Beckwourth Complex Fire | 1

LAS PLUMAS COUNTY, CALIF. — A wildfire named the BECKWOURTH COMPLEX FIRE has many lightning sparked fires that have been added into a single incident, called a Complex – where all fires are managed together and may be under the leadership of multiple Commands. Additionally, a new start called the DOTTA FIRE was also later ignited in the same generalized area.

Very Large Airtankers (VLATs) are capable of delivering over 8,000 gallons of fire retardant to support firefighters on the ground.
Credit: USFS


The Dotta Fire started on June 30, 2021 in the area of Dotta Canyon on the Beckwourth Ranger District of the Plumas National Forest.


The Sugar fire started on July 2, 2021, on the west side of Sugarloaf Peak on the same Ranger District.

Both wildfires above are under Command of the CA IMT Team 4, led by IC Rocky Opliger took command. The ICP or Incident Command Post and a basecamp is set-up at the C. Roy carmichael elementary School in Portola, California.

The fire is burning about three miles northeast of Beckwourth, California.

Credit: Truckee Meadows F&R

Evacuation information –> Lassen County Evacuations – 7/9/21 5:30pm – InciWeb the Incident Information System (

Animal Shelter –> Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center.

Human Shelter –> Hug High School at 2880 Sutro Street in Washoe County.

Between the two wildfires, a total of 38,056 acres have been torched but crews have successfully reached a nine-percent containment status.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | 14th Ave Fire | 2

UPDATE 2 — JULY 4, 2021 — 1915 HOURS PT

Sacramento, California — Several tractor trailers were on fire in the 1400 block of 14th Avenue, which was listed as a called out as a third-alarm fire incident.

Credit: SFD

The incident took place in a manufacturing warehouse next to a mattress business in the same complex.

Just after 1900 hours (7:00 pm), the fire was said to be contained and mostly put out by firefighters.

There were no reported injuries.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

This is the final update for this incident.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Tractor Trailers Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 — JULY 4, 2021 — 1800 HOURS PT

Sacramento, California — Several tractor trailers are ablaze in the 1400 block of 14th Avenue and was listed as a second-alarm fire which was recently escalated to a third alarm incident at 1725 hours PT.

We have asked the PIO for the Command name and resources on-scene. Due to the high volume of fire activity, it might be awhile for them to answer, which is okay by us.

Credit — Sacramento FD

This is a developing story and we are working to gather further information for an updated post.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Salt Fire | PM Update


The SALT FIRE is burning three miles south of Lakehead, California in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. It ignited on June 30, 2021, around 1400 hours PT.

Credit: USFS

Incident Commander is the CA IMT Team 2 Minton.

The community of Lakehead is under threat.

The incident is being managed by a Type 1 IMT (CA Team 2).

Approximately 286 total personnel are assigned to this incident.

There is extreme fire behavior with uphill runs, long-range spotting and flanking.

About 5,043 acres of chaparral and timber has been burned. It still remains at a zero-percent containment.

Evacuation orders

  • Fenders Ferry Road between I-5 and Gilman Road
  • Zola Drive
  • Cordes Court
  • Solus Campground Road
  • Toms head Road
  • Antlers View Road
  • Old Mill Road
  • East of I-5 f rom Antlers Road to Riverview Drive


  • Gregory Creek Road (or go to Gregory Creek Beach)

Evacuation Warnings

  • Delta School Road
  • Delta Road
  • West of I-5 from the south end of Lakeshore Drive to the north end of Lakeshore Drive

Evacuation Shelter

  • Central Valley High School. Shasta lake, California 96019.

Road Closures

  • Fenders Ferry Road at Dog Creek Road
  • Gilman Road at the top of the hill
  • Riverview Drive at the I-5 off/on ramp
  • Lakeshore Drive at the I-5 on/off ramp

CA | Clevenger Fire | PM Update

1830 PT | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The CLEVENGER FIRE is burning in the area of Clevenger Canyon, near the community of Ramona (San Diego County) off of Hwy 78 in California.

SIZE UP — 50 acres with slow to moderate rate of spread. Fire is burning on the north side of the highway.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — CAL FIRE – San Diego and San Diego Fire and Rescue.

Credit: SDG&E cams

AIR RESOURCES — Four Air tankers working the left flank of the fire and three copters on the right flank.

Aircraft is coming and going from nearby Ramona Air Attack Base. With their quick response, they are getting a good handle on this fire and knocking it down.

CLOSED — Hwy 78 to all traffic.

CAUSE — The cause is currently unknown at this time.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | LAFD Structure Fire

HIGHLAND, CALIFORNIA — A structure fire call has been dispatched for LAFD firefighters to respond to an unknown address in Los Angeles County on Monday, May 31, 2021, at 1023 hours PT.

The fire building reported is a vacant / boarded up one-story home with a nearby one-story commercial building under direct threat.

Units dispatched are FS 12, B2, BC1, BC2, E12, E212, E250, E42, E55, RA12, RA55, T12, T50.

This is a developing story and more will be reported as information is received.

#LAFD #HighlandParkFire

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – updated 5/31/2021 1040 PT


SIT REP 5 | OCTOBER 17, 2020

PC:  Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a chain saw cuts a log on the edge of an active wildfire.


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

Controlled fire is seen burning down to a road being used as a fireline. Hoses can be seen on the road.


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

Two firefighters use hand tools to dig out the roots of a charred stump to remove residual heat

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.

PC: Inciweb

August Complex near Elk Creek, CA 9/29/2020 - Photo courtesy Inciweb

The suppression repair includes wok repairs of hand and dozer lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones and drop points used for suppression efforts.

There are evacuations in this area.

Mendocino County |

Lake County |

Glenn County |

PC: Mendocino NF

A firefighter with a drip torch is seen in the distance with burning grass nearby.


Size Up | The fire has burned acreage across three National Forests:  Shasta-Trinity, Mendocino and Six Rivers.

Records | A single fire incident has burned over 1,000,000 acres! The State of California becomes known as having the first gigafire status.

Damage Assessment | 54 structures have been destroyed. 6 have been damaged.

PC:  Mendocino NF

Two forest service building are shown, each wrapped in an aluminum foil like material, to protect them from heat and embers.


Evacuations |

Emergency Alerts Sign-Ups |



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. Image

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.





PC:  US Army’s 14th Brigade

USFS – California

PC:  South Metro Fire & Rescue (CO)’s BRE41 crew

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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)



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.



CAL FIRE, Inciweb, Fire Departments, Emergency Management, National Forests, Social Media.

  (c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/17/2020 2020 PT



SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 9, 2020


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

CA’s Zogg Fire | 4



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.

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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*


Alerts | To register for emergency alerts:

Evacuation Orders 

  • 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.

Evacuation Centers

  • 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.)

Road Closures 

  • 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 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.

Presented by CAL FIRE.


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)


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. 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.


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. to make your donation.

Sources | CAL FIRE, NIFC, Inciweb, Red Cross, Social Media

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/4/2020 1245 PT

CA’s Glass Fire | Sit Rep 5



Photo Credit | CAL FIRE



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


Evacuations | 

Animal Shelter |

Shelter | Cross Walk Church: 2590 First Street, Napa, CA

EOC Info |


E558 saving a flag. | Photo Credit | Fremont FD



  • 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


Evacuations |


Evacuations – Sonoma County |

Animal Shelter |

Shelters  | Sonoma Raceway (Temporary Evacuation Point, car sheltering and camping) 29355 Arnold Drive.

EOC Info |


Evacuations – Santa Rosa |


Photo Credit | Sonoma County SO


  • A Place to Play (Temporary Evacuation Point) 2375 West 3rd Street
  • Finley Community Center (Must pre-screen at a TEP prior to admitting) 2060 W College Avenue
  • Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building (Shelter and TEP) 1351 Maple Avenue

EOC Info |


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


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

Find a Red Cross Shelter |

Disaster Recovery |

Children-Public Health | State of California

outdoor kids playground

Post0Fire Resources | UCCE Sonoma County


(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2110 PT