2020 California wildfires

wildfire season

The 2020 California wildfire season was a series of wildfires that burned across the state of California in the United States.

An August 2020 satellite image of the wildfires

As of September 9, 2020, a total of 7,606 fires have burned 2,936,955 acres (1,188,544 ha), making 2020 the largest wildfire season recorded in California history.[1][2]

Climate change has increased the risk of wildfires in California.[3]


  1. Holly Yan; Cheri Mossberg; Artemis Moshtaghian; Paul Vercammen (September 6, 2020). "California sets new record for land torched by wildfires as 224 people escape by air from a 'hellish' inferno". Cable News Network. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  2. Silverman, Hollie (8 September 2020). "California wildfires have burned more than 2 million acres and prompted power outages for more than 170,000". CNN. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  3. Mulkern, Anne C. (2020-08-24). "Fast-Moving California Wildfires Boosted by Climate Change". Scientific American. Retrieved 2020-09-09.