Fires in California continue to be a significant issue on August 9. With the dry, hot summer weather continuing in the area, and a few thunderstorms now and then causing lightning strikes and winds that further fuel fires, you’ll still want to keep an eye on what is happening. Parts of Yosemite have been shut down indefinitely due to the Ferguson Fire, and other fires like the Carr Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, and Holy Fire are causing additional issues and requiring evacuations. Read on to learn all the details about the current fires in California as of Thursday, August 9, with a roundup of maps of the larger fires around the state, their containment levels, and where they are located. News is constantly changing, so call your local officials if you are concerned about evacuations near you. For the latest California Fire map for August 10, see Heavy’s story here. (If you are interested in reading about Forrest Gordon Clark, who was arrested in connection with the Holy Fire, see Heavy’s story here.)
Interactive Maps of California Fires
This map below is an interactive map of some of the bigger fires in California, constantly being updated, provided by CAL FIRE and Google. Fires in red are active and fires in black are contained. Read the next section for details about the fires listed on the map.
The California Governor’s office has another active fire map for comparison, which is embedded below. This map periodically is made available only to those with a login, so if it’s not available when you’re reading this story, it might be released to the public again later. The map was updated on August 9.
Below is another active fire map from Google’s Crisis Map. Zoom in to see areas of interest.
Next are more specific details on the fires for August 9. The details are extensive, so if you are looking for a specific fire, search for the name so you can find it faster, or just scroll down and look at the fires, listed in alphabetical order.
List of Active Fires in California as of August 9
Here are the active fires and updates about them, per CAL FIRE. Most of these are in alphabetical order, but newer fires not yet listed on the CAL FIRE map may be included in a separate section at the end.
“CAL FIRE is assisting Marin County Fire with a wildfire at Platform Bridge Rd. and Point Reyes Station, 2 miles northeast of Olema (Marin County).” Sources report this fire is now 80 percent contained.
The Carr Fire is off Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in Whiskeytown (Shasta County.) You can see an interactive map above. It’s now down from 173,522 acres on August 8 to 117,450 acres on August 9 and 48 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE. There are 1,077 residences that were destroyed, 22 commercial structures, and 500 outbuildings. 528 structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire was caused by a vehicle’s mechanical failure.
You can get the most latest updates on evacuations from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office here.
The following mandatory evacuations are still in place as of August 9, 7 a.m.:
- WhiskeyTown Park
- All areas on South Fork Road from Zogg Mine Rd to South Fork Road to include the areas of Bender Rd, Serenity Dr & Serenity Way
- Trinity/Shasta County Line at Buckhorn Summit Rd W. to Trinity Dam Rd. All roads w/in this area North of Hwy 299
- Deadwood Road east of Trinity Dam Blvd
- Lewiston Turn Pike East of Trinity Dam Blvd
- Trinity Dam at Trinity Dam Blvd.
If you have any questions, call the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department for clarifications.
Evacuation centers as of August 9:
- Shasta College at 11555 Old Oregon Trail Redding, CA
- Trinity High School at 321 Victory Lane, Weaverville CA
Animal evacuation center as of August 7:
- Small Animal – Haven Humane 9417 East Side Drive Redding, Ca.
Road closures: See this webpage for a list of road closures.
You can also see map of repopulation efforts here.
This fire is off Highway 74 and Control Road. It’s 13,139 acres and 96 percent contained as of August 9. There are several sources you can tune into for continuing updates about the Cranston fire.
- San Bernardino NF Facebook
- San Bernardino NF Twitter
- Riverside Sheriff’s station: Call 951-791-3400 with questions (or 911 if you’re concerned about evacuations in your area)
- Inciweb’s Cranston Fire webpage
Brandon McGlover was arrested on suspicion of starting five fires, including the Cranston fire. Read about him in Heavy’s story here.
This fire is in the Stanislaus National Forest and is 21,097 acres with 6 percent containment, as of August 9. The fire pushed up the Arnot and Disaster Creek drainages to the northeast and crossed Douglas Creek on the north side of Highway 108. Increased fire activity is expected today, partially because of stronger southwest winds.
Fourteen out of 16 cabins in the Wagner Tract, along with the Dardanelle Store, were destroyed in the fire. None of the Riverside Tract cabins were destroyed.
Highway 108 is still closed at Eagle Meadow Road from the west and at the top of Sonora Pass from the east side, according to Inciweb. The gate at the junction of Highway 4 and Highlands Lake Road is also closed. The Pacific Crest Trail is closed between Highway 108 and Highway 4 for public safety.
The fire started at the inlet of the Donnell Reservoir, and still burns along the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River in inaccessible terrain. It spread to both sides of Highway 108 near Brightman.
Mandatory evacuations are still in effect in the following areas as of August 9: “Along Highway 108 from Eagle Meadow Road to Kennedy Meadows (all residences and campgrounds) as well as all along Eagle Meadow Road (5N01) and the Clark Fork Road area. No new mandatory evacuations have been ordered.” An evacuation advisory is in effect for the Mill Creek area.
This fire is no longer considered active, although it’s still listed on CAL FIRE’s map.
This fire is off County Road M1 and Mendocino Pass Road, east of Covelo in Mendocino County. It’s 972 acres and 85 percent contained. The evacuation advisory has been lifted as of August 6 and all roads and areas previously closed are now open.
Ferguson Fire (Yosemite Fire)
This fire is off Highway 140 and Hite Cove, near El Portal in Mariposa County. It’s burning west of Yosemite National Park. It is 95,104 acres and 79 percent contained as of August 9 (up from 42 percent containment just the day before.) Significant strides are being made to get this fire under control. Below is another map. You can click on the link to see an interactive version.
The fire began on July 13 in the Merced River canyon near El Portal around 10:35 p.m., Merced Sun Star reported, and at the time was less than 200 acres. It’s grown substantially since then. According to Inciweb, the fire is located at 37.652 latitude, -119.881 longitude. The cause of the fire in the Savage Trading Post area is currently unknown. It’s burning in very rough terrain with little-to-no access roads.
The following areas also remain closed, according to Inciweb: “Stanislaus National Forest closure: Stanislaus National Forest officials closed several roads and trails on the Groveland Ranger District within the vicinity of the Ferguson Fire. The closure order spans from Ferguson Ridge in the south to Pilot Ridge in the north. The closure is expected to be in effect until Sept. 30… Yosemite National Park closure: Yosemite Valley, Wawona Road, the Mariposa and Merced groves of giant sequoias, Hetch Hetchy, among other areas, are closed. The east side of the park remains open out of Lee Vining along the Tioga Pass Road.”
For details on what is open and closed at Yosemite, call 209-372-0200. A large portion of Yosemite Park remains open. Tioga Road from Tioga Pass to White Wolf is open to all visitors and vehicles, Inciweb reported. Most trails and campgrounds on this route are open.
Inciweb says the following about animal shelters: “The Central CA Animal Disaster Team (CCADT) continues to coordinate small animal sheltering with the Mariposa SPCA and Red Cross Central Valley. If residents who are under mandatory evacuations orders need assistance with small animal sheltering, please contact the CCADT at (888)402-2238 (Ext.700) Large animals will be sheltered at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. For Animal evacuations, please contact the sheriff’s office at (206)966-3615.”
Garner Complex Fire
CAL FIRE is helping the Oregon Department of Forestry with this fire, located west of Highway 199, four miles northwest of Cave Junction in Oregon. As of August 8, it’s 8,886 acres and 85 percent contained. It was caused by lightning. This fire designation includes the following fires: Grave Creek 1-4, Ditch Creek, 416, Spencer 1-3, Pleasant Creek, and King Mountain. It was caused by lightning. Taylor Creek was once considered part of this fire but now is being managed separately. At noon on August 9, Southwest Oregon District will assume command of the fire.
This fire is off Hogack and Whitney Portal Road in Alabama Hills, Inyo County. It’s now 2,883 acres and 70 percent contained. It was caused by lightning. No structures were destroyed. The areas in the valley floor are safely contained, but the western fireline is in steep, inaccessible terrain that firefighters can’t access. There may be continued fire activity as the fuel dries out, but the fire should eventually “rock out” when it reaches granite cliffs and no fuel, Inciweb reported on August 6. It contains no threat to life or property, Inciweb emphasized, and has been inactive for several weeks.
Per CAL FIRE: “Firefighters are battling a 50 acre fire off Hwy 299 east and Fish Hatchery rd, northeast of Burney (Shasta County).”
However, it sounds like this may be slightly outdated, with other reports saying the fire is now 300 acres.
This fire is not a CAL FIRE but it is listed on CAL FIRE’s website. It’s 100 acres located north of Moore Creek Campground. The cause is under investigation. This is actually three fires that total 100 acres near Hirz Bay and Moore Creek Campground off Gilman Road on the McCloud Arm of Shasta Lake. Be cautious of fire traffic on Gilman Road.
This map shows the fire’s growth through August 8:
The Holy Fire is in Orange County, off Holy Jim Canyon Road, west of the North Main Divide. The fire started Monday afternoon and quickly grew to more than 100 acres, The OCR reported. Then it grew to 1,000 acres and by Tuesday, August 7, it was at 4,000 acres. As of August 9, the fire has more than doubled in size and is now 9,614 acres and 5 percent contained.
The cause is under investigation, but authorities have arrested Forrest Gordon Clark on suspicion of felony arson. Read more about Clark in Heavy’s story here.
Officials said the fire was on the north and south sides of the canyon, pushing up to the north Main Divide Road, and moving toward Riverside County. A public information hotline has been set up at 714-628-7085 for the Holy Jim area.
No major injuries have been reported from the fire.
Mandatory evacuations were ordered in McVicker Canyon, Rice Canyon, Horsethief Canyon, El Cariso, Rancho Capistrano, Blue Jay, Indian Canyon, Glen Eden, Sycamore Creek and Mayhew Canyon, ABC 7 reported. This affects 7,053 homes and 20,495 people according to Inciweb.
A care reception center is at Temescal Canyon High School at 28755 El Toro Roade in Lake Elsinore, California.
According to ABC 7, voluntary evacuations were issued for:
- Highway 74 (Ortega Highway) west from Lookout Restaurant to Nichols Institute and all connecting roads in the communities of Rancho Capistrano, El Cariso Village and Blue Jay. Residents are advised to exit west to Orange County to avoid fire equipment coming up on the Elsinore side.
- Highway 74 eastbound is also closed.
The fire is dangerously close to homes in the Lake Elsinore-Corona area.
The fire is expected to continue to spread south, east, and north, but only limited spread west, Inciweb reported.
Horse Creek Fire
This fire is no longer listed as active according to Inciweb.
This fire is listed on the CAL FIRE map. It’s 8,711 acres and 70 percent contained as of August 9 at 9:40 a.m. It’s located seven miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes. It was caused by lightning. Continued spread to the north and west with group torching is expected. Most of the fire is on the Sierra National Forest, but about 1,600 acres are on the Inyo National Forest. The south and east flanks of the fire are inactive and contained. The southwest flank remains active.
Regarding closures, Inciweb noted on August 8: “There is an emergency trail closure for the Fern Lake and Beck Lake Trails on the Inyo National Forest and emergency trail closures and a Forest Order to close the area on the Sierra National Forest (west of the North Fork of the San Joaquin River, north of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River and South of Iron Creek).”
This fire is being handled by the Plumas National Forest and is listed on CAL FIRE’s map. It’s about 117 acres and is near the Pacific Crest Trail, 44 miles from Highway 70 near Belden to Highway 36. The cause is under investigation.
This fire falls under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Forestry Fire, but is listed on the CAL FIRE map. It’s 11,600 acres and 50 percent contained as of August 9. It was caused by lightning. It’s located 15 miles southeast of Cave Junction, Oregon, located on the Oregon/California border between Happy Camp, California and Cave Junction, Oregon. Some active surface spread is still expected.
The community of Sunstar is still on a Level 1 evacuation “Ready” status as of August 8. For Del Norte County emergency notification information, visit: http://www.co.del-norte.ca.us/departments/administration/emergency-services. An evacuation order was issued on August 1 for two residences near the fire.
CAL FIRE is assisting the Inyo National Forest with this fire, which is off Owens River Road and Indiana Summit Road, north of Mammoth Lakes in Inyo County. It’s still listed on CAL FIRE’s map but other sources say that it is contained.
Ranch Fire (Mendocino Complex Fire)
This fire, now known as the largest in California’s history, is off Highway 20 near Potter Valley, northeast of Ukiah in Mendocino/Lake/Colusa Counties. It’s now 255,482 acres and 48 percent contained as of August 9 at 7 a.m. (That’s a significant containment increase from August 7.) So far, 119 residences have been destroyed and more than 9,000 structures are threatened. (The total for the entire Mendocino Complex fire is 304,402 acres and 51 percent containment.) There have been no fatalities.
See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Facebook page , Colusa County Facebook page, and the Lake County Sheriff’s Facebook page. The following mandatory evacuations are in place for the Ranch and River fires as of August 9 at 7 a.m.
- South of Eel River, west of the Mendocino- Lake county line, east of 10500 block of Mid Mountain Road, and north of Pine Ave.
- East of the Lake-Mendocino County Line, south of the Lake-MendocinoGlenn County Line, west of the LakeColusa County Line, north of SR 20 and the Mendocino National Forest boundary.
- South of the Glenn/Colusa county line, east of the Lake/Colusa County Line, north of Highway SR-20, and west of Bear Valley/Leesville Ladoga Road/Sites Ladoga Road/County Road 401.
The following evacuation advisories/warnings are in place:
- Mendocino County north of Mid Mountain Road, south of the Eel River, west of the 10500 Block of Mid Mountain Road, and east of East Potters Valley/Eel River Roads. remains in a mandatory evacuation warning.
- The Bureau of Land Management closure of the Cow Mountain Recreation Area remains in effect.
- North of the Glenn County/Colusa County Line, west of County Road 306, south of County Road 308, east of the Mendocino National Forest Boundary.
Here is a list of evacuation centers:
- Mendocino College, Dance Room at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah
- Lower Lake High School, 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake
- Twin Pine Casino, 22223 CA-29, Middletown
- Middletown High School, 20932 Big Canyon Road, Middletown (AT CAPACITY)
- Middletown Middle School, 15846 Wardlaw St. Middletown, CA 95461
- Mountain Vista Middle School, 5081 Konocti Rd. Kelseyville, CA 95451
- Colusa County Veterans Hall,108 E. Main Street Colusa, CA
Animal evacuation centers:
- Redwood Riders Arena, 8300 East Road, Redwood Valley is accepting horses
- Animal Care, 298 Plant Road, Ukiah is accepting small animals
For updated details, call 707-574-8261 in Mendocino County.
Rangeland Fire / Ramona Fire
Dubbed the Rangeland Fire, this is just recently added to CAL FIRE’s map. The fire was reported to be 75 acres in size, but some sources are saying it’s now 150 acres and 30 percent contained.
The fire is off Rangeland Road and Highway 78 in Ramona (San Diego County).
Sources say that State Road 78 may be closed in the area, according to Fox 5 San Diego.
River Fire (Mendocino Complex)
Per CAL FIRE, the River Fire is now 48,920 acres and 84 percent contained. For details about evacuations etc., see the Ranch Fire update above.
Taylor Creek Fire
Once considered part of the Garner Complex Fire, it’s now being managed separately, according to Inciweb. If you have not signed up for Josephine County Citizen’s Alert, Josephine County’s emergency notification system, you can sign up on line at www.rvem.org. It’s actually an Oregon fire.
It’s 42,996 acres in size and 38 percent contained as of August 9. You can find the latest evacuation updates on the Josephine County Emergency Management Facebook page. An evacuation downgrade was issued on August 9 for areas along the north edge of the Taylor Creek Fire, west of Merlin, KDRV reported. 6755 through 11411 Galice Road, and 600 Taylor Creek Road are in a Level 1 “Be Ready” status.
You can view an interactive map of the fire here.
The Red Cross evacuation shelter remains active at Grants Pass High School (830 NE 9th St, Grants Pass, OR 97526).
The Fire Information Center can be reached at 541-474-5305 and is staffed from 8:00am to 8:00pm each day.
An animal evacuation center is open at the Josephine County Fairgrounds Floral Building located at 1451 Fairgrounds Road, Grants Pass, OR.
The Valley fire is 1,350 acres and 30 percent contained. It’s at the Valley of the Falls Dr. and Service Road 1S08. According to Inciweb, minimal to no growth is expected and very little fire spread is expected. However, hot and dry conditions have helped the fire stay active. Inciweb isn’t actively updating this every day.
This fire is now 18,703 acres and 100 percent contained. According to Inciweb on August 5, the evacuation order for Spalding had been lifted. The fire is located off Whaleback Mountain and Antelope Valley Road, west of Spaulding in Lassen County. For updates on this fire, call (530) 252-6450. The forest closure is still in effect for the area as of August 8.