Elizabeth Gildo

Elizabeth Gildo looks at the damage done to her parents' house, a home to two of their three daughters, on Sept. 8, 2020 along Maple Street in Bridgeport.

These fires are classified as two separate incidents, though the Pearl Hill Fire was an offshoot of the Cold Spring Fire. The Cold Spring Fire started Sept. 6, and then jumped the river on Sept. 7 and became known as the Cold Springs Fire.

In total, the two fires burned 413,673 acres and destroyed 104 homes. The Cold Springs Fire ranks as the second largest wildfire in the state since 1974, while the Pearl Hill Fire ranks as the fourth largest.