New fires are being reported in California, with some fires worsening due to recent Red Flag warnings, dry climates, and gusty winds. In fact, red flag conditions were so severe that power had to be cut off by PG&E to hundreds of thousands of people in the state. Here’s a look at the latest wildfires for October 10, 2019, including the Briceburg Fire, the new Wendy Fire, the Reche Fire in Moreno Valley, the Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa, and more. This article first includes interactive maps for all of California, including Cal Fire and other sources. Then the second section details specific fires in the region in alphabetical order. Details like evacuations can change quickly, so stay tuned to your local news sources. This story will provide links to where updates will be posted for fires, when available.
UPDATE: For the latest details about California fires on October 11, including the new Saddleridge Fire, see Heavy’s story here.
Interactive Maps of California Fires
Here are interactive maps you can follow to get the best updates about California fires in October. In many cases, the fires don’t always overlap on these maps, so it’s good to review all of them for the latest information.
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 in using the + button within the map or change settings to only show Inciweb fires:
Another good map can be found 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. You can input your address to see how close the fires are to 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.
Newer fires may not be listed on the above maps until they’ve been around for a few hours.
Next are more specific details on the fires for October 10, 2019. 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 on October 10, 2019
Here are the active fires and updates about them. Most of these are in alphabetical order.
This fire is 167 acres and 100 percent contained as of October 8, according to Inciweb. The cause is under investigation. It was within the South Fork Wilderness.
This is the biggest fire in the region right now. It started on October 6 and has grown quickly. It’s now 4,900 acres and 25 percent contained, up from 10 percent containment yesterday. The fire is in Mariposa County. The following interactive map is provided by MappingSupport.com.
Ca.gov noted: “Overnight firefighters made good progress towards containment. Efforts today will remain focused on fireline construction and strengthening contingency lines. Evacuation orders and advisories remain unchanged from previous updates. Yosemite National Park remains open. For information on Yosemite National Park, go to nps.gov/yose or call 209-372-0200.”
- According to Ca.gov, mandatory evacuations include addresses on Highway 140 between Octagon Road and Colorado Road
- Bug Hostel
- All of Buffalo Gulch Road and Briceburg Campground
- All the same mandatory evacuations from yesterday are still in place as of 10 a.m. Pacific, according to Ca.gov.
Evacuation Advisories: The following are under advisories but not mandatory orders, according to CA.gov:
- Colorado Road from Highway 140 to Davis Road
- All of Davis Road
- Highway 140 from Colorado Road to Midpines Market
- Ponderosa Way including all side roads: Deer Park, Leichtlin Lane, Feliciana Mountain Road
- Rancheria Creek Road
- Rumley Mine Road
- New Life Christian Fellowship, 5089 Cole Road, Mariposa, CA 95338
Small Animal Shelter: SPCA of Mariposa County 5599 CA-49, Mariposa, CA 95338(209)966-5275
Large Animal Shelter: Contact Mariposa Animal Control, (209)966-3615
A road closure is in place for Highway 140 from Colorado Road to Savages Trading Post.
A new fire that doesn’t have an official name started in the Brisbane region today. The fire is off Guadalupe Canyon Parkway in Brisbane and started near 11 a.m. on Thursday, KTVU reported.
You can watch a live video feed of the fire above. The fire is on San Bruno Mountain.
This fire is 381 acres in size and 100 percent contained as of October 9. It was started by lightning on August 8. It’s northeast of Broder Meadow. Inciweb noted: “What heat remain is located deep within the perimeter of the fire and will continue to produce smoke for the time being.”
Caples Prescribed Fire
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.
This fire is 92 acres and 100 percent contained as of October 9, according to Inciweb. It’s located in the “Kern River Ranger District SQF. 1 mile east (up river) from the Powerhouse (Bakersfield end)on Hwy. 178 between Bakersfield and Lake Isabella.”
This fire is 1,975 acres in size and 30 percent contained, Inciweb noted on September 10, which is the last update provided by Inciweb. It was started by lightning on July 25. The map below is the last map released by Inciweb for the fire.
On October 8, Ca.gov noted about the fire: “Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire to ensure it stays within control lines. Containment will steadily increase as crews further secure control lines by identifying and extinguishing sources of heat along the fire perimeter.”
The fire’s burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness on Inyo National Forest. The fire’s being successfully confined and suppressed. Inciweb released its final official update on the fire on September 7, although it’s still listed as active on Ca.gov’s website. They wrote:
The 1,975-acre Cow Fire remains 30 percent contained. Minimal smoke may be visible from the Cow Fire until the area receives significant rainfall. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fire to ensure it stays within control lines. Containment will steadily increase as crews further secure control lines by identifying and extinguishing sources of heat along the fire perimeter.
The ecosystem within the Cow Fire footprint will benefit from the low-intensity fire effects observed on the landscape. Lightning-caused wildfires have a natural role to play in Eastern Sierra forest ecosystems…
The public is encouraged to avoid the fire area. Post-fire hazardous such as fire weakened trees and burning stump holes may be present.”
September 7 was the final Inciweb update for the fire due to good suppression efforts.
This fire started on October 9 around 6:52 a.m. It’s in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties and is 289 acres and 90 percent contained, according to Ca.gov. (It’s up from 30 percent containment yesterday.) The fire is in yellow on the map above.
The fire is located on Indian Valley Road and Monterey County Line, near Camp Robert’s.
Forward spread has been stopped on the Eagle Fire, which started on October 10. The cause is under investigation. This Riverside County fire’s information sheet is here.
The fire grew to about 25 to 30 acres. The information sheet says there is currently no containment, but Cal Fire noted that forward spread is stopped and resources remain on the scene to fully contain the fire. The fire is southeast of Corona in Riverside County, off Eagle Canyon Road and Cajalco Road.
Evans Creek Fire
This fire is 25 acres and now 100 percent contained as of September 27, though it’s still listed as active on Inciweb’s map. It’s southwest of Reno, Nevada.
This fire started on September 8 in the early evening, caused by lightning. It’s at Middle Fork Parker Creek, in South Warner Wilderness. The fire is currently 39 acres in size as of September 15, which is the last Inciweb update. The map above is the most recent map for the fire.
Inciweb noted: “The Fork Fire in the South Warner Wilderness is a full suppression fire being managed using tactics that will have a low impact and maintain wilderness character. The fire has burned 39 acres of primarily dead and downed fuels. Fire activity has been minimal as the fire slowly consumes surface fuels.”
Klamath NF Fall RX Burning
These are prescribed burns in the Klamath National Forest area to cut down on damage from unplanned fires.
This fire is 10 acres and 100 percent contained as of September 25, according to Inciweb. It’s still listed on Inciweb’s map. It was near Loma Alta and Chaney Trails.
This fire is in Contra Costa County and was just discovered on October 10 around 6:42 a.m. It’s 40 acres and 95 percent contained, according to Ca.gov and Cal Fire. The fire is located near Merrill Circle N. and Merrill Dr. in Moraga.
The Middle Fire is 1,339 acres as of October 6 and now listed as 100 percent contained according to Inciweb. 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.”
This fire is off Millville Plains Road and Sprig Road in Millville, located in Shasta County. It’s 20 acres but forward spread has stopped.
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.
This fire is listed on Ca.gov as having started on October 1 in Sal Luis Obispo. It’s off Pozo Road and Avanales Ranch Road, southeast of Pozo, and is overseen by the Los Padres National Forest. No further details were provided.
Reche Fire in Moreno Valley
The Reche Fire was just discovered on Thursday, October 10 near Reche Canyon Road and Jordan Drive in Moreno Valley. The fire is in Riverside County and is now 350 acres in size and 10 percent contained, Riverside County updated at 6:30 p.m. Pacific. It’s in the 9000 block of Reche Canyon Road, according to Riverside County and burning at a moderate rate of speed. High tension power lines in the area may be threatened.
The fire started as a trailer fire and then spread to nearby vegetation.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for areas near the fire, but all evacuation orders for the Reche Fire were lifted as of 9 p.m. Pacific on October 10, Riverside County noted.
- Reche Canyon Drive from Reche Vista to Locust Drive will be open only to residents.
- Large and small animals can be taken to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Avenue in San Jacinto if evacuations are needed. Call 951-358-7387 if you need help.
- A care and reception center is located at Canyon Springs High School.
Riverside County has an information sheet here with the latest updates on evacuations and other details.
Updates are also being provided on Cal Fire Riverside’s Twitter account.
Sandalwood Fire in Calimesa near Yupaica
The Sandalwood Fire fire started on October 10 and has already caused extensive damage to a mobile park in the region called Villa Calimesa Mobile Home Park. The fire also poses a threat to the railway and power grid. A total of 74 structures were destroyed as of 8 p.m. Pacific on October 10, according to Riverside County.
The fire started when a trash truck dumped a load of burning trash, which then spread to the nearby vegetation, Riverside County noted.
A nearby school (Mesa View Middle School) was also threatened by the fire. The fire is now 500 acres and 10 percent contained as of 8 p.m., according to Riverside County.
A radio feed about this fire is here.
The fire was described as being near the region of Calimesa Boulevard and Sandalwood Drive. The map below gives you a basic idea of where the fire is, but it’s not an exact location.
Live Oak Drive Canyon may be shut down. Avoid the area if you can. The video below shows the fire as it was ripping through a mobile home park.
According to Riverside County, mandatory evacuations have been issued for:
- South of 7th Street, east of County Line Road
- Mesa View Middle School (Desert Sun reported)
Here is a map of the evacuation region. You can see the full map here.
A care and reception center was located at the Calimesa Senior Center at 908 Park Avenue in Calimesa, but this center closed at 7:30 p.m. on October 10.
Evacuation centers are in the following areas:
- Mesa Grande Academy at 975 Fremont Street, Calimesa, CA (opened at 7:30 p.m. on October 10. Transportation will be provided to evacuees at the Senior Center.)
- Large and small animals can be taken to the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus at 581 S. Grand Avenue in San Jacinto. If residents need help getting their pets there, they can call 951-358-7387.
Yupaica-Calimesa News reported on the fire, indicating this is the Yupaica fire that some have been tweeting about. You can see their video of the fire below.
(Note: Cal Fire on Twitter refers to this as the Sandlewood fire, but Riverside County spells it Sandalwood.)
This fire is 297 acres and 100 percent contained as of October 9. It was caused by lightning and located southwest of Coral Meadow on the Kern Plateau, according to Inciweb. It was within the old 2002 McNally Fire perimeter.
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.
Simi Valley Fire (Yosemite Fire)
A one-acre fire is being fought in Simi Valley on EB 118 near Yosemite Avenue. Details are scarce about this fire so far, except that it is a brush fire and units on the scene have said they can handle the fire.
This is not a fire at Yosemite, but on Yosemite Street. It appears to be under control, according to reports. But stay tuned to local news if you are in the area.
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 9, the fire is now 5,332 acres in size and 62 percent contained, according to Inciweb. The fire is 15 miles south of Platina, California. The map above is the most recent map for the fire.
Inciweb notes: “The South Fire is in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, southeast of Tomhead Mountain, west of Red Bluff, and 15 miles south of Platina, CA. The fire is in a remote and very rugged area of the forest. The western portion of the South Fire, within the Yolla Bolly Wilderness, continues to be confined south of Humbolt Ridge; east of Sanford Ridge; and north of Cottonwood Creek. The eastern portion of the fire has completed containment line. HUNTER AND VISITOR INFORMATION ADVISORY: The Shasta-Trinity National Forest has issued a new Forest Closure Order No: 14-19-07. See the closures and maps tab for closure area information or go to: PDF of South Fire Closure Order 14-19-07.”
This fire is now 4,840 acres and 100 percent contained according to Inciweb on October 7, the last update. It was caused by lightning. It’s located 13 miles southeast of Lee Vining.
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.
Inciweb noted: “The Taboose Fire has shown some interior smoke in the past several days along the western flank, where warming and drying of unburned fuels has allowed fire activity to increase. Currently, there are a few acres of active fire at high elevation, confined by rocks and burned areas. However, on the northern side of the active fire, there is an area of unburned fuels that the fire could grow into. With wind predicted on Tuesday, it is anticipated that the fire will remain active in this area…
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.”
This fire was first reported on September 4 and the cause isn’t known. On October 7, according to Inciweb, the fire is now 54,608 acres and 100 percent contained. It’s located east of Genesee near Indian Creek and Beckworth Genesee Road.
If you’re in Plumas County, you can sign up for emergency notices here. Or call 530-616-8625 for updates.
Wendy Fire in Newbury Park
The Wendy Fire started late in the day on October 10. It’s located off Potrero Road and S. Wendy Drive in Ventura County’s Newbury Park. The fire is 91 acres in size as of nearly 11 p.m. on October 10.
The Satwiwa Native American Culture Center and the ‘Ap (a replica of a traditional Chumash dwelling) were saved from the fire.
All Newbury Park schools, including Banyan Elementary, are currently expected to be open on October 11. Follow the Conejo Valley USD Twitter for updates.
Officials are saying that they are making good progress on this fire.
There are no reported injuries or threatened structures at this time from the Wendy Fire.
According to VCFD PIO’s Twitter account, the fire is burning south away from Newbury Park.