CALIFORNIA — Engines from the Madera-Mariposa-Merced (MMU) Cal Fire Unit are being sent to other regions across the state, joining over 4,900 firefighters battling 7 large wildfires burning in California.
No mountain area stations are being left unmanned, as resources from surrounding areas are moving in to cover those stations, and Paid Call Firefighters are stepping up for additional staffing.
Last night Red Flag Warnings due to gusty winds and low humidity in many areas of California were lifted. However, extreme temperatures and dry conditions will continue to have a hold on California through the week, elevating the fire risk.
With major destruction from the Erskine Fire, Cal Fire is advising the public to spend some time this weekend ensuring they are prepared for wildfires. Everyone should have an evacuation plan and know what items they would take if a fire threatened their area. Learn more at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
As was evidence by the alarming spread of the Erskine Fire — noted by one reporter to have moved 11 miles in just 3 hours — an approaching wildfire is not going to wait for people to get their belongings packed up.
Fires of Interest:
**CAL FIRE Incidents**
Border Fire, San Diego County
● 7,609 acres, 80% contained
● All evacuations lifted
● Hwy 94 has been reopened
**Unified Command Incidents**
Erskine Fire, Kern County
Lake Isabella area
Unified Command: Kern County Fire, USFS and Bureau of Land Management
● 36,810 acres, 10% Contained
● Evacuations in place
Sherpa Fire, Santa Barbara County
West of Goleta
Unified Command: CAL FIRE, USFS and Santa Barbara County Fire
● 7,474 acres, 93% Contained
San Gabriel Complex, Los Angeles County
North of Duarte and Azusa
Unified Command: USFS & LA County Fire
● 5,285 acres, 62% contained
● Two separate fires: Fish Fire (4,085 acres) and Reservoir Fire (1,200 acres)
Marina Fire, Mono County
Near Lee Vining
US Forest Service – Inyo National Forest
● 819 acres, 30% contained
● CAL FIRE air and ground resources assisting
Pony Fire, Siskiyou County
15 miles southwest of Happy Camp
US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest
● 2,858 acres, 60% contained