Active Wildfires | CA | Sep 18 2016 (Update 2)


Update 2:  Posted @ 4:25pm PDT

NEW! AUBURN FIRE – Nevada County.  Off Auburn Street and Whiting Street, Grass Valley. CAL FIRE incident. 30 acres. 90% contained. Unknown start date/cause.

CANYON FIRE – Vanderburg Air Force Base.  Started on Saturday evening .Fire is burning South Base along Santa Ynez Ridge.  San Barbara County along with CAL Fire units are assisting VAFB firefighters. Some resources on the fire are SBFD  equipment: 3 Type-3 eng, 2 dozer, 1 hand crew, 1 ASU copter.  1400 acres (Unconfirmed). 800 firefighters from multiple agencies are fighting the fire. 11 Air tankers have been requested. Some are already dropping retardant over the fire.   fire exhibiting erratic behavior, unexplored ordinance in area. Hi-Resolution Satellite launch is postponed due to wildfire.

HARRISON FIRE – San Diego.  36000 blk of Mountain Circle Drive.Vegetation fire near Harrison Park Rd/Hwy 79 in Julian.  IC reporting forward spread has been stopped.  6 acres. 25% contained.

OLD FIRE – Butte County.  CAL FIRE. Off of Old Chico Canyon, west of Forest Ranch.  30 acres. 70% contained.

NEW! OWENS FIRE – Inyo NF.  Located North of the Owens River Road near Clark Canyon, east of Highway 395 in sagebrush and Jeffrey pine from an unknown cause that is under investigation.  The fire started on the afternoon of September 17th.   The fire has reached a 4500-acre in size with a 10% containment status.

Crews are focusing their efforts along the Owens River Road to protect nearby private developments and ranches.  250 personnel are assigned to this incident. The Big Springs Campground, Clark Canyon (a popular climbing area), and nearby ranches and developments have been evacuated.

REY FIRE – Los Padres NF.  Last report.  Fire started August 5th, 2016 from unknown cause that is being investigated. 32,606 acres. 100% contained. 2 injuries.  224 personnel assigned.

NEW! SENTINEL FIRE – Sequoia & Kings Canyon NF.  

Kings Canyon National Park.  Fire discovered on August 19, 2016.  Located in the South of Cedar Grove in the mountains above 9,000’ elevation. vCause is lightning. 12 acres.  Smoldering. Is burning naturally, for the environment benefit.


CA IMT4.   Illegal campfire is cause.   113,259 acres. 61% containment.  1921 acres.  1 fatality. 7 injuries. 57 homes & 11 outbuildings destroyed. 410 structures still being threatened.   Evacuation orders lifted.

Resources include: 45 crews, 118 engines, 11 helicopters, 15 dozers, 2 masticators and 11 water tenders.  Favorable weather allowing burnout operations.  Crews to continue with burnout operations.


Around noon on September 17, six (6) wildfires were reported near the Soup Springs Campground. All have been evacuated.  One (1) was contained quickly and four (4) others were contained to less than an acre.  The sixth fire  is still not contained as winds have been from the west, pushing it into the South Warner Wilderness and away from populated areas. One (1) uninhabited structure is under direct threat. The fire is currently at 300 acres.   Located 12 miles East of Likely, California.There are now reports of Soup One that is at 100 acres while Soup Tow is at 200 acres.

Resources include: 27 engines, 3 dozers, 2 water tenders, 13 hand crews and 50 fire personnel from multiple Agencies and local Governments.  1 Type 2 IMT is on order and due to take command of the fires on Monday.   Moderate fire behavior and spread overnight.

WILLARD FIRE – Lassen County.  CAL FIRE.  Off of Willard Creek Rd and West of Susanville.  2575 acres. 95% contained.


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