Natural disasters devastated communities around the world in 2018, killing thousands of people and inflicting billions of dollars in damage. The camp Fire was the most expensive disaster of the year, with cost estimates starting at 16.5 billion. Hurricane Michael, the next most expensive, caused 16 billion in damages.
The Camp Fire is the deadliest and most destructive natural disaster in California’s History, killing 86 people and destroying 18,800 structures. This is more than the combined damage of the last 10 major California wildfires and greater than the damage caused by any other single disaster in 2018.