CA | Dotta Fire | PM Update

Smoke column rising above the mountains north of Sierra Valley.
Credit: USFS

The DOTTA FIRE is located seven miles north of Beckwourth (Plumas County), California in Dotta Canyon the Plumas National Forest (USFS).

The fire ignited on Thursday, July 1st around 1430 hours PT from lightning.

About 500 acres of timber, brush and light slash. It is about five-percent contained.

It is expected to be contained on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Fire behavior is active with flanking, backing and torching.

Fire Officials expect this fire to likely continue backing to Horton Canyon. Crews will continue direct attack while providing structure protection.

There are about 175 total personnel with three crews, 13 engines and four helicopters.

IC is Don Freguulia/USFS.

CAL FIRE is assisting as mutual aid.

There is a chance of another thunderstorms to occur on Friday, July 21, 2021.

Stage 2 Fire restrictions are in effect as of July 1, 2021.

Total cost-to-date is about $1 million dollars for fire suppression and containment expenses.

#CAwildfires #CALFIRE #CAFireSeason2021

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Success Fire | AM Update

JUNE 19, 2021 — SATURDAY — 0130 PT

The SUCCESS FIRE started on Friday, June 18, 2021 from lightning off of Success Valley Road and Reservation Road, east of Porterville (Tulare County), California.

The fire has burned has burned 800 acres and is 30% contained.

The Lead Agency is CAL FIRE – Tulare County. Incident Cooperators include the Tulare County FD and CDCR.

There are 20 engines, four fire crews, one helicopter, 12 overhead personnel, two bulldozers and two air tankers assigned to this wildfire.

Firefighters are in night operations and working to line the whole area around the fire as safely as possible.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA Trash Trucks Ablaze


A commercial fire broke out in the 53000 block of Polk Street in Coachella, California on Sunday night around 2355 hours PT from an unknown cause.


The fire was burning approximately 10 garbage trucks were said to be ablaze.

CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department were on-scene working to contain the visible flames.

The incident is designated the BurtecIC.

The cause is under investigation.

This is a developing story and we will post more as information is received or significant fire activity increases.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

NEW | Pine Fire | Los Angeles Co CA

UPDATE 1 – MAY 12, 2021 – 1830 PT


A new wildfire broke out on Wednesday off of Highway 138 and 248th Street in the Pinon Hills.

This is a 3rd alarm brush fire that is burning along the 350+ acre Oasis Fire burn scar from August 2011.


The Los Angeles County fire has burned about 180 acres that has a zero percent containment status. Fire behavior is very active, wind-driven with a potential for a dangerous rate of spread.


Below are the areas that under evacuations. The Search and Rescue Posse units are assisting with animal evacuations.

Highway 138

  • Highway 138 South to Pine View Road

Buchanan Road

  • East to Smoke Tree Road

East of

  • Jubilee Road (San Bernardino)
  • Soledad Road

West of

  • Mountain Road
  • Oasis Road

North of

  • Tamarack

South of

  • Goss Road


  • Serrano High School. 9292 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan, CA


  • LA County Animal Care at the AV Fairgrounds. (Livestock)
  • Palmdale Animal care Center. (Small pets)


Road closure at Highway 138, west of Oasis Road and east of 263rd.


Angeles National Forest with LA County Sheriff Office and CHP Southern. ANF assisting LA County FD and CAL FIRE.

Air attack flying over the #PineFire
Credit: ANF

Currently, 300 firefighters from air-to-ground are actively engaging this fire and working towards complete fire suppression and full containment.


CAL FIRE, SB County Fire, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, LA County Sheriff Office, SB County Sheriff and CHP – Victorville, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, NWS Los Angeles, Caltrans District 8


Hashtags being used by Social Media are #PineFire

Residents in the area are reporting the fire is approximately 3/4 miles and south of 138, possibly being threatened by fire is the Desert Mountain Veterinary.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog




Wildfire number two was burning off of Munjar Road and Meridian Road, northwest of the Chico airport in Butte County, California, that ignited on Saturday, May 8, 2021, just just after 1400 hours PT.

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

Here is a timeline of this incident:

1409 | 30-plus acres. 15 additional engines requested. Structures under direct threat. Sheriff begin to evacuate those on Munjar and Meridian Roads.

1410 | Butte County Sheriff evacuates immediately those on east of and on Coyote Song Road. Other evacuations lifted for Munjar Road, west of Coyote Song Road.

1413 | Copter 205 arrives on-scene. Evacuations begin for Denver Lane, Gunnison Way and Trinidad Drive.

Credit: PG &E

1435 | Copter 205 has a mechanical issue. IC requests replacement copter. Fire is starting to run into a creek with two active flanks. An additional request for two more dozers.

1436 | Smoke plum is visible on radar just north of Chico. Smoke blows south and likely is staying close to the ground.

1452 | Police out on Denver Lane, report fire near a residential structure. In process of evacuating 30 dogs from a dog training facility. Fire burns 70 acres.

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

1502 | One of the flanks is starting to break through containment lines. IC looking to expand evacuations.

1510 | BCSO expands their evacuation orders to include on Munjar Road and all roads off of Munjar Road.

1527 | Very windy conditions. 200 acres destroyed.

1532 | Good progress made. 350 acres.

1556 | Forward progression stopped. Held at 350 acres.

1651 | 1 outbuilding is damaged. No homes were damaged or lost. Holding to 350 acres. 40% containment.

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

Lead Agency: CAL FIRE – Butte County.

Incident Cooperators: Butte County Sheriff Office, CHP (Chico), Hamilton City FD, Chico FD, PGE and Butte County FD Volunteers.

Resources: AA501, Copter 205 (out on a mechanical issue), Tankers 132, 137 (Coulson), 102, Erickson Aero LAT MD87

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

Cause: Unknown. Under investigation.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA Wildfire | Onion Fire | Sit Rep 1


A wildfire named the ONION FIRE is burning about 5 miles west of Independence, off of Onion Valley Road and near Foothill Road on the Inyo National Forest in the State of California

The human-caused fire has destroyed about 85 acres of brush and has a 40% containment status has been reached.

After an extensive investigation, the fire inside a ring was determined to be a campfire that was not properly extinguished and embers were carried by high winds to nearby brush.

The fire was detected on April 7th at 1745 hours PT.

April 7th Onion fire
Credit | USFS / Inyo National Forest

Incident cooperators are: BLM Bishop, CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo/Mon Unit along with Bishop VFD, Big Pine VFD, Independence VFD and Lone Pine VFD.

Resources include: 10 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, 1 Dozer, 2 Water tenders, 2 Airtankers, 1 Air Attack plane, 1 Type 1 helicopter and 1 Type 2 helicopter.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1815 hours PT

CA Wildfire | Elk Fire | Update 1


A wildfire is burning approximately 7 miles southeast of Happy Camp on the Klamath National Forest in the State of California.

Image of the Elk Fire burning on a steep mountain hillside
Credit | USFS

The fire was detected on April 4th around 1400 hours PT, which is burning in the drainage of Elk Creek. It has scorched 43 acres of timber and a high number of dead snags that are in an area where fire has impacted the area.

There about 200 firefighters from KNF and CAL FIRE, along with 5 crews, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 2 water tenders and 4 falling modules that have been deployed and are working currently on the fire line. Fire line construction has now been completed and personnel are focused on finishing mop-up operations.

Picture of a hoselay and the Elk Fire
Credit | USFS

The cause is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.

There has been a 75% containment status achieved at the time of this post.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1800 hours PT

CAL Fire’s Line Fire Almost Contained

MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2021

A wildfire is burning off of Shortline Road and Hells Hollow Road, just east of Groveland and near Pine Mountain Lake in Tuolumne County, California.

It started on Sunday, March 28, 2021, from an unknown cause which is currently under investigation.

The fire has burned 23 acres and fire crews are working to fully reach their suppression objectives. They have successfully reached at 80% containment status.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

December CAL FIRE Continues Burning

A wildfire ignited on Wednesday, December 23rd, which is burning off of De Luz Road and Sandia Creek Drive, northwest of Fallbrook (San Diego County), California. The cause is unknown at this time.

Fire has burned approximately 3,000 acres on land owned/managed by the Military Camp Pendleton base.

Command is Unified Command with Military Camp Pendleton, CAL FIRE and North County Fire.

At 0339 hours this morning, Camp Pendleton has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the DeLuz Housing, Wounded Warrior Battalion, and Lake O’Niel Campground areas due to a fire near Naval Weapons Station – Fallbrook. Affected personnel were relocated to Paige Fieldhouse.

An impressive but yet scary image of what firefighters are being challenged on the ground and during a pandemic.

Camp Pendleton released this statement at 0905 hours PT: “The fire is holding at 3,000 acres with 0% containment. Fallbrook gate is closed to all traffic except for emergency vehicles. PMO is guiding traffic away from fire.”

“Fire is pushing southwest of De Luz Road further onto Camp Pendleton towards Ammunition Road. Road closure on De Luz Road at Sandia Creek. Area along De Luz Road under mandatory evacuation. Additional resources moving onto Camp Pendleton.” – CAL FIRE/San Diego County FD

Credit: CAL FIRE

Through the Eyes of Social Media

“There is thick black smoke in DeLuz again, probably right where they’re doing a “controlled burn” which is now under the high wind attack.” (1626 PT)

“The wind is so bad right now. Just within the past hour it’s picked up. I was starting to think this was under control.” (1610 PT)

““The Creek Fire began late Wednesday night near Fallbrook and forced the evacuations of at least 7,000 residents from the community of 30,000 next to Camp Pendleton.” (1233 PT)

This is a developing story. Check back with us for more updates or you can visit us on our channels at @nwfireblog (Facebook, Twitter), nw fire blog (Instagram) or find us here.

About Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corps Installations West/Marine Corps Base/Air Station Camp Pendleton-Training/Supporting Marines since 1942

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/24/2020 1725 PT

CA Wildfire | Bond Fire | 1

12/6/2020 0020 PT

Current weather report: 56*F temps, precip 0%, Winds at 6pm. RH 24%. Skies are currently clear.

Fire has currently burned 7,375 acres and crews have reached a 45% containment status.

12/6/2020 0015 PT

During the week of November 27th through December 3rd, there were 91 reported new wildfires that required light initial attack activity per the National Interagency Coordination Center’s Sit Report released on Friday, December 4th at 0800 MDT.

12/5/2020 2320 PT

The #BONDFIRE started on December 2, 2020, around 2014 hours PT. The incident is located in the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon, about 3 miles north of Silverado, in Orange County, California.

Command is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, OCFA and the USFS.

USFS units BC23^ E320** E322 E323** E325^ E327 have been deployed through the Cleveland National Forest dispatch center (original call dispatched 12/2/2020 2221 PT)

Incident Cooperators include the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange PD, City of Orange PD, Red Cross Southern CA Region, SLO FD, City of Lake forest, PG&E.

Resources include 10 helicopters, 179 engines, 5 water tenders, 22 hand crews, 10 dozers, 242 other resources and 1,588 total personnel from CAL Fire and the Orange County Fire Authority.

Damage so far includes 5 damaged and 5 destroyed structures, along with 7,375 acres of chaparral, brush and grass being consumed. Damage assessment teams continued a systematic survey of the fire area. They have completed 50% of the fire area and will continue their assessment tomorrow.” – CAL FIRE PIO

12/5/2020 2040 PT

Firefighters continued to work today to construct and reinforce fire lines, which are currently holding. They will work overnight to extend these firelines and improve containment. There is still potential in many areas for a strong wind event to spread the fire and threaten adjacent communities.

In the coming days, dry conditions will continue with low humidities and the potential for gusty winds. Moderate Santa Ana winds are expected to return on Monday and Tuesday, bringing a Red Flag Warning beginning early Monday morning.

“Temporary Evacuation Point at El Modena High School will be virtual tonight (12/5). If you are in need of Red Cross assistance from 10PM – 7AM, please call 310-650-1698 for support. The evacuation point will resume in-person service on Sunday (12/6) at 7AM.”


12/5/2020 2015 PT | OCFA PIO

“Good evening. Firefighters continued to seek & mop up hot spots to secure containment lines today. The #BondFire is @ 7,375 acres w/45% containment. We’re also going to be holding a meeting for residents who evacuated from Silverado, Modjeska, & Williams Canyons tomorrow @ 3pm.”

12/4/2020 1946 PT | OCFA PIO

Continued mapping of the #BondFire has it at 7,375 acres with 30% containment. There are 1,560 personnel working on the incident. Firefighters & 11 helicopters continued to mop up hot spots & improve containment lines today.



“Forest Service Sends Additional Firefighting Resources to Southern California.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has prepositioned additional firefighting resources to support Southern California ahead of critical fire weather forecasts. Approximately nine hand-crews, 46 engines, three bulldozers, eight helicopters, five large air tankers, and one very-large air tanker are ready to respond to any new fires in the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Los Padres National Forests.

Fire suppression resources were staged prior to the recent Santa Ana wind event, and more have been allocated with hazardous fire weather conditions forecasted through next week.

The potential for fires is expected to increase across Southern California on Monday and Tuesday, with another possible Santa Ana wind event forecasted next Thursday and Friday. All four Southern California National Forests remain under fire restrictions. Please check with the specific forests for more information.”

12/4/2020 1640 PT | OCFA PIO

Evacuation orders have been lifted in the city of Lake Forest. Lake Forest is under evacuation warning only. Modjeska, Silverado and Williams Canyons are still under mandatory evacuation.

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12/4/2020 1035 PT | SLO FD

SLO City Firefighters are supporting a @CALFIRE_SLO hand crew with establishing hand line at the fire’s edge of the #BondFire. Photographed is SLO City Firefighter Mitchel Woods from OES 385 mopping up in Santiago Canyon.


12/4/2020 0834 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 1153 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0635 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0150 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0058 PT | WEATHER SPOTTER

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/6/2020 0030 PT