliminary field

damage inspection

of Paradise

Buildings destroyed

As of Nov. 12. Inspection is ongoing and subject to change

1 MILE

Preliminary field

damage inspection

of Paradise

Buildings destroyed

As of Nov. 12. Inspection is ongoing and subject to change

1 MILE

Preliminary field

damage inspection

of Paradise

Buildings destroyed

As of Nov. 12. Inspection is ongoing and subject to change

1 MILE

A neighborhood devastated by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. (Mason Trinca for The Washington Post)

Firefighters battle the Woolsey Fire as it continues to burn in Malibu on Sunday. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Northwest of Los Angeles, the Woolsey fire spread quickly, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds. It started in the Woolsey Canyon near Simi Valley and blazed through open terrain with few trees and waist-high shrubs and grasses. It jumped Highway 101 and continued to move toward the Pacific Coast.

Camarillo

Burn scar

Thousand

Oaks

Calabasas

Burn scar

Malibu

Active fire line

on Nov. 10

5 MILES

Camarillo

Burn scar

Thousand

Oaks

Calabasas

Burn scar

Malibu

Active fire line

on Nov. 10

5 MILES

Camarillo

Burn

scar

Burn scar

Thousand

Oaks

Calabasas

Westlake

Village

Burn scar

5 MILES

Active fire line on Nov. 10

Malibu

The Camp Fire in Northern California erupted Nov. 8, leaving a path of destruction and forcing tens of thousands of residents to evacuate their homes.

About this story

Destruction and death toll data from CalFire. Satellite imagery from European Space Agency. Preliminary damage assessment from CalFire/ESRI. Building footprint data via Microsoft.

Originally published Nov. 12, 2018.

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