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Firefighters hose down the roof of a partially burned home during the Skirball Fire in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, U.S., on Dec. 6, 2017. Fast-moving fires fanned by high winds in Southern California charred 50,000 acres of land and prompted a shut down of the Interstate 405 highway as they moved closer to Los Angeles. (Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg)

2017 was a year of massive wildfire losses in California. The state experienced five of the 20 most destructive wildfires in state history (#1 Tubbs, #6 Nuns, #7 Thomas, #11 Atlas and #17 Redwood Valley Complex). Nearly 10,000 structures were destroyed, more than in the previous nine years combined and, at 43, the death toll from wildfires in 2017 was higher than the previous 10 years combined.

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