One of the reasons California has not had this level of damage in the past is that there is a wet season and a dry season, so that there usually are no storms to make lightning. I grew up in far northern California and only remember lightning a couple times till I was in my thirties. The further south the longer the dry season, though in the high Sierra and far south you can be affected by the monsoonal weather that is more typical of the desert southwest. As you get closer to Oregon you have a shorter dry season and longer wet, but the wet is just rain not thunderstorms.
So this is an anomaly that is maybe once in a lifetime, we see more news about it because the population is so much bigger now when it happens it affects millions rather than some remote area.
As for Wendmink's snotty wrong filled post, California has not stopped all logging, just ended the most devastating poor forest practices, such as clear cutting in sensitive watersheds. "California has been a major producer of wood products since attaining statehood in 1850. It emerged as the Nation's third leading softwood lumber-producing state in the 1940s, and since then has ranked second or third in the Nation, along with Oregon and Washington." Currently #4.
Hey, Wendmink, maybe if the fascist right like you would just listen to your fuhrer and rake the frigging forest floor this would not be happening!