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Friday Northern And Central California Wildfires Update

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

Ironside Mountain Lookout being wrapped as part of the firefighting efforts during the River Complex Fire, August 2015. Photo posted to Inciweb.gov site on Aug. 10, 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Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg, Frog, Willow and Lowell.

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6:47 p.m.

The Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, northeast of Middleton, is now 25,054 acres with 71 percent containment. Mandatory evacuations are in place for the Jerusalem Valley area east of Spruce Grove.

Cal Fire says the adjacent Rocky Fire stands at 69,438 acres in Lake, Yolo and Colusa Counties and is now 100 percent contained.



The Nickowitz Fire is the largest of four fires on the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. Currently, the Nickowitz is 1,606 acres and is 45 percent contained.

The Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest now stands at 13,346 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 6,672 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 4,883 acres in Humboldt County at 80 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 3,069 acres and 29 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 - 516 acres
  • Coon Fire - 1,270 acres
  • Peak Fire - 448 acres
  • Summit Fire - 190 acres
  • Williams Fire - 224 acres
  • Feeder Fire - 421 acres

The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is now at 32,880 acres with 18 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 26,910 acres and is 27 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 21,955 and is 50 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 17,653 acres and is 20 percent contained. 

  • A public meeting will be held in Burnt Ranch at the Burnt Ranch School at 6pm on Friday, August 14.
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 - 11,484
  • Pattison - 5,904
  • York - 180
  • Mill - 73
  • Hidden - 11
  • Springer - 1
  • Johnson - 24,055 (managed by the Route Complex — not reflected in South Complex total acreage)

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 90 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 30,154 acres and 32 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