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Friday Northern California Wildfire Update


A photograph from the International Space Station showing smoke from the wildfires burning in northern California on Aug. 6, 2015.


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Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg and Frog.

Additional Resources:

10:45 p.m.

Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire is now burning 69,600 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties and is 50 percent contained. Road closures and mandatory evacuations are in place for the fire area.

Some residents of the Spring Valley area were allowed to return to their homes earlier Friday.



The Willow Fire in Madera County is burning 5,702 acres in the Sierra National Forest southeast of Bass Lake. Containment is at 95 percent. All evacuation orders in the area have been lifted. 




The Lowell Fire in Nevada County is currently 90 percent contained at 2,304 acres. Two structures were destroyed and one damaged. All evacuation orders and advisories have been lifted, but Cal Fire urges those in the area to be cautious as firefighters are still working in the area.



The U.S. 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 4,877 acres and is 83 percent contained and has been burning since July 19.



The Humbold Lightning Fires, a series of 70 lightning fires are burning across 4,358 acres in Humboldt County at 35 percent containment.



The Gasquet Complex Fire in Six Rivers National Forest stands at 1,143 acres and 2 percent containment. On the Gasquet Ranger District there are currently 6 active fires. Several other fires were contained on initial attack. The following six fires on the Gasquet Ranger District are now being managed by Southern California Incident Management Team 2:
  • Bear Fire - 128 acres
  • Coon Fire - 459 acres
  • Peak Fire - 299 acres
  • Summit Fire - 19 acres
  • Williams Fire - 103 acres
  • Feeder Fire - 135 acres



The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is 12,524 acres and 8 percent contained. No structures have been damaged or threatened.



The Route Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 16,362 acres and is 10 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 local weather continues to get warmer and drier with the potential of lightning south and east of the Complex.

Representatives of the US Forest Service from the Mad River and Route Complexes will discuss the status of the recent lightning-caused wildfires affecting the area at two public meetings:

  • Saturday, Aug. 8, 11:00 am, Lamb Creek Christian Center at Hwy. 36 and Forest Service Road 1 in Mad River.



The Mad River Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 17,041 and is 30 percent contained. It is burning in the Ruth Lake and Mad River Communities. Residents of the area around Ruth Lake are under a mandatory evacuation order, and an evacuation advisory has been placed on Van Duzen Road from the dump south to the intersection of the Ruth and Zenia Roads. Two residences and two outbuildings have been destroyed.


The South Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is burning 15,496 acres and is 5 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 - 7,100
  • Pelletreau - 4,350
  • Pattison - 2,800Clark: 450
    Olson: 215
    Springer, Hill, York, Mill Combined: 111 acres

The Pelletreau fire has joined together with the Johnson and Hitchcock fire. The South Complex operations team is coordinating with the Route Complex team.



The Dodge Fire, located 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, is burning 11,400 acres and is 30 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 15,588 acres and 12 percent contained. Eight residences and four outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire. The Fork Complex consists of over 40 fires, all of which were ignited by lightning between July 29 and 31, 2015.

 - Capital Public Radio Staff


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