Northern California Wildfires: Where To Find Updates On Air Quality, Evacuations, And Official Information – Capital Public Radio News


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Updated 6:21 a.m. on Tuesday, September 15

Latest: Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea announced Monday an additional death from the North Complex fires, bringing county total to 15. Two people remain missing.

North Complex Incident Meteorologist Dan Borsum said Monday that anticipated strong winds didn’t materialize, and that red flag warnings would end at 8 p.m. Borsum said this weekend that the air quality in the region may not improve until October. 

On Tuesday, California Sen. and Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris will tour the Creek Fire in Fresno County with Gov. Gavin Newsom. This comes a day after President Trump visited Sacramento for a briefing with fire officials, and maintained forest management is the key to preventing California’s deadly fires and predicted “it’ll start getting cooler” when presented with facts about climate change

The U.S. Forest Service extended its closure of all California national forests for another week until Sept. 21.

Overall, 16,500 firefighters are battling 28 major fires in the state. More than 3.2 million acres have burned this year. Six of the top 20 largest fires in state history have occurred this year, including the August Complex, now the largest recorded wildfire in state history.

Air quality throughout the region remains unhealthy. Health officials have forecast an air-quality-index of 158 Tuesday, which is unhealthy for all.

This post will be updated with the latest information on these fires when it is made available. Here are the fires we’re following. Click to get more information:

Here are some resources on how to prepare for wildfire and follow fire information

Creek Fire

Counties: Fresno and Madera

Where to Get Information

Sept. 14 Creek Fire update

Acreage and Containment

As of 9 a.m. on September 14, this fire had burned 212,744 acres with 16% containment. Full containment is expected Oct. 15.

Damage, Casualties and Injuries

Around 200 people were air rescued from the Mammoth Pool area Sept. 5, with at least 10 injuries reported. 473 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 11,256 structures are threatened. A Damage Assessment Map is now available.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:

North Complex

The North Complex is located on the Mt. Hough Ranger District on the Plumas National Forest and consists of numerous lightning fires being managed as one incident. Includes the Claremont Fire and the Bear Fire, now known as the North Complex West Zone.

Counties: Plumas, Lassen, Butte, Yuba

Where to Get Information

Sept. 14 North Complex update

Acreage and Containment

As of 6 p.m. Sept. 14, these fires had burned 264,565 acres and 39% contained. The North Complex West (formerly the Bear Fire) makes up 76,900 acres the total and is 20% contained.

Casualties, Injuries and Damages

12 people in Butte County have died and at least 13 are still unaccounted for. At least 608 structures have been destroyed, including 376 residential buildings. Nearly 23,356 structures are threatened. A Damage Inspection Map is now available.

Evacuations

Mandatory evacuation orders were issued by Plumas, Butte, and Yuba County Sheriff Offices on Tuesday. Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


August Complex

Now the largest recorded fire in California history. The August Complex was initially 37 different fires on the Mendocino National Forest that started on August 17, 2020. On Sept.11, the fires known as the August Complex, Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, and Vinegar were combined and are now collectively known as the August Complex.

Counties: Glenn, Mendocino, Lake, Tehama and Trinity

Where to Get Information

Acreage and Containment

As of 6 p.m. on Sept. 14, these fires had burned 755,603 acres and were 30% contained. This is now the largest recorded fire in California history. Acreage has changed as fires are added or removed from the complex.

Casualties, Injuries and Damages

One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 13,926 structures are threatened.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


LNU Lightning Complex

Includes the Hennessey Fire, Aetna Fire, Walbridge Fire, Meyers Fire and Round Fire

Counties: Napa, Sonoma, Solano, Lake & Yolo

Where to Get Information

Acreage and Containment

As of 7 p.m. on Sept. 14, these fires have burned 363,220 acres and were 97% contained. As of Sept. 12, Cal Fire will only update containment numbers in the evening.

Casualties, Injuries and Damages

Five civilians have died and four have been injured. At least 1,491 structures have been destroyed, and 232 damaged. No structures are threatened. A Damage Assessment Map is available.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the information on evacuations:


SCU Lightning Complex

Includes the Deer Zone fires (Round Fire, Palm Fire, Marsh Fire and Briones Fire), the Calaveras Zone fires (Kilkare Fire, Arroyo Fire, Mill Creek Fire, Welch Fire, Ohlone Fire and Reservoir Fire) and the Canyon Zone Fires (Peg Leg Fire, Terraville Fire, Del Puerto Fire and Peach Fire)

Counties: Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and San Benito

Where to Get Information

Acreage and Containment 

As of 5 p.m. on Sept. 14, these fires have burned 396,624 acres and were 98% contained. Full containment is expected around Sept. 17.

Casualties, Injuries and Damages

Two civilians and three first responders have been injured in these fires. 136 structures have been destroyed, and none are threatened.

Evacuations

As of Sept. 7, all evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted. Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


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