California has too many wildfires during the year to hope to record “the big picture.” So much of our landscape is fire-adapted, the chaparral in particular. And here in California we do love to build homes in the chaparral. Not just homes, entire towns. We build homes in a natural environment that needs to burn to live and thrive. And we build homes in the mountains that need to burn occasionally for environmental health. Then we put firefighters and all kinds of inhabitants (including other-than-human) at risk saving those homes and saving us.
There are books about this. There are books about what we might do to mitigate this. I just want to offer a photographic record from my own perspective. This is an abbreviated record. There are so many more fires that have occurred just in the southwestern Mojave Desert region in this time span. So many more.