A historic wind event in California led to serious fire issues in the state that California residents are still battling. Here’s a look at the wildfires in California on Tuesday, October 29, including the Kincade Fire, the Tick Fire, Getty Fire, and more, along with Red Flag warnings and air quality reports.
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 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 29, 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 29, 2019
Here are the active fires and updates about for Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Most of these are in alphabetical order.
This fire started on October 27. As of October 29, it’s 350 acres and 75 percent contained. It started east of Calpella in Mendocino County, as Potter Valley Road and Highway 20, CA.gov noted.
There are currently no evacuation orders, although there are some evacuation warnings, as shown in the tweet above.
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., according to 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 Getty Fire in Los Angeles was 656 acres at 8 p.m. Pacific on October 28 and 15 percent contained. It started near the 405 Freeway at Getty Center Drive, near the Getty Center Museum, but is burning away from the museum.
The LAFD noted: “Firefighters continue to take advantage of favorable weather conditions into the day today, working with aircraft to extinguish any flare ups and mop up hot spots. Narrow canyon roads and steep terrain pose a challenge for hand crews working the fire line. Current objectives include protecting all structures and building further containment lines around the fire before another forecasted Santa Ana Wind event begins tonight around 11:00PM. Low relative humidity and wind gusts of 30-50mph are expected this evening.”
Twelve residences have been destroyed and five were damaged by the fire.
Mandatory evacuations have been issued 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.
If for any reason server issues cause the map to not appear, here is a screenshot from 6:38 p.m. on Tuesday. You can view the full map here.
The current mandatory evacuation zone includes the following borders except the Mountaingate community (the Mountaingate community’s mandatory evacuation has been lifte). These are the same on October 28 as they were the night before.
- Temescal Canyon Road is the West border
- Sunset Boulevard is the South border
- Mulholland Drive is the North border
- 405 Freeway is the East border
The current evacuation warning zone (which means be ready to leave at a moment’s notice) includes:
- Mulholland Drive to the North, Topanga Canyon to the West, Sunset Blvd. to the South and Temescal Canyon Road to the East.
- The Mountaingate community
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.
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.”
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.
This fire in Riverside County is 75 acres and now 90 percent contained as of the latest update from CA.gov. It’s on the Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation and started on October 14. Updates are available here from Riverside County, but the fire has now been turned over to the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It’s still listed as active on Ca.gov’s website.
The Kincade Fire (spelled Kincaid in some hashtags) is one of the larger fires at the moment. It 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 75,415 acres in size and containment is up to 15 percent according to CA.gov on October 29 at 4:11 p.m.
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 29 at 2:25 p.m. unless otherwise noted.)
- Zone 1: Geyserville
- Zone 2: Knights Valley
- Zone 3: Healdsburg and Windsor
- Zone 4B: Eastside Road and the airport area
- Zone 5: Mark West, Larkfield, Wikiup
- Zone 6: NE Santa Rosa including Fountaingrove, Rincon Valley
- Zone 8A: North of Occidental Road
- Zone 9: Coffey Park and Santa Rosa north of Guerneville Road, Steele Lane
- Zone 10: West of Stony Point Road between Guerneville Road and Ludwig Avenue
The following was downgraded to an evacuation warning from an evacuation order:
- Zone 7: “This is west county, including the following communities: Jenner, Bodega Bay, Bodega, Occidental, Monte Rio, Rio Nido, Duncans Mills, Cazadero, Guerneville, Forestville, Graton (west of Highway 116 only).”
- Zone 8b: “The portion of Zone 8 south of Occidental Road, which includes the following communities, is downgraded to evacuation warning: Sebastopol, Valley Ford, Twin Hills, Western unincorporated Santa Rosa.”
- Zone 4A: “The portion of Zone 4 north of the intersection of Westside Road at Mill Creek Road and west of Highway 101 is downgraded to evacuation warning. This includes the northern portion of Dry Creek Valley.”
The following evacuation centers are open as of 8:44 a.m. on October 28. 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
- Iglesia Cristiana
1129 Industrial Ave #104, Petaluma
- New Life Church Petaluma
1315 Rand Street, Petaluma
- Petaluma Community Center
320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma
- Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building
1094 Petaluma Blvd South, 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. It’s smoldering, creeping, and sometimes actively burning during wind events in mulch piles, Inciweb noted. The fire is in the county of Thermal, California.
Inciweb noted: “Due to heavy equipment operators dispersing and spreading 12-15 foot deep piles of smoldering mulch the Martinez 3 Fire is now 52 acres. As the piles are being broken down, firefighters are working hard to remove the heat using hoses, sprinklers and water trucks. This complex and laborious work will take some time. Martinez 3 Fire resources remain available to respond to any new fires in the area, which allows for a rapid response time. 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.”
This fire started on October 22 near Basilone Road and Las Pulgas Road near Camp Pendleton North, Ca.gov noted. The cause is under investigation. The fire grew to 140 acres and has now been contained, but is still listed as active on CA.gov.
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 24 at 9:13 a.m., the last update for the fire.
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 are destroyed and 19 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 24 that planned actions include: “Continue to strengthen and improve containment line, monitor open line in inaccessible areas, point protection, Continue to manage and support the damage inspection and suppression repair plans. Identify and release all excess resources. Involved agencies are will be operating under single IAP for the operational period.”
Ca.gov won’t be providing further updates after October 23 because of good suppression.
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 78 percent contained as of October 28 at 8:02 a.m., the latest update from Santa Clarita Emergency. But CA.gov lists the containment as being 86 percent as of October 29 at 7:21 a.m.
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.”
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