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Saturday Northern California Wildfires Update

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

Johnson Fire from Forest Road #1

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Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg and Frog.

Additional Resources:

10:45 p.m.

Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire stands at 69,636 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties and is 70 percent contained. All remaining evacuations will be lifted at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Repopulation information can be found at the following link: http://t.co/H1DiXYxntU 



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 95 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 Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest doubled in size overnight Friday, now standing at 1,365 acres, with 0 percent containment. 

Fire will continue to progress on all flanks with potential for rolling material to bring the fire downhill towards the Kings River drainage with potential of spotting across the Kings River.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks remain fully open with no closures. Visitors may experience smoke impacts in the Cedar Grove 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 5,659 acres and is 92 percent contained and has been burning since July 19.



The Humboldt Lightning Fires, a series of 70 lightning fires are burning across 4,608 acres in Humboldt County at 40 percent containment.



The Gasquet Complex Fire in Six Rivers National Forest stands at 1,702 acres and 5percent 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 - 223 acres
  • Coon Fire - 780 acres
  • Peak Fire - 337 acres
  • Summit Fire - 36 acres
  • Williams Fire - 139 acres
  • Feeder Fire - 187 acres



The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is 13,827 acres and 10 percent contained. No structures have been damaged or destroyed. An increase in acres is anticipated after Saturday night's infrared flight.



The Route Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 16,798 acres and is 15 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.



The Mad River Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 17,852 and is 35 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 16,481 acres and is 5 percent contained. 

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 - 7,850
  • Pelletreau / Johnson - 4,650
  • Pattison - 3,100
  • Clark: - 515
    Olson: - 245
    Springer, Hill, York, Mill Combined - 116 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.

A public meeting will be held on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 4pm at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department.

A forest closure order, which includes areas inside the South Complex was put into effect Saturday. The closure prohibits going into or being upon National Forest System lands within the Fork, South, Route and Mad River Complex Fire Closure Areas on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. For more information on the Forest Closure, please visit the Shasta Trinity National Forest.



The Dodge Fire, located 17 miles northeast of Ravendale, is burning 10,570 acres and is 45 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 18,252 acres and 17 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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