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California Fire Updates: Dry Conditions, Above Normal Temperatures Continue

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 13, 2020 – Today there remain over 11,500 firefighters on the frontlines of 21 wildfires across the state, 13 of which remain major incidents.  Below are the links to more detail for the 13 major incidents.

Yesterday, firefighters responded to 34 new wildfires across the State, all of which were quickly contained.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for most of Northern California for gusty winds and low humidity beginning Wednesday, continuing through Friday.  Locally breezy conditions with wind gusts around 20-25 mph, with some wind prone areas potentially experiencing gusts up to 60 mph.  Dry conditions and above normal temperatures continue across the State.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 8,500 wildfires that have burned well over 4.1 million acres in California. To date, the total number of fatalities statewide is 31 and more than 9,200 structures have been destroyed.

Do you know that if the power in your home goes out before you can evacuate from a wildfire, your escape can become much more challenging, especially if it is dark outdoors.  No lights, being unable to open your garage door and finding your go-bag are just a few of the obstacles for which you should be prepared.  To learn more about dealing with power outages, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Fires of Interest:
**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Zogg Fire, Shasta and Tehama Counties (more info…)
Southwest of Redding
*56,338 acres, 99% contained
*4 Fatalities
*204 structures destroyed

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**
Glass Fire, Napa and Sonoma Counties (more info…)
4 miles east of Calistoga
*67,484 acres, 96% contained
*Evacuation orders and warnings in place
*1,555 structures destroyed
*CAL FIRE Team 3 in command

Creek Fire, Fresno and Madera Counties (more info…)
Northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*334,173 acres, 55% contained
*Evacuations in place
*Heavy tree mortality in the area
*856 structures destroyed
*Northern Rockies Team 4 is in command of the North Zone and California Interagency Incident Command Team 14 is in command of the South Zone

SQF Complex, Tulare County (more info…)
3 miles east of Giant Sequoia National Monument
*167,479 acres, 70% contained
*Evacuation order and warnings remain in place
*232 structures destroyed
*California Interagency Incident Management Team 13 in unified command with CAL FIRE

**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)
*1,029,037 acres, 76% contained
*South Zone 548,295 acres
*North East Zone 270,266 acres
*North West Zone 69,954 acres
*West Zone 140,552 acres
*1 fatality
*210 structures destroyed
*Includes multiple fires including the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Vinegar, and Doe fires
*The fire is being managed in four zones by 4 national Incident Management Team and CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5

**Federal Incidents**
North Complex, Plumas County (more info…)
Northeast of Oroville to southwest of Quincy (Plumas National Forest)
*318,930 acres, 94% contained
*15 fatalities
*2,342 structures destroyed

Slater Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles North of Happy Camp (Klamath National Forest)
*156,417 acres, 78% contained
*2 fatalities

Devil Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles north of Upper Devil’s Peak (Klamath National Forest)
*8,849 acres, 58% contained

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

Red Salmon Complex – Humboldt County (more info…)
14 miles northeast of Willow Creek (Shasta-Trinity National Forest)
*141,269 acres, 55% contained

Blue Jay Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*6,446 acres, 50% contained

Wolf Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*1,818 acres, 60% contained

Moraine, Tulare County (more info…)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
*694 acres, 69% contained

Rattlesnake, Tulare County (more info…)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
*5,765 acres, 30% contained

Dolan Fire, Monterey County (more info…)
Hwy 1, 10 miles south of Big Sur (Los Padres National Forest)
*124,924 acres, 99% 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, 92% 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 LNU Lightning Complex, #5 Creek Fire, #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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