|Map of the burn area of the Tubbs Fire (top) and 2 other nearby fires|
|Location||Sonoma County, California, Napa County, California, U.S.|
|Coordinates||38.60895°N 122.62879°WCoordinates: 38.60895°N 122.62879°W|
|Cost||~$1.3 billion (2017 USD)|
|Date(s)||October 8, 2017 – October 31, 2017|
|Burned area||36,807 acres (149 km2)|
|Cause||Failure of private electrical system |
|Location of Tubbs Fire|
The Tubbs Fire was a very destructive wildfire occurring in Northern California during the month of October in 2017. It was, at the time, the most destructive wildfire in California history, burning parts of Napa, Sonoma, and Lake counties, inflicting its greatest losses on the Sonoma County city of Santa Rosa. It is currently viewed as the second-most destructive California wildfire, after the Camp Fire of 2018. The Tubbs Fire was one of more than a dozen large fires which broke out in early October, 2017 and were simultaneously burning in eight Northern California counties, in what was called the “Northern California firestorm.” By the time of its containment on October 31, the fire was estimated to have burned 36,810 acres (149 km2); at least 22 people were believed to have been killed in Sonoma County by the fire.
The fire started near Tubbs Lane in the rural northern part of Calistoga, in Napa County. It incinerated more than 5,643 structures, half of which were homes in the city of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa’s damage from the Tubbs Fire was estimated at $1.2 billion (2017 USD), with five percent of the city’s housing stock destroyed. The Tubbs Fire also incurred an additional $100 million in fire suppression costs.
After an investigation lasting over a year, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) determined that the Tubbs Fire was “caused by a private electrical system adjacent to a residential structure” and that there had been no violations of the state’s Public Resources Code.