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Eight Large Wildfires Burning In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 8,800 firefighters are currently battling 8 large wildfires across California, according to Cal Fire.

While yesterday’s high temperatures allowed several of the fires to grow in size, firefighters were able to contain three of the active wildfires that burned this weekend.

Two Strike Teams of engines (5 per team) and one team of dozers (2 per team) have been dispatched off the Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit to assist with fires in other areas.

Conditions today continue to be hot and dry across the state. While this weekend’s Red Flag Warnings for dry thunderstorms in the upper part of Northern California have expired, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for strong winds and low humidity in Southern California.

Starting this afternoon through Wednesday, Cal Fire warns that fire danger will be heightened in the mountains and desert foothills of Los Angeles, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties.

“It is critical that during Red Flag Warnings the public be extra vigilant outdoors to prevent sparking a new wildfire,” says Cal Fire in a statement released today. “It is recommended that people don’t use powered equipment outdoors after 10 a.m. or on hot windy days.”

Learn more at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Clayton Fire, Lake County

Off Highway 29, Lower Lake area

● 3,000 acres and 5 percent contained

● Evacuations in effect

● 1,500 structures threatened

● Over 100 residences and structures destroyed

Chimney Fire, San Luis Obispo County

South of Lake Nacimiento

● 4,300 acres and 10 percent contained

● Evacuations in effect

● 150 structures threatened

Mineral Fire, Fresno County

Off Highway 198, 8 miles west of Coalinga

● 7,050 acres and 85 percent contained

Stafford Fire, Humboldt County

7 miles south of Fortuna

● 23 acres and 95 percent contained

Summit Fire, Humboldt County

8 miles west of Willow Creek

● 21 acres and 60 percent contained

Oak Fire, Santa Clara County

West of Morgan Hill

● 25 acres and 100 percent contained

Backbone Fire, Shasta County

Near Back Bone Ridge, west side of Lake Shasta

● 10 acres and 100 percent contained

**Unified Command Incidents**

Soberanes Fire, Monterey County

Big Sur area

Unified Command: CAL FIRE, USFS and Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

● 74,604 acres and 60 percent contained

● Evacuations in effect

● 410 structures threatened

● 68 structures destroyed including 57 residences

● Highway 1 closed again in the Big Sur area

Pilot Fire, San Bernardino County

Off Hwy 138, southeast of Hesperia

Unified Command: CAL FIRE, USFS and San Bernardino County Fire Department

● 8,110 acres and 96 percent contained

**Federal Incidents**

Clark Fire, Inyo County

East of Highway 395 near Bald Mountain
US Forest Service – Inyo National Forest

● 2,819 acres and 100 percent contained

Horseshoe Fire, Inyo County

12 miles southwest of Lone Pine
US Forest Service – Inyo National Forest

● 369 acres and 95 percent contained

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