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California Major Fires Now at 20

CALIFORNIA – Oct. 9, 2020 – More than 14,000 firefighters continue to work towards containment on 20 major wildfires across the state. Yesterday, firefighters also responded to 14 new wildfires, quickly bringing full containment to all.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been over 8,400 wildfires that have burned well over 4 million acres in California. To date, the total number of fatalities statewide is 31 and more than 9,200 structures have been destroyed.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect from Southern Modoc County south to Inyo County on the eastern side of the Sierra Mountains for gusty winds and low humidity on Saturday. Cooler temperatures and increased humidity continue today and into the weekend in most of the State.  Next week, the return of warm and dry conditions is expected.

California historically experiences some of the most devastating wildfires in the months of September and October. Do not let your guard down! To learn more ways to prevent sparking a wildfire visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Fires of Interest:
**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Zogg Fire, Shasta County (more info…)
Southwest of Redding
*56,338 acres, 95% contained
*4 Fatalities
*Evacuation orders in place
*CAL FIRE Team 2 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**
Glass Fire, Napa and Sonoma County (more info…)
4 miles east of Calistoga
*67,484 acres, 74% contained
*Evacuation orders and warnings in place
*CAL FIRE Team 3 in command

Creek Fire, Fresno County (more info…)
Northeast of Shaver Lake (Sierra National Forest)
*331,966 acres, 49% 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 5 is in command of the South Zone

SQF Complex, Tulare County (more info…)
3 miles east of Giant Sequoia National Monument
*164,993 acres, 65% 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)
*1,021,476 acres, 65% contained
*South Zone 546,365 acres
*North East Zone 267,115 acres
*North West Zone 68,200 acres
*West Zone 135,866 acres
*1 fatality
*210 structures destroyed
*Includes multiple fires including the Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Vinegar, and Doe fires
*Southwest Incident Management Team 1 will in brief to assume command of the South Zone today
*Pacific North West Incident Management Team 2 in command of the Northwest and South Zones
*Great Basin Incident Management Team 2 is in command of the North East Zone
*CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 in unified command of the West Zone with Mendocino County Sherriff’s Office

**Federal Incidents**
North Complex, Plumas County (more info…)
Northeast of Oroville to southwest of Quincy (Plumas National Forest)
*318,930 acres, 88% contained
*15 fatalities
*2,342 structures destroyed
*Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place
*Includes the Bear and Claremont Fire

Snow Fire, Riverside County (more info…)  **FINAL**
Snow Creek Rd, west of Palm Springs
*6,254 acres, 100% 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)
*155,726 acres, 70% contained
*2 fatalities
*Evacuation orders in place

Devil Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
5 miles north of Upper Devil’s Peak (Klamath National Forest)
*8,755 acres, 35% contained

Bobcat Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)
North of Duarte (Angeles National Forest)
*115,796 acres, 90% containment
*Evacuations in place

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)
*138,643 acres, 35% contained

Blue Jay Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)
Yosemite National Park Wilderness
*6,334 acres, 50% contained

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

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

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, and #18 Creek Fire.

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

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