CA | Knob Fire | New!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | Newly Reported

INCIDENT SUMMARY – The KNOB FIRE ignited from an undetermined cause on Sunday, August 29th around 2000 hours near at Friday Ridge near Willow Creek, California.

COMMAND – Fire management is being led by Jesse Knox, a Type 3 Incident Commander.

SIZE UP – The current size up is around 1,000 acres of timber, and brush. There is no containment status at this time. Fire behavior is moderate with torching, running and flanking. Officials expect to contain this wildfire by October 3, 2021.

RESOURCES – Resources include 196 total fire personnel.

WEATHER FORECAST – Weather is forecasted to be in the cooler temps and relative humidity will increase. Good recoveries in the evening will be good for crews. However, in the afternoons valley winds are said to be present with winds gusting up to 20-miles-per-hour in the Trinity River Valley area.

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Antelope Fire | Tennant, CA | 1


– Issued by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (posted 8/2/2021 1626 PT)

Evacuation Information — Siskiyou County Evacuation Map (

EVACUATION RESOURCES — DIAL 2-1-1 or go to this multi-county website Siskiyou | 2-1-1 NorCal (

A wildfire is burning near Antelope Creek and Forest Road 41N28, about five miles south of Tennant (Siskiyou County), in California that just had evacuation orders issues for both the Tennant and Antelope Creek area.

This is burning on Klamath National Forest lands and is approximately 300 acres in size with an unknown containment status.

The fire started on August 1, 2201 around 1128 hours, from an unknown cause.

Lead Agency: Klamath National Forest.

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Dixie Fire | Paradise, CA | 1

UPDATE 1 || AUGUST 2, 2021




USA 215-446-3649 Conference code: 746758
USA 888-557-8511 (US Free) Conference code: 746758


The DIXIE FIRE in California is not to be confused with the DIXIE FIRE in Idaho. This California wildfire is burning about 15 miles northeast of Paradise, above the Cresta Dam in Feather River Canyon in Butte and Plumas Counties, California.


There has been 248,820 acres consumed. Firefighters from the air and ground have successfully reached a 35% containment status.


It was sparked by an unknown cause on July 14, 2021.


In Unified Command with CAL FIRE Butte County and Lassen National Forest.


It was reported to the NIFC at 0700 hours this morning, the fire behavior was minimal with creeping, flanking and creeping with several communities and infrastructure threatened. Evacuations, area, road and trail closures were in effect.

Reports on Social Media began pouring, showing anything else but minimal fire activity.


1635 | Possible flare-ups. AA210 requested 4 LATs for air drops.

1659 | Northern side of the fire is very active.

Credit: CAL FIRE

1705 | Fire on south of Greenville, has crossed firelines at Round valley Reservoir and burning over the ridge towards Greenville.

Credit: PG&E

1720 | 2 USFS – Plumas NF multiple units to Greenville HS for structure protection.


There are 22 copters, 427 engines, 72 dozers, 79 water tenders, 101 crews and 5,463 total personnel.


Lassen National Forest, CAL OES, BNSF, Marin County SO, CZU Strike Team 9170C (working Div I and J), Modesto FD (5-engine strike team), Plumas County, SO, SCC Firefighters, NASA, Tehama County SO.

A firefighter looks out at a burning forest on the Dixie Fire.
Credit: Lassen NF


  • 9 Structures (residential, commercial, other) damaged
  • 67 structures (residential, commercial, other) destroyed


Fire Train

Saving Lives on the way to the Dixie Fire

Modesto Fire Department sent a five-engine strike team to the wildfire incident, when there was a crash landed near the Truckee Tahoe Airport. These firefighters were in the in right place at the right time.

10 Tanker’s Many Successes

10 Tanker has done 69 missions so far, dropping 635,868 gallons of retardant.


Closed. Hwy 36 between Hwy 32 and Hwy 89. (8/2/2021)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Image Image

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.



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