Two wildfires are burning in Boulder County, Colorado igniting a day from one another.
LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE
The newest wildfire is called the LEFTHAND CANYON FIRE which ignited from an unknown cause on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Fire behavior is said to be very active. It is located in the 14000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive, near Ward, Colorado.
Immediate evacuations by the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office consisted of Deputies going out to the nearby town of Ward, Gold Hill, Sunshine Canyon and surrounding areas.
Evacuation point set up at Nederland Community Center 750 CO-72, Nederland, CO 80466. Livestock should go to the Gilpin County Fairgrounds at 230 Norton Dr., Black Hawk CO 80422.
The areas north of Ward, Gold hill and the 10,000 block of Lefthand Canyon Drive. Included in the evacuation order are residents of Spring Gulch Road and Gold Lake Road. Leave the area immediately if you are in those zones.
The fire has burned 303 acres.
CALWOOD FIRE would be the County’s first wildfire that broke out about three miles west of the town of Jamestown and prompting emergency evacuations of nearby Heil Valley Ranch and Hall Ranch Trails.
Boulder County EOC was activated on October 17th. Fire management is in Unified Command with USFS IC Griffin and Boulder County Buchanan.
The fire has burned 8,788 acres. Crews have reached a 15% containment status. The footprint has held steadily, according to county officials.
No new fire growth has been observed.
There are 445 total personnel still assigned to this incident.
26 homes have been damaged. Out of respect for those who have been impacted by so much, we will not publish the areas where homes and other structures were damaged or destroyed. However, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has a list of homes and their addresses on their website, which can be found at: https://www.boulderoem.com/
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Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex. Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California. Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.
Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.
Command | Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit, and CAL FIRE Humboldt-Del Norte Unit.
Resources | There are 2,574 total personnel along with
Cause | Lightning.
Injury | One firefighter injury 8/31/2020. One firefighter death 8/31/2020.
PC: Mendocino NF
The fire is broken up into four zones: West, North, Northwest and South. East side of the fire remains unstaffed but is continuously being monitored.
UPDATE | The fire now has three active zones. The West Zone is 100% contained with 140,522 acres.
Overall Size Up | 1,032,264 acres. 82% contained.
Northwest Zone | IC Kuo with the Great Basin Team 1. 119,346 acres. 94% contained.
Fire behavior increased due to Red Flag conditions caused by high winds, low RH and unseasonably high temps. Interior pockets burned in the Bradburn Creek area. Containment lines were test in the Coffee Pot area.
PG&E continues to repair electrical infrastructure using helicopters to replace damaged power poles and stretch lines to restore power to impacted communities.
PC: Mendocino NF
Northeast Zone | IC DeMasters with Great Basin Team 2. 272,089 acres. 70%.
Firefighters focused on Friday connecting the fire line west of Bear Wallow Mtn and on the east and south sides of the 2017 Buck Fire burn scar. Night shift crews continues to address hot spots along the fire perimeter.
South Zone | IC Sinclair with SW Team 1. 548,295 acres. 90% contained.
Red Flag conditions for the last 2 days. No increase in acreage. Hotshot crews and equipment continue to hold and strengthen previously built lines in the Eel River Canyon area.
The suppression repair includes wok repairs of hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used for suppression efforts.
The last 2 teams assigned from Lane and Marion Counties were demobed earlier than expected. They were returning back to their home state after a 2-week deployment. All 6 teams were scheduled to return back in the evening on 10/16/2020.
4 of the 6 teams from Linn, Yamhill, Clatsop and Washington Counties demobilized after their 14-day shift deployment and have started their drive back to their home state on 10/16/2020.
6 teams deployed to California as a coordinated response in several locations about two hours apart from one another and safely on 10/10/2020.
This Yamhill County Task Force came off the fireline for a day of fire before demobilizing. They helped with mop up activities and improving direct line.
PC: BLM Fire and Aviation
BLM MTDK Veterans Crews out of Billings, helped train some of the Dept. of Defense 7th ID soldiers who were assigned to this incident.
PC: Denver FD (CO)’s Engine 301
Engine 301 was switched out on 10/16/2020 and they are heading home from a busy and tiring 14-day shift rotation.
This replacement wildland crew began its journey to California from Colorado on 10/14/2020.
PC: Flower Mound FD (TX)
6 Personnel and a brush truck have returned safely on 10/15/2020 from their 35-days of deployment.
PC: Director Mark S Ghilarducci / CAL OES
We remained busy today responding & deploying significant “immediate need”. Mutual Aid Fire Strike Teams deploying from around the State to Northern CA Fires.
PC: US Forest Service
There are currently 4,800 USDA FS firefighters and support personnel currently across the United States. These firefighters are on the August Complex fire incident.
Thank you to our military partners, at work on the #AugustComplex on the @MendocinoNF. From training to the fire line, it’s hard to believe it’s only been 10 days!
Wind gusts continue to move the North Zone further west, prompting evacuation orders. The fire has grown to 938,044 acres with a 43% containment. 1,612 firefighters and support personnel are assigned. (9/29/2020)
PC: USFWS Fire SE
This USFWS helicopter is from Florida and normally works in the southern states. Due to the extreme conditions in the western states the helicopter and crew are currently working the #AugustComplex on the Mendocino National Forest in Northern California.
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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/17/2020 2020 PT
A 3rd alarm brush fire broke out at 54 Vine Street in Vacaville (Solano County), California on Saturday, October 17, 2020. Vacaville Fire personnel and equipment were immediately on-scene just before 1747 PT.
It was reported as a 1.5 acre fire moving uphill and to the north. Fire behavior was very active with a fast rate of spread and spotting. Structures were indicated as threatened.
PC: Alert Wildfire
Resources included one Copter (14) and 2 air tankers, with multiple dozers and water tenders. An unknown of Vacaville and mutual firefighters were deployed on this fire.
Forward spread was stopped at 5 acres and containment was achieved. Both airtankers on hold were released along with air attack (1811 PT).
No further retardant drops were needed, as the head and shoulders of the fire had been moved out into the grass. some resources were working on the heel but everything looked good.
However, there are a lot of hot spots within the fire perimeter and extensive overhaul would be needed.
Multiple fire companies remain along with Dozer 14-45 will continue to work at this incident.
No injuries to firefighters or civilians were reported.
The cause of this fire is unknown at the time of this post.
Location | The AUGUST COMPLEX is comprised of several fires in this very large Complex. Fires are burning about 14 miles northwest of Elk Creek in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Coulsa Counties in California.
Fire fuels include timber, chaparral and tall grass.
Date/Time | These fires started on August 16, 2020 around 2037 hours PT.
Cause | Lightning.
Overall Size Up | Active fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and flanking. There has been 884,139 acres and 65% containment status. N
Staffing | There are about 2,326 total personnel assigned with 50 crews, 150 engines and 24 helicopters.
Damage Assessment | There has been 871 structures lost with $92,200,200.00 cost-to-date fire suppression and containment expenses.
(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/9/2020 – Updated 1130 PT
The State of California and its people have suffered greatly from small to large and devastating wildfires burning down outbuildings, homes, businesses and infrastructure. It has been said to be contributed to global-warming, human-caused, infrastructure (powerlines) to other undetermined causes.
Here is a list of current wildfires burning in the State of California.
AUGUST COMPLEX (Includes DOE FIRE)
Started 8/16/2020 @ 2037 PT. It is burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa Counties. It is about 14 miles NW of elk Creek. Caused by lightning.
Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and running. 987,654 and 54% contained. CTD is unknown.
Operations broken into four zones: North and Northeast, West and South (CAL FIRE).
6 structures damaged. 52 structures lost. 1 injury. 1,588 personnel along with 30 crews, 13 helicopters, 166 engines, 39 dozers and 44 water tenders.
Managed by Mendocino Unit, CAL FIRE. CAL FIRE Team 5 (IMT1). 4 miles NE of Covelo.
Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and spotting. There has been 128,799 acres burned and a 55% containment status reached. 52 structures have been lost.
There are 1,588 total personnel along with 30 crews, 166 engines and 13 helicopters.
CTD is $75,500,000.
The BOBCAT FIRE is situated on the Angeles National Forest, about 12 miles NE of Pasadena.
Fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering. There has been 115,007 acres burned but crews have successfully reached an 84% containment status.
Assigned to this incident are 711 total personnel with 15 crews, 29 engines and 12 helos.
About 171 structures were lost. CTD has reached $63,500,000.
Started 9/4/2020 at 1821 PT. The fire is burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.
315,413 acres of timber, chaparral and tall grass have been scorched. There is a 62% containment status. However, fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, group torching and lasting short-range spotting.
Fire management is Unified Command with CAL FIRE FRESNO, Fresno County Sheriff Office and Sierra National Forest. 2,048 total personnel with 39 crews, 11 helos, 172 engines, 14 dozers and 46 water tenders.
The DOLAN FIRE is about 10 miles S of Big Sur on the Los Padres National Forest.
Fire behavior is moderate with backing, single-tree torching and creeping. 124,924 acres of brush, chaparral and short grass have been destroyed, along with 19 structures. CTD have reached $54,800,000.
A 90% containment status has been reached.
There are 552 total personnel along with 5 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters.
EL DORADO FIRE
The EL DORADO FIRE is located 3 miles NE of Yucaipa.
Minimal fire behavior is occurring and there has been a total assessed at 22,744 acres destroyed along with 20 structures lost. A total of 93% containment status has been reached.
CTD has topped out at $38,000,000.
Fire resources include 149 total personnel along with 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters.
This fire is burning about 15 miles NE of Pollock Pines on the Eldorado National forest.
Fire behavior is minimal. Total acreage burned was 1,667 acres. There has been a 70% containment status reached.
Remaining resources are about 134 total personnel with 3 crews, 3 engines and 1 copter. Cost-to-date have topped out at $6,500,000.
Started 9/27/2020 at 0348 hours PT. Burning on North Fork Crystal Springs Road x Crystal Springs Road. Cause unknown, under investigation.
There has been 63,885 acres consumed. 17% containment has been secured. 163 structures damaged. 826 structures destroyed. CTD is $24,700,000.
Management under Unified Command with CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa FD, Santa Rosa PD. There are 2,773 total personnel along with 27 crews, 23 helicopters, 408 engines, 66 dozers and 49 water tenders. (CAL FIRE)
The NORTH COMPLEX is located on the Plumas National Forest. This incident is located 1 mile SW of Crescent Mills.
Command transfers from RM Team Black (IMT2) back to CA Team 4 (IMT1) today. There are still 1,604 total personnel along with 35 crews, 102 engines and 13 helicopters.
Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. 317,459 acres have been consumed but a 83% containment status has been reached.
2,342 structures have been lost. Cost-to-date has reached $143,000,000.
This Complex includes 2 fires which is being managed by CA Team 2 (IMT1) and CAL FIRE Team 6 (IMT1) with CA Team 13 (IMT2) mobilizing. It is situated about 34 miles E of Porterview.
Active fire behavior has been observed along with flanking, backing and spotting. It has burned 156,435 acres of timber and chaparral. There is a 65% containment status reached at the time of this post. 228 structures have been notably lost.
Attached to this incident is 912 total personnel along with 17 crews, 59 engines and 8 helicopters.
The ZOGG FIRE started on 9/27/2020 around 1603 PT from an unknown cause, which is still under investigation. It originated on Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo.
Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.
There has been 56,305 acres lost but a 68% containment status achieved. 26 structures have been damaged with 196 structures lost. 1 injury and 4 deaths have occurred.
Assigned to this incident are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helicopters, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders.
Initial Date/Start | The ZOGG FIRE started almost one week ago on Sunday, September 27th around 1500 hours PT.
Location | It is located off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo in Shasta County in California.
Cause | Cause is still unknown at this time and is under investigation.
Photo Credit | Whiskeytown National Rec Area
Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering. It is said to be still threatening homes and evacuations are still in effect.
Staffing | There are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helos, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders. the NW IMET Operations Medford is en route to this fire and will be arriving shortly. Lead agency is the CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit.
Size Up | There has been 56,305 acres burned with a 68% containment status. About 91 structures are still being threatened.
Damage Assessment | 26 structures damaged. 196 structures destroyed. 1 injury. 4 deaths. Total costs-to-date are $15,600,000.00.
Repopulation | Evacuation orders were lifted for Shasta County roads along Plantina Road between Placer and Bland Roads. On Deck Way, Junkans Road, Birdie Lane, Newscott Lane, Nelson Road, Church Street, Cemetery Road and Shoup Road. *Residents will be allowed in the first 24 hours* https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/
Duncan Creek Road, Bully Choop Road and Old Bully Choop Road.
Platina Road east of Bland Road to Placer Rd. Access to Platina Road will be via Highway 36.
All roads off South Fork Rd west of Placer Rd.
Temporary Evacuation Point: Please contact 1-530-276-8034 for virtual assistance.
Large animal evacuate center: Cottonwood Rodeo Grounds 3917 Main Street, Cottonwood, CA 96022
Small animal evacuation center: Haven Humane Society 7449 Eastside Rd, Anderson, CA 96007 (small animals are goats or sheep and smaller.)
East bound Platina Rd @ Bland Rd
The intersection of West bound Platina @ Placer Rd @ Clear creek @ Gas Point
South Forak Rd @ Placer Rd
Fire – Infrastructure Resources |Shasta County Sheriff, Tehama County SO, PG&E, CAL TRANS, CHP, Sierra Pacific, Mountain Gate Fire Department, Shasta County Fire Department, Shasta County Public Works, City of Redding Fire Department, Anderson Fire Department, Cottonwood Fire Protection District, Weaverville Fire Protection District, National Guard, California Conservation Corps, California Department of Corrections, BLM, California State Parks, Cal OES, National Parks, USFS.
Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.
Hazards | While Shasta County Deputies were patrolling within the fire zone, a tree fell onto their vehicle. They escaped injury, but their patrol unit wasn’t so lucky. It was deemed a total.
This is why Law Enforcement Officials are asking people to stay out of closed areas. (Occurred 9/30/2020)
Photo Credit | Shasta County SO
COMING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE…
Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home.
•Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps, and vegetation.
•Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks or embers.
•Check the attic and throughout your house for any hidden burning sparks or embers.
•Check for fire damage to your home, turn off all appliances and make sure the meter is not damaged before turning on the main circuit breaker.
•Check the well or pump-house to ensure it is in working order.
•Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.
•Consult local experts on the best way to restore and plant your land with fire-safe landscaping.
Power Outages | Food can spoil in less than 2 hours without refrigeration.
Discard the following:
• Food requiring refrigeration
• All frozen foods – foods that have thawed and may have refroze after power was restored are unsafe
• Any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, fire retardant and foam or other chemicals
• Food with unusual odor, color, or texture
• Cans or food containers that are bulging, open, or dented
• Food not in waterproof containers or cans
• Food canned at home
• Food in cardboard containers (including juice, milk, and baby formula)
• Food in containers with screw caps, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops, and snap-tops
When in doubt, throw it out!
(CAL FIRE, Shasta County)
MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS – RESOURCES
Wildfires can be devastating to those who have been evacuated, have had their home/business/structures damaged or destroyed to the those who have been impacted directly or indirectly by these emotional stressers.
Your mental health is important to us and we are giving resources should you need them. If you choose to use them, please know that this is NOT a weakness but something that is so important to help you through these terrible times in life.
Disaster Distress Helpline | 1-800-985-5990. TEXT: “TalkWithUs” to 66746. DisasterDisaster.samhsa.gov 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress. samhsa.gov
HOW TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS
Salvation Army | They are accepting monetary donations including gift cards.
Current needs: Underwear, t-shirts, socks, diapers, hygiene items and cleaning supplies. Drop off address: 2691 Larkspur lane, Redding, CA. Monday-Friday between 0900-1200 and 1300-1600 hours (9-12, 1-4pm). Call #530-222-2201. *Must be new and unopened items*
Red Cross | Will only accept monetary donations for the Northern California wildfires. redcross.org/donate to make your donation.
Sources | CAL FIRE, NIFC, Inciweb, Red Cross, Social Media
Incident Summary | A fast-moving brush fire-turned firestorm ignited on Sunday, September 28th in the Deer Park community near the 3400 block of St. Helena Hwy. It is burning about 13 miles northwest of Napa in both Napa and Sonoma Counties in California.
Fire Fuels | Fire fuels are timber, brush and tall grass.
Riley the Therapy Dog making his rounds. | Photo Credit | CAL FIRE
Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, short-range spotting, flanking and wind-driven and has burned across both counties. it is also fueled by low moisture, very warm and dry weather.
Response | There are a total of 2,773 personnel along with 27 crews, 23 helicopters, 408 engines, 66 dozers and 49 water tenders.
Operations | Firefighters are aggressively working to mop-up in some areas, while operating to construct and reinforce existing control lines.
Size Up | Fire has burned 63,450 acres and there is a 15% containment status.
Cause | Unknown and under investigation.
Damage Assessment | 163 structures damaged. 826 destroyed. Total Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $19,600,000.
Heroes Feeding Heroes | Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen
Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds (Room for parked cars and RV’s) 175 Fairgrounds Drive
Petaluma Veteran’s Memorial Building(Shelter and TEP) 1094 Petaluma Blvd. South
Petaluma Community Center (Limited Space Available) : 320 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954
Rohnert Park: Sonoma State University (Congregate shelter and non-congregate dorms with non-congregate dorm priority given to COVID-vulnerable residents) Parking Lot G, Gymnasium, 1801 East Cotati Avenue
Command | Unified Command: CAL FIRE Sonoma Lake Napa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa Fire Department and Santa Rosa Police Department.
Incident Cooperators | County of Sonoma, Napa Co OES, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, CAL FIRE, City of Santa Rosa, Red Cross Northern California Coastal, San Francisco PD, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Sonoma County Fire Department, San Marin Fire District, BLM, Sonoma Valley Fire Authority, AMR, OES, PG&E, CDCR, CHP, CAL TRANS, CA State Parks and World Central Kitchen; Joseph Elfelt (fire mapping).
Photo Credit | Crockett Carquinez Fire
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR EVACUEES
Facebook – Mark Yourself Safe – Crisis Response Page | Let your loved ones know that you are safe by visiting Facebook’s Safety Check, The Wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties, USA