Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) ... Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) ... east of Los Angeles, before crews controlled it. About this map. The idea of powerful lasers shot being used to create fake wildfires has appeared before, most prominently in a 2017 video that appeared another time California was facing serious wildfires. This map contains four different types of data: Fire origins mark the fire fighter's best guess of where the fire started. A fire whirl shoots into the sky as flames from the Hog Fire jump Highway 36, about 5 miles from Susanville, California, on July 20, 2020. Wildfire season this year in California continues to smash records: Five of the 20 largest fires in state history are now burning across the state, and the August Complex fire … One of the multiple wildfires burning in California, the El Dorado fire, was started during a gender-reveal party, officials said. The family behind the gender reveal party that sparked a California wildfire could be hit with charges -- and a massive bill to cover the costs of putting out the blazes. Since the start of 2020, wildfires in California have burned over 3.2 million acres of land -- an area almost the size of Connecticut. If it weren’t for the other simultaneous 2020 record holders, the North Complex would be the second-largest fire on record in California; instead, it’s the sixth. Wildfires continue burning in California, with unhealthy air from smoke still cloaking some parts of the state. NAPA: Wildfires in California have burned more than 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) in 2020, over twice the previous record for any year and an area larger than Connecticut, the state`s fire agency reported on Sunday.. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY AND FIRE PROTECTION, CALFIRE, CAL FIRE ... 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 About Us. During the 2020 wildfire season alone, over 8,100 fires have contributed to the burning of nearly 4.5 million acres of land, making it the largest fire season in California's modern history. California wildfires map.