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Monday Northern And Central California Wildfires Update

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

San Diego Fire helping at the Fork Complex Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

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Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg and Frog.

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SUNDAY NEWS: US Forest Service Firefighter Killed While Battling Blaze Near Tahoe

6:16 p.m.

The Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, northeast of Middleton, is now at to 5,000 acres, with 0 percent containment. Evacuations are in place for Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove Road.

Cal Fire says the Rocky Fire stands at 69,636 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties and is 85 percent contained. All evacuations have been lifted.

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 Nickowitz Fire is the largest of four fires on the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. Currently, the Nickowitz is 590 acres and is 17 percent contained.

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 now stands at 3,776 acres, with 0 percent containment. 

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. The Cabin Fire has burned 5,871 acres and is 96 percent contained. It has been burning since July 19.

The Humboldt Lightning Fires, a series of 70 lightning fires, are burning across 4,665 acres in Humboldt County at 50 percent containment. The fires have destroyed six outbuildings, and all evacuations in the area have been lifted.

The Gasquet Complex Fire in Six Rivers National Forest stands at 2,335 acres and 9 percent containment. In the Gasquet Ranger District, there are currently six active fires. Several other fires were contained on initial attack. The following six fires in the Gasquet Ranger District are now being managed by Southern California Incident Management Team 2:
  • Bear Fire - 361 acres
  • Coon Fire - 1,119 acres
  • Peak Fire - 363 acres
  • Summit Fire - 85 acres
  • Williams Fire - 163 acres
  • Feeder Fire - 244 acres

The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is now at 18,674 acres with 12 percent containment. The Happy and the Groves Fire merged and will be called the Groves Fires. The Dailey Fire is now inside the containment lines of the Groves Fire.

No structures have been damaged or destroyed. 

The Route Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 19,974 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 Mad River Complex Fire in the Six Rivers National Forest is burning 19,189 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 18,108 acres and is 5 percent contained. 

The complex currently consists of approximately nine known fires in the Hyampom and Corral Bottom areas. The acreage for all the fires in the complex are as follows:
  • Castle - 9,070 (now joined with Olson Fire)
  • Johnson/Pelletreau - 22,557
  • Pattison - 3,790
  • Clark: - 673
  • Mill - 59
  • York - 97
  • Hidden - 10
  • Springer - 1

A public meeting will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Burnt Ranch School.

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 65 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 22,312 acres and 19 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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