Timeline of the Largest Northern California Wildfires

Updated: October 26, 2017

At its peak, the Northern California wildfire outbreak encompassed 21 major wildfires that have burned over 245,000 acres. Below is a timeline of the largest wildfires in the Northern California area, including the source location of the fire, date and time it started, number of acres and property destroyed, current containment and the cause. The name of the wildfire is usually taken from the source location. Either a road, or creek or some other landmark near the source location.


Tubbs Fire (merged with the Partrick Fire on Oct. 14).  Sonoma and Napa Counties. Started on Oct. 8 at 9:45 pm near Highway 128 and Bennet Lane and Tubbs Lane in Calistoga. This is on the northwest outskirts of Santa Rosa. The fire has destroyed 36,807 acres, almost 5,500 structures and caused 22 fatalities. The fire is named after the location where it started near Tubbs Lane.

Atlas Fire in Napa and Solano Counties. Started on Oct. 8 at 9:52 pm off of Atlas Peak Road, south of Lake Berryessa. The fire has destroyed 51,624 acres, 785 structures and caused 6 fatalities. The fire is currently 96% contained.

Nuns Fire (has now merged with Adobe, Norrbom, Pressley, Partrick and Oakmont Fires). Napa and Sonoma Counties. Started on Oct. 8 at 10:00 pm near Highway 12, north of Glen Ellen which is east of Santa Rosa. The merged fire has destroyed 56,556 acres, 1,200 structures and caused 2 fatalities.

Partrick Fire in Napa County (merger with the Nuns Fire on 10/13). The fire started at 11:48 pm on Oct. 8 off of Partrick Road, west of Napa. The Partrick Fire destroyed about 12,370 acres before merging with the Nuns Fire.

Norrbom Fire in Sonoma County (merged with the Nuns Fire on 10/11. The fire started on Oct. 1 near east of Boyes Hot Springs.  Prior to merging, the Norbomm Fire destroyed 4,331 acres.

Adobe Fire (merged with the Nuns/Norrbom Fire on 10/13). Sonoma County. Started at 1:00 am on Oct. 9 near Kenwood.

Pressley Fire in Sonoma County (merged with the Nuns Fire on 10/16). The fire started on Oct. 9 at 1:30 am east of Rohnert Park.

Pocket Fire in Sonoma County has destroyed 17,357 acres and is currently about 90% contained. The fire started at 3:30 am on October 9 off of Pocket Ranch Road and Ridge Ranch Road in Geyserville, Sonoma County.


Redwood Valley Fire in Mendocino County. Began on Oct. 8 at 11:36 pm north of Highway 20, west of Mendocino National Forest, south of Black Bart. The fire has destroyed 36,523 acres, 785 structures, including 445 homes and caused 8 fatalities. The Redwood Fire is currently 100% contained.

Cascade Fire in Yuba County. Started on Oct. 8 at 11:02 pm near Cascade Way and Marysville Road, north of Collins Lake. Prior to containment the fire caused 4 fatalities. It is now fully contained but destroyed 9,989 acres before containment.

Sulphur Fire in Lake County. Began at 12:30 am on Oct. 9 off Highway 20 and Sulphur Bank Road, Clearlake Oaks. The fire has destroyed about 2,207 acres and is now 100% contained.

LaPorte Fire in Butte County. Started on Oct. 9 at 12:45 am near La Porte Road and Oro Bangor Highway, Bangor. The fire is now fully contained but destroyed 6,151 acres prior to containment.