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Wildfires Char Over 417,000 Acres In California

CALIFORNIA — Over 10,000 firefighters are battling 6 large wildfires in California. This morning firefighters were able to contain the destructive Blue Cut Fire in San Bernardino County which has been burning since Aug. 12.

The Blue Cut Fire burned an estimated 321 structures, including 105 homes, making it the 20th most destructive wildfire in California’s history.

Last week firefighters across California battled nearly 250 new wildfires containing most to a small acreage. Since the beginning of the year there have been over 4,900 wildfires that have burned over 417,000 acres.

The Cedar Fire, burning in Kern County, started one week ago today, and is just 5 percent contained. Evacuations and road closures are in place for communities just west of Kernville, Calif.

There are currently 2,067 personnel assigned to the incident, including 34 hand crews, 177 engines, 15 aircraft, 23 dozers and 27 water tenders. The cost to battle the Cedar Fire to date is estimated at $16 million.

Today, near normal temperatures should continue to aid firefighters in their efforts towards containment. A Red Flag Warning continues this afternoon for Modoc County due to gusty winds and low humidity. There is also a chance of thunderstorms in many of the mountainous regions of the state.

While there is a slight chance for lightning today in the mountains, most wildfires in California are caused by the activity of people. That means almost every wildfire is preventable.

All Californians are urged to take caution outdoors in order to prevent sparking a wildfire. One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire. Learn more tips on how to prevent a wildfire at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Clayton Fire, Lake County

Off Hwy 29, Lower Lake area

• 3,929 acres and 96 percent contained

• All evacuations have been lifted

• 300 structures destroyed, 20 structures damaged

Chimney Fire, San Luis Obispo County

South of Lake Nacimiento

• 37,101 acres and 35 percent contained

• Evacuations in effect

• 48 structures destroyed

Tully Fire, Humboldt County

Off Hwy 169, 6 miles north of Weitchpec

• 300 acres and 0 percent contained

• Evacuations in effect

• Hwy 169 closed from Weitchpec to McKinnon Hill Rd

**Unified Command Incidents**

Blue Cut Fire, San Bernardino County

Off of I-15 in the Cajon Pass

• 36,274 acres, 100 percent contained

• Acreage decreased due to more accurate mapping

• 321 structures destroyed, 8 structures damaged

Rey Fire, Santa Barbara County

Paradise Road, north of Santa Barbara

Unified Command: Cal Fire, USFS and Santa Barbara County Fire

• 29,664 acres and 30 percent contained

• Evacuations in effect

Soberanes Fire, Monterey County

Big Sur area

Unified Command: Cal Fire, USFS and Monterey County Sheriff’s Office

• 87,316 acres and 60 percent contained

• Evacuations in effect

• 68 structures destroyed including 57 residences

**Federal Incidents**

Cedar Fire, Kern County

Northwest of Lake Isabella, Cedar Creek Campground

• 21,017 acres and 5 percent contained

• Evacuations in effect

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