Several fires this year were among the worst ever recorded in the state.
The Tubbs Fire that hit Napa and Sonoma counties was the most destructive fire on record, destroying or damaging more than 5,600 homes. It was the third-deadliest on record, killing 22 people.
The Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County killed nine people in October, the 10th-deadliest fire on record.
The Atlas Fire in Napa and Solano counties killed six people in October, the 13th-deadliest fire on record.
The Cascade Fire in Yuba County killed four people in October, the 19th-deadliest fire on record.
And the Thomas Fire tearing through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties has burned more than 281,000 acres and is now the largest fire on record in California. It was 92 percent contained as of Sunday.
This horrible wildfire season was largely the result of new vegetation that grew after record rainfall last winter and then dried during the summer. In addition, the Diablo winds that blow in Northern California were awful this year, and winter rainfall has been scarce.