Wildfires raging in California are among the deadliest recorded
in the United States, with at least 31 people killed in the state
as 250,000 flee their homes.
The largest and most destructive of the blazes is the Camp Fire
in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, which started on
November 9 and has claimed 29 lives.
This death toll matches the highest previously recorded for a
single wildfire in the United States, when 29 people died fighting
a blaze at Griffith Park in Los Angeles County in 1933.
The United States is regularly struck by wildfires in its dry
late summer months. Here is a look back at some of the most deadly
since the 1990s:
2018: 10 die in two blazes
AFP | A power line
catches fire as the Woolsey fire burns on both sides of Pacific
Coast Highway (Highway 1) in Malibu, California, as night falls on
November 9, 2018
A fire that starts late July near the city of Redding in
northern California rages for six weeks and claims the lives of
eight people, three of them firefighters.
Called the Carr Fire, it razes more than 1,000 homes, forcing
the evacuation of 40,000 people.
The Mendocino Complex that starts days later southwest of the
city is on August 7 declared to be the largest fire in Californias
recorded history. It eventually burns through nearly 460,000 acres
(186,000 hectares), according to local authorities, and claims two
2017: 42 dead in California
California is ravaged by around 20 wildfires from early October
that go on to claim 42 lives over the month, most of them in
wine-producing Sonoma County, just north of San Francisco, where 22
As many as 11,000 firefighters some from as far away as
Australia are involved in battling the blazes which burn through
more than 245,000 acres, force the evacuation of 100,000 people and
destroy about 10,000 buildings.
2016: 13 killed in tourist area
A fire breaks out late November in the Great Smoky Mountains
National Park, a popular tourist area straddling the border of
southeastern US states Tennessee and North Carolina, and rapidly
spreads, pushed by strong winds and tornadoes.
Thirteen people are killed, 12 directly related to the blaze and
one of a heart attack while fleeing, authorities say.