Numerous wildfires in California continue to grow, prompting evacuations in different areas in the state. Here’s a look at the latest wildfires in California on August 22. The first section of this story shows interactive maps for the state and the second section provides updates on specific fires.
Here’s what you need to know:
Interactive Maps of California Fires
A number of interactive fire maps 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 have fires listed that others do not. If you live near a fire, stay tuned to your local media.
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 and also 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.
In addition, you can find a general map of fires in the Bay Area, including the LNU Complex Fire and the CZU August Lightning Complex Fire, and the SCU Lightning Complex Fire, below.
You can also find a map of shelters near you here. (This is not an evacuation map.)
List of Active Fires in California on August 22, 2020
This alphabetized list was updated for August 22. The information on many of these fires will also include who you can follow for the latest updates.
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 143,663 acres in size according to Inciweb and still just 6% contained. The fire complex is comprised of 20 individual fires across the Mendocino National Forest. Firefighters are focusing on the eastside of the fire today.
Inciweb noted the following regarding evacuations and closures (last updated August 21 at 9:44 p.m.):
The August Complex, is comprised of 20 fires. The largest fires are listed below. The fires were started by lightning on the Mendocino National Forest 8/17/20. During yesterday’s operational period the Complex grew by 31,298 acres, making the total acres burned 148,663. Weather conditions today will be favorable for firefighters to go direct on the fire’s edge. Sunday’s weather forecast is calling for thunderstorms and sustain high winds through Tuesday evening which has resulted in a Red Flag fire warning starting tomorrow night and going through Tuesday evening. Today crews are focusing on point protection, values at risk and constructing direct hand line where safe to do so.
The Tatham fire is approximately 4 miles west of Paskenta. Firefighters are working in tandem with CalFire and continue to construct dozer lines along County Rd 306 to provide protection to private homes and properties. Crews are going direct on the west flank of the Glade fire and making good progress while continuing to protect values at risk on the east and southeast side of the Glade fire. The Hopkins fire is 2000 acres and burning in an old fire scar in the Yolla Bolly wilderness and is staffed with smokejumpers.
- Doe Fire (120,875 acres)
- Glade Fire (86,028 acres)
- Tatham Fire (7,089 acres)
- Corbin Fire (6,171 acres)
- Hopkins Fire (2,022 acres)
- Willow Basin (563 acres)
This fire is 33,424 acres in size with 95% containment. Cal Fire last updated details about this fire on August 14:
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 in its last update on August 18: “Fire activity was minimal last night and remains minimal this morning. Some interior pockets of fuel are burning on the northeast part of the fire and putting up some fingers of smoke.”
This fire is in Tuolumne County (Stanislaus National Forest), in the Emigrant Wilderness east of Pinecrest. It was started by lightning and is 31 acres in size, located 2 miles east of Crabtree Trailhead and 1.5 miles southeast of Gianelli Trailhead as of August 19 at 4 p.m.
Inciweb notes on August 19, the last update:
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 (and Wolf Fire)
This fire was started by lightning on July 24 and it’s 268 acres in size and 10% contained. It’s located 4 miles south of White Wolf Campground and one mile west of Lukens Lake Trail. Inciweb notes on August 22:
The fire is located within the wilderness 4 miles south of White Wolf campground and 1 mile west of Lukens Lake Trail on the south side of Tioga Road at 9,000 feet in elevation.
Fire behavior on both fires 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 fires are expected to continue creeping and smoldering as they burn through timber litter with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir.
Butte Lightning Complex Fire (Butte Tehama Glenn Lightning Complex Fire)
The Butte Lightning Complex Fire is expanded to include Tehama and Glenn zone fires. The fire is 2,623 acres and 40% contained.
You can see the zone of evacuation warnings in Butte County on the map here.
This fire is south of Carmel in Monterey County near Cachagua Road and Carmel Valley Road. It’s 5,523 acres and 5% contained, actively burning. Some residential and commercial buildings are threatened. The information line for this fire is 925-532-5455. For details on animal evacuation centers, call the SPCA of Monterey County at 831-264-5455.
Evacuation warnings for this fire and others in the region are changing rapidly, so rather than listing the warnings here, you should look at the map provided by Monterey County.
Get more details including an evacuation map here.
CZU Lightning Complex Fire (formerly called CZU August Lightning Complex Fire)
This fire complex includes fires in various locations across San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. It totals 63,000 acres and is 5% contained. Cal Fire is providing updates.
See the current evacuation information for San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County, including a map, here. The information page is also embedded below.
As of 10 a.m. on August 22, the following evacuations were listed by Cal Fire:
Evacuation Orders for Santa Cruz County
- Waterman Gap Loop, Upper HWY 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)
- Saratoga Toll Road, San Lorenzo Park, Riverside Grove-Community of Teilh Drive, Wildwood Road (BOU38, BOU39, BOU40, BOU41, BOU42, BOU43)
- Everyone on Empire Grade Road, from Felton Empire north, all of Pine Flat Road, all of Ice Cream Grade, Bonny Doon Road, in between Pine Flat Road, Martin Road, and all associated side streets are under an evacuation order. (CRZ1, CRZ2, CRZ3, CRZ4, CRZ5, CRZ10, CRZ11, CRZ12, CRZ13, CRZ14, CRZ15)
- Bonny Doon south of Ice Cream Grade, to include Pine Flat Road South is now under an evacuation order. (CRZ7, CRZ8)
- Areas of Alba Road, Hubbard Gulch and Fanning Grade. (BEN 1)
- All areas of Ben Lomond (Zones BEN 2 – BEN 5)
- The area of Lompico (Zones ZAY 11, ZAY 12)
- All areas adjacent to the Bonny Doon and San Lorenzo Valley should be prepared to evacuate if necessary. (CRZ7, CRZ8)
- Areas West of Highway 9 to Empire Grade
- South from Bear Creek Road to Felton, this includes Ben Lomond
- Paradise Park (Zones: CRZ 63, CRZ 64)
- University of California Santa Cruz, campus only (Zone: SCZ 4)
- The areas of Zayante Canyon (Zones: ZAY 1 – ZAY 17)
- Scotts Valley West of State Route 17 (Zones: SCO 1-5, SCO 7, SCO 14-20, SCO 21 – SCO 25)
Evacuation Warnings for Santa Cruz County:
Evacuation Centers in Santa Cruz County
- Santa Cruz County Fairground, 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville
- Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church Street, Santa Cruz
- Seventh Day Adventist Camp Grounds, 1931 Soquel San Jose Rd
- Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos CA
- Santa Cruz Bible Church, 440 Frederick Street, Santa Cruz
- Simpkins Family Swim Center, 919 17th Ave
- Twin Lakes Church, 2701 Cabrillo College Drive
Evacuation Orders for San Mateo County:
- 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)
- Butano Creek Drainage (Zone SMC E055)
- 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)
- Pescadero Beach Area (Zone SMC E075)
- Bean Hollow Area (Zone SMC E042)
- Pescadero Area (Zone SMC E043)
- San Gregorio Area (Zone SMC E022)
- La Honda Area (Zone SMC E028)
- Red Barn Area (Zone SMC E010)
- Russian Bridge Open Space Area (Zone SMC E027)
- Skylonda Area (Zone SMC E012)
- Langley Hill Area ( Zone SMC E010)
Evacuation Warnings for San Mateo County:
- No evacuations warnings in place.
Evacuation Centers in San Mateo County
- Half Moon Bay High School, 1 Lewis Foster Drive, Half Moon Bay (AT CAPACITY)
- San Mateo Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive
Animal Evacuation Center
- Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, 2601 E. Lake Avenue in Watsonville
- You can find updates on CalFire’s Twitter.
- View the most current evacuation information for Santa Cruz County here.
- See the current evacuation information for San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County, including a map, here.
This fire is in Monterey County in Ventana Wilderness near Dolan Road and Highway 1. The size is currently 8,500 acres and containment is 0%. It’s six miles north of Lime Kiln State Park and 10 miles south of Big Sur.
See a map and more details here.
This fire started August 15 and now it’s 43,273 acres in size and 95% contained, per Inciweb. It’s at the Mojave National Preserve and was caused by lightning.
The Elkhorn fire is considered part of the Tehama/Glenn Zones of the Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fires.
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. Information was last updated August 21. The following are providing updates:
This fire is northwest of Howland Flat in Sierra County. The fire’s current status isn’t clear, but it’s listed as active on Cal Fire (last updated August 13.)
This fire is 2 acres in size and 80% contained, as of Inciweb’s last update four days ago.
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 705 acres and 35% contained. Repopulation efforts are underway and no evacuation orders or warnings are in effect. Visit Ready Nevada County for evacuation information. The map below is also being updated with the latest details.
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 30,763 acres and 52% contained in Los Angeles County. Some mandatory evacuations are in place. It started August 12 and has burned for seven days.
Per Inciweb: “The following areas will remain under evacuation orders; East of Old Ridge Route, West of Shafer Road, South of Highway 138, North of Pine Canyon Road / Elizabeth Lake Road, Lake Hughes Road South of Deeswood Drive and North of Dry Gulch Road. Unified Incident Commanders are evaluating all evacuated areas for the potential to safely repopulate.”
LNU Lightning Complex Fire
This fire is near Putah Creek Bridge and Beressa Knoxville Road. It’s a combination of fires with 15% containment, totaling about 314,207 acres in five counties, including Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, and Solano.
Sonoma County Evacuations:
Sonoma County is sharing the following map with evacuation updates.
You can see Solano County’s map here or below.
Areas shaded yellow are evacuation warnings and areas shaded red are evacuation orders.
If you’re in Yolo County, you can get updates here, along with seeing the latest map, which is also below.
You can know your zone for evacuation updates here.
How to stay updated on this fire:
- LNU Lightning Complex Cal Fire page
- Cal Fire LNU on Twitter
- Sonoma County Emergency Preparedness and evacuation updates
- Sonoma County Scanner Updates (not official government)
- Yolo County Updates and emergency message alerts
- You can see Solano County’s evacuation map here.
- Napa County: Stay updated on evacuation orders via Twitter and see alerts here.
- Napa County provides an evacuation map here.
- Napa County: Text your ZIP code to 888777 for real-time alerts.
- Napa County Evacuation updates’ webpage.
This fire in Sierra County is near Mount Ina Coolbrith, east of Loyalton. It’s 47,028 acres and 75% contained as of August 22. It was caused by lightning.
Inciweb noted as of August 22: “All evacuations associated with the Loyalton Fire are now lifted.”
North Complex 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 17,782 acres (including the Sheep and Claremont fires) and was started by lightning with 0% containment as of August 22. According to Inciweb, it includes the Sheep, Bear, Willard, and Claremont Fire.
A number of evacuations are in place. Evacuation centers include:
- PLUMAS COUNTY: Quincy High School at 6 Quincy Junction Rd, Quincy, CA 95971
- LASSEN COUNTY: Lassen Community College Dormitories at 478-200 Hwy 139, Susanville, CA, Susanville, CA 96130
- Large Animal Shelter at Lassen County Fairgrounds at 195 Russell Ave, Susanville, CA 96130. Check in at the Fair office on Russell Drive first before 5pm. After 5pm, call the Emergency Shelter Line at (530)250-9088. Liability, feed, and care of large animals is the sole responsibility of the animal’s owner.
Follow These Sources for Breaking Updates:
- The U.S. Forest Service of Plumas National Park is a good resource for updates.
- 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.
- Evacuation questions should be directed to your County Sheriff’s office non-emergency number Plumas County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 283-6375; Lassen County Sheriff’s Office: (530) 257-6121
- Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and Lassen County Sheriff’s Office are also good evacuation resources.
This fire is in Los Angeles County at NB I-5 and Highway 138. It’s burned 120 acres and is 35% contained.
Ranch 2 Fire
This fire is in Los Angeles County, north of San Gabriel Canyon Road and Ranch Road in San Gabriel Canyon. It’s 4,237 acres and 49% contained.
The cause was human, suspected arson.
Inciweb noted on August 22:
The Ranch 2 Fire remained quiet last night with only a few glows in the western portion of the fire. Those crews are continuing to mop-up while they reinforce and strengthen containment lines as the humidity rises in the area. The fire perimeter is stable and there has been no growth in the last few days. Crews assigned to the southern and eastern flanks are continuing their patrols and are monitoring those areas. Crews working in the north continue to mop up and are backhauling hose, equipment and trash they come across. On the western flank, firefighting crews have worked hard in rugged and steep terrain and have strengthened the line. Since these firefighters have done great work and improved the line, some crews have been released and have been reassigned to fires burning elsewhere. There have been eight cases of heat related injuries and approximately ten cases of poison oak affecting the firefighters. All of these firefighters have been treated and most have returned to work. Only a few were hospitalized but all have been released.
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 18,566 acres and 39% contained.
Inciweb noted on August 22:
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 two fires, plus the spot fire near Prospect Creek, have now grown together into one fire. Firefighters are conducting firing operations to reinforce containment lines made along High Point Ridge to the fire’s east, while the 2013 Butler Fire boundary has slowed the fire’s northeasterly progression. The north and west sides of the fire remain in their current footprint and crews are constructing line to surround the slowly progressing southern flank.
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.
This fire is east of Salinas near Pine Canyon Road and River Road. It’s 44,987 acres and 12% contained in Monterey County as of the morning of August 21.
You can see an evacuation map below or here.
Cal Fire notes:
An Evacuation Shelter is open at Carmel Middle School in Carmel. The shelter will be open 24 hours, has the capacity to provide meals and sleeping accommodations for up to 20 people and can be expanded as needed. The SPCA is not currently on site at this location. Carmel Middle School, 4380 Carmel Valley Rd. Carmel, CA 93923 and Sherwood Hall 490 N. Main St, Salinas, CA 93901.
Evacuees being effected, please visit MontereyCo.recovers.org For Red Cross information please call 211
- Monterey County has an active dashboard with updates, maps, and evacuation orders here. You can also see evacuation updates here.
- Cal Fire BEU is providing updates.
- Register for evacuation alerts in Monterey County here.
This fire is in Calaveras County near the Salt Springs Valley Reservoir. It started August 18 and is now 1,789 acres and 85% contained. The cause is under investigation.
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 291,968 acres and 10% containment.
Here’s an online evacuation map for the fire:
Many areas are under evacuation orders and warnings in San Joaquin County, Alameda County, Stanislaus County, and Santa Clara County. The map above is the best way to have the most current information.
Current evacuation centers include:
- Creekside Middle School: 535 Peregrine Dr, Patterson, CA 95363
- Milpitas Library: 160 N Main St Milpitas, CA 95035
- Ann Sobrato High School – Performing Arts Building ,401 Burnett Ave. Morgan Hill, CA 9503
- Animal Evacuation Center: County of Santa Clara Animal Services: 408-686-3900
- Hold Your Horses Live Stock: 925-584-1976
- The public information line for these fires is 669-247-7431.
- Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit
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.
Tehama/Glenn Zones of the Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire (Including Elkhorn) (aka TGU Lightning Complex Fire)
The Tehama and Glenn Zones of the fire complex are 28,617 acres and 13% contained, according to Cal Fire. 1,500 structures are threatened and several evacuation orders have been issued.
- You can sign up for alerts from Tehama County here.
- Enroll in Glenn County alerts here.
- Cal Fire page
- Information line: 530-526-7625
This fire is 45 acres and 80% contained in San Diego County, west of Temecula City near De Luz Road and Tenaja Truck Trail. It started August 20.
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