Wildfire Activity Log | CA | July 6, 2020

California is battling wildfires across the State and because there are so many of them, we are grouping them together in a single post.  This is also to avoid from overwhelming you with hundreds of posts at a time.

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California St. x Springwood Street, Contra Costa County

Brush fire. Started 7/6/2020.  CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit.  Burning in the wildlands between I-80, Hwy 4 and Cummings Skyway and heading towards Crockett.  Fire was said to be headed towards Oil storage tanks in the area, calling for an immediate order for 2 strike teams, 2 copters and 4 air tankers. (1525PT).  Later the fire was elevated to a three-alarm brush fire.  At 2158 PT, the fire was estimated to be at 230 acres. Fresh crews will arrive on Tuesday, July 7th to replace those on the fireline.  Extensive mopping will occur.  Hot spots will be addressed overnight.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Resources included:  Con Fire, Rodeo-Hercules FD and CAL FIRE SCU.  Fire has destroyed 150 acres and has a 50% containment status.  Forward progression has been stopped.

Fire Fact | PG&E pleads guilty to 84 counts of Manslaughter tied to the Deadliest Wildfires in California History – Media


3 miles NE of Gilroy, Santa Clara County

Started 7/5/2020.  Reported after 1400 PT.  CAL FIRE Santa Clara Unit. Crews Road x Oak Spring Circle. North of Gilroy.

The 14 freeway was shutdown in both directions as the fire crossed over the freeway on Sunday afternoon. Evacuations were in progress yesterday for hundreds of residents, their pets and livestock.   5,400 acres. 20% contained.

Fire Fact | In 2019, the CA Governor stated while the State increases fire prevention investments, the Federal Government has made significant cuts to fire prevention programs. – Governor’s Office


Near Cedar Flats on 299W, East of Burnt Ranch 

Started 6/30/2020 1500 PT. Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Cause unknown and under investigation.  3 Type1 Hotshot crews, 3 Type-3 Engines, 1 Tactical Water Tender, 2 Type-2 Helicopters, 1 Type-1 Helicopter, Mountain Medics and 2 Line Safety Officers.  65 acres. 50% contained.

Fire Fact | The 2020 fire season is said to be the driest February in 150 years which is causing droughts, wildfires and means there will be no superbloom this year. – Media


King Canyon Rd x Dunlap Rd, Fresno County

Fire started 7/5/2020 and firefighters were immeidately dispatched.  Arriving just before 1900 hours, units reported the fire at 67 acres. They have successfully gained a 65% containment status.  Located  East of Squaw Valley.  CAL FIRE Fresno Kings Unit.

Fire Fact | In 2018, the deadliest fire on record was the Camp Fire that burned 153,336 acres, destroyed 18,804 structures and killed 85 people. The cause was due to powerlines. – CAL FIRE


13000 blk of Soda Lake Rd, Santa Margarita, SLO County

Started 7/4/2020. CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo Unit.  Unknown cause.  Moderate fire behavior. Structures threatened.  0 resources on incident.  $10,000 cost-to-date expenses. 1 structure and 1 vehicle destroyed. 2nd Alarm. Fire was contained to 588 acres and fully contained on 7/5/2020.

Photo Credit | SLO City Fire


Fire Fact | In 2020, PG&E was hit with a $1.9-Billion penalty over California wildfires but residents who lost loved ones and their properties, feel they have lost way more than this Utility company could ever repay them. Media


In the Hills of the 210 Freeway, NE of San Fernando Valley

Photo Credit | LAFD


LAFD, LA County FD and Angeles National Forest firefighters were on-scene of a wildfire in the 8300 block of West La Tuna Canyon Road in the Shadow HIlls area of Los Angeles. The brush fire was burning approximately .5 miles from the 210 freeway.

Two LA County FD engines and several camp crews were able to stop forward progression one-hour as mutual aid to the city of Los Angeles FD.  LACoFD Copters 18 and 17 and LAFD Copters 3 and 4 were also assisting from the air.

No injuries or damages were reported.  No evacuation orders were initiated.  LA County Fire Ops were also assigned to help with air support.

All resources were released around 1624 hours PT.

Photo Credit | LAFD Fire Ops



Mtn Meadows Dr. x Cedar Creek Crt., Solano County

Fire started 7/6/2020. Firefighters were on-scene just after 1800 hours PT, located SW of Fairfield. Unified Command CALF FIRE Lake Napa Unit, Cordelia Fire Protection District, Fairfield City Fire Department. 50 acres burned. 0% contained.  Evacuations were in progress.

Fire Fact | On July 4, 2020, firefighters responded to 50-plus fires including wildfires that were human-caused by fireworks. There were so many they could only provide one engine responses.- Contra Costa FD


Patterson Pass Rd, Tracy in San Joaquin County

CAL FIRE SCU firefighters were on-cene of a vegetation fire in the Tracy area around 1635 PT today. The forward progression has been stopped and crews were able to hold it to  150 acres. It has been 100% contained.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Fire Fact | Sky lanterns may be beautiful and all, they can easily spark a wildfire. These are to be never launched on public lands. – NIFC


Quicksilver County Park, San Jose (Santa Clara County)

Brush fire.  Fire reported 1658 7/6/2020. CAL FIRE SCU Firefighters were at the park along with San Jose Firefighters.  Fire was 1 acre.  CAL FIRE engines, dozers and aircraft were on-scene.

Fire Fact | In 2018, there were approximately 12.91-Billion dollars in losses, the largest in the State of California since 2001. – NFPA


900 block of California Street

Brush fire. Possible multiple smaller fires in the same area per CHP.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE


Fire Fact | There have been 3,562 total fires for 23,640 total acres from the period of January 1 through July 5, 2020, up from 2019’s 2,041 total fires and a total of 18,564 acres. – CAL FIRE


Soledad Canyon Road 14 Freeway, Los Angeles County

Photo Credit | Angeles NF


Started 7/5/2020 at 1528 hours PT on July 5, 2020.  2 miles south of Agua Dulce.  Brush, chaparral and short grass. Fire was driven by 20-30 mph winds and warm weather conditions.   Firefighters put out hotspots before winds and high heat returned today. Fire threatenting containment lines.

Photo Credit | Angeles NF


Unified Command LA Co FD and Angeles NF.  25 engines, 9 hand crews, 2 water tenders, 4 helicopters, 517 total personnel.

Photo Credit | Caltrans District 7


Incident Cooperators also included the CA Highway Patrol, LA Co Sheriff’s Department, Bureau of Land Management, CalTrans District 7, Red Cross. SoCal AirOps, LASD Palmdale Station, SVC Sheriff, Santa Clarita City.

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Photo Credit | So Cal Air Ops

(left) Photos of aircraft assigned on the incident.

Fire behavior slowed overnight but during the day, it has increased as extreme fire behavior with running, uphill runs and wind-driven runs.

It is currently 1,498 acres with a 48% containment status.  4,795 structures threatened. 0 structures destroyed or damaged.  0 injuries reported.

9 homes with approximately 40 residents are under current evacuations.  A temporary shelter located at Victory Outreach, 37419 25th Street E, Palmdale, CA 93550. Clients/small animals can relocate on temporary basis. Red Cross will make an assessment on indivdual’s needs.

Photo Credit | Angeles NF


$1 Million Cost-to-Date in fire suppression and containment efforts.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/6/2020 2230 PT

4-Alarm Fire Partially Destroys San Francisco Wharf

A massive fire broke out in the 200 block of Jefferson Street (between Taylor Street and Jones Street) and more commonly known by locals as Fisherman’s Terminal in San Francisco, California.


The fire occured on Saturday, May 23, 2020, just before 0400 hours PT.

Fire would quickly spread and cause an alarm in itself.

The IC requested a 4th alarm  which the Fire Dispatch Center would send up to  a total of 150 firefighters, fire boats and additional equipment. Fire conditions were rapidly deteriorating.

Eyewitness accounts of the scene unfolded reported the beginning, during and aftermath of the fire.  Some reported seeing a thick plume of heavy smoke high in in the sky over San Francisco’s waterfront, after it appeared it was burning on the underside of the pier and immediatly spreading across the wooden planked platform towards multiple fish and crab processing businesses.

An undeniable and iconic image of the very large World War II historic USS Jeremiah O’Brien ship could be seen in multiple fire images.  Firefighters worked tirelessly under dangerous conditions to save other businesses and the ship itself.



The preliminary cause of the fire is unknown. It is currently under investigation by the Fie Department.    One-quarter of the wharf has been destroyed.

One firefighter was injured.  They are said they are going to be okay.  No injuries to citizens were reported.


All Photo Images. Credit | San Francisco Firefighters Local 798

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/23/2020 1430 PT




Bellevue Firefighters Respond to Early Sunday Morning Fire

BELLEVUE, Washington State —  Firefighters were called to an early morning residential structure fire in Newport Shores on Cascade Key , located north of Newcastle Beach Park.

The fire occurred around 0600 hours PDT on Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Active fire was reported on the rear side, extending from the front  to the garage and possibly into the attic of the home.

Photo Credit | Bellevue Fire Department


Fire was quickly brought under control, a short time thereafter.

A primary and secondary search of the structure found no victims inside the fire building.

Fire crews were able to successully knock down the fire from the rear.  Crews entered the interior of the large building and checked for extensions.

Ladder companies handled the venting of the structure.

A Fire Investigator was called out to the scene to determine the cause but at the time of this post, there was none known.

Resources included: (Zone1)  Bellevue Fire’s  E101, E102, E104, Air1, B1, L7, L3,  MSO5; Mercer Island E191.  (Zone 3) Renton Fire E315.

It was unknown if the structure is habitable or if the American Red Cross was called for displacement of the fire victims.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 5/3/2020 1:15 PDT




#GrizzlyFire | Wildfire | California | Sit Rep 1

SIT REP 1 – March 3, 2020

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE TGU

The GRIZZLY FIRE ignited on March 2, 2020 and is burning in the Grizzly Flat Rec Area near Butte Lake and just west of Orland (Glenn County), California.

It was reported yesterday, that there was limited access at the time for ground resources but the fire was being held by roads.


Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

About 154 acres have been destroyed but wildland firefighters from the CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Units have reached a 50% containment status.

Due to thick brush, firefighters will remain on-scene for the next two days for heavy mop-up operations.

No evuacations in effect due to very rural and mostly vegetation burning.


Photo Credit | CAL FIRE TGU

No word on the cause is known at the time of this post.

No reports of civilians or firefighters have been reported injured.

#CALFIRETGU2020 #CAFireSeason2020 #CAwildfires2020

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1815 hours PST

The Wildfire Log | WA Fire Activity | July 8, 2019

Thank you for reading our blog post!

Here is the Wildfire Log for today’s wildfire activity:


Smoke Check | Rose Valley | Call dispatched 2006 hours PDT. WA DNR Communications Center. Open Incident.


Wildfire | Hogan Fire  | Burrows Rd on Intersection of Hogan’s Road. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and logs. (IC) Ferneyhough. Dispatched at 1000 hours. Contained at 1025 hours. Controlled at 1100 hours PDT.  In Patrol status.

A Resource Order out of the Puget Sound Interagency Comm Center has deployed resources to assist with the SHOVEL CREEK FIRE in Alaska.


Wildfire | Chase Fire  Liberty Lake. 3.8 acres. Grass, brush and timber. Call dispatched @ 1316 hours PDT.  Resources o/s at 1345 hours PDT. (IC) Shcie. Resources:  AR29, 440, 442, C6201 OH.  Open incident.


Wildfire | Garden Spot Fire | Garden Spot Road. 0.1 acre. Grass, brush and light timber. Dispatched call @ 1728 hours PDT. Resources on-scene @ 1728 hours PDT. (IC) AR 414. Resources:  AR108, 414, 441, 450 and 61. Open incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2105 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | WA State Fire Activity | July 6 2019

Due to the high number of wildfires here in Washington State, we will be grouping them together here.

COLUMBIA PLATEAU FIRE – Martindale – Franklin County

Fire resources dispatched at 1436 hours PDT to Martindale in Franklin County.  Assets and resources include:  BATT-603, Engines 341, 373, 6695, (BLM) 672.117 acres of heavy sage destroyed.

DEEP CREEK FIRE – Alladin Road – Stevens County

Fire resources include H344, NC 41+Crew, 7303 and 7304 are o/s of a wildfire which dispatched their agencies and equipment at 1746 hours PDT.  They arrived o/s at 1818 hours.  Less than one acre has been currently burned.

JOURNEY FIRE – Thurston County

Firefighters were dispatched at 1610 hours to a fire in an unknown part of this County for a wildfire that included fire fuels: grass and brush. Engines 8213, EIDE and IC Cooper are still out-of-service at the scene.  Less than one acre burned. No cause is known.

MOOSE JAW FIRE – Pend Oreille County

Fire crews are o/s of a wildfire located on Moose Jaw Road in Pend Oreille County, which were dispatched at 1751 hours and o/s at 1815 hours.  AR450, 451 and 62 have arrived.  0.01 acres. Cause unknown.

PK CANYON FIRE – Smith Canyon -Franklin County

Crew 6201 and a BLM (6696) engine were dispatched today at 1131 hours to a wildfire located in Smith Canyon in Franklin County.  104 acres of grass and brush destroyed.  Fire was contained this evening at 1830 hours PDT.

RIGGS CANYON FIRE – North Riggs Canyon – Kittitas County

Firefighters and equipment were dispatched today at 1255 hours PDT. Resources included:  Ahtanum 20 crew, crews 33, 83 and engines 331, 332. Helicopter 346.  SE 139, 426, 461, 463, 468, 561, 721 and SE Martin, Pollack and Slyfiel.  50 acres of grass, brush and timber have been burned.

SPRING FIRE – Boulder Cave – Kittitas County

Fire assets and resources include: Engines 381 and 382 to Boulder Cave at 1758 hours PDT. 0.12 acres. Fire fuels are timber and logs.

UPPER JOE FIRE – Grade Creek – Chelan County

Crews 52, 74 and Engines 321, 353 with SE 125, 146 and Escobar were dispatched at 1342 hours PDT to Grade Creek in Chelan County. The fire has consumed 14.5 acres of grass and brush.


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(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1940 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | AK Wildfires | July 6, 2019

Thank you for reading and following our post!  Here is the compiled list of wildfires for the State of Alaska on Saturday, July 6, 2019, for fires greater than 1,000 acres.

1  | .Bearnose Hill Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/29/2019. Lightning caused.

1,744 acres. 59 personnel.

Active fire behavior with 50 ft. flame lengths, crowning, running and spotting.  Fire fuels include spruce and hardwood mix. Fire moving to the north.

Additional crews arrived o/s today.

Incident #407.

2  | Foraker Fire – Denali National Park

Started 6/26/2019. Lightning sparked.

11,970 acres. 6 personnel.

Some fire activity on the southeast flank of the fire.

Incident #389.

3  | Boundary Fire – ANCSA lands

Started 6/23/2019. Lightning ignited.

15,250 acres with a 250 acre increase on 7/4/2019.  170 personnel.

Crews to engage in direct attack strategies with point protection activities on values at risk. Structure protection in and around homes north of the fire and in Northway.

Incident #362..

4  | Lloyd Mountain Fire – AK State lands

Started 6/23/2019 by lightning.

16,239 acres. 20 personnel.

Fire behavior active increased on the north and east flanks mostly with minimal growth on the interior.  Working to prep for structure protection in the north and south areas of the fire.

Incident #361.

5 | Hurst Creek Fire – AK State lands

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

39,179 acres. 6 personnel.

Air recon flight this afternoon and in the evening detected increased fire activity with running to the southwest prompting structure protection. Heliltack responded and with remain in the area. Fire has crossed the Dishna River on the northeast corner and western perimeter.

Incident #352.

6 | Chandalar River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started 6/22/2019 by lightning. 2,004 acres. Acreage increased by 177.5 since 7/4/2019. 56 personnel. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs to the east.

Incident #349

7 | Hadweenzic River Fire – Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Started by lightning on 6/22/2019.

27,161 acres. 8 personnel.

Increased fire behavior with short runs and backing. Spreading mostly to the north and east.

Incident #337.

8 | Hess Creek Fire – 29 miles SE of Steven’s Village

Nevada Type 3 Team 2 IMT take command of fire on 6/28/2019 at 0700

NV Type 3 Team 2 on 6/27/2019. | Courtesy: Inciweb

Started on State land on 6/21/2019. Lightning caused.

104,218 acres. Increased by 70,830.5 on 7/4/2019. 70 personnel.

Being managed by an IMT3.  If fire continues to grow, concerns for high assets may become threatened which include multiple structures, camps and communication equipment. Burnout operations in effect.

Incident #324.

9 | Nugget Creek Fire – 35 miles E of Fairbanks

Smoke and fire backing down the ridge to the cliffs above the Chena River.

View of fire from Chena River | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning on 6/21/2019. Located on State lands.

6,937 acres. 6 personnel.

Increased fire activity on the interior and burning at a low rate of spread with the west side more actively burning along with uphill runs and backing down the ridge. No structures threatened.

Incident #323.

10 | Shovel Creek Fire – 20 NW of Fairbanks

Crewmember from the Golden Eagles IHC serves as a lookout for crews working on Division C, on the southern flank of the fire.

Lookout keeps watch over the Shovel Creek Fire Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire caused by lightning began on 6/212019.

10,808 acres.  12% contained.  753 personnel.

Fire weather has been consisting of sunny skies, temps in the upper 70’s, lower RH of 38-45% range and winds that were terrain driven.

Working to secure fire perimeter along the east and north along the Chatanika River area.

Command consists of:  Deputy IC is Chris Schulte. Incident Meteorologist is Jon Bonk with Fire wx. Fire Behavior Analyst is Dana Skelly assisting with prediction for movement.

Incident #319.

11| Bergman Creek Fire – Central Yukon Field Office (BLM)

Fire started on BLM owned lands on 6/21/2019 by lightning in the Central Yukon Field Office area.

10,889 acres. 16 personnel.  Fire behavior has had minimal activity but there is still heat located on the northeastern and eastern areas of the fire.

Incident #312.

12| Black River Fire – Eastern Interior Field Office (BLM)

Fire ignited after lightning hit the area, spark this fire on BLM owned lands in the Eastern Interior Field Office’s response area.  The fire started on 6/18/2019.

24,891 acres. 47 personnel. Fire behavior is active with smoldering, creeping, running and torching.  It is burning in spruce, mixed hardwoods and tundra.

Incident #255.

13 | Yukon Charley Fire – Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (NPS)

Fire started on 6/10/2019 by lightning.

1,049 acres. 8 personnel. Air recon flight completed and fire is about 30% active with smoldering and creeping in white and black Spruce.

Incident #217.

14 | Swan Lake Fire – 5 miles NE of Sterling

Smoke plume along Sterling Highway

Smoke plume on the Swan Lake Fire 5 days ago | Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire started on 6/5/2019 by lightning and is burning in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (USFWS).

92,657 acres have been destroyed.  14% contained. 400+ personnel assigned.  Fire growth on 7/4/2019.

Containment lines are holding in Divisions A, R and K. Div P had growth to the northeast.  Air fire suppression activities are primary focus.  Crews are continuing to maintain mop up operations north of the Homer Electric transmission line and along the East Fork Moose River. Night shift is patrolling the Sterling Hwy for smoke conditions which AK State Troopers are monitoring and providing traffic control when heavy smokey conditions arise for traffic on the Hwy.

Incident #181.

15 | McArthur Creek Fire – AK State lands

Fire started on 5/21/2019 by lightning.  15,000 acres. 12 personnel assigned. Air recon flight on 7/5/2019 showing high fire growth on the west side of the fire.

Incident #133.

Fire Stats – Current AK Fires Burning

There were 5 new wildfires that occurred within the last 24 hours that were under 1 acre  Four of the 5 were human caused. 1 was undetermined and reached a total of destroyed 40 acres. 9 personnel are still assigned to the incident.

There are 20 wildfires that are fully staffed and have a total of 375,620 acres that have been destroyed while there are 94 being monitored for a total of 299,412 acres. 1 of the fires has been put out. There are 2 RX fires for a total of 13,615 acres.  The grand total of acres destroyed has reached an all-time high of 688,688.

Of the 374 wildfires, 190 were human caused while 181 were lightning caused for a total of 681,708 acres destroyed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1900  hours PDT



The Wildfire Log: 2nd Wildfire Burning in Franklin Co, WA


A wildfire is burning in Smith Canyon of Franklin County, Washington, prompting Dispatch to dispatch Batt603, Crew 6201 and BLM E6696 to the scene at 1255 hours PDT today.

Correction: Smoth Canyon as previously reported and corrected by sources is actually “Smith” Canyon.

The fire has now destroyed 104 acres of grass and brush.

There have been no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters.

The cause of this wildfire is unknown.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1730  hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Franklin Co Fire Changes Name

Update 2 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

The MARTINDALE FIRE IC has changed its name to the COLUMBIA PLATEAU FIRE.  It is located in Martindale in Franklin County, Washington State.

The fire has now burned up to 40 acres of heavy sage.

Resources include:  Batt-603, Engines 341, 373 and BLM Engine 672.

No word on the cause has been released.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1725 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: Martindale Fire in Franklin Co, Washington

Update 1 – July 6, 2019 – Saturday

A wildfire has ignited from an unknown cause and Dispatchers through the Central Washington Interagency Communications Center has sent fire assets and resources out at 1436 hours PDT.

The fire named the MARTINDALE FIRE is burning in Martindale in Franklin County Fire District #3’s area.  It has already burned 20 acres of heavy sage.

Resources include: BLM Engines 341 and 6695 attached to this incident.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1520 hours PDT