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California Fire Update

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 27, 2020 – Firefighters across California continue to be on high alert as Red Flag Warnings due to strong winds persist today over much of the State. Over 5,000 firefighters are battling 22 wildfires in California.

Yesterday, firefighters responded to 42 new wildfires, even under Red Flag Warning conditions, all but three have been contained. Fanned by strong Santa Ana Winds, two new fires in Orange County quickly grew, forcing evacuations in several parts of the county.

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect across much of California today due to extreme fire weather conditions. In Northern California, winds will likely remain 20-35 mph, with gusts of up to 60+mph in some areas.

In Southern California, a moderate to strong Santa Ana Wind event is underway in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and Riverside counties. Gusts of over 80 mph are possible. An additional Red Flag Warning has been issued through Tuesday night for the Southern Sierra, Kern County Mountains, Inyo, and the Mojave Desert.

In anticipation for the critical fire weather, CAL FIRE increased staffing and has been coordinating with local fire agencies in these critical areas.

Officials continue to urge the public to ensure they are prepared for wildfires, as well as take all precautions outdoors to prevent sparking a wildfire.

CAL FIRE continues to ask residents in these Red Flag areas to use extreme caution outdoors in order to help prevent accidently sparking a wildfire. To learn more ways to prepare and prevent wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Fires of Interest:
**State Incidents**
Dersch Fire, Shasta County (more info…)  FINAL
6 miles east of Anderson
*133 acres, 100% contained

Point Fire, Shasta County (more info…)  FINAL
Off Gas Point Rd in Cottonwood
*275 acres, 100% contained

**Unified Command**
Blue Ridge, Orange County, (More info…) NEW
Yorba Linda area
*7,767 acres, grass and brush, 0% contained
*Incident will be in a complex with Silverado, CAL FIRE IMT-6 will transition command at 1000

Silverado Fire, Orange County (more info…)
Off Santiago Canyon Rd and Silverado Canyon Rd, in Silverado
*11,199 acres, 5% contained
*Incident will be in a complex with Blue Ridge, CAL FIRE IMT-6 will transition command at 1000

**Federal Incidents**
Point, Vegetation Fire, Placer County (more info…)
16 miles east of Foresthill (Eldorado National Forest)
ꞏ 50 acres, timber, 0% contained

August Complex, multiple Counties (more info…)
Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity Counties
Elk Creek and Stonyford area (Mendocino National Forest)
*1,032,648 acres, 93% contained
*1 fatality
*210 structures destroyed
*The fire is being managed in four zones by 4 national Incident Management Teams

Creek Fire, Fresno and Madera Counties (more info…)
Northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*369,362 acres, 63% contained
*Evacuations in place
*Heavy tree mortality in the area
*856 structures destroyed
* California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 is in command

SQF Complex, Tulare County (more info…)
3 miles east of Giant Sequoia National Monument
*169,757 acres, 75% contained
*Evacuation order and warnings remain in place
*228 structures destroyed
*California Interagency Incident Management Team 13 is in command.

Coleman Fire, Monterey County (more info…)
North Fort Hunter Liggett
*574 acres, 70% contained
*Continued structure threat

North Complex, Plumas County (more info…)
Northeast of Oroville to southwest of Quincy (Plumas National Forest)
*318,930 acres, 96% contained
*15 fatalities
*2,352 structures destroyed

Slater Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles North of Happy Camp (Klamath National Forest)
*156,688 acres, 85% contained
*2 fatalities

Devil Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles north of Upper Devil’s Peak (Klamath National Forest)
*8,885 acres, 67% contained

Fork Fire, El Dorado County, (more info…)
15 miles northeast of Pollock Pines (El Dorado National Forest)
*1,670 acres, 85% contained

Red Salmon Complex – Humboldt County (more info…)
14 miles northeast of Willow Creek (Shasta-Trinity National Forest)
*143,735 acres, 78% contained

Blue Jay Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*6,840 acres, 50% contained

Wolf Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*1,935 acres, 40% contained

Moraine, Tulare County (more info…)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
*988 acres, 70% contained

Rattlesnake, Tulare County (more info…)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
*6,867 acres, 40% contained

Dolan Fire, Monterey County (more info…)
Hwy 1, 10 miles south of Big Sur (Los Padres National Forest)
*124,924 acres, 98% contained

Slink Fire, Mono County (more info…)
2 miles west of Coleville (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest)
*26,759 acres, 90% contained

Apple Fire, Riverside County (more info…)
Oak Glen/Cherry Valley (San Bernardino National Forest)
*33,424 acres, 95% contained

Bobcat Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)
North of Duarte (Angeles National Forest)
*115,796 acres, 95% containment

Bullfrog Fire, Fresno County (more info…)
SE of Bullfrog Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*1,185 acres, 60% contained

El Dorado Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
West of Oak Glen (San Bernardino National Forest)
*22,744 acres, 95% contained
*1 fatality

Top 20 Wildfire Records

  • 5 of the Top 20 largest wildfires in California History have occurred in 2020.
  • Largest Wildfires – #1 August Complex, #3 SCU Lightning Complex, #4 Creek Fire, #5 LNU Lightning Complex, #6 North Complex and #18 SQF Complex
  • Most Destructive – #5 North Complex, #10 Glass Fire, #11 LNU Lightning Complex, #12 CZU Lightning Complex, #17 August Fire, #19 Creek Fire.
  • Deadliest Wildfires – #5 North Complex and #16 LNU Lightning Complex.

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