CA Wildfire | Crews Fire | Santa Clara County | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire is burning in the 7400 block of Crews Road and east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County named the CREWS FIRE in the State of California that ignited on Sunday, July 5th.

CURRENT STATUS.   Evacuations are in progress for those at Highway 152 between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe. A temporary Red Cross shelter has been set-up in the parking lot of the

RESOURCES.   CAL FIRE SCU (Lead Agency). Santa Clara County FD. Red Cross. Joseph Elfelt/MappingSupport.


Photo Credit | PG&E


1936 | Evacuation orders issued for Highway 152 between Bloomfield Avenue and San Felipe.

1932 | Multiple spot fires across Canada Road. Possible evacuations for those on along Highway 152. It is still about 5 miles out in front. T914 (VLAT) now en route from Arizona.

1924 | AA140 reporting 1,200 acres with potential for 5,000 acrew. VLAT still on order but appears order has not been filled.

1915 | Hollister Airtanker Base is low on retardant. Tankers being diverted to Paso Robles to refill. Not preferred but allows tankers to continue with evening operations.

1900 | 12 air tankers reported being in the area. Units are reportng 4 new spot fires across Canada Road.

1835 | 1,000 acres. 0% contained.

1829 | Fire burning towards Hwy 152. Evacuations continue on Canada Road.

1824 | AA140 reports another 50-acre spot fire in the fire. Firing operations in progress.

1724 | Cowboy 911 helps with evacuations off Canada Road.  Fire is estimated 600 acres.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #CrewsFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 2000 PT

CA Wildfire | Three Points Fire | Angeles National Forest | New!

A NEW START on the Angeles National Forest on Sunday, July 5th just before 6:00 p.m. PT, prompted a full response from USFS firefighters to the area of Pine Canyon and Three Points in the State of California.

RESOURCES include BC-21 DIV-1 ENG-311 ENG-315 ENG-511 PAT-13 PAT-35 whom were dispatched at 1739 hours PT.

TIMELINE OF THIS INCIDENT is broken down from the first initial call to current fire status.

1753 | P78 reports the fire to be 50 x 50 in siz spot fire.  There is a slow rate of spread. No structures are being threatened.  It is moving in some heavy brush fire fuels.

1752 | New fire start. Smoke showing from 10 miles out.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 1755 PT

New! Wildfire | Green Fire | Altamont Pass, California

INCIDENT SUMMARY.   The State of California is under RED FLAG WARNING weather conditions and wildfires are starting to break out everywhere.

This is a new fire start in the Altamont Pass area, east of Livermore on I-580 near north Flynn Road in Alameda County, California. This incident is called the GREEN FIRE.



1739 PT | New start reported. Alameda Co FD reporting 15-20 acres. CAL FIRE dispatches a medium fire response.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1750 PT

CA Wildfire | Soldedad Fire | Soledad Canyon, CA | New!

July 5, 2020  – Update 1

Photo Credit | SCE’s Camp 9 Camera


A wildfire has just broken out 2 miles east of 14 Fwy in Soldedad Canyon in Los Angeles County, California.

Photo Credit | Angeles National Forest

RESOURCES.  Resources include the following BC-11 BC-12 CHF-3 ENG-10 ENG-19 ENG-310 ENG-316 ENG-317 PAT-12 PAT-15 WT-212 WT-222 and an IC 3 Team.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS.  NWS Los Angeles. Angeles NF, CAL FIRE. CAL Trans District 7. Santa Clarita City.  CAL FIRE.  Mayor Cameron Smyth (City of Santa Clarita). Assemblywoman Christy Smith (Santa Clarita Valley).

CURRENT STATUS.  400 acres with potential for 1,000 acres. A 3rd alarm was just requested by the IC.   Evacuations in process.

EVACUATIONS.  Mandatory evacuations for everyone north of Soledad to Agua Dulce Canyon Road and east of 14 Freeway.

ROAD CLOSURES.    NB SR-14 is closed at Soledad Canyon Road. SB SR-14 is closed at Agua Dulce Road for an unknown duration due to this wildfire. DOT state to use an alternate between Antelope Valley and San Fernando Valley.

Photo Credit | CAL Trans District 7



1706 | Mandatory evacuations for everyone north of Soledad to Agua Dulce Canyon Road and east of 14 Freeway.

1702 | Evacuations are in progress.

1658 | Fire is now wind-driven from the northeast is being pushed by the southwest winds.

1655 | 3rd alarm requested. 400 acres in the vicinity of Agua Dulce Canyon Road. Hwy 14 freeway closed. Fire is moving north-east. Heavy tankers requested.

1646 | 400 acres burned. Running in multiple drainages. Potential for 1,0000 acres. 3rd alarm requested. Fire pushing hard to the north and is well established. PIO responding.

1641 | Fire jumps 14 Freeway. SW Winds will shift to the west into the evening. (NWS Los Angeles)

Photo Credit | Angeles NF

1629 | 2nd alarm requested. Fire now 150 acres for potential of 500 acres. Pushing hard to the northeast. Requesting VLAT and 2 helitankers out of Fox Field.

1624 | Fire now at 90 acres. Potential spread over 300-500 acres. No threat to structures, but there are 3 structures on the other side of the ridge.

1620 | BC6 requested 4 Air Tankers. Unified Command with Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Fire Department, due to threat to the forest.

1604 | Approximately 5 acres. Moderate rate of spread.

Photo Credit | Angeles National Forest


1538  | Brush fire. Agua Dulce Canyon Road and the 14 Freeway in Agua Dulce. 1 acre burning in a medium brush with a moderate of spread and no structures threatened.

1530 | WT128 reports 1 acre in medium to heavy fuelds, rapid rate of spread. Potential for 100+ acres. A Full 1-alarm response requested.

1559 | Fire has jumped the 14 Freeway. 2nd alarm request. Fixed Wing aircraft assigned and launching. Full closure to the northbound and southbound lanes of the 14 freeway are underway.

1641 | BC6 requested a 3rd alarm. Structure protection needed on Agua Dulce Canyon Rd. Tanker 911 is assigned.

HASHTAGS. #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #SoldedadFire

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1715 PT



July 5, 2020 | Crews Fire | CA | New!

INCIDENT SUMMARY.  A wildfire is burning in the 7400 block of Crews Road and east of Gilroy in Santa Clara County named the CREWS FIRE in the State of California that ignited on Sunday, July 5th.

Photo Credit | PG&E


CURRENT STATUS.  Several structures have been involved with more being threatened.  It is currently 150 acres with a moderate rate of spread. Additional firefighting suppression aircraft and equipment are en route to the fireline.   Evacuations are in progress.



1553 | Fire is at 150 acres. 0% containment.

1550 | Fire has jumped Canada Road.

1516 | CAL FIRE SCU units on-scene of fire off of Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle, north of Gilroy in Santa Clara County County. 150 acres. Moderate rate of spread. Evacuations are in progress.

1510 | IC reporting 150 acres. Making good progress onthe fire but head of the fire still is active.

Photo Credit | PG&E


1500 | The CREWS FIRE is the second fire in Santa Clara County. 1st fire is named the PARK FIRE.

1450 | Large column visible from 15 miles out can be seen. (eyewitness report)

1445 | CREWS FIRE starting to spread. 5 tankers are dispatched.  IC asked for 5 closest Type 3 engines and 3 additional water tenders.

1443 | CREWS FIRE firefighters are on-scene of a vegetation fire with structures involved and additional ones threatened. Fire currently at 30 acres with a moderate rate of spread per CAL FIRE PIO.

1429 | AA460 requesting 1 additional air tanker.  Total of 5 tankers and 3 copters have been assigned.

1419 | AA460 orders 4 tankers and 2 copters. Structures threatened in area of Crews Road and Sunlit Oaks Court. Tanker 80 laying down retardant.

1409 | Units race to Sunlit Oaks for emergency structure protection. Fire behavior now has a rapid rate of spread. IC requesting 1 additional Type-2 copter.

1406 | E348 reporting fire building rapidly, 2 structures are now fully involved. CAL FIRE BC requesting 5 additional Type 3 engines.

1402 | AA460 reports fire east of Gilroy. Structure fire into wilderness interface that is approximately 3-5 acres with dangerous rate of spread with multiple structures threatened. Fire located in the 7400 block of Crews Road.  AA460 was over the 1st fire called the PARK FIRE called in the CREWS FIRE.

HASHTAGS.  #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #CrewsFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/5/2020 1550 PT



Metro Firefighters were dispatched to a vegetation fire located at Elder Creek Road at Bradshaw around 1857 PT hours on Saturday, July 4, 2020.


The cause is unknown at this time. It is under investigation.


Metro Fire of Sacramento was also working on another vegetation fire on Airpark Drive and Bear Hollow Drive which was said to be only 20×20 in diameter.  This was the AIRPARK DRIVE Command.


The ELDER CREEK ROAD FIRE is currently under control at this time and being held to 5-acres with an unknown containment status.

No injuries to firefighters or citizens have been reported.


#CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #ElderCreekRoadFire #AirparkDriveFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1935 PT

JULY 4 2020 | SHERIDAN FIRE | CA | 1

Vegetation was ignited from an  unknown cause in the 7000 block of Sheridan Road, just south of the sunol in Santa Clara (Alameda County) and north of the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in the State of California (USA) on Saturday, July 4th.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SCU


Here is a timeline of the fire as it was reported on Social Media:

1400 | Vegetation fire.  AA460  “25-30 acres. Moderate to dangerous rate of spread. Requesting additional aircraft.”

1429 | Units reportedly repositioning to stop the fire from making runs as it approaches another ridge. Winds are starting to pick up.

1440 | Fire is moving south but air tankers are working to slow it down.

1609 | Fire is at 100 acres. It is 30% contained.

1614 | Forward progression stopped. Staff and Officers: Helping East Bay Regional Park visitors to be evacuated.

1715 | Fire is now in mop-up operations.

Photo Credit | Alameda Co FD



This incident name is also being used for another fire in New Mexico but these are two unrelated wildfires. The other Sheridan Fire started on June 30, 2020, at 1341 hourst on the Sheridan Corral Gila National Forest.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/4/2020 1825 PT


1855 PT | UPDATE 1 | JULY 1, 2020


Around 1526 Hours PT this afternoon, Angeles National Forest equipment were dispatched to a wildfire burning west of Agua Dulce in California.

The incident is named the ROWHER FIRE.




Personnel | CAL FIRE.  LA Co FD, LA City FD.  USFS – Angeles NF.  . LA Co FD PIO, NWS Los Angeles.  Wildfire mapping.

Equipment | 2 Type3 strike teams, 2 Type1 Hotshot crews, 4 tactical water tenders, 2 dozers. Helitankers, 259, 781, 6HT. Tankers 910, 70, 72, 100, 131, 912. Copters 72. 532, 305, 307, 37S, 25M, CH16, CH17, CH12, Type 1 (NW to reservoir).


80*F temps, 47% RH, Winds SW at 7 mph. (1832 PT)


1819 | Helicopters to fly back/forth to/from the Reservoir.

1707 | 400 acres per AA. Making progress on the left flank.

1724 | Potential for 1400 acres. Smoke blowing towards Palmdale.

1558 | Tankers T72 and T70 assigned.

1555 | Valley residents plan for evacuations with their animals, if needed.

1545 | LA Co FD units assisting USFS. 150-200 acres near Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce

1541 | Escalated to a 2 alarm brush fire.

1557 | Total 6 tankers assigned.

1536 | BC22: fire now 150-200 acres for potential 1500 acres. ANF requested 4 additional tankers.

1532 | AA310 overhead requested 2 additional closest air tankers.

1526 | Fire has  burned between 50-100 acres with a 0% containment status.

1519 | Units staging at the Agua Dulce movie ranch.  Burning towards the Sierra Pelona area.

1512 | LA Co FD units on-scene at 11110 W Mint Canyon Roady. 4-5 acre fire with moderate rate of spread. 0 Structures threatened.

1511 | Type 1 Helicopter HT25M out of PTV.




“Smoke can be seen from Leona Valley.” 

Smoky conditions near Elizabeth Lake.  Helicopters flying over.”

“Smoke from the north in the Leona Valley. Smoke blowing down into the Antelope Valley area.”


#CAwildfires #FireSeason #RowherFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – 1855 Hours PT


JUNE 29, 2020 | JAMACHA FIRE | CA | 1


CAL FIRE San Diego and San Miguel Fire Department are on-scene of a brush fire are  involving several palm trees near Windwood Wy and Par Four Dr.

There are homes in the area but none are threatened.

This wildfire was reported this evening around 2050 hours PT.

More updates to be posted as information is received.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2055 PT


UPDATE 1 – JUNE 28, 2020

A 4-alarm wildfire is burning off of SR111 and West 4th in Niland (Imperial County), California that has spread to several homes and now to an apartment complex. There are reports of palm trees inside the apartment complex courtyard that are now ablaze.

The fire is moving east towards power lines.  All power has been cut to the City.

The City of Niland is beginning to evacuate but some people are refusing to leave, making it difficult for the Sheriff’s Office and Fire Officials to ensure residents’ safety.

An out-of-county strike has been ordered by the IC.

Some units from this fire have diverted to another Palm tree fire located at a home in the 8000 block of  Commercial Avenue, which is endangering two trees the reporting party’s residence.  This resident is supposed to be evacuating but is one of many refusing to leave, now his house is on fire.  A Sheriff Deputy and a Fire company is en route to the scene.

Per Scanner Feed, Fire and Law Enforcement were responding to fireworks calls.  A third fire call came in for a reported fire at the 600 block of Fleming. Fire Station 1 immediately was dispatched.

Resources include:  Yuma FD, Imperial FD.

We will provide additional updates as information comes available.

#CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #ImperialValleyFire

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 PT