The fires currently raging in California are now among the largest in the state’s history. The Camp Fire is 125,000 acres, the Woolsey Fire is more than 96,000 acres, and new fires are also being reported like one in the Rialto region, plus flareups from current fires, due to Red Flag conditions. Winds and low humidity are helping the fires grow and making containment difficult, so it’s important to stay updated on the fires in California today. Here are the latest updates on all the fires in California as of Tuesday, November 13, with a roundup of maps of the larger fires around the state. News on the fires is constantly changing, so call your local officials if you are concerned about evacuations near you.
There are currently multiple active fires in California. This article first includes interactive maps for all of California. Then the second section details specific fires in the region. If you’re looking for a specific fire scroll down or search for the fire’s name or your city’s name. Tragically, 48 people have died in the Camp Fire and two died in the Woolsey Fire. At least 200 are still missing in the Camp Fire. (See tributes to the people who died in Heavy’s story here.) This is a developing story.
Interactive Maps of California Fires
This map below is an interactive map of the more significant fires in California, consistently updated and 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. Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into this map to see California up close. If the map doesn’t show below, just go here.
Next is another active fire map from Google’s Crisis Map. You may need to zoom in to see areas of interest in California, depending on your browser or mobile device. This map also includes fires in other states.
Next are more specific details on the fires for November 13. 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
Here are the active fires and updates about them, per CAL FIRE. Most of these are in alphabetical order. Note that many of these fires are still listed on CAL FIRE’s map as active, but they are no longer listed as active by Inciweb or other sources. We will note that in the fires’ descriptions below. The most active fires right now include the Camp Fire, the Hill Fire, and the Woolsey Fire, plus new fires that are still cropping up on Tuesday, November 13.
Note that many regions are seeing smoke from the fires in California, even if new fires aren’t specifically in their region.
Alder, Mountaineer, & Moses Fires
These fires are 3,502 acres and 55 percent contained as of November 11 at 4:42 p.m. The Alder fire is 5 miles north of Camp Nelson in Gian Sequoia National Monument. The Mountaineer fire is .1 mile north of Summit trailhead and .75 miles east of the Alder Fire in Golden Trout Wilderness, according to Inciweb. The Moses Fire is 1 mile south of Moses Mountain.
An area closure around the fires has been in effect. The fires were first discovered on October 4, 13, and 17.
These fires are on Inciweb’s site but not on CAL FIRE’s map.
The Brushy Fire in Mendocino County is near Dos Rios, off Highway 162, east of Highway 101 and west of Covelo, CAL FIRE reported. It was first reported on November 8. As of November 9 at 10:03 a.m., it’s 35 acres and 50 percent contained. CAL FIRE has been focusing on other fires and has not updated the details about this one since November 9.
This fire was first spotted at 6:30 a.m. on November 8, and quickly grew. Now, as of 7:24 a.m. on November 13, the fire is 125,000 acres in size and 30 percent contained. That’s a small increase in size since yesterday, but also a five percent increase in containment.
At least 15,500 structures are threatened and 6,522 residences and 260 commercial structures have been destroyed from this fire, according to CAL FIRE.
CAL FIRE noted on Tuesday: “Strong northeast winds are expected to continue through Monday morning. Firefighters worked through the night to hold perimeter lines and provide structure defense in areas where the fire was impacting structures. Steep rugged terrain in some areas will impede control operations. Today firefighters will continue to fight the fire aggressively, provide structure defense and strategically be prepositioned in the case of any wind shifts.”
Here is a map of the fire:
There is an interactive map of Camp Fire evacuations and repopulations, provided by CAL FIRE. Click here to see the map or view below.
- Established for Paradise, Magalia, Concow, Butte Creek Canyon, and Butte Valley
- Powellton zone
- Lovelock zone
- Humbug zone
- Stirling zone
- North Coutelenc zone
- North fir haven zone
- Nimshew zone
- Carnegie/colter zone
- South Firhaven zone
- South Coutelenc zone
- North pines zone
- South pines zone
- Old Magalia zone
- Lower Pentz zone
- Morgan ridge zone
- Lower Clark zone
- Butte creek road
- Centerville road
- Yankee Hill
- Skyway from lower paradise to the Chico city limits
- Morgan ridge
- Highway 32 at Nopel South all the way to Chico city limits
- Highway 70 from Pulga to West branch Feather river bridge
- All of Clark Road and all of Pentz road, south to highway 70, everything west to highway 99 and south to highway 149 including all of Butte Valley
- Shippee Road from Highway 149 to Highway 99
- Cherokee Road to Highway 70 to Lake Oroville south to Table Mountain Blvd.
- East Bound Hwy 162/Oro Quincy Hwy at Forbestown Rd east to Mountain House
- Road/4 Mile Bridge Road, including the communities of Berry Creek, Brush Creek, Mountain House, and Bloomer Hill
Here are some evacuation centers in the area, as shared by CAL FIRE:
- OPEN: Bidwell Jr. Highschool (2376 North Ave, Chico CA 95926)
- OPEN: Yuba-Sutter Fairground (442 Franklin Ave, Yuba City, CA 95991)
- OPEN: Plumas County Fairgrounds (204 Fairground Rd, Quincy CA 95971)
- FULL: Glenn County Fairgrounds (221 E Yolo St, Orland, CA 95963)
- OPEN: Butte County Fairgrounds (199 E Hazel St, Gridley, CA 95948)
- THIS SHELTER IS FULL: Oroville Nazarene Church (2238 Monte Vista Ave, Oroville, CA 95966)
- THIS SHELTER IS FULL: Neighborhood Church (2801 Notre Dame Blvd, Chico, CA 95928)
- For the most recent up to date Evacuation Locations and Status go to: https://www.buttecounty.net/
Here are some animal shelters in the area:
- Small animals: County Hospital at 2279 Del Oro and Mono, Suite E (also called the Del Oro Old County Hospital) – This shelter is full
- Large animals: Butte County Fairgrounds at 199 E Hazel St. in Gridley, CA
- Small animals: Chico Municipal Airport at 150 Airpark Blvd. in Chico, CA
Camp Fire evacuations can change rapidly. For updates, follow the Butte County Sheriff’s Twitter account and the Butte County’s Twitter for the latest updates.Emergency radio stations for the Paradise area include 1500 AM (Paradise Town Radio) and 1460 AM (Upper Ridge Radio.) You can also call 530-538-7826.
Forty-eight people have died from the fire and more than 200 are unaccounted for. The Butte County Sheriff’s office reported five fatalities in the area of Edgewood Lane in Paradise. The victims appeared to be in their vehicles when they were overcome by the fire. Identifications have not yet been made due to the burn injuries.
Smoke has been seen across regions of California. Many counties and cities have seen smoke from this fire this week. Marin County areas noted seeing smoke, for example.
Vacaville also saw smoke from the Camp Fire, as did Walnut Creek, Berkeley and East Bay area.
You could also see the smoke from the Camp Fire in Ukiah and in Concord:
This fire is in the Stanislaus National Forest and is 36,450 acres with 90 percent containment, as of October 1. This fire is no longer considered active, although CAL FIRE still has it listed as active on its map. Inciweb is no longer updating the fire page.
This fire is listed as active on CAL FIRE’s map, but updates haven’t been issued since early October. CAL FIRE notes: “CAL FIRE is assisting the Sierra National Forest with a fire off Bobs Flat Trail, 3 miles north of Trimmer (Fresno County).” The fire’s current status isn’t known. The most recent information is from October 2.
CAL FIRE is helping Modoc National Forest with this fire, which is located east of Essex Reservoir and northeast of Canby in Modoc County. The fire is still listed as active on CAL FIRE’s map as of September 19, but CAL FIRE hasn’t released any updates on the fire since September 4.
Fallbrook Fire / Fallsbrea Fire
A fire started near Fallbrook, called the Fallsbrea Fire on Sunday, November 11. It started around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday near state Route 76 and Ramona Drive, CBS 8 reported. It was about five acres and threatened nearby structures. But crews were able to halt the fire’s forward spread and no structures were damaged.
“CAL FIRE is assisting the Angeles National Forest with a wildfire off East Fork Rd & San Gabriel Canyon Rd, Azusa (Los Angeles County),” according to CAL FIRE’s map listing. According to Inciweb, the fire was 166 acres and 98 percent contained as of October 4. This fire is no longer considered active and is not being updated by Inciweb daily.
Garner Complex Fire
Although still listed on CAL FIRE’s map as active, it is no longer considered an active fire by Inciweb, which is no longer updating details about it. It’s 8,886 acres and 85 percent contained as of August 9.
This fire has been inactive for several weeks and is 95 percent contained, per Inciweb on August 24. It is still listed on CAL FIRE’s map, but Inciweb no longer considers it active and CAL FIRE stopped issuing updates on September 4.
Green Hill Fire
This fire off Highway 299 in the area of Green Hill is 10 acres as of November 12 at 6:26 p.m. CAL FIRE HUU hasn’t shared any updates on this fire since yesterday, so that’s a good sign that it’s under control.
Griffith Park Fire near LA Zoo
The fire was controlled enough that the LA Zoo was able to open again to the public on Saturday, November 10. On Friday, November 9 when the fire started, many animals were evacuated from the zoo out of an abundance of caution. The fire burned to about 30 acres, and it was in terrain that was steep and difficult to access. By Friday afternoon, the fire was 60 percent contained and flames were no longer visible, although smoke could still be seen.
No zoo animals were harmed, and the zoo is now open to the public again.
The Hill Fire is in Ventura County in Santa Rosa Valley, near Camarillo. This fire was originally larger than the Woolsey Fire when they both started on November 8, but the Woolsey Fire has now surpassed it. The Hill Fire is estimated to be 4,531 acres and 90 percent contained as of November 13 at 7:33 a.m. That’s a great sign and means that this fire, at least, is almost under control.
CAL FIRE noted about the Hill Fire on Tuesday: “Firefighting efforts have been focused, and will remain focused on the protection of life and structures. Crews have working to implement and reinforce existing containment lines. Moderate to strong Santa Ana wind buffeted the area today with wind gusts between 35 and 50 MPH. A red flag warning remains in effect for the area.”
As of Tuesday, November 13 at 7 a.m., CAL FIRE noted the following evacuations from the Hill Fire. (To see evacuations from the Woolsey fire, which overlaps some regions, scroll down to that entry in this story.)
- Point Magu Naval Base
- To see a fuller list of evacuations that include the Woolsey Fire and Malibu, along with additional maps, scroll down to the Woolsey fire section below.
You can see an interactive evacuation map at VCEmergency.com, where you can enter your address to see where you fall on this map.
You can get emergency alerts about Ventura County by texting VCALERT to 313131 or visiting vcalert.org. You can also call 805-465-6650 or visit VCEmergency.com for the latest updates.
To see evacuation shelters and other details, scroll down to the Woolsey Fire entry at the end of this story.
The Holy Fire formed on August 6 in the afternoon and quickly grew. The Holy Fire was in Orange County, off Holy Jim Canyon Road, west of the North Main Divide. As of September 13, the fire is 23,136 acres according to Inciweb and 93 percent contained.The fire is no longer considered active by Inciweb (although it’s listed as active on CAL FIRE’s map) and Inciweb is no longer updating details about the fire. CAL FIRE stopped issuing updates on August 27.
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.
Lake Sherwood & Boney Mountain & Carlisle Canyon Fires
If you’re hearing about possible fire activity in Carlisle Canyon, Lake Sherwood, or Carlisle Canyon areas, these are from the Woolsey fire, as of 9:30 a.m. Crews are working on these new flareups, showing that the danger from the Woolsey fire is not over.
The flareup appears to be in the mountains between the Lake Sherwood and Hidden Valley areas.
The flareup was noticed around 9 a.m. off Potrero Road near Lake Sherwood, CBS LA reported. Residents of Lake Sherwood, Carlisle Canyon, and Boney Mountain areas are asked to be ready to evacuate.
This fire is listed on the CAL FIRE map as active, but Inciweb no longer considers it active. It’s 13,347 acres and 85 percent contained as of October 1. It’s located seven miles southwest of Mammoth Lakes. It was caused by lightning. Most of the fire is on the Sierra National Forest, but about 1,600 acres are on the Inyo National Forest. The fire is now in monitoring status and is no longer considered active.
Another fire started in Ventura County on Monday. It was held to five acres as of about 12:45 p.m. on November 12, and hasn’t been added to CAL FIRE’s official list.
This fire was in a residential area near Ventu Park/Hillcrest Road and started in a home’s attic, spreading to a second home, reported Craig Fiegener.
This Oregon fire falls under the jurisdiction of the Oregon Department of Forestry Fire, but is also listed on the CAL FIRE map. It’s 38,134 acres according to Inciweb as of October 7, and 89 percent contained. 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.
Inciweb issued its final update for the fire on October 7, unless conditions change. Inciweb no longer considers this fire active.
Peak Fire in Simi Valley (Originally Called the Rocky Fire or 118 Fire)
The Peak Fire (originally called the Rocky Fire) was about 20 acres in size, ABC 7 reported. Some structures may be threatened near Corriganville and Smith Road, the Ventura County Fire Chief said on Monday, November 12. The good news is that the fire only grew to 186 acres off Highway 118 and Rocky Peak Road in Simi Valley, and now it’s 100 percent controlled.
The brush fire began along the 118 Freeway near the Santa Susana Pass on Monday in Simi Valley, ABC 7 reported.
Rialto Fire (Sierra Fire in Devore, Rialto Region)
As of about 10 p.m., a new fire has been reported in the Rialto region on Riverside, across from Las Colina. It was actually first reported shortly before 9 p.m., ABC 7 reported.
This new fire is near N. Riverside Ave. and Amberwood Ave.
The fire grew to 20 acres in size in just a few minutes. Some backyards have caught on fire from the blaze. No official evacuation orders are in place, but some residents are leaving.
Sonoma County Fire
A two-alarm structure fire has broken out at 19480 Eighth Street East in Sonoma. People within 1/4 mile are asked to shelter in place, as of 4:45 p.m. The County of Sonoma said there was no threat to nearby structures and no evacautions called for at this time.
This video shared on Twitter appears to be the same fire:
Suisun City Fire (Nurse Fire)
A vegetation fire was spotted in Suisun City on Thursday, November 8 near Highway 12 and Nurse Slough Road. A big rig caught fire and the fire spread to nearby vegetation.
The Suisun City Fire Department noted that it was not a threat to Suisun City, and it was located two miles east of Suisun City on Highway 12.
According to CAL FIRE, this fire is 1,500 acres and 90 percent contained as of November 9. CAL FIRE hasn’t updated details about this fire since, which indicates it’s well under control.
This fire was at Wilson Lake Road and Lost Creek Road, 10 miles northwest of Chester in Tehama County. It’s 261 acres and 95 percent contained as of October 4. Inciweb no longer considers this fire active, although it’s still listed as active on CAL FIRE’s map.
Woolsey Fire in Ventura County & Malibu
The Woolsey Fire also was spotted Thursday afternoon, November 8, and by 7:51 p.m. it was 2,000 acres in size. Now it’s 96,314 acres and 35 percent contained as of Tuesday, November 13 at 7:59 a.m. The fire caused numerous evacuations, including all of Malibu. It began in Ventura County, not too far from the Hill Fire.
Even though some areas are being repopulated, the Woolsey Fire still remains very dangerous, as other flareups are spotted. For example, today a flareup was spotted near Westlake Village:
The map below shows where evacuations have been issued and where the Woolsey and Hill fires are located. The map was shared by Los Angeles Daily News on November 9. It’s unclear how quickly the map is being updated, so keep that in mind:
Here is another unofficial map of the Woolsey Fire evacuations. It’s also unclear how quickly this map is being updated:
More than 200,000 residents and 75,000 homes, including in Malibu, were under mandatory evacuations from the Woolsey and Hill fires. According to CAL FIRE, there have been three firefighter injuries and two civilian fatalities from the fire. About 57,000 structures are threatened and more than 435 structures have been destroyed.
Here’s a list of some of the areas that have been issued evacuation orders, including Los Angeles County, Malibu, and Ventura County, according to CAL FIRE:
Ventura County mandatory evacuations per CAL FIRE:
- Point Magu under evacuation South Coast – E.
- Las Posas Rd. South of Potrero Rd. to Hwy 1 and County line
Los Angeles County Mandatory Evacuations per CAL FIRE:
- Westlake Village – south of the 101
- Agoura Hills – south of Agoura Rd. from Chesebro to Lindero Canyon
- Calabasas – entire city
- Malibu – entire city
- Hidden Hills – entire city
- Topanga – entire canyon/community
- Monte Nido – entire community
- Malibu Lake – entire community
Note that Los Angeles County itself has a more detailed list of mandatory evacuations as of November 13 at 8:30 a.m.:
- Newbury Park – South of Highway 101 to Lynn Road, between Reino Road and Lynn
- Simi Valley – Long Canyon, Bridal Path, Wood Ranch
- Thousand Oaks:
- Reino Road to Lynn Road to Highway 101
- East of Highway 23 to Erbes Road and North from Thousand Oaks Blvd north to Sunset Hills Blvd
- Wood Ranch and Long Canyon – All areas outlined on map
- Westlake Village, limited areas reopened as follows:
- City limits on the west, from the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Sycamore Canyon Drive – north to the Ventura County and City of Agoura Hills boundaries.
- North of the 101 Freeway, Los Angeles County
- Agoura Hills:
- North of the 101 Freeway, Los Angeles County
- Chesebro Road on the eastern border
- Agoura Road (north and south sides of the road) from Chesebro Road to the west.
- Hidden Hills, fully reopened, which includes all residences within the city limits as follows:
- West of Valley Circle Boulevard
- East of Crummer Canyon Road
- North of the Interstate 101 Freeway to the northern city limits
- Calabasas, limited areas reopened as follows:
- West of Topanga Canyon Boulevard
- Northwest of Mulholland Highway
- North of Stunt Road
- East of Las Virgenes Road
- East of the Lost Hills Road neighborhoods (including Lost Springs and Saratoga)
- South of the Los Angeles/Ventura County Line
You can see a map of mandatory and voluntary evacuation areas for LA County only here.
You can see exactly where your address falls in Ventura County evacuations by scrolling down to the map on this page.
Remember, evacuation details can change quickly. Contact your local authorities for the latest updates.
Evacuation centers for the Hill and the Woolsey Fire include:
- Palisades High School at 15777 Bowdoin St., Pacific Palisades, in California is the closest evacuation center for Malibu residents, LASD reported.
- Rancho Santa Susana Recreation Center at 5005 Unit C Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley is an evacuation center, but it is not accepting animals. (@VCFD_PIO). Has N95 masks.
- Borchard Community Center is a Red Cross Shelter for Woolsey and the Hill Fire (190 Reino Road in Newbury Park) (accepting small animals, N-95 masks available)
- Camarillo Community Center at 1605 Weast Burnley St. in Camarillo, CA is a Red Cross shelter. This shelter is accepting small animals and has N-95 masks available.
- Thousand Oaks Teen Center (at capacity)
- Canoga Park High School
- Goebel Senior Adult Center (at capacity)
- Taft Charter High School (at capacity)
Here is a list of shelters accepting animals:
- The Humane Society of Ventura County is accepting dogs, cats, horses, and other domesticated animals. 402 Bryant St., Ojai, CA. 805-646-6505.
- Hansen Dam was accepting large animals. (at capacity)
- Zuma Beach Parking Lot is also accepting large animals, Malibu Times reported.
- Pierce College was accepting large animals but is now full. (at capacity)
- Ventura County Fair Grounds – 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001 – was accepting large animals at 10 W. Harbor Blvd. (805) 388-425 (at capacity)
- Ventura County Animal Shelter – 600 Aviation Dr, Camarillo, CA 93010 – is accepting small animals. Ventura County Animal Services (805) 388-4258
- Camarillo Community Center is an evacuation center and is accepting small animals
- Borchard Community Center is an evacuation center and is accepting small animals
- Simi Valley Animal Shelter – 670 W. Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley. 805-388-4341.
- Earl Warren Show Grounds – 3400 Calle Real, Santa Barbara. Check-in at Gate C off Calle Real
- Animals in crates are accepted at all Red Cross shelters except Palisades Charter (per LA County)
- If you need assistance with large animals, call 805-388-4258.
Smoke from the Malibu fire can be seen in Burbank at times.
How to stay updated on the latest evacuations:
In the Malibu region, visit www.MalibuCity.org and scroll down to Alert Center and select “Emergencies” to sign up for Malibu Emergency Alerts by text or email. Sign up for City of Malibu Disaster Notifications at www.MalibuCity.org/DisasterNotifications.
For the latest updates on LA County evacuations, check here.
This is a developing story.