Wildfires in California have been picking up again this week due to increased winds and Red Flag conditions in the region. Here’s a look at the latest wildfires in California on Thursday, October 31, including the Getty Fire, Kincade, Easy Fire, the Hill Fire in Jurupa, the 46 Fire, and more.
UPDATE: For the latest California fire updates for November 1, please see Heavy’s updated story here.
This article will first include interactive fire maps for all of California, including Cal Fire and other sources. You can use these maps to track reported fires in your area. The second section will include air quality reports and Red Flag warning maps. Then the third section details specific fires in the region in alphabetical order.
If you’re looking for a specific fire, scroll down to that section or search for its name. Details like evacuations can change quickly, so stay tuned to your local news sources. When available, the sections on specific fires will also mention who you can follow for the latest updates.
Interactive Maps of California Fires
A number of interactive fire maps below can help you stay updated on the latest details about California fires. Don’t rely on just one map, since details can change quickly and some maps will have fires listed that others do not.
One of the best interactive maps available right now is Inciweb’s map. You can see the full map here. There’s an embeddable Google Map that includes Inciweb fires which you can see below. Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into the map below using the + button within the map or change settings to only show Inciweb fires:
Another helpful interactive map is provided here from Ca.gov. A screenshot is below since the map can’t be embedded, but you’ll want to go to the full map for details, where you can input your address to see the fires near your location.
A new interactive fire map is below, provided by UCANR.edu. Note that this map is only updated up to twice daily, so it may not be not as current as the two interactive maps above. Because of this, you may need to click “OK” on the map below to indicate that you’re not using it for emergency planning. If you are only seeing a blank map below, that just means your connection is slow and it will take a second for the fire information to fill in.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services also has an interactive map of red flag warnings and new and active fires. The map is here and a screenshot is below. This map is updated every weekday morning, so it’s not the best for emergency planning but is still informative. A screenshot of the map is below.
Newer fires may not be listed on the above maps until they’ve been around for a few hours.
Air Quality Map & Red Flag Warnings in California
Next are sources for tracking air quality in California near you. First, you can sign up for Air Alerts in your region here. This is specifically for southern California residents.
You can see a map of air quality reports on AQMD’s page here. You can also view the map below.
You can see a map of the current Red Flag Warnings in California provided by MappingSupport.com here.
Next are more specific details on the fires for October 31, 2019. If you are looking for a specific fire such as the Kincade 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 on October 31, 2019
Here are the active fires and updates about for Thursday, October 31, 2019. Most of these are in alphabetical order.
The 46 Fire, which started on October 31, is the yellow fire on the map above from Ca.gov. The fire started near the 5300 block of 46th Street in East Jurupa Valley. It’s 300 acres and 5 percent contained as of 8:25 a.m. Some evacuation orders were issued earlier today that have now been reduced, but others remain in place.
The map above shows evacuations currently for the 46 Fire. You can see the full map here.
An evacuation shelter is located at Patriot High School at 43555 Camino Real.
Updates are being shared by Riverside County here.
This fire started on October 27. As of October 31, it’s 703 acres and 92 percent contained. It started east of Calpella in Mendocino County, as Potter Valley Road and Highway 20, CA.gov noted.
All evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.
Caples Fire (Prescribed Burn)
Prescribed burns are purposefully set to help decrease the possibility of unexpected, damaging fires in the future. This one is in the northern ridge region above Caples Creek north of Highway 88.
The fire is 3,435 acres and 90 percent contained as of October 29 at 12:09 p.m., the latest update on Inciweb. On October 10, this was converted from a prescribed burn to a wildfire to allow for additional resources to maintain full suppression.
On October 29, Inciweb noted: “Three small spots were found and extinguished in the southern area close to Convict meadow. There is a line around the fire. Crews continue suppression repair and patrolling activities. The containment will be re-evaluated after this week’s wind event. A new map will only be created if a change in the perimeter occurs. The Caples Fire is being managed by a Type 4 organization.”
The Copper Fire is the fire in yellow on the map above. It’s southeast of Chula Vista off Border Road and Canyon Road in San Diego County. It’s 50 acres and 15 percent contained, with the cause under investigation.
Some of the fire has extended into Mexico. The fire is southeast of Otay Mountain and about 400 acres south of the U.S.-Mexico border, but by 6 a.m. it had spread to the U.S. side of the border, KUSI reported. It started around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday.
Forward rate of spread has been stopped on the U.S. side. The cause is under investigation.
The Easy Fire quickly grew to more than 400 acres in just two hours after starting around 6 a.m. on October 30 in Ventura County. It started in Simi Valley near West Easy Street and West Los Angeles Avenue. As of October 31, it’s now 1,723 acres and 10 percent contained. Two structures were destroyed and 7,000 were threatened. The cause is under investigation.
The map below is also a good way to stay updated on evacuations. You can see the full map here.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library was evacuated because of the fire on October 30.
The best resource for updates on evacuations is Ventura County’s Emergency page here. According to the website, all evacuation orders have been lifted. The 8 a.m. information released by Ventura County said mandatory orders were still in place for “West of Madera Road, North of Olsen Road, East of Highway 23, South of Highway 118.” If you’re in that particular area, because of the conflicting information between the Emergency Webpage and the incident report, it might be good to contact local officials to ensure you can return.
Evacuation shelters are set up in the following regions.
Thousand Oaks Community Center
2525 N. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA
Large Animal Evacuations
Ventura County Fairgrounds (accepting in limited capacities)
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Earl Warren Showgrounds
3400 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA
Small Animal Evacuations
Camarillo Adoption Center
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo, CA 93010
The Getty Fire in Los Angeles is 745 acres and 39 percent contained on October 31. It started near the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive. The fire was caused accidentally when a tree branch broke and landed on powerlines during high wind, igniting nearby brush, LAFD noted.
Twelve residences have been destroyed and five were damaged by the fire.
Mandatory evacuations are in place for the areas in the map below. Areas shaded red have mandatory evacuations and areas shaded yellow have evacuation warnings. This is the official evacuation map from the LAFD below. You can see the full map here. You can enter your address in the map to see if your area is still under an evacuation order.
Please note that you should refer to the map above for the latest evacuation details and defer to it if it doesn’t match the list above. LAFD will also be keeping a running list of evacuation sources updated here.
As of 10 a.m. on October 31, mandatory evacuations and warnings were lifted for all areas EXCEPT the following:
- Tigertail Rd at Deerbrook Ln to Chickory Ln
- Stonehill Ln
- Lindenwood Ln
- Sky Ln
- Canna Rd
- Chickory Ln
- Bluestone Tr to Bluegrass Wy
- Bluestone Tr
- Bluegrass Ln
- Bluegrass Wy
Evacuation Centers include the following, as listed by LAFD. Small animals are welcome at all of these:
- Palisades Recreation Center (851 Alma Real Drive)
- Westwood Recreation Center (1350 South Sepulveda Boulevard)
- For Animals:
- West Valley Animal Shelter (20655 Plummer St)
- West LA Animal Shelter (11361 W Pico Bl)
- (Large animals) Hanson Dam Recreation Area (11798 Foothill Blvd.)
Another map is below, provided by MappingSupport.com. This map gives you an idea of how large the fire is. Remember that this map relies on satellite data and will always be several hours old. On Twitter, Joseph Elfelt noted: “Interactive map for #GettyFire, Los Angeles. Map shows satellite hotspots but this data is several hours old, *not* real time. Locations are approximate. To learn more about this data please click “Map tips” upper left corner.”
LAFD noted: Firefighters worked overnight to cool any hot spots and contain any flare-ups within the current fire perimeter. Adverse weather conditions will continue to be the greatest challenge for firefighters. An Extreme Red Flag Warning remains in effect through 6:00PM. Strong Santa Ana winds with peak wind gusts of 30-50 mph will continue to impact wind prone areas of Los Angeles. Widespread single digit relative humidity’s are forecasted. This all adds up to an extreme fire weather threat, meaning that conditions are as dangerous for fire growth and behavior as we have seen in recent years.”
The best source for updates on the fire is the LAFD’s webpage here.
You can also find updates on the LAFD’s Facebook page here.
Hill Fire in Jurupa
Mandatory evacuations were ordered for a new fire called the Hill Fire that started on October 30 in Jurupa Valley, but by that evening the evacuation orders were lifted. Updates are being provided on Riverside’s webpage here.
The fire started near the intersection of Granite Hill Drive and Pyrite Street in Jurupa Valley. With 20 mph winds. The fire is now 628 acres and 80 percent contained as of October 31 at 11:20 a.m., so this is great news.
The updated evacuation map below (or full map here) for the area is actually from a new fire in Riverside County.
A care and reception center is still at Patriot High School at 4355 Camino Real, Jurupa Valley 92509 for the new fire.
The Hillside Fire started on October 23 in San Bernardino National Forest, off W 59th and Hill Drive. It’s 200 acres and 1 percent contained as of 12:45 p.m. on October 31, Inciweb noted. It’s burning off Highway 18 and into neighborhoods north of San Bernardino.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for: “North of 50th St., east of Mayfield Ave., west of Highway 18, south of open space areas. Approximately 490 homes (over 1300 people) are under mandatory evacuation.”
Evacuation centers are located at:
- Pacific High School at 1020 Pacific Street in San Bernardino
- Small animals can be taken to the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter at 333 Chandler Place
- A limited number of horses can be taken to the San Bernardino City Animal Shelter.
The cause of the fire isn’t known. The area of origin was located but there are no powerlines in that area.
The Kincade Fire (spelled Kincaid in some hashtags) started on October 24 around 4:26 a.m. near John Kincade Road and Burned Mountain Road, just northeast of Geyserville, according to CA.gov. It’s now 76,825 acres in size and containment is up to 60 percent according to CA.gov on October 31 at 11:310 a.m. That’s a big jump in containment for the fire.
A satellite hotspot map is below provided by MappingSupport.com. This is not a real-time map, but shows where the fire burned about three hours ago.
The map above is an evacuation and road closure map provided by Sonoma County that is being kept updated. See the full map here. Some zones have been downgraded from mandatory to evacuation warnings.
Mandatory evacuation orders include the following (provided by SoCo Emergency as of October 30 at 1:30 p.m., the latest update on SoCo’s emergency page.) Because this is from October 30 and is the latest update on SoCo’s page, it’s best to refer to the map above for the most recent information.
- Zone 1B: West of Lake County Line, North and East of Highway 128. South of Cloverdale, East of Asti Road/Geyserville Ave at Canyon Road. Including Asti Road.
- Zone 3C: Area South of Highway 128 and the fireline, East of Windsor Town limits, North of Faught Road at Shiloh Road and the Zone 5B boundary.
- Zone 5B: Area South of Highway 128 and Yellow Jacket Ranch Road, West of Highway 128 and the Zone 6 boundary to the Zone 3C boundary, including areas accessed East of Shiloh Ridge Road at Mayacama Club Drive.
The following was downgraded to an evacuation warning and are open for repopulation as of October 30.
- Zone 1A: Area South of Canyon Road to Alexander Valley Road. West of Highway 128 to Highway 101.
- Zone 3A: Area South of Alexander Valley Road, East of Highway 101, and West of Highway 128, North of the fireline, Including all areas within the Healdsburg City Limit.
- Zone 3B: The Windsor town limits, including area North of Arata Lane.
- Zone 5A: Area East of Highway 101 and Fulton Road, West of Redwood Hill Road at Mark West Springs Road and the Zone 6 Boundary, North of Wood Road and Dennis Lane, South of E. Shiloh Road and the fire line.
- Zone 6: Areas North and East of Santa Rosa City limit. East to Sonoma County/Napa County Line and South of the Zone 5B Border.
Evacuation warnings were lifted for the following areas:
- Zone 4B: South of Westside Road to Millcreek Road within Zone 4
- Zone 7: All areas West of Healdsburg and Windsor. Throughout the Russian River Valley to Bodega Bay
- Zone 8A: North of Occidental Road within Zone 8.
- Zone 8B: Areas South of Occidental Road within Zone 8
- All areas within the Santa Rosa City limits including Zone 9 & Zone 10
The following evacuation centers are open as Octobe r29. You might want to call first to confirm. They are all small animal friendly, no identification is needed, and ICE will not have access to the shelters. The information is being updated on SoCo’s emergency site here.
- Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building
1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa
- Sonoma County Fairgrounds Finley Hall/Grace
1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa
- Calvary Chapel Church
1955 South McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
- New Life Church Petaluma
1315 Rand Street, Petaluma
- Petaluma Community Center
320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
- Crosswalk Church
2590 First Street, Napa
- Napa Valley Expo
575 3rd St, Napa
- San Francisco
- St. Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St, San Francisco
- San Rafael
- Marin County Fairgrounds
10 Ave of the Flags, San Rafael
Open shelters for large animals:
- Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Ave, Pleasanton, CA 94566
- Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma
100 Fairgrounds Dr, Petaluma
If evacuating, SoCo emergency says to bring:
- Pets, critical pet supplies (medications, food, pet carrier)
- A change of clothes and sturdy shoes
- Medications and copies of all prescriptions
- Copies of important documents (e.g. ID, insurance cards, deeds, passport)
- Extra eye glasses, batteries for hearing aids
- Credit cards, ATM, and cash
- Cell phones and chargers
If you need evacuation and can’t reach the locations, call 707-573-3377. For non-emergency evac information, call 211.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
To stay updated on the fire: The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office is providing updates on Nixle here. You can also text your ZIP Code to 888777 for mobile alerts. The fire information number is 707-967-4207.
Sonoma Sheriff’s Facebook page is also providing updates, along with the County of Sonoma.
CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit Facebook Page provides fire updates.
The cause of the fire isn’t known, but a PG&E report to CPUC noted a transmission tower had a broken jumper cable near the site of the fire around 9:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
Klamath NF Fall RX Burning
These are prescribed burns in the Klamath National Forest area to cut down on damage from unplanned fires.
Martinez 3 Fire
This fire is 52 acres and 100 percent contained as of October 29 at 4:43 p.m., the latest update on Inciweb. The cause is under investigation. It was on the Torrez-Martinez Indian Reservation. The fire is in the county of Thermal, California.
Inciweb noted: “The Martinez 3 Fire is now considered 100% contained; meaning a dozer line has been completed around the fire, which can reasonably be expected to stop the fire’s spread so that no further spread is expected under foreseeable conditions. The fire is 55% controlled; meaning firefighters have reduced the heat output of the fire, or suppressing or extinguishing the fire by depriving it of fuel, oxygen, or heat to a point that it no longer threatens further spread or resource damage under foreseeable conditions. There are 3 levels of progression with any fire; contained, controlled and out.”
The Middle Fire is 1,339 acres as of October 6 and now listed as 100 percent contained according to Inciweb. It’s still listed as active on the map. It was located one mile east of Canyon Creek Trailhead and was caused by lightning. It started on September 5 and is in the Trinity Alps Wilderness. “Please be aware that the forest’s Middle Fire Closure Order remains in effect until the fire is declared out.”
Old Water Fire
The Old Water Fire started on October 24 around 2 a.m. near Old Waterman Canyon Road and Highway 18, Ca.gov noted. The cause is under investigation. It’s now 145 acres in size and 85 percent contained as of the last update on October 27.
This is a map of the fire below, though the containment in the tweet below is lower than current containment:
The Palisades brush fire in Los Angeles is located near 500 Palisades Drive in the Pacific Palisades. It was first reported on October 21 at 10:39 a.m. It’s 42 acres in size and 75 percent contained as of LAFD’s last and final update for the fire.
Evacuation orders were briefly in place but lifted by 8 p.m. on October 21. LAFD shared its final update on October 25 but it’s still listed as active on Ca.gov’s website.
Ramshorn/SHF Lightning Fires 2019
The lightning fires from storms that moved into the area in September are now 100 percent contained and declared out, according to Inciweb, but it’s still listed as active on the map.
The Saddleridge Fire quickly exploded in size and caused tens of thousands to evacuate, but now it’s under control. Inciweb’s page for this fire is here. The fire is now 8,799 acres in size with 98 percent containment as of October 30 at 10:04 a.m., according to Inciweb’s last update. The fire has now been removed from Inciweb’s map but is still on Ca.gov’s map. Ca.gov won’t be providing further updates after October 23.
It started near I-210 at the Yarnell exit on October 10 around 9 p.m. Pacific. There was one death from this fire: a civilian went into cardiac arrest and died on the way to the hospital. At least 88 structures were destroyed.
All evacuations related to Saddleridge have been lifted, LAFD reported on October 15, and evacuation centers have been closed.
The cause of the Saddle Ridge Fire remains under active investigation. Inciweb noted on October 30: “Firefighters will work through the day in rugged terrain throughout the burn area to increase containment lines. Tactical patrols will remain in place to monitor the area for smoldering debris. The cause of the Saddle Ridge Fire remains under active investigation.”
If you live in the LA area, sign up for updates about evacuations and other emergency alerts here: You can also text READY to NotifyLA at 888777 for updates on the fire. emergency.lacity.org/notifyla.
Shasta-Trinity Prescribed Fires
These are prescribed fires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest area used to mitigate damage from unplanned fires in the future.
Sherman Prescribed Burn
Prescribed burns are purposefully set to help decrease the possibility of unexpected, damaging fires in the future. These are in the Giant Forest area of Sequoia National Park.
The South Fire started in Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Tehama County, located in the southeast aspect of Tomhead Mountain, south of Platina. As of October 17, the fire was 5,332 acres in size and 75 percent contained, according to Inciweb. That was the latest update for the fire, which is still listed as active on Inciweb’s map.
The fire is 15 miles south of Platina, California. The map above is the most recent map on Inciweb, but may not quite match the fire’s current size and containment.
Inciweb notes that the plans for this fire are to “Monitor fire activity and patrol existing containment and confinement lines. Complete unfinished repair to Suppression Repair Plan standards. Be prepared to take appropriate action if fire crosses established Management Action Points.”
Tick Fire in Agua Dulce
The Tick Fire is now 4,615 acres in size and 100 percent contained as of October 31 at 7:14 a.m., according to Santa Clarita’s emergency website.
It just started in Agua Dulce and grew quickly. It was first reported near the 31600 block of Tick Canyon Road around 1:45 p.m. on October 24. It grew to 200 acres in just 20 minutes in Canyon Country. The fire jumped the 14 Freeway around 3 a.m. on October 25. The fire destroyed 22 structures and damaged 27 others.
At one point, more than 40,000 were under evacuation orders. According to LA County Fire Department and Santa Clarita’s Emergency website here, those orders have now been lifted as of October 27 at 6 p.m.
How to get updates: The Santa Clarita Emergency Website is providing updates here. You can also get updates by texting SCEMERGENCY to 888777. LA County Fire is also posting updates on its emergency webpage here.
This fire is 10,296 acres and 75 percent contained as of October 7, the most recent update on Inciweb. It’s southwest of Big Pine and northwest of Aberdeen. It was caused by lightning. It’s still listed as active on Ca.gov’s fire map.
Inciweb noted on October 24: “The Taboose Fire has been inactive in recent days. The fire remains 10,296 acres and at 75% containment. The western flank is in steep and inaccessible terrain in the John Muir Wilderness. Here the fire will be confined by either rain or snow or its spread will be stopped by rock barriers. Visitors and residents may see smoke, especially along the Hwy. 395 corridor. Please do not report the smoke. Currently, the south, east, and north flanks are secure and there is no threat to life or property. Visitors and residents will see smoke, especially along the Hwy. 395 corridor. Please do not report the smoke. Currently, the south, east, and north flanks are secure and there is no threat to life or property. Gusty wind and low relative humidity are in the forecast for this week and fire crews will continue to monitor and patrol in areas where the fire is active.”
Water Fire in Nuevo
The Water Fire in Nuevo started on October 30 in Riverside County and as of October 31, the fire has been contained and all evacuations have been lifted. The best source for updates are Riverside County’s fact sheet here and the Cal Fire Riverside Twitter.
The fire started near the 26000 Block of Water Avenue on October 30 around 7 a.m.
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