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Northern And Central California Wildfires Weekend Updates

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

A C130 from the Colorado National Guard doing a retardant drop on the Peak Fire on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015.

U.S. Forest Service InciWeb

A look at the details of some of the major fires burning in northern and central California. This incident information is updated several times through the day, as new data becomes available.

Fires that are fully contained and no longer updated include: Swedes, Big Creek, Fern, Wragg, Frog, Willow, Lowell and Rocky.

Additional Resources:

9:34 p.m. 

The Jerusalem Fire in Lake County, northeast of Middleton, is now 25,156 acres with 85 percent containment. All evacuations have been lifted.

Cal Fire reports that nine residences and 18 outbuildings were destroyed in the incident.

The Walker Fire, located north of Walker Lake in the Inyo National Forest, started the evening of August 14. The fire has burned 1,200 acres and is 7 percent contained.

Approximately 20 structures are threatened and have been evacuated near Walker Lake.

The lake is a popular recreation area for fishing and hiking. It is located west of June Lake, on the north end of the June Lake Loop, and is accessed by a dirt road 1N17. This road is closed at this time for fire response and public safety. The trail to Mono Pass (trailhead is at Walker Lake) is also closed at this time for public safety.

The Nickowitz Fire is the largest of four fires on the Orleans Ranger District of the Six Rivers National Forest. Currently, the Nickowitz is 2,445 acres and is 53 percent contained.

The Rough Fire in the Sierra National Forest now stands at 16,390 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 95 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 4,049 acres and 26 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 - 630 acres
  • Coon Fire - 1,511 acres
  • Peak Fire - 581 acres
  • Summit Fire - 354 acres
  • Williams Fire - 364 acres
  • Feeder Fire - 609 acres

The River Complex Fire in Shasta-Trinity National Forest is now at 37,165 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 27,801 acres and is 28 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 22,822 and is 65 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 20,379 acres and is 30 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 - 13,727
  • Pattison - 6,56
  • York - 284 (includes Mill)

Closures and evacuations:

· Skunk Ranch area

· Corral Bottom Road west of the intersection with the 16 continuing onto the 60 road to the Four Corners area.

· Castle Rock Area-residences in the area of Underwood Mountain Road, Castle Rock and Hog Ranch including 5N40 Road, 5N07 Road, 5N09 Road, Big Lake, Hidden Lake, to 5N60 Road to Mill Creek Road.

· Garrett Road to the Hyampom Air Strip

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 32,698 acres and 52 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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