The seven wildfires that swept across Northern California this past October destroyed 8,889 structures, according to officials for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The Northern California fires erupted on Oct. 8. The bulk of the destruction can be found in Santa Rosa, where the Tubbs fire ripped through major residential areas on Oct. 8 and 9.
The Tubbs Fire, which started in Calistoga and destroyed portions of Santa Rosa, became the most destructive wildfire in modern California history, flattening 4,655 homes, 94 commercial buildings and 894 outbuildings — barns and sheds — for a total of 5,643 structures.
The Nuns Fire incinerated 639 homes, 32 commercial buildings and 684 outbuildings — totaling 1,355 buildings throughout neighborhoods in Kenwood and Glen Ellen in Napa and Sonoma counties. By comparison, the Oakland hills fire in 1991, previously designated the most destructive in California history, wiped out nearly 3,500.
The California Department of Insurance announced that 15 major insurers reported that the total of insured losses from the October wildfires topped $3 billion. And that number is expected to increase. Insurers reported that 10,016 residential properties are partial losses, 4,712 residential properties are total losses and 728 are commercial property losses.