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Thursday Northern California Wildfire Update

Joshua Carter / U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

East side of the Cabin Fire as seen Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015.

Joshua Carter / U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

A look at the details of some of the major fires burning in northern and central California. This story is updated several times through the day, as new information becomes available.

Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern and Wragg.


5:35 p.m.

Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire is now burning 69,600 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties and is 40 percent contained. Road closures and mandatory evacuations are in place for the fire area.


The Willow Fire in Madera County is burning 5,702 acres in the Sierra National Forest southeast of Bass Lake. Evacuations are in effect in the area. Containment is at 90 percent.




The Lowell Fire in Nevada County is currently 95 percent contained at 2,304 acres. Two structures were destroyed and one damaged.


The Wragg Fire burning in Napa and Solano Counties is now at 100 percent containment and 8,051 acres.


The US Forest Service is battling a lightning fire in Sequoia National Forest, eight miles northeast of Camp Nelson. Named the Cabin Fire, the blaze has reached 4,713 acres and is 0 percent contained and has been burning since July 19.


A series of 70 lightning fires are burning across 3,962 acres in Humboldt County at 35 percent containment.


The Gasquet Complex Fire in Six Rivers National Forest stands at 1,000 acres and 2 percent containment.


The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is 10,912 acres and 0 percent contained. No structures have been damaged or threatened.


The Route Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 13,959 acres and is 2 percent contained. The fire is a series of seven fires that were previously named under the Fork Complex and Mad River Complex but have been split to provide fire managers and fire fighters better organization to manage the fires.


The Mad River Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 15,760 and is 10 percent contained. It is burning in the Ruth Lake and Mad River Communities, and evacauations of 10 remote residences has been ordered.


The South Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is burning 13,931 acres and is 3 percent contained. The South Complex consists of approximately nine known fires, five of which are currently less than 100 acres. A Public Meeting will be held at the Burnt Ranch School at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

The complex currently consists of approximately 9 known fires in the Hyampom and Corral Bottom areas. The acreage for all the fires in the complex are as follows:

  • Castle - 6,650
  • Pelletreau - 4,050
  • Pattison - 2,565
  • Mill - 45
  • Clark - 385
  • Olson - 175
  • Smaller Fires: 106

The Frog Fire in the Modoc National Forest is burning 4,782 acres and is 75 percent contained. This is the fire that claimed the life of Black Hills National Forest Engine Captain, David “Dave” Ruhl.


The Dodge Fire, located 17 miles NE Ravendale, is burning 11,400 acres and is 25 percent contained. The Dodge Fire, previously named R-1, is burning brush, grass and juniper in a remote area of northeast Lassen County, Calif. It is threatening habitat for greater sage-grouse. There are no threats to communities or critical infrastructure.


The Fork Complex Fire, burning in the Yolla Bolly Wilderness north through the Trinity Alps in Trinity County, is 13,333 acres and 7 percent contained. Eight residences and four outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire.

Public Meeting tonight at 7 p.m., Bodega Café in Frontier Village Hwy 3, Hayfork.

For those who cannot attend, this meeting will be livestreamed at http://ustre.am/1fXEJ


- Capital Public Radio Staff


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