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California Fire Updates: 95% of all Wildfires in California are Started by Human Activity

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 6, 2020 – More than 16,400 firefighters continue to work towards containment on 23 major wildfires and one extended attack wildfire across the state.  Yesterday, firefighters also responded to 35 new wildfires, bringing full containment to all.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 8,300 wildfires that have burned well over 4 million acres in California. To date, the total number of fatalities statewide is 31 and over 8,819 structures have been destroyed.

Temperatures will remain warm today across the state and humidity recover remains slow, continuing the increased fire danger.  Seasonal and potentially below average temperatures are expected this weekend, with a chance of some precipitation in the portions of the State. This reprieve in decreased fire weather potential is short-lived, as a warming and drying pattern is expected to return early next week.

Did you know that 95% of all wildfires in California are started by human activity?  This could be campfires, illegal burns, improperly maintained vehicles, and the worst cause, arson.  A criminal act, arson is a malicious attempt to cause harm by setting a fire.  To date this year, CAL FIRE law enforcement has made 72 arrests for arson.  If you have any information about an arson fire, you are encouraged to call the hotline at 1-800-468-4408.  Callers will remain anonymous.  To learn more about preventing wildfires, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org

Fires of Interest:
**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Zogg Fire, Shasta County (more info…)
Southwest of Redding
*56,305 acres, 82% contained
*4 Fatalities
*Evacuation orders in place
*CAL FIRE Team 2 in command

Glass Fire, Napa and Sonoma County (more info…)
4 miles east of Calistoga
*66,840 acres, 50% contained
*Evacuation orders in effect and additional evacuations in progress
*CAL FIRE Team 3 in command

Butte/Tehama/Glenn (BTU/TGU) Lightning Complex, multiple Counties (more info…)
Butte, Tehama and Glenn Counties
*19,609 acres, 97% contained
*14 structures destroyed
*While no growth is expected, fire suppression repair work is ongoing.

**Unified Command Incidents**
Martindale Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)
Bouquet Canyon, Northeast of Santa Clarita
*230 acres, 98% contained
*Unified Command USFS and Los Angeles County FD

Creek Fire, Fresno County (more info…)
Northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*326,706 acres, 49% contained
*Evacuations in place
*Heavy tree mortality in the area
*852 structures destroyed
*CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 in unified command with USFS Great Basin Team 1

SQF Complex, Tulare County (more info…)
3 miles east of Giant Sequoia National Monument
*158,945 acres, 65% contained
*Evacuations in place
*232 structures destroyed
*CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 6 in unified command with USFS Team 2

**Coordinated Command Incidents**
August Complex, multiple Counties (more info…)
Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino, Tehama and Trinity Counties
Elk Creek and Stonyford area (Mendocino National Forest)
*1,006,140 acres, 58% contained
*South Zone 544,372 acres
*North East Zone 262,017 acres
*North West Zone 64,915
*West Zone 134,836 acres
*1 fatality
*215 structures destroyed
*Includes multiple fires including the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Vinegar, and Doe fires
*Pacific North West Team 2 in command of the South Zone
*Alaska Incident Management Team 1 is in command of the North Zone
*CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 is in unified command on the West Zone

**Federal Incidents**
North Complex, Plumas County (more info…)
Northeast of Oroville to southwest of Quincy (Plumas National Forest)
*318,731 acres, 86% contained
*15 fatalities
*2,342 structures destroyed
*Evacuations in place
*Includes the Bear and Claremont Fire

Snow Fire, Riverside County (more info…)
Snow Creek Rd, west of Palm Springs
*6,254 acres, 95% contained

El Dorado Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
West of Oak Glen (San Bernardino National Forest)
*22,744 acres, 95% contained
*1 fatality
*10 structures destroyed
*California Interagency Incident Management Team 13 in command

Slater Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles North of Happy Camp (Klamath National Forest)
*155,287acres, 65% contained
*2 fatalities
*Evacuation orders in place

Devil Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles north of Upper Devil’s Peak (Klamath National Forest)
*8,650 acres, 30% contained

Bobcat Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)
North of Duarte (Angeles National Forest)
*115,796 acres, 89% containment
*Evacuations in place

Dolan Fire, Monterey County (more info…)
Hwy 1, 10 miles south of Big Sur (Los Padres National Forest)
*124,924 acres, 92% contained
*Structures threatened
*California Interagency Incident Command Team 15 in command

Bullfrog Fire, Fresno County (more info…)
SE of Bullfrog Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*1,185 acres, 50% contained

Fork Fire, El Dorado County, (more info…)
15 miles northeast of Pollock Pines (El Dorado National Forest)
*1,667 acres, 70% contained

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

Red Salmon Complex – Humboldt County (more info…)
14 miles northeast of Willow Creek (Shasta-Trinity National Forest)
*133,763 acres, 34% contained

Blue Jay Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*5,335 acres, 50% contained

Wolf Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*1,092 acres, 60% contained

Slink Fire, Mono County (more info…)
2 miles west of Coleville (Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest)
*26,759 acres, 86% contained

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

Rattlesnake, Tulare County (more info…)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
*4,471 acres, 30% contained

**Extended Attack**
Lambert Fire, Amador County
7 miles southeast of Rancho Murieta
*21 acres, 85% contained

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 LNU Lightning Complex, #5 North Complex, and #6 Creek Fire.
  • Most Destructive – #5 North Complex, #10 LNU Lightning Complex, #11 CZU Lightning Complex, and #17 Creek Fire.

Deadliest Wildfires – #5 North Complex and #16 LNU Lightning Complex.

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