Tracking California’s largest fires: Where the wildfires are so far in 2024

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The fire season is off to a fast start compared to previous years thanks to a couple key factors.

SACRAMENTO, Calif —

California has seen numerous fires start this weekend, coinciding with the issuance of the first Red Flag Warning of the season due to gusty northerly winds and low humidity values. 

The state is coming off a slightly above average winter in terms of precipitation, and while almost all of the Sierra snowpack has now melted, vegetation has yet to dry out in the Sierra the same way that it has in the valley and foothills. In the Sierra and along the Coastal Range, below average fire potential is forecast through July, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

The last rainfall in the Sacramento area occurred on May 4 and both May and June have been warmer than average, leading to a speedy drying out process. There is also more vegetation growth this year in the Sacramento Valley and in the foothills compared to last year, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.

As a result, wildfire season has started fast in the lower foothills and valley. According to data from June 10 from Cal Fire, almost 42,000 acres have burned this year in California, which is almost 15x higher than the same time last year. The 5-year average during this same period is 27,107 acres.

These figures don’t account for all the acres burned in the past week. 

Active Fires in California

Post Fire

Location: Los Angeles, Ventura Counties 

Started June 15 

Acres Burned: 15,610 

Containment: 8% 

Aero Fire

Location: Calaveras County

Started June 17

Acres burned: 5,000

Sites Fire

Location: Colusa County

Started June 17

Acres Burned: 4,463

Point Fire 

Location: Sonoma County 

Started June 16 

Acres Burned: 1,190 

Containment: 20% 

Hesperia Fire 

Location: San Bernardino County 

Started June 15 

Acres Burned: 1,131 

Containment: 30% 

Junes Fire 

Location: Butte County 

Started June 15 

Acres Burned: 1,076 

Containment: 95% 

Fire Map

 For a map of wildfires burning in Northern California, view the map from the National Interagency Fire Center below.

Largest inactive fires in California so far in 2024

Corral Fire

Location: San Joaquin County 

Date Started: June 1 

Acres burned: 14,168 

Lost Fire 

Location: Kern County 

Date Started: June 6 

Acres burned: 3,600 

West Fire 

Location: Kern County 

Date Started: May 30 

Acres Burned: 1,575 

The Excelsior Fire in Sacramento County reached 100% containment on Monday after burning almost 900 acres.

California Wildfire Update: Fires burn in Sacramento, Sonoma, and Los Angeles counties

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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.