California Fire Map: Track Fires & Evacuations Near Me Today [September 9 Update]

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Numerous wildfires in California continue to grow, prompting evacuations in all across the state. Here’s a look at the latest wildfires in California on September 9. The first section of this story shows interactive maps for the state and the second section provides updates on specific fires.

For a more updated post on California fires, see Heavy’s new story here.

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. 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. 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 9, 2020

This alphabetized list was updated for September 9. The information on many of these fires will also include who you can follow for the latest updates. Fires that are 100% contained, even if technically still active, may be removed from this list.

August Complex Fire (including Hopkins, Doe & Elkhorn)

 

This fire complex is in Elk Creek and Stonyford areas in Mendocino County. It was started by lightning on August 17 and is now 421,899 in size according to Inciweb and 24% contained as of September 9 at 8;28 a.m.. 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 9:

Northeast winds are expected through the afternoon with gusts up to 30 mph. A Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 5 pm. Due to high winds, there is potential for increased fire activity and spread with heavy smoke production.

Fire activity increased Tuesday due to high temperatures and gusty winds throughout the Complex. The fire moved beyond the Government Flat and Mendocino Pass areas east of the Black Butte River. An infrared (IR) flight was not available last night; one is scheduled for this morning that will provide more information on the affected areas.

Structure protection operations were conducted for many homes on Tuesday. As winds continue throughout Wednesday, additional resources will be positioned to provide more structure protection across the complex. On Wednesday, crews will work on a spot fire detected on the northeast side of the Complex in the Riley Ridge area.

To stay updated on the fire and local evacuations, see these sources:

Apple Fire

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.

Bear Fire

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office created an evacuation map for the Bear Fire, which you can see below or here.

The Bear Fire is part of the North Complex Fire, which is now 250,000 acres in total and 38% contained, KCRA 3 reported.

CBS San Francisco reported the Bear Fire as being 254,000 acres in size. Evacuations have been called for in Plumas, Butte, and Yuba counties.

Please see the North Complex Fire listing for more details.

For updates on evacuations, you can follow:

Bell Fire

 

This fire is in Tuolumne County (Stanislaus National Forest), in the Emigrant Wilderness east of Pinecrest. It was started by lightning and is 50 acres in size as of September 7, located 2 miles east of Crabtree Trailhead and 1.5 miles southeast of Gianelli Trailhead.

Blue Jay Fire (and Wolf Fire)

This fire was started by lightning on July 24 and it’s now 1,200 acres in size and 15% contained as of September 9. It’s located 4 miles south of White Wolf Campground and one mile west of Lukens Lake Trail.

Inciweb noted:

In order to maintain the health and safety of park visitors and employees, and to allow fire management operations to continue unimpeded, the Superintendent of Yosemite National Park is closing the Lukens Lake- Yosemite Creek and Yosemite Creek Campground trails from Tioga road to the north rim of Yosemite Valley…

The fire is burning through ground litter on the forest floor and in pockets of accumulated dead and down logs with some isolated single tree torching.

The Blue Jay Fire is being managed with a confine and contain suppression strategy utilizing minimum impact suppression techniques within fire adapted Wilderness.

Bobcat Fire

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 on September 9, it was 11,456 acres and 0% contained. The cause is under investigation.

And another map of the rough location from FireMappers below.

Inciweb noted:  “Residents and forest visitors have been evacuated from Big Santa Anita Canyon, Mt. Wilson, San Gabriel Canyon, and Monrovia Canyon.”

The Mount Wilson Observatory was evacuated because of the fire on Monday.

 

The fire is burning toward Monrovia at a slow rate of speed.

The city noted: “We want to remind everyone that fire can spread quickly and residents should be cognizant that the fire will continue to burn throughout the day and large plumes of smoke will be visible from across the region.”

Updates:

Coyote Fire

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.

Creek Fire

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 163,138 acres in size and is 0% contained, according to Cal Fire’s latest update on September 9 at 1:50 p.m. The cause is under investigation.

Fresno County is now providing an evacuation map below or here.

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.

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.

Evacuations:

Evacuations continually change, so stay tuned to your local news too.

Fresno County’s Media Page lists these evacuations, but see the map earlier in this section for more details and the latest:

  • 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
  • Entire town of Auberry, which extends from the San Joaquin River on Powerhouse Road to Auberry Road in both directions out to Hwy. 168.  This includes the points next to Prather and next to Cressman’s General Store.
  • Sycamore and Burrough Valley.
  • Watts Valley from Maxon Road to Pittman Hill Road.
  • Maxon Road to Trimmer Springs Road.
  • Humphrey’s Station to Tollhouse Road.
  • Humphrey’s Station to Pittman Hill Road to Sample Road

Evacuation warnings were noted for:

  • All residents living in the Prather / Auberry areas.  This includes: Auberry Rd. to Millerton Rd. and Tollhouse Rd. to Nicholas Rd. to Hwy 168.

Evacuation centers (call to confirm the latest):

  • Oakhurst Community Center in Madera County.
  • An evacuation center was also established at Clovis North High School at 2770 E. International Ave. in Fresno County. (Call to confirm if they are still accepting people with small animals.)
  • Granite Ridge Intermediate School is allowing small animals in Fresno County
  • The Sierra Veterinary Hospital is full.
  • Clovis Rodeo Grounds is allowing large animals in Fresno County
  • Oakhurst Community Center is allowing small animals in Madera County
  • Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds is allowing large animals in Madera County
  • 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.

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 83% contained. Cal Fire is providing updates.

See the current evacuation information for San Mateo County and Santa Cruz County, including a map, here. As of September 8, Cal Fire noted that there were still some evacuation warnings in place, which you can see in the tweet below.

Updates:

      • 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.

Dolan Fire

This fire is in Monterey County in Ventana Wilderness near Dolan Road and Highway 1. The size is currently 93,554 acres and containment is 20%. It’s six miles north of Lime Kiln State Park and 10 miles south of Big Sur. It grew in just a day, prompting new evacuations.

See a map and more details here and here. See a map of all the fires in Monterey County below, including evacuations and evacuation centers, or here.

Evacuation centers are set  up in the following locations:

  • Monterey Conference Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for evacuees heading north
  • King CIty Library from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for evacuees heading east
  • Call 805-788-2307 if you are an evacuee heading south.

Dome Fire

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 11,479 acres, 19% contained as of September 9 at 11:25 a.m.

The fire was started by a gender-reveal party. You can read more details in Heavy’s story here.

Evacuation updates: 

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.

 

A live evacuation map that is being updated is here or below.

Inciweb listed the following evacuation locations on September 9:

Evacuation orders: “- Areas east of Bryant from Highway 38 South to Yucaipa Blvd, then east on Yucaipa Blvd at Bryant intersection to Freemont Street, then South to Grande View Drive, then along Ave E southeast to the intersection of Mesa Grande, east to Wildwood Canyon Rd to include all portions of Hidden Meadows, and east to Edgar Canyon Road.
– The portion of the Cherry Valley Community that is north of Orchard St to the County Line , and East of Nancy Ave. and west of Beaumont Ave..
– Oak Glen (partial, see road closures), Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls”

Evacuation warnings in yellow: “- Evacuation warning in place for east of Beaumont Ave east to Hillside Place in the Highland Springs area , North to Cherry Valley Blvd to the County Line Road.
– North of Oak Glen Road, West of Bryant, South of Highway 38, East of Garnet.  Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now. “

For updates about the fire’s growth, see the following:

Feather Fire

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.)

Hobo Fire

 

This fire is 413 acres and 95% contained as of September 67 at 6:43 p.m., according to Inciweb. It’s north of Helena near Barney Gulch and is burning in steep, rugged terrain.

Inciweb noted: “The fire has remained within containment lines for the past several days. With the current fire situation in Northern California, additional resources were sent to assist with emerging and expanding fires. 40 personnel are assigned to the Hobo to continue mop up and holding.”

You can find emergency updates on Trinity County’s page here.

Lake 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 September 6. It started August 12. The fire has been transitioned to local control.

LNU Lightning Complex Fire

This fire is near Putah Creek Bridge and Beressa Knoxville Road. It’s a combination of fires with 92% containment, totaling about 363,220 acres in five counties, including Napa, Sonoma, Yolo, and Solano as of September 9.

This complex includes the Walbridge Fire (merged with Stewarts), Meyers Fire, and Hennessey Fire.

Cal Fire notes: “Crews will continue to work to reinforce containment lines and fire suppression repair teams remain active throughout the area. Red flag warning in effect for the area with a prediction of strong winds through this evening. Residents may experience very smokey conditions as the firefight continues. Smokey conditions can be unhealthful to many people especially children, the elderly, and anyone with respiratory problems. Unburned islands within the Walbridge containment lines became active with the predicted winds, resulting in a small spot fire outside the containment lines resulting in evacuations orders and warnings.”

There are still occasional evacuation orders or warnings.

How to stay updated on this fire: 

Moraine Fire

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 575 acres and 70% contained as of the last update on September 7.

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 now more than 250,000 acres in size and numerous evacuations have been posted for the fire, including the growing Bear Fire.

According to Inciweb, here is the latest map.

It includes the Bear and Claremont fires. The Bear Fire is part of the North Complex Fire, which is now 250,000 acres in total and 38% contained, KCRA 3 reported. CBS San Francisco reported the Bear Fire as being 254,000 acres in size. Evacuations have been called for in Plumas, Butte, and Yuba counties.

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office created an evacuation map for the Bear Fire, which you can see below or here.

The Bear Fire is part of the North Complex Fire, which is now 250,000 acres in total and 38% contained, KCRA 3 reported.

Plumas County is sharing evacuation updates on Facebook.

KCRA 3 reported that Plumas County has some evacuations in place for La Porte, Little Grass Valley Reservoirs, and Bucks Lake from Bucks Lake Road (at Plumas/Butte County line) to Bucks Lake at Big Creek Road. Pumas has evacuation maps here.

KCRA 3 reported that Yuba County has evacuations in: Clipper Mills and “Along the northern Yuba County border from Strawberry Valley to Forbestown and south to Rackerby and Brownsville-Challenge all the way over the upper portion of Bullards Bar Reservoir.”

Yuba’s webpage noted the following mandatory evacuations as of the afternoon of September 9

  • “Evacuations begin along the northern Yuba County border from Strawberry Valley to Forbestown and south to Rackerby and Brownsville-Challenge all the way over the upper portion of Bullards Bar Reservoir.”
  • “New-start fire! Loma Rica, beginning at the original start area for the Cascade Fire (just north where Marysville Road becomes Willow Glen Road) and all areas south from Collins Lake to the Yuba County border to the west, with Fruitland Road representing the lower line of the evacuation.”
  • Yuba’s map is here.

Evacuation centers are set up at Gridley Fairgrounds (Butte County), Dobbins Alcouffee Center (Yuba County), and Yuba Sutter Fairgrounds (Yuba County), according to Inciweb.

For updates on evacuations, you can follow:

Oak Fire

This fire was first reported September 7 and it’s 863 acres and 10% contained according to the Cal Fire incident page as of September 9.

It’s in Mendocino County west of Highway 101, near Big John Road & Skyview Road, near the Brooktrails Township and Willits.

Evacuation orders were issued for Big John Rd, Skyview Rd, First Gate Road, Schow Road to Ryan Creek, and north and east of Big John Road, according to Cal Fire.

The fire information line is 707-459-7419.

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.

Rattlesnake Fire

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 1,060 acres in size.

Inciweb noted:

The Rattlesnake Fire was discovered on August 16 after substantial lightning occurred over the area. It is located within the Sequoia and Kings Canyon Wilderness in the Rattlesnake Creek drainage.

The fire is burning in steep inaccessible terrain with sparse ground fuels and pockets of dead and down trees. While the size of the fire has increased, as it is moving through the Rattlesnake Creek drainage, there are no current threats to life or property.

The park is using a confine and contain full-suppression strategy utilizing natural rock features, existing trails, and other natural barriers as containment lines. Not only does this limit exposure to firefighters and minimizes impacts in the wilderness, it allows firefighting resources to be available to battle other wildfires across the area and state that have a greater threat to life and property.

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 71,610 acres and 17% contained as of September 9, having grown from the day before.

Inciweb noted: “The Red Salmon Complex Fire grew significantly to the east and the south today.  Most of the growth is in the Trinity Alps wilderness. However several communities are near the fire perimeter.  The line near Forks of Salmon and near the Hoopa reservation continues hold.  Structure protection crews are working in the community of Denny, which under an evacuation warning.  The school at Burnt Ranch school is open as a community resource center for anyone needing help due to evacuations or power outages.  No highway closures are in effect due to the Red Salmon Fire.  Road and highway information can be found on the California Transportation website https://roads.dot.ca.gov/”

On September 9, an evacuation order was issued by Trinity County for the Denny community, with a temporary evacuation point at the Burnt Ranch School.

The fire information line is 530-316-1042.

Trinity County evacuations are being updated 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 396,624 acres and 96% containment as of September 7 at 6:35 p.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. Also follow Cal Fire Santa Clara Unit for updates.

Sheep Fire

 

This fire started August 22 and was 29,570 acres as of September 7 at 9:37 a.m., it’s 95% contained in Plumas County southwest of Susanville, near Gold Run Road.

Slater Fire near Happy Camp

This fire was reported on September 8 in Siskiyou County north of Mt. Shasta, near the 99-97 Cutoff and Yellow Butte Road.

Some evacuation orders are in place.

You can also find updates on Cal Fire SKU’s Twitter page, but it’s not being updated frequently.

The fire is generating a lot of smoke.

There are some road closures from the fire.

You’ll find the best updates from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook.

Slink Fire

Inciweb

This fire started August 26 and the cause is under investigation. It’s in Mono County west of Coleville near Slinkard Valley. It’s 21,755 acres and 36% contained as of September 8 at 8:34 a.m., according to Inciweb. Evacuations are no longer in effect for Cunningham Lane south to the town of Walker.

 

SQF Complex Fire (Including Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire)

 

This fire was caused by lightning. It’s 64,258 acres in size and 7% contained as of September 9 at 5:58 a.m. It’s 25 miles north of Kernville, California.

Inciweb noted:

California recently experienced 12,000 lightning strikes, resulting in 560 new fires.  The Sequoia Complex (#SQFComplex), is made up of the Castle and Shotgun fires. The fires were reported on August 24, 2020. Initial attack of these fires was a top priority.

Both fires are in the Sequoia National Forest. The majority of the Castle Fire is in the Sequoia National Forest, but it is also burning in the Inyo National Forest. A large portion of the Castle Fire is burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness Area. The several hundred acre Shotgun Fire is approximately 5 miles northwest of the Castle Fire.

Inciweb noted the following evacuation orders on September 9: “Evacuation Orders from the Tulare County Sheriff are in effect for the following communities: Camp Nelson, Coy Flat, Mountain Aire, Pierpoint, and points between (issued 9/6/20), Alpine Village, Sequoia Crest and Redwood Drive (issued 9/4/20), Ponderosa, Cedar Slope, Pyles Camp, and points between (8/28/20). An Evacuation Warning is in place for Doyle Springs.”

Tehama/Glenn Zones of the Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire (Including Elkhorn)

The Tehama and Glenn Zones of the fire complex are 69,735 acres and 58% contained, according to Cal Fire on September 8 at 8:01 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.

Updates:

      • You can sign up for alerts from Tehama County here.
      • Enroll in Glenn County alerts here.
      • Cal Fire page
      • Information line: 530-526-7625

Valley Fire

This fire in San Diego County started September 5. As of September 9, it was 17,345 acres and 11% contained, according to Cal Fire.

Cal Fire noted the following about evacuations:

 

Evacuation orders:

  • Lawson Valley
  • Japatul Valley
  • Corte Madera Ranch
  • Lyons Valley
  • Carveacre
  • WiseCarver

Evacuation warnings:

Pine Valley & Descanso

Inciweb adds that evacuation warnings are in place for “Lawson Valley • Japatul Valley • Corte Madera Ranch • Lyons Valley • Carveacre  • WiseCarver”

You can see evacuation orders on the map near the bottom of the webpage here.

 

To stay updated, following the Cleveland National Forest on Twitter and Cal Fire San Diego County on Twitter.

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 98% contained as of September 8.

Inciweb noted:

All damage assessment is complete and the suppression repair plan is being implemented.

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.

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