Camp Fire is deadliest wildfire in California history

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The death toll in Northern California’s Camp Fire reached historic levels after the blaze devastated Butte County in November 2018.

The fire has killed 86 people, the most in a single blaze in state history, and at one point left nearly 500 people unaccounted for.

In this aerial photograph, an evacuee encampment is seen at a Walmart parking lot in Chico, California on November 19, 2018.

Josh Edelson for the Washington Post

The next deadliest California wildfire, which killed 29 people, was the Griffith Park Fire in Los Angeles County more than 80 years ago.

Here are the deadliest wildfires in California history, according to statistics compiled by CalFire as of August 2019.

Deaths: 86

Structures destroyed: 18,804

Acres burned: 153,336

: Camp Fire is now most destructive wildfire in California history

Deaths: 29

Structures destroyed: 0

Acres burned: 47

Deaths: 25

Structures destroyed: 2,900

Acres burned: 1,600

Deaths: 22

Structures destroyed: 5,643

Acres burned: 36,807

Deaths: 15

Structures destroyed: 2,820

Acres burned: 273,246

Deaths: 15

Structures destroyed: 0

Acres burned: 1,340

Deaths: 12

Structures destroyed: 0

Acres burned: 2,028

Deaths: 11

Structures destroyed: 0

Acres burned: 13,145

Deaths: 11

Structures destroyed: 0

Acres burned: 43,904

Deaths: 10

Structures destroyed: 10

Acres burned: 105,855

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.