Many people in California are keeping a close eye on fires now that wildfire season is in full swing again. Here’s a look at the latest wildfires in California on August 19. The first section of this story shows interactive maps for the state and the second section provides updates on specific fires.
For the latest fire updates in California for August 20, please see Heavy’s newer story here.
Here’s what you need to know:
Interactive Maps of California Fires
A number of interactive fire maps exist to 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 have fires listed that others do not.
A good interactive map to follow is from Inciweb, “an interagency all-risk incident information management system.” You can see the full map here. There’s an embeddable Google Map that includes Inciweb fires, which you can see below. (Note: the original map is taken down, but a new map is here.) Depending on your browser, you may need to zoom into the map below using the + button within the map or go to the “Layers” dropdown box and turn off everything but Wildfire Preparedness and Inciweb Wildfire Information. Inciweb fires are not always the same as wildfires reported on by Cal Fire, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
Another helpful interactive map is provided here from Ca.gov.
A new interactive fire map is below, provided by the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources. A live version is below. You may need to click “OK” before you can view the map to indicate you’re not using it as an evacuation resource. The map below is one of the more detailed fire maps for California.
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services also has an interactive map of red flag warnings and new and active fires. This map is updated every weekday morning, so it’s not always the best for emergency planning but is still informative.
Mapping Support also provides a map of red flag warning areas and current wildfires. They note: “Zoom in, click red area and follow link for official details. See 2 links upper left corner.” This is satellite hotspot data, so it shouldn’t be used for evacuation planning. View the full map here.
List of Active Fires in California on August 19, 2020
This alphabetized list was updated around 12:30 p.m. on August 19. The information on many of these fires will also include who you can follow for the latest updates.
This fire is west of Willows in Glenn County near Highway 162 and County Road 302. It’s 250 acres and 55% contained.
August Complex Fire (including Doe Fire)
This fire complex is 35 miles northwest of Willows, California in Mendocino County. It was started by lightning early Sunday morning. It’s 30,000 acres in size according to Inciweb. Inciweb noted the following (last updated August 19 at 10 a.m.):
The August Complex is comprised of 35 fires that were started by lightning across the Mendocino National Forest. The Complex grew to 30,000 acres overnight due to low humidity and wind gusts up to 25 mph. Structures are threatened in the community of Elk Creek. Powerlines are also being threatened.
Evacuation Warning for Grindstone Rancheria.
Evacuation Order for Chrome, Burrows Gap, and Red Mountain area of western Glenn County. The area of County Road 306 from County Road 314 north to Burrows Gap and west to the Mendocino National Forest. Immediately evacuate the area.
Immediate Evacuation Order due to fire. The area of Elk Creek from County Road 309 north to road M 9 and west of County Col to the Mendocino County line is ordered to Evacuate.
Immediate Evacuation Order for the area of the Mendocino National Forest in Glenn County along forest Highway 7 due to the fire. The area is from County Road 309, north to road M 9 from the forest boundary, west to Plaskett Meadows.
A Temporary Evacuation Point is open at Willows Memorial Hall, 525 W. Sycamore St., Willows CA 95988.
This evacuation site is jointly staffed by Glenn County Health & Human Services Agency and the American Red Cross.
An Animal Shelter is open at the Glenn County Fairgrounds, 221 E Yolo St. Orland, Ca 95963. The animal shelter is currently staffed by Glenn County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control staff and local volunteers.
More information on evacuations, please call Glenn County Sheriffs at 530-934-6441, or visit their website at www.countyofglenn.net/sheriff.
This fire is 33,424 acres in size with 95% containment. On August 14, Cal Fire noted:
Today, the California Incident Management Team 2 will transfer command of the Apple Fire to a local Type 3 team led by Incident Commander Matt Ahearn of the San Bernardino National Forest, while still in unified command with CAL FIRE. On behalf of the team, Incident Commander Mike Minton would like to thank the surrounding communities for their support. This successful effort was built upon local, state, and federal agencies working closely together.
The work is not over—suppression repair efforts will continue over the coming weeks. Crews will remain to mop up along the fireline and repair impacts on the landscape. Expect heavy equipment in areas that are being rehabilitated. Crews return today from the spike camps in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, where they worked on containment lines. Far within the fire’s edge, pockets of burning vegetation may occasionally generate small isolated smoke columns.
The following sources will help you stay updated on the fire.
- Riverside County Fire Department‘s Apple Fire Incident Page
- Riverside County Emergency Management webpage
- Cal Fire Riverside County’s Twitter Page
- Cal Fire San Bernardino’s Twitter Page
- Riverside Emergency Management’s Twitter Page
- Banning Police Department’s Twitter page (not being frequently updated)
- San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twitter Page
- Apple Fire Inciweb page
This fire is south of Mono Lake in Mono County near Highway 120 and Forest Road 1N23. It’s 3,780 acres and 80% contained. Inciweb noted: “Last night, fire activity was minimal and fire crews made excellent progress on containment line construction with their focus on the western flank that was active yesterday afternoon.”
This fire is in Tuolumne County (Stanislaus National Forest), in the Emigrant Wilderness east of Pinecrest. It was started by lightning and is 20 acres in size, located 2 miles east of Crabtree Trailhead and 1.5 miles southeast of Gianelli Trailhead as of August 18 at 6 p.m.
The Bell Fire is located in a remote area of the Stanislaus National Forest (STF) on the Summit Ranger District in the Emigrant Wilderness between the 8000 to 9000 ft level. The fire is currently about 17 acres in size and is located about 5 miles east of Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, 1.5 miles southeast of Gianelli Trailhead, and 2 miles east of Crabtree Trailhead (as a bird flies).
Blue Jay Fire
This fire was started by lightning on July 24 and it’s 155 acres in size. It’s located 4 miles south of White Wolf Campground and one mile west of Lukens Lake Trail. Inciweb notes:
Current fire behavior is creeping and smoldering through ground litter on the forest floor and burning in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching and short range spotting. The fire is expected to continue creeping and smoldering as it burns through timber litter with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir.
The area the fire is burning in is a fire adapted ecosystem. There are currently no threats to infrastructure or hiking trails. The fire will be visible from Tioga Road, Glacier Point, and from high country viewpoints.
Butte Lightning Complex Fire
There are a total of 25 confirmed fires in this unit, including the largest which is the Potters Fire. Total acreage is estimated to be 1,500 acres and 10% contained as of 7 a.m. on August 19.
The good news is that evacuation warnings for the Potters Fire and others within the Butte Lightning Complex have been lifted. Of course, stay tuned to local news in case any of that changes, including the Butte County Sheriff’s Twitter page and Cal Fire Butte Unit.
The Claremont Fire is 650 acres in size and 0% contained, causing the Pacific Crest Trail to be closed. It started on August 17 and its status was last updated on August 19 at 11:15 a.m. by Inciweb.
The Claremont Fire is now estimated at 650 acres. Bulldozers will be used today to construct fireline along Claremont Ridge.
Closures are in effect for the Pacific Crest Trail from Onion Valley to Bucks Summit, the Thompson Creek Road (24N26), and Red Bridge Campground. Residents along upper La Porte Road were notified yesterday to be prepared, should conditions worsen. For immediate text notifications about emergency alerts, residents can sign up for the Plumas County CodeRed Emergency Alert System. https://www.plumascounty.us/2163/CodeRed-Emergency-Alert-System
A Type I team (McGowan) is expected to take over command of all the Mt. Hough District fires by tomorrow. An Incident Command Post will be set up at the fairgrounds for the fires south of Indian Valley. Most of the smaller fires on the Mt. Hough District have been contained.
The U.S. Forest Service of Plumas National Park is a good resource for updates.
CZU August Lightning Complex Fire
This fire complex includes fires in various locations across San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. It totals 7,500 acres and is 0% contained. Cal Fire is providing updates.
On August 18, the following was posted in the late evening. Cal Fire’s website is down now, but you can find newer updates on the Cal Fire CZU Twitter page, which will be listed below this quote from last night.
CZU AUGUST LIGHTNING COMPLEX IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDERS ISSUED IN SAN MATEO COUNTY
South Skyline Blvd. Area near Highway 9 (SMC E049)
Russian Ridge Open Space Reserve Area (Zone SMC E027)
Middleton Tract Area (Zone SMC E044)
Portola Redwoods State Park and the Portola Heights Community Area (Zone SMC E048)
Due to increased fire activity in the area residents are requested to evacuate the above areas. An evacuation center has been setup at Pescadero High School at 360 Butano Cutoff, Pescadero, CA
CZU AUGUST LIGHTNING COMPLEX IMMEDIATE EVACUATION ORDERS ISSUED IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
Significant portions of the Northern part of Santa Cruz County including Last Chance and Big Basin State Park, and Las Cumbres are under a mandatory evacuation order.
(Zone CRZ1, CRZ2, CRZ10, CRZ13, CRZ14, CRZ15)
All of Boulder Creek Fire Protection District has received a mandatory evacuation notice. (BOU1-BOU43)
***Please do not head North on Hwy 235 or Hwy 9. Travel routes are either SOUTH on Hwy 9, or EAST on Bear Creek Road.***
***EVERYONE WHO IS IN THESE AREAS, PLEASE EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU ARE IN AN ADJOINING AREA TO THESE MANDATORY EVACUATIONS, FURTHER EVACUATIONS MAY BE ORDERED BASED ON FIRE CONDITIONS.***
EVACUATION ORDERS 8/18/20 9:00pm:
- Waterman Gap Loop, Upper 236, Boulder Creek Golf Course, Heartwood Hill, Lodge Road, Community of Little Basin, Lower China Grade, Upper China Grade, Community of Kings Hwy, Lower Jamison Creek, Gallion Heights, Fallen Leaf Neighborhood, Foxglove Lane (Zones CRZ10, CRZ13, BOU36, BOU20, BOU30, BOU31, BOU36, BOU37, BOU21)
Please evacuate SOUTH on HWY 236 (Big Basin Hwy) towards Boulder Creek, then access Hwy 9 SOUTH to Santa Cruz
- Saratoga Toll Road, San Lorenzo Park, Riverside Grove-Community of Teilh Drive, Wildwood Road (Zones, BOU38, BOU39, BOU40, BOU41, BOU42, BOU43)
Please evacuate NORTH on HWY 9 to Santa Clara County
CZU AUGUST LIGHTNING COMPLEX ADDITIONAL EVACUATION ORDERS AND WARNINGS ISSUED IN SAN MATEO COUNTY 8/18/20 9:00pm:
UPGRADED TO EVACUATION ORDERS
- Communities of Loma Mar and Dearborn Park Area (Zone SMC E018)
- Pescadero Creek County Park Area (Zone SMC E024)
- Butano Community Area (Zone SMC E098)
- Butano State Park Area including Barranca Knolls Community (Zone SMC E019)
- Note: Pescadero High School is open as an evacuation center in this zone
View the most current evacuation information at: http://www.smco.community.zonehaven.com
ROAD CLOSURES 8/18/20:
San Mateo County
- Pescadero Creek Road between Alpine and Cloverdale Rd.
- Cloverdale Road between Pescadero Creek Road and Gazos Creek.Santa Cruz County
- Highway 236 between Highway 9 and Jamison Creek.There are multiple large lightning-caused lightning caused fires burining in southern San Mateo County and Northern Santa Cruz County. Total we experienced significant fire activity on all fires throughout the Unit.
- Warrenella (Santa Cruz Co) – 300 ac. 10% contained, Cememt Plant Rd. x HWY 1
- Waddell (Santa Cruz Co) – 500 ac. 0% contained, Old Coast Road X HWY 1
- 5-14 (San Mateo Co.) – 2000 ac. 0% contained, Olmo Truck Trail X Butano Fire Road
- 5-15 (San Mateo Co.) – 2500 ac. 0% contained, N. Butano Truck Trail X Dearborne Park Road
- 5-18 (San Mateo Co.) – 2500 ac. 0% contained, N. Butano Truck Trail X China Grade Road
- *Plus additional smaller fires in the two countiesFirefighting resources are limited due to the number of fires burning throughout Northern California. Limited visibility due to smoke is hampering aircraft operations.
Here are newer updates since Cal Fire’s website went down.
See the current evacuation info for San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County here.
You can also find updates on Twitter.
This fire started August 15 and now it’s 43,248 acres in size and 5% contained, per Inciweb. It’s at the Mojave National Preserve and was caused by lightning. Inciweb noted:
The Dome Fire a lightning caused fire which started on August 15, 2020 is currently burning in the area of the Cima dome in the Mojave National Preserve. The fire is estimated to be approximately 44,248acres and burning in dry tall grass and desert shrub. Extreme fire conditions are present due to gusty winds from afternoon thunderstorm along with very hot and dry conditions. Access to the fire has been hampered by terrain conditions, wilderness and sensitive ecological habitat. Several structures are threatened as well as a Union Pacific Railway line, high voltage power lines in the area and natural gas line.
On Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 0600, the California Intergeancy Incident Management Team 12 (CAIIMT12) took over the incident command under Incident Commander Micheal Nobles.
Significant Situation: Natural and historical resources potentially being impacted are the desert tortoise habitat, the largest natural occurring Joshua Tree forest, and two historical mines the Morning & Evening Star Mines. Crews are working on the ground, with air support. Additional resources have been ordered and continue to arrive.
Road Closures: Ivanpah Road, Cima Road, Morningstar Mine Road, Kelso-Cima Road, the Teutonia Peak Trail and primitive campsites in the area are closed due to fire activity. If you’re travelling through on I-15, please detour through Baker. Kelbaker Road is open. Before visiting a park, please check the park website Mojave National Preserve to determine its operating status.
This fire is in Newhall (Los Angeles County) near Elsmere Grapevine Road and Santa Clarita Truck Trail. It’s 200 acres in size and 30% contained, and the cause is under investigation. The following are providing updates:
This fire is northwest of Howland Flat in Sierra County. The fire’s current status isn’t clear.
Gamble Fire (LNU Lightning Complex)
This fire is west of Brooks at Berryessa Knoxville Road and is 5,000 acres and 0% contained. It’s part of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire (see that listing below for more details and updates). Updates for this fire are now being provided as part of the LNU Lightning Complex Fire.
Here are status updates posted by Cal Fire as of 12 p.m. August 18, before Cal Fire’s website went down:
LNU Lightning Complex Evacuation Update 8/18/20 12PM
- Order: The intersection on Butts Canyon Road and Snell Valley Road to Spanish Valley, to include the Berryessa estates.
- Warning: Butts Canyon Rd from the Lake County line to James Creek.
CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit responded to multiple fires throughout the day yesterday and into the evening. Currently there are three large fires named the Hennessey Incident, Gamble Incident, and 15-10 Incident. Crews have responded to 59 additonal fires yesterday. Crews have been working hard to manage these fires while dealing with rugged terrain, adverse weather conditions, and unfavorable fire behavior.
Hennessey Incident Information: Firefighters on at scene of a vegetation fire near Hennessey Ridge Road in Napa County, Califonia. The fire is current 2,700 acres and 0% contained. 205 structures are threatened and Evacuation Orders are in place. 1 structure, 2 outbuldings have been destroyed.
Gamble Incident Information: Firefighters are at scene of a vegetation fire near Berryessa Knoxville Road, West of Brooks. Fire is currently 5000 acres and 0% contained.
15-10 Incident Information: Firefighters are at scene of a vegetation fire near Putah Creek Bridge / Berressa Knoxville Rd. Fire is currently 4500 acres and 0% contained.Evacuation Order:
- Highway 128 from Lower Chiles Valley Road to Monticello Road
- Highway 128 from Chiles Pope Valley Road to Lower Chiles Valley Road
- Chiles Pope Valley Road from Highway 128 to Lower Chiles Valley Road
- All of Hennessey Ridge Road.
- Highway 128 at Silverado Trail to Chiles Pope Valley Road, including the Pritchard Hills Area
- Highway 128 at Lower Chiles Valley Road to Turtle Rock
Road Closures: Chiles Pope Valley Road, Sage Canyon Road, Highway 128
You can get updates on Twitter while Cal Fire is down.
This fire is 2 acres in size and 80% contained, as of Inciweb’s last update four days ago.
Hennessey Fire (LNU Lightning Complex Fire)
This fire is east of St. Helena (caused by lightning) near Hennessey Ridge Rd. and Chiles Pope Valley Road. It’s part of the LNU Lightning Complex and is 2,700 acres and 0% contained. See more details in the LNU Lightning listing below, as this is where Cal Fire is providing updates from now on.
Updates are being posted on Twitter by Cal Fire LNU.
Jones Fire (Nevada County Incident)
This fire is in Nevada County near Jones Bar Road and Yuba River Drainage, northwest of Nevada City. It’s 550 acres and 5% contained. Visit Ready Nevada County for evacuation information. The map below is also being updated with the latest details.
July Complex Fire
This fire started July 24 in Siskiyou and Modoc counties and is still listed as active by Cal Fire. The July Complex Fire was northwest of Tionesta at Caldwell Trail and Hill Road, and the cause is lightning. It’s 83,261 acres in size and now 97% contained. The fire is near Canby, California.
The Complex Fire includes the Caldwell Fire, the Allen Fire and the Dalton Fire. The Dalton Fire is 100% contained, Allen is 100% contained and Caldwell is now 94% contained.
KNF Lighting July 2020
These are lightning wildfires in Klamath National Forest, grouped in one category by Inciweb. There are at least 36 known fires from a July 26-27 thunderstorm and most were small.
This fire is southwest of Lake Hughes near Lake Hughes Road and Prospect Road. The cause is under investigation.
It’s 25,948 acres and 38% contained in Los Angeles County. More than 4,500 structures remain threatened and mandatory evacuations are in place. It started August 12 and has burned for seven days.
Here is the latest update from Inciweb since Cal Fire’s webpage is down.
The Lake Fire is currently 25,948 acres with 38% containment. 4,570 structures remain threatened and mandatory evacuations remain in place. The fire is burning on the Angeles National Forest near Lake Hughes and moving northwest towards 100-year-old fuels consisting of Big Cone Douglas Fir, Oak and Gray pine. The Lake Fire remains over eight miles to the northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138. Firefighters are facing steep and rugged terrain, high temperatures, critically dry fuels and drought stressed trees.
The Lake Fire started on August 12, 2020 and has burned for 8 days. Cause of fire is unknown. There has been one reportable injury to date. The east flank of the fire, just west of Lake Hughes has held for several days. Some of the areas in denser vegetation require extensive mop up. The west flank in the area of Sawmill Mountain, Burnt Peak and Little Burnt Peak is presenting the most challenging fire behavior. Containment along Pine Mountain Road will continue to be threatened by spot fires. Long range spotting; a behavior of fire where sparks or embers are carried by the wind causing new fires outside the perimeter. This continues to be a challenge for our firefighters.
EVACUATIONS: Lake Hughes Road west of Pine Canyon and north of Dry Gulch Road. east of Ridge Route Road west of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78 north of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road south of SR-138.
EVACUATION POINT(S): Evacuation points will be opened as needed. If you should need assistance, please call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767)
LNU Lightning Complex Fire
See Heavy’s story here for the latest evacuation maps.
This fire is near Putah Creek Bridge and Beressa Knoxville Road. It’s a combination of fires with 0% containment, totaling about 46,225 acres in Napa County and Sonoma County. You can see the Cal Fire listing here.
The following is a direct quote from Cal Fire as of August 19 at 8 a.m.
- Hennessey Fire: Hennessey Ridge Road in Napa County, Califonia. The fire is current 12,500 acres and 0% contained. 1 structure, 2 outbuldings have been destroyed.
- Gamble Fire: Berryessa Knoxville Road, West of Brooks. Fire is currently 13,000 acres and 0% contained.
- Green Fire: Near Putah Creek Bridge / Berressa Knoxville Rd. Fire is currently 8,000 acres and 0% contained.
- Spanish Fire: Near Spanish Flat. Fire is currently 4,000 acres and 0% contained.
- Markley Fire: Near Monticello dam. Fire is 5,000 acres and 0% contained. Morgan Fire: Fire is 2,200 acres and 0% contained
- Wallbridge Fire: West of Healdsburg. The fire is currently 1,500 acres and 0% contained.
- Myers Fire: North of Jenner. The fire is currently 25 acres and 0% contained.
- Highway 128 from Lower Chiles Valley Road to Monticello Road
- Highway 128 from Chiles Pope Valley Road to Lower Chiles Valley Road
- Chiles Pope Valley Road from Highway 128 to Lower Chiles Valley Road
- All of Hennessey Ridge Road.
- From Moskowite Corner to Wooden Valley Rd, Including the community of Circle Oaks
- Atlas Peak from the Bubbing Well Pet Cemetary at 2462 Atlas Peak Rd to the dead end
- From Loma Vista Rd / Soda Canyon Rd to the dead end.
- All of Steele Canyon Rd from Hwy 128 to and including the Berryessa Highlands Sub Divison
- Wragg Canyon Rd – from Hwy 128 to the end of the road, including Pleasure Cove Resort
- Chiles Pope Valley Road – From Lower Chiles Valley Road to Pope Canyon Road
- North of Austin Creek Recreational Area
- East of The Cedars
- Mill Creek Road west of the intersection of Puccioni Road
- South of Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road
- South of Stewarts Point Skaggs Springs Road
- West of West Dry Creek Road and Westside Road
- North of Sweetwater Springs Road and McCray Ridge Road
- East of the East Austin Creek (the actual creek)
- West of Meyers Grade Road to the coast
- South of Fort Ross Road
- North of Russian Gulch State Beach
- North of Austin Cree Recreational Area
- East of Cedars
- West of Mill Creek Rd
- South of Stewarts Point-Skaggs Spring Road
Additional evacuatations are ongoing, more to follow
Crosswalk Community Church
2590 First Street
Napa, CA 94558
Animal Evacuation Center:
Napa County Animal Shelter
942 Hartle Court
Napa, CA 94559
- SR-121 at Wooden Valley Rd (this was previously the SR-121 at SR-128 closure). This closure will be staffed by an officer. Circle Oaks is being or will be evacuated
- SR-128 at Pleasent’s Valley Rd. Woodland CHP and Caltrans are staffing this closure. No traffic westbound on SR-128 from this intersection. Traffic can move east on SR-128 and south on Pleasent’s Valley Rd
- Butts Canyon Rd at Snell Valley Rd. This closure is staffed by a CHP officer. We do not want anyone traveling south on Butts Canyon Rd past this intersection
- SR-128 at Silverado Trail. This closure is staffed by a CHP officer and Caltrans
- Napa County Roads is working on the following closures:
- Atlas Peak Rd at Westgate Drive. No traffic north on Atlas Peak Rd. past Westgate Drive. This section of Atlas Peak is being or will be evacuated
- Soda Canyon Rd at Silverado Trail. Soda Canyon Rd. north of Loma Vista Drive is being or will be evacuated. We do not want any traffic on Soda Canyon Rd north of Loma Vista–it’s easier to close it at Silverado Trail
Sonoma County road closures:
- SR-1 @ Fort Ross Road- No traffic on S/B SR-1 and no traffic E/B on Fort Ross Rd
- SR-1 @ Meyers Grade Road- No traffic on N/B SR-1 and no traffic on N/B Meyers Grade Rd
- Fort Ross Road at Seaview Road- No traffic on W/B Fort Ross Rd. and no traffic on E/B Fort Ross Rd
- Myers Grade Road at Fort Ross Road- No traffic on S/B Meyers Grade Rd
- Dry Creek Rd at Dry Creek
- Yoaking Bridge Rd at Dry Creek
- Lyton Springs Rd at Dry Creek
- Westside Rd @ Dry Creek
- Wohler Rd at River Rd
- Odd Fellows Park Rd at Russian River
- Bohemian Hwy at Russian River
- Mosscow Rd at Hwy 116
- Hwy 116 at Hwy 1 (Move Hwy 1 at Myers Grade)
- King Ridge Rd @ Sewell Rd (private Rd with gates)
- Skaggs Spings Rd at Sewell Rd (Anvil Ranch)
More tweets have been shared since the above information was posted, including:
The information line for the fires is 707-967-4207.
Cal Fire is providing updates on Twitter here, including evacuation updates.
This fire in Sierra County is near Mount Ina Coolbrith, east of Loyalton. It’s 44,147 acres and 30% contained as of August 18. It was caused by lightning.
Inciweb noted as of August 19 at 8:20 a.m.
The Loyalton Fire originated east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbrith and is burning north and east adjacent to the areas of Beckwourth Pass and Hallelujah Junction. The fire is now estimated at 46,386 acres and 35% contained.
August 19, 2020
Mandatory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for Balls Canyon Road, Long Valley Road, and Copperfield.
Advisory Evacuation Orders remain effect for Sierra Brooks.
Advisory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for the City of Loyalton and homes on the south side of Hwy 49 west of Loyalton to Lombardi Point.
Advisory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for the areas of Chilcoot and Vinton.
Advisory Evacuation Orders remain in effect for the area of Hwy 49 and 70 south to
Loyalton, and to the east side of Hwy 49.
Advisory Evacuation Orders for Cold Springs and Bordertown have been lifted.
All Evacuation Orders in Lassen County have been lifted.
Hwy 49 is currently open.
Hwy 395 is currently open.
Hwy 70 is currently open.
Milepost 21 Fire
This fire started on July 20 and is in Humboldt County, still listed as active by Cal Fire. It started at Highway 96 and Deerhorn Road, southeast of Weitchpec. It’s 90% contained and 100 acres in size.
This fire is near Johntown Creek Road and Garden Valley. It’s 14 acres and 40% contained. All evacuation orders were lifted.
North Complex Fire (Sheep Fire)
This fire started on August 17 near Fleming Sheep Camp on Mt. Hough Ranger District in Plumas National Forest, Cal Fire reported. It’s 5,400 acres and was started by lightning with 5% containment. According to Inciweb, it includes the Sheep, Fleming and Willard fires, while the Evans 6 acre fire, the Kessler .25 acre fire, the Neer .25 acre fire and the Meyers .10 acre fire are all contained.
This fire is in Los Angeles County at NB I-5 and Highway 138. It’s burned 120 acres and is 35% contained.
This fire is northeast of Oroville in Butte County, near Potters Ravine Dr. and Oregon Gulch Road. Cal Fire noted that it’s 1,500 acres and 10% contained as part of the fire complex. It was formerly called the 5-4 Fire and now is part of the Butte Lightning Complex Fire.
This fire is in Los Angeles County, north of San Gabriel Canyon Road and Ranch Road in San Gabriel Canyon. It’s 4,300 acres and 19% contained.
The cause was human, suspected arson. (Inciweb calls it the Ranch 2 Fire.)
The Ranch 2 Fire burned most actively to the northwest yesterday after the inversion lift. Fuels continue to be critically dry with low moisture levels. Firefighters have been primarily focused on extending the containment lines on the north and west perimeters. Crews continue to hold the fire on the eastern perimeter as well. There was some growth on the fire last night and handcrews worked all night, making good progress to extend handlines on the western side of the fire.
Red Salmon Complex Fire
This fire is in Humboldt County near Salmon Mountain and 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek. It started July 27 by lightning. According to Inciweb, the fire is 15,497 acres and 38% contained.
Inciweb noted on August 19:
The Red Salmon Complex is comprised of the Red and Salmon fires that were started by a July 27 lightning storm. They are burning in rugged and remote country approximately 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek, CA, primarily within the Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Six Rivers National Forest.
The Complex is currently 15,497 acres and 38% contained. There is a total of 1,238 personnel working the fire.
Both fires are being managed for full suppression. Firefighting objectives reflect efforts to protect the cultural values and natural resources of the area. Minimum impact suppression techniques (MIST) guidelines are being implemented to preserve wilderness and cultural values.
The fires are within close proximity and continue to steadily grow together. A large spot fire (>300 acres) located near Prospect Peak continues to slowly spread and is now well established. Crews are working to contain that by constructing line to box it in with the 2013 Butler Fire boundary to the north.
Firefighter and public safety is always the top priority and we are implementing best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in all fire management practices.
This fire is east of Salinas near Pine Canyon Road and River Road. It’s 10,672 acres and 7% contained in Monterey County as of the morning of August 19.
Cal Fire notes as of 9 p.m. on August 19 at 7:34 a.m.:
Hot, dry weather and absence of marine layer has made vegetation more receptive and has resulted in increased fire intensity and rates of spread and longer burn periods. The fire progressed significantly to the southeast towards the valley. Slope driven runs and downhill spotting were reported on the north end of the fire.
Motorists should drive cautiously and always yield to emergency vehicles that are traveling on and off roads and highways. Fire danger remains elevated and everyone should continue to use extreme caution and refrain from daily activities that may spark a wildfire. For information on how you can prepare for wildfire please visit Ready for Wildfire.
Please register for evacuation alerts by visiting Alert Monterey County.
CAL FIRE IMT 1 has been tasked with supporting the Carmel Incident that is burning West of the River Fire.
- Pine Canyon Rd, Parker Rd, Laurel Ln, and Trimble Hill Ln.
- West of River Rd to Parker Rd, South to Limekiln Rd to include Limekiln Rd.
- Limekiln Road South to Gonzales River Road.
- South of River Rd from Tara Dr. to Pine Canyon Rd. to include all roads off of: Las Palmas Pkwy, Ranchito Dr, Indian Springs Rd, Berry Dr, Enos Dr, Redding Dr, and Belmont Circle.
- Indian Canyon, Mt. Toro Access Rd and San Benancio Rd from Troy Ln to Corral de Tierra, including Corral del Cielo Rd, Lucie Ln, and Covie Ln.
- Southwest of Parker Rd, Northwest of Corral del Cielo Rd and Rana Creek, southeast of the intersection of Chualar River Rd and River Rd, northwest of Limekiln Rd/Creek.
- Harper Canyon Area, all areas north of San Benancio Rd, west of Troy Ln, southeast of Harper Canyon Rd, to include Harper Canyon Rd, Weather Rock Way, and Rimrock Canyon Rd.
- Monterey County has opened an evacuation center at Toro Park School, 22500 Portola Drive, Salinas, Ca.
- Residents who need emergency housing or have lost homes, may reach out to the American Red Cross 24 hour disaster dispatch helpline: 1-866-272-2237. To assist with evacuees being effected please visit the link
Pine Canyon at Mesa Road
River Road at Parker Road
Animal evacuation centers: Please call SPCA Monterey County at 831-264-5455
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You can see an evacuation map below or here.
SCU Lightning Complex Fire
This fire is in multiple locations throughout Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Joaquin County and Stanislaus County. The complex accounts for multiple fires totaling 85,000 acres, San Francisco CBS reported.
The information below is quoted from Cal Fire on August 18 as of 11:30 p.m. before the website went down.
Evacuation Update 8/18/20 10pm
- North of 130 to Santa Clara County Line
- West of San Antonio Valley Rd.
- West of Mines Rd. to Santa Clara County Line
- East of Three Springs Rd. and Mt. Hamilton Rd.
- South of Santa Clara County Line
- East of Ed Levin County Park, Felter Rd., Sierra Rd., Toyon Ave. and Mt.
- Hamilton Rd. to Three Springs Rd.
- North of Mt. Hamilton Rd. to Three Springs Rd.
- South of Santa Clara County Line
- West of the Fire Perimeter
The SCU Lightning Complex is approximately 20 separate fires broken into three zones; the Canyon Zone, the Calaveras Zone, and the Deer Zone. The fires continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain and are influenced by terrain, extreme temperatures, and low relative humidity. Crews worked throughout the day building direct and indirect fire line, where possible. The fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain and is influenced by terrain, extreme temperatures, and low relative humidity. An excessive heat warning is in place until Wednesday August 19th. Overnight temperatures across the region are expected to be 70°-80° before returning to triple digits tomorrow. Firefighters look to take advantage of cooler temperatures this evening to build and strengthen containment lines across all zones.
Deer Zone: [Contra Costa County]
Round Fire, Palm Fire, Marsh Fire, and Briones Fire
Calaveras Zone: [Alameda County / Santa Clara County / Stanislaus County]
Kilkare Fire, Arroyo Fire, Mill Creek Fire, Welch Fire, Ohlone Fire, and Reservoir Fire
Canyon Zone: [Stanislaus County / San Joaquin County]
Peg Leg Fire, Terraville Fire, Del Puerto Fire, and Peach Fire
Alameda County / Stanislaus County:
- Frank Rains Park to Mines Road
- Del Puerto Canyon Road 1 mile to Mines Road
- Welch Creek Road
Contra Costa County:
- Marsh Creek Road round valley to Morgan Territory
- All of Morgan Territory and Marsh Creek mobile home park
Alameda County: City of Fremont – Mill Creek Road
Stanislaus County: Diablo Grande Community
Marsh Creek Road between Morgan Territory Road and Deer Valley Road Del Puerto Canyon Road (SR-130) between Mines Road and Diablo Grande PKWY
The public information line for these fires is 669-247-7431.
SHF Lightning Fires 2020
Inciweb has grouped these together. Many are out, and a 15-acre fire has been 100% contained and is almost out. These are from lightning storms and are listed on Inciweb’s map.
This fire is in Kern County near Stagecoach Drive and Piute Meadow Road, south of Lake Isabella. It’s 7,760 acres and 99% contained.
This fire started August 1 in Tehama County at Child’s Meadow and Highway 89/36, northeast of Mineral. As of August 9, it’s 684 acres near the junction of State Highway 36 and 172, near Childs Meadows, and 97% contained.
This fire is 594 acres and 98% contained as of Inciweb’s last update five days ago.
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