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California Fire Updates: Nearly 9,000 Firefighters Remain on the Frontlines

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 15, 2020 – Today Nearly 9,000 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 21 wildfires across the state, 12 of which remain major incidents.  Late last night, a new fire erupted near Redlands in San Bernardino County quickly growing to 100 acres. In addition, firefighters across the State responded to 26 new wildfires that were quickly contained.

A Red Flag Warning remains in effect for many parts of Northern California and now a Fire Weather Watch due to critical fire weather has been issued for the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, the Santa Clarita Valley, Inland Empire and Northern San Diego County. Gusty winds, low humidity and unseasonably warm temperatures will continue into much of Friday.

In preparation of the extreme fire weather, CAL FIRE has increased staffing.

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.

CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure they are prepared if a wildfire strikes near them.  With Red Flag conditions in many parts of the state over the next couple of days, fires in these areas can spread rapidly.  Making quick and safe evacuation is critical to protecting your life and your family. To learn ways to be prepared, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Fires of Interest:
**CAL FIRE Incidents**

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**
Bruder Fire, San Bernardino County (more info) **NEW**
Live Oak Canyon, Redlands
*100 acres, 30% containment

Glass Fire, Napa and Sonoma Counties (more info…)
4 miles east of Calistoga
*67,484 acres, 97% contained
*1,555 structures destroyed

Creek Fire, Fresno and Madera Counties (more info…)
Northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*341,722 acres, 55% contained
*Evacuations in place
*Heavy tree mortality in the area
*856 structures destroyed
*CAL FIRE is in unified command with California Interagency Incident Command Team 14 (South Zone) and Northern Rockies Team 4  is in command of the North Zone.

SQF Complex, Tulare County (more info…)
3 miles east of Giant Sequoia National Monument
*167,766 acres, 70% contained
*Evacuation order and warnings remain in place
*228 structures destroyed
* CAL FIRE is in unified command with California Interagency Incident Management Team 13.

**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)
*1,029,110 acres, 77% contained
*South Zone 548,295 acres
*North East Zone 270,336 acres
*North West Zone 69,957 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
*2,352 structures destroyed

Slater Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles North of Happy Camp (Klamath National Forest)
*156,610 acres, 78% contained
*2 fatalities

Devil Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles north of Upper Devil’s Peak (Klamath National Forest)
*8,885 acres, 58% 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)
*141,820 acres, 62% contained

Blue Jay Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*6,646 acres, 50% contained

Wolf Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*1,832 acres, 60% contained

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

Rattlesnake, Tulare County (more info…)
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Wilderness
*6,786 acres, 30% 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, 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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