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Wednesday Northern And Central California Wildfires Update

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

Large tree blocked the FS60 Road on the South Complex Fire. Photo posted on InciWeb.gov site on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015.

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Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg, Frog and Willow.

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6:28 p.m. 

The Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, northeast of Middleton, is now 20,500 acres with 16 percent containment. Evacuations are in place for the 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 95 percent contained.

The Willow Fire in Madera County is burning 5,702 acres in the Sierra National Forest southeast of Bass Lake. Containment is at 100 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 1,227 acres and is 40 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 6,830 acres with zero 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 6,471 acres and is 96 percent contained. It has been burning since July 19.

The Humboldt Lightning Fires, a series of 75 lightning fires, are burning across 4,696 acres in Humboldt County at 60 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 2,626 acres and 22 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 - 460 acres
  • Coon Fire - 1,150 acres
  • Peak Fire - 395 acres
  • Summit Fire - 120 acres
  • Williams Fire - 186 acres
  • Feeder Fire - 315 acres

The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is now at 23,775 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 25,788 acres and is 19 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 20,525 and is 40 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 15,331 acres and is 13 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 - 10,070 (now joined with Olson Fire)
  • Johnson (managed by the Route Complex—not reflected in South Complex total acreage) - 24,001
  • Pattison - 5,020
  • Clark: - 673
  • Mill - 65
  • York - 165
  • Hidden - 10
  • Springer - 1

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 75 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 26,033 acres and 24 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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