Active Wildfires | California | Aug 25, 2016

The State of California has been experiencing way too many Wildfires lately for those who work/play/live/visit and its 1st Responders to go unnoticed.  Here is a compiled of wildfires from just today (Thursday, August 25, 2016).

Monterey County California Fires burning. (Credit: NASA)

Cedar Fire – 5 miles N of Alta Sierra.  Sequoia NF.  Active fire behavior with short crow-runs, group torching, and short-range spotting.  23,239 acres. 10% contained. 2374 personnel. 36 crews. 219 engines. 16 copters. 12 structures lost. $24.4 Million CTD.

Chimney Fire – 15 miles West of Paso Robles.  CAL Fire – San Luis-Obispo Unit. CAL Fire IMT2.  1,898 Structures remain threatened.  Evacuations in effect.   43,933 acres. 41% contained. 3,972 personnel. 105 crews, 327 engines. 16 helicopters. 7 Air tankers, 46 dozers, 59 water tenders.  68 structures lost. $42.3 Million CTD. 1898 structures threatened.

All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Last night, fire behavior was active with winds driving the fire into the northwestern region. Winds were W to NW with temperatures in the mid 50’s and higher relative humidity which helped firefighters reinforce containment lines. The Hearst Castle and Hearst Castle Infrastructure remain threatened.

Clayton Fire – 1 mile SE of Lower Lake.  CAL Fire – Sonoma Lake – Napa Unit.  Located off Hwy 29 and Clayton Creek south of Lower Lake.

Cause ruled as Arson. Suspect has been arrested and charged.

300 structures destroyed, 29 damaged.

Firefighters worked through the night to construct and strengthen control lines. Steep, rugged terrain continues to challenges fire control efforts. 40 firefighters. 2 engines. 1 crew. 1 helicopter.  3,929 acres. 99% contained.

Grade Fire – 2 miles N of Yreka.  CAL Fire – Siskiyou Unit. Active fire behavior with running, short-range spotting and uphill runs.  710  acres. 60% contained.  10 structures lost.  $229,000 CTD. Hwy 263 closed in the fire area.

Rey Fire – 7 miles North of Goleta.  Los Padres NF.  Located North of Santa Barbara and near White Rock Day Use Picnic area.. Active fire behavior with short-range spotting and flanking in Divisions “P” and “S”.  31,505 acres. 39% contained. 1976 personnel. 56 crews. 135 engines. 23 copters. 0 structures lost. $11.6 Million. Forest Service.

Cause under investigation.

1 reported injury.

The fire spotted into the Zaca burn scar and around Ogilvy Ranch in the Mono drainage. Resources are currently assessing the possible damage and the extent of the spots.

Tonight crews will be assessing the fire area to assist in repositioning resources tomorrow. Infrared flights will take place to spot any possible heat along the constructed line

Soberanes Fire – 7 miles NW of Big Sur.  CAL Fire – San Benito-Monterey Unit. Transfer of Command from IMT to a new will occur on Friday, August 27, 2016. Active fire behavior with flanking and short-range spotting.  The fire continues to slowly move south and east of Miller Mountain in Hiding Camp Canyon, and farther south near the Ventana Cones. Fire behavior remains a slow backing and flanking fire through an eight year old fuel bed of grass, brush and timber litter. Near the coast range, the fire continues to flank southward in the Big Sur drainage below Mount Olmstead. $158.7 Million CTD.

Cause: Illegal Campfire.

90,062 acres. 60% contained. 410 structures still being threatened while 57 homes and 11 outbuildings have already been destroyed.  3 structures and 20 outbuildings have been damaged. 1 fatality plus 4 injuries.

1494 personnel. 44 engines. 27 crews. 12 helicopters. 18 dozers. 42 water tenders.

CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit/Los Padres National Forest, CA State Parks and Recreation, CHP, CAL-OES, CDCR, CA National Guard, Big Sur Land Trust, CAL-TRANS, CCC, CA Fish & Wildlife, Coast Property Owners Association (CPOA), Community Foundation for Monterey County, BLM, American Red Cross, the County of Monterey, PG&E, Carmel Highlands F.P.D., Monterey County Regional Fire Protection District, Mid Coast Volunteer Fire Brigade, Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and the Cachagua Fire Protection District.

Tulley Fire – 6 miles N of Weitchpec.  CAL Fire – Humboldt – Del Norte Unit.  Located off of Hwy 169 & Martin’s Ferry Rd, northwest of Weitchpec. CA IMT Humboldt County.  Moderate Fire behavior with up hill runs, short-range spotting, torching.  505 acres. 20% contained. 1386 personnel.  50 crews. 95 engines. 11 copters. 17 dozers. 15 water tenders. 2 structures lost. $3.2 Million. State lands.  40 structures still under direct threat.

Cause deemed: Arson.

Cooperating Agencies:  Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, CalTrans, CDCR, Cal OES, Humboldt County OES, American Red Cross, Yurok Tribe, Hoopa Tribe, BIA, USFS, HIA, CCC, PG&E, NDF, and NDC.

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