Loss in Year Fire Occurred

Adjusted Loss
in 2017 Dollars

1. October Fire Siege*
(wildland/urban interface)
Northern California
October 2017

$10.0 billion

$10.0 billion

2. Oakland Fire Storm
(wildland/urban interface)
Oakland, California
October 1991

$1.5 billion

$2.7 billion

3. The Southern California Firestorm*
San Diego County, California
October 2007

$1.8 billion

$2.1 billion

4. California Fire Siege 2*

(wildland/urban interface)
Ventura County, California
December 2017

$1.8 billion

$1.8 billion

5. "Cedar" Wildland Fire
Julian, California
October 2003

$1.1 billion

$1.5 billion

6. "Cerro Grande" Wildland Fire
(wildland/urban interface)
Los Alamos, New Mexico
May 2000

$1.0 billion

$1.4 billion

7. "Old" Wildland Fire
San Bernardino, California
October 2003

$975 million

$1.3 billion

8. Southern California Wildfires of November*
Sacramento, CA
November 2008

$800 million

$912 million

9. "Laguna Beach Fire"
(wildland/urban interface)
Orange County, California
October 1993

$528 million

$896 million

10. Wildland Fire*
Florida
May–June, 1998

$395 million

$594 million

11. Forest Fire
Cloquet, Minnesota
October 1918

$35 million

$569 million

12. "Paint Fire" Goletta
Wildland/Urban Interface
Santa Barbara, California
June 1990

$237 million

$445 million

 

*Includes multiple fires.

Source: NFPA’s Fire Incident Data Organization data base and NFPA archive files.

Updated: 12/18