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 September 7, including the fast-growing Creek Fire and the El Dorado Fire. 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 information for September 8 in California, please see Heavy’s new story here.
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 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.
Nevada County has a map of California fires below and Red Flag warnings 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 September 7, 2020
This alphabetized list was updated for September 7. The information on many of these fires will also include who you can follow for the latest updates.
August Complex Fire (including Hopkins Fire)
This fire complex is in Elk Creek and Stonyford areas in Mendocino County. It was started by lightning on August 17 and is now 325,172 in size according to Inciweb and 24% contained. The fire complex started out as 37 individual fires across the Mendocino National Forest. Many have since been contained or merged.
Inciweb noted on September 5 that the fires include:
- The Hopkins Fire, which is 25 miles northeast of Covelo (most recently added)
- The fires are burning in five counties: Glenn County, Mendocino County, Lake County, Tehama County, and Trinity County
To stay updated on the fire and local evacuations, see these sources:
- Glenn County Office of Emergency Services on Twitter
- Glenn County Disaster Information with evacuation updates
- Glenn County emergency alert CodeRED system
- Mendocino County Emergency Alert & Notification Service
- Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Nixle alerts
- Lake County Nixle alerts
- Tehama County alert signups
- Tehama County fire updates
This fire is 33,424 acres in size with 95% containment according to Cal Fire’s last update on August 18 (Inciweb’s last update on August 28 had the same information.) It was caused by human activity.
This fire is south of Mono Lake in Mono County near Highway 120 and Forest Road 1N23. It’s 3,780 acres and 100% contained.
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 September 3, the latest Inciweb 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 still currently about 31 acres in size, and has grown a quarter acre during recent days. The fire is mostly burning in a large rocky area with sparse fuels and other natural features, like a wet meadow, that are currently limiting fire spread. This fire is located about five 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). And specifically, the fire area is about a half mile north of Bear Lake and is slightly south of, and adjacent to, a short section of the Lake Valley (#19E21) trail.
Blue Jay Fire (and Wolf Fire)
This fire was started by lightning on July 24 and it’s now 575 acres in size and 15% contained as of September 5, Inciweb’s last update. It’s located 4 miles south of White Wolf Campground and one mile west of Lukens Lake Trail.
Inciweb noted on September 5:
The fire has a 40% active perimeter and burning in an area with an overstory of lodgepole and red fir. Fire behavior is actively burning in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching along the active perimeter. When conditions are favorable fire personnel are conducting firing operations to help bring the fire’s edge to natural containment lines…
A temporary trail closure is in effect for the Lukens Lake Trail: from the trailhead on Tioga Road south crossing the Yosemite Creek Campground road to the junction of Yosemite Creek Trail…
The Blue Jay Fire is being managed with a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing minimum impact suppression techniques within fire adapted Wilderness.
This fire is northeast of Cogswell Reservoir in Los Angeles County, near San Gabriel Canyon. (Inciweb notes it’s located near Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area.) The fire started on September 6. In the last update from Inciweb, it was 4,871 acres and 0% contained. The cause is under investigation.
Here’s a rough perimeter map.
And another map of the rough location from FireMappers below.
The Mount Wilson Observatory was evacuated because of the fire on Monday.
You can register for alerts about evacuation information in LA County on this page.
Butte Lightning Complex Fire (Butte Tehama Glenn Lightning Complex Fire)
The Butte Lightning Complex Fire includes Tehama and Glenn zone fires. The fire is 2,782 acres and now 80% contained as of September 1, Cal Fire’s last update. Eight of the 34 fires still need active staffing with the goal of full suppression.
The fire information line is 530-538-7826.
You can see the zone of evacuation warnings in Butte County on the map here.
Please note that there is a related fire listed near the end of this story with greater acreage called the “Tehama/Glenn Zones of the Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire (Including Elkhorn).” Sometimes these are listed separately by sources, so please see that section for more details.
This fire is south of Carmel in Monterey County near Cachagua Road and Carmel Valley Road. It’s 6,905 acres and now 100% contained.
This fire is 143 acres and 20% contained according to Cal Fire’s last update on August 21. Cal Fire still lists this fire as active.
This fire was 500 acres and 0% contained in Fresno County in the afternoon of September 5 northeast of Shaver Lake near Camp Sierra Road and Reddin Road. The fire has since exploded to 78,790 acres in size and is 0% contained, according to Cal Fire’s latest update on September 7 at 9:26 a.m. The cause is under investigation.
You can see a map of the fire here. You can see another map from Mapping Support here or below showing satellite hotspot data. Note that this data is usually about three hours old, so don’t use it for evacuation planning.
A crowdsourced map by FireMappers is below and here if the embed doesn’t work correctly.
According to a Creek Fire incident report, the fire is located on both sides of San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool and the Shaver Lake, Big Creek, and Huntington Lake communities.
About 200 people were trapped at Mammoth Reservoir because of the fire on Saturday, Fresno Bee reported. They couldn’t evacuate and were told to shelter in place, even if they needed to get into the water to do so, Fresno Bee reported. The victims were later rescued, but many were injured, including 20 in potentially critical condition.
Your Central Valley reported the following evacuations the morning of September 7:
- All of the Shaver Lake area
- Huntington Lake area
- Camp Sierra
- Big Creek
- Florence Lake
- Ward Lake
- Portal Forebay
- Edison Lake
- Mono Hot Springs
- Kaiser and all campgrounds in the High Sierra area
- Alder Springs
- Mile High
- Meadow Lakes
- Big Sandy
- Jose Basin
- Italian Bar
- Dinkey Creek
- Wishon and Courtright Reservoirs
- Area West of Tollhouse, along Auberry Road west to Powerhouse Road
Evacuation warnings are in effect for:
- Cressman Road
- Mono Wind Casino
- Tollhouse Road at Peterson Road down to Lodge Road
- Beal Fire Road
Fresno County’s Media Page lists these evacuations:
- Shaver Lake down to Cressman Road, including Cressman Road
- Big Creek
- Huntington Lake
- Camp Sierra
- High Sierra areas, which include: Florence Lake, Ward Lake, Portal Forebay, Edison Lake Mono Hot Springs, Kaiser and all campgrounds.
- The area west of Tollhouse, along Auberry Road west to Powerhouse Road.
- Alder Springs, Mile High, Meadow Lakes, Big Sandy, Mono Wind Casino, Jose Basin & Italian Bar.
- Dinkey Creek, Wishon & Courtright Reservoirs.
- Tollhouse Road at Peterson Road down to Lodge Road
- Beal Fire Road
- Powerhouse Road to the San Joaquin River
And in Madera County, the Sheriff’s Office posted the following evacuation updates on Monday morning:
Evacuation warnings were also issued for parts of Mammoth Pool Trailer Park and Rock Creek and Fish Creek areas.
An evacuation center has been set up at the North Fork Elementary School at 33087 Rd. 228, Sierra News Online reported. A temporary evacuation facility was also set up at Foothill Elementary School in Fresno County.
An evacuation center was also established at Clovis North High School, including for people with small animals, at 2770 E. International Ave. in Fresno.
You can call the Red Cross’s hotline for shelter information at 572-595-7401.
How to stay updated on this fire:
Stay updated on the latest evacuation and fire size news through these sources below.
- Cal Fire Incident Page
- Fresno County Sheriff’s Twitter and Facebook
- Creek Fire Inciweb page
- Madera County Sheriff’s Twitter for evacuation updates
- Madera County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Alerts by Nixle
- U.S. Forest Service – Sierra National Forest – Facebook (not currently being frequently updated)
- KSEE24 (local news near the fire)
- Sierra Sun Times
- Fresno County Fire Page and another Fresno County fire page here
CZU Lightning Complex Fire (including Warnella Fire)
This fire complex includes fires in various locations across San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties. It totals 86,509 acres and is 76% 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 7 a.m. on September 7, Cal Fire noted that there were still some evacuation warnings in place, which you can see in the tweet below.
This fire is in Monterey County in Ventana Wilderness near Dolan Road and Highway 1. The size is currently 34,313 acres and containment is 40%. It’s six miles north of Lime Kiln State Park and 10 miles south of Big Sur.
See a map of all the fires in Monterey County below or here.
This fire started August 15 and now it’s 43,273 acres in size and 95% contained, per Inciweb as of the last update on August 22. It’s at the Mojave National Preserve and was caused by lightning.
El Dorado Fire
This fire is off Oak Glen Road and Potato Canyon Raod, west of Oak Glen in San Bernardino County. It’s now 7,386 acres, 7% contained as of September 7, and started September 5.
The fire was started by a gender-reveal party. You can read more details in Heavy’s story here.
A number of evacuations are in place due to the fire, Cal Fire noted, including:
Evacuation orders in place for the communities of Oak Glen, Yucaipa Ridge, Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls.
Evacuation Warning is now in effect for the Yucaipa bench area
Residents may evacuate to Yucaipa Community Center as a temporary evacuation facility.
You can see a map of the evacuation orders below, provided by Inciweb.
A temporary evacuation facility was set up at the Yucaipa Community Center at 34900 Oak Glen Road.
For updates about the fire’s growth, see the following:
- Cal Fire BDU and San Bernardino National Forest’s Twitter
- Sign up for emergency notifications in San Bernardino County here.
- Inciweb is updating details here.
- The fire information line is 909-383-5688
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 413 acres and 60% contained as of September 6 at 5:48 p.m., according to Inciweb. It’s north of Helena near Barney Gulch and is burning in steep, rugged terrain.
Inciweb noted: “All fire activity is within the planned direct and indirect handlines and hose lays. Current course of action includes primarily hazard tree mitigation and mop up… Overnight the fire had minimal activity, with smoldering in the interior. Today crews will continue to mitigate hazard trees, find and extinguish any hot spots, and continue mop up. Smoke from fires to the south has reduced visibility for air operations. All fire activity continues to be within the direct and indirect control lines.”
You can find emergency updates on Trinity County’s page here.
This fire is in Mendocino County near Forest Route 1N02, north of Hull Mountain. It was caused by lightning and is about 3,500 acres in size as of August 25, the last update from Inciweb. It’s four miles north of Lake Pillsbury, but the incident is no longer being updated because it’s now considered part of the August Complex Fire.
This fire is southwest of Lake Hughes near Lake Hughes Road and Prospect Road. The cause is under investigation. It’s 31,089 acres and 95% contained in Los Angeles County as of August 31. It started August 12.
Inciweb noted: “Containment of the Lake Fire has increased to 90% due to the good work of firefighters over the past 24 hours. It has been burning in 100 year-old fuels consisting of Big Cone Douglas Fir, Oak, and Gray Pine. The fire is holding northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138 in steep and rugged terrain. Control lines have been completed all around the fire’s perimeter. Firefighters are now patrolling the fire line to ensure that all lines continue to hold and that there is no heat near the fire’s perimeter.”
The fire has been transitioned to local control.
This fire started on August 21 in Tulare County near the south of Palmer Peak, east of Avalanche Pass Trail on the north side of Moraine Creek. It’s 550 acres and 65% contained as of the last update on September 7.
The Moraine Fire was discovered on August 21 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. It is located within the Sequoia – Kings Canyon Wilderness, southeast of Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park. There is no threat to life or property at this time and Cedar Grove remains open to day use visitation.
The fire is creeping and smoldering with some isolated tree torching through large dead and down ground fuels and continuing to burn in areas with standing dead trees. Firefighters are using minimum impact suppression tactics, commonly known as MIST, to contain the fire while reducing their impact to the wilderness. This includes utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, and other natural barriers as containment lines.
LNU Lightning Complex Fire
This fire is near Putah Creek Bridge and Beressa Knoxville Road. It’s a combination of fires with 91% containment, totaling about 375,209 acres in five counties, including Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, and Solano as of September 7 at 6:39 a.m.
This complex includes the Walbridge Fire (merged with Stewarts), Meyers Fire, and Hennessey Fire.
Cal Fire notes: “All evacuations within the complex have been lifted. The fire continues to have limited growth on both the Walbridge Fire and Hennessey Fire. Crews will continue to work to reinforce containment lines and fire suppression repair teams remain active throughout the area. Temperatures will be slightly cooler than yesterday but the dry and hot weather will continue throughout the holiday weekend. The Hennessey Fire is currently 317,909 acres and 91% contained, the Walbridge Fire is currently 54,940 acres and 95% contained and the Meyers Fire is 2,360 acres and 100% contained.”
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.
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. As of September 7 at 7 a.m., it was 40,372 acres and 47% contained according to Inciweb.
It includes the Bear and Claremont fires.
Inciweb noted: “The North Complex is located on the Mt. Hough Ranger District on the Plumas National Forest and consists of numerous lightning fires being managed as one incident. The fires were ignited during a lightning storm that moved over the Plumas National Forest on the morning of August 17, 2020. Most of the smaller fires (20 acres or less) have been contained. As of September 3, 2020 at 1800 hours, California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 has assumed command of the North Complex.”
Follow These Sources for Breaking Updates:
- The U.S. Forest Service of Plumas National Park is a good resource.
- 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 Facebook Page for evacuation updates
- Lassen County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page for evacuation updates
This fire is in San Luis Obispo County and is west of La Panza Station 41, east of Santa Margarita. It’s 53 acres and 100% 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 96% contained. This was Inciweb’s final fire size report. The cause was human, suspected arson.
This fire is in Tulare County and burning in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness in the Rattlesnake drainage. It was discovered August 16 after lightning in the area and some nearby areas are temporarily closed. The fire is 990 acres in size.
The Rattlesnake Fire was discovered on August 16 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. It is located within Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness in the Rattlesnake drainage on the north side of the creek. The fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain with sparse ground fuels and pockets of dead and down trees. The park is using a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, and other natural barriers as containment lines. This limits exposure to firefighters and minimizes impacts in the wilderness. An area closure is in effect.
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 39,149 acres and 19% contained as of September 6 at 9:53 p.m.
Inciweb noted: “The inversion remains over the fire, keeping the smoke layer intact and eliminating the ability for air resources to operate. Light westerly winds are aiding firefighters conducting firing operations along the 10N02 Road. They are working southwest off Pack Saddle Ridge and northward in Government loop.”
The fire information line is 530-316-1042.
This fire is east of Salinas near Pine Canyon Road and River Road. It’s 48,088 acres and 100% contained in Monterey County.
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 396,624 acres and 93% containment as of September 7 at 7:52 a.m.
Here’s an online evacuation map for the fire:
In Santa Clara County, all evacuation orders were lifted.
- The public information line for these fires is 669-247-7431.
- Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit
This fire started August 22 and was 29,570 acres as of September 7 at 9:37 a.m., it’s 90% contained in Plumas County southwest of Susanville, near Gold Run Road.
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 started August 26 and the cause is under investigation. It’s in Mono County west of Coleville near Slinkard Valley. It’s 20,795 acres and 31% contained as of September 7 at 8:21 a.m., according to Inciweb.
On September 7, Inciweb noted:
Due to smoke impacts from fires to the south fire behavior was moderated. the fire remained active overnight and exhibited moderate fore behavior during the afternoon. Still no additional fire growth occurring on the east half of the fire. The south end of the fire continues to threaten the US Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center. Moderate fire behavior is limited to the west side of the fire as flanks become further established within the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. The fire is positioned to add substantial growth in the next several days moving to the west and southwest due to terrain and passing cold front.
Here’s an updated forest closure map:
SQF Complex Fire (Including Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire)
This fire was caused by lightning. It’s 55,961 acres in size and 7% contained as of September 6 at 9:45 p.m. It’s 25 miles north of Kernville, California.
California recently experienced 12,000 lightning strikes, resulting in 560 new fires. Firefighting resources are stretched to the limits. Crews, engines, dozers, water tenders, air tankers and helicopters are all working existing fires or on mandatory rest. We have approximately 5,000 USFS personnel available for incidents in the State. Additionally, approximately 13,300 firefighters – across all agencies – out of approximately 22,400 firefighters across the United States, are currently assisting California fires. The SQF Complex, encompassing the Castle and Shotgun fires, were reported on August 24, 2020. Initial attack of these fire was a top priority but we cannot fight every fire the same way and will prioritize firefighting resources to protect life first and then property and infrastructure.
Tehama/Glenn Zones of the Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire (Including Elkhorn)
The Tehama and Glenn Zones of the fire complex are 66,459 acres and 58% contained, according to Cal Fire on September 7 at 7:47 a.m. These include the Elkhorn Fire and the Ivory/Doe fire.
Google Maps has a map of the fire here. Another map is below.
A number of evacuation orders and warnings are in place, as detailed by Cal Fire here or in the fact sheet below.
This fire in San Diego County started September 5. As of September 7, it was 10,258 acres and 1% contained, according to Cal Fire.
Cal Fire noted the following about evacuations:
Evacuation order in effect for the community of Carve Acre which is southeast of Alpine.
Both Temporary Evacuation Points located at Steele Canyon High School and Joan MacQueen Middle School remain open.
An additional Temporary Evacuation for large animals opened today at the County Animal Services South Shelter located in Bonita.
Please see attached map from www.sdcountyemergency.com for the latest evacuation warnings/orders
You can see evacuation orders on the map near the bottom of the webpage here.
Inciweb noted on September 7:
The fire remained active in the night with uphill runs and wind driven runs. Firefighters held the spread to 408 acres, bringing the total acres to 10,258. Crews are continuing to do point protection and perimeter control. Firefighters will be building line. The military has been activated, adding an additional 6 helicopters to the fire suppression efforts.
With forecasted cooler and lighter winds today, it should provide a slight reduction of fire spread. However, there are a lot of dead fuels that will continue to be receptive to fire spread. Fire growth is impacting the Lawson Valley and Carveacres areas.
There is an immediate threat to Loveland Reservoir and the surrounding water shed.
W-5 Cold Springs Fire
This fire is in Lassen County west of Cold Spring Mountain near Cold Spring Road. It is 84,817 acres and 97% contained as of September 6 at 7:53 p.m.
Life and safety threats have mostly abated. The steep, rugged terrain in conjunction with the hot and dry weather continue to present a safety concern for fire personnel.
The W-5 Cold Springs Fire will transition to the a Type 3 organization today from California Incident Management Team 13 at 6 p.m. and will continue mop-up and patrol operations as well as continued implementation of the suppression repair plan.
There are no reported cases or symptoms of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) among the fire fighters on the W-5 Cold Springs Fire or at the Incident Command Post in Cedarville.
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