CA’s October 2020 Wildfires

The State of California and its people have suffered greatly from small to large and devastating wildfires burning down outbuildings, homes, businesses and infrastructure. It has been said to be contributed to global-warming, human-caused, infrastructure (powerlines) to other undetermined causes.

Here is a list of current wildfires burning in the State of California.

AUGUST COMPLEX (Includes DOE FIRE)

Firefighters with orange glow on the horizon. Photo Credit: Tiana Huddlestun/USFS
Photo Credit | USFS

Started 8/16/2020 @ 2037 PT. It is burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa Counties. It is about 14 miles NW of elk Creek. Caused by lightning.

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and running. 987,654 and 54% contained. CTD is unknown.

Operations broken into four zones: North and Northeast, West and South (CAL FIRE).

6 structures damaged. 52 structures lost. 1 injury. 1,588 personnel along with 30 crews, 13 helicopters, 166 engines, 39 dozers and 44 water tenders.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/

AUGUST COMPLEX – WEST ZONE

Managed by Mendocino Unit, CAL FIRE. CAL FIRE Team 5 (IMT1). 4 miles NE of Covelo.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and spotting. There has been 128,799 acres burned and a 55% containment status reached. 52 structures have been lost.

There are 1,588 total personnel along with 30 crews, 166 engines and 13 helicopters.

CTD is $75,500,000.

BOBCAT FIRE

Large smoke column blowing across the highway
Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

The BOBCAT FIRE is situated on the Angeles National Forest, about 12 miles NE of Pasadena.

Fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering. There has been 115,007 acres burned but crews have successfully reached an 84% containment status.

Assigned to this incident are 711 total personnel with 15 crews, 29 engines and 12 helos.

About 171 structures were lost. CTD has reached $63,500,000.

CREEK FIRE

Whiskey Falls burnout, 7th Marine Battalion - Creek Fire.
Photo Credit | USFS

Started 9/4/2020 at 1821 PT. The fire is burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.

315,413 acres of timber, chaparral and tall grass have been scorched. There is a 62% containment status. However, fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, group torching and lasting short-range spotting.

71 structures damaged. 856 structures destroyed. 12 injuries.

Fire management is Unified Command with CAL FIRE FRESNO, Fresno County Sheriff Office and Sierra National Forest. 2,048 total personnel with 39 crews, 11 helos, 172 engines, 14 dozers and 46 water tenders.

Cost-to-date has topped out at $116,000,000.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/4/creek-fire/

DOLAN FIRE

A group of firefighters on a road next to a slope covered in flames and smoke.
Photo Credit | USFS

The DOLAN FIRE is about 10 miles S of Big Sur on the Los Padres National Forest.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, single-tree torching and creeping. 124,924 acres of brush, chaparral and short grass have been destroyed, along with 19 structures. CTD have reached $54,800,000.

A 90% containment status has been reached.

There are 552 total personnel along with 5 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters.

EL DORADO FIRE

Fire  Activity builds near Highway 38 / Valley of the Falls Drive
Photo Credit | USFS

The EL DORADO FIRE is located 3 miles NE of Yucaipa.

Minimal fire behavior is occurring and there has been a total assessed at 22,744 acres destroyed along with 20 structures lost. A total of 93% containment status has been reached.

CTD has topped out at $38,000,000.

Fire resources include 149 total personnel along with 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters.

FORK FIRE

Fire 1130 9/9/20 by Matt Daniels
Photo Credit | USFS

This fire is burning about 15 miles NE of Pollock Pines on the Eldorado National forest.

Fire behavior is minimal. Total acreage burned was 1,667 acres. There has been a 70% containment status reached.

Remaining resources are about 134 total personnel with 3 crews, 3 engines and 1 copter. Cost-to-date have topped out at $6,500,000.

GLASS FIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

Started 9/27/2020 at 0348 hours PT. Burning on North Fork Crystal Springs Road x Crystal Springs Road. Cause unknown, under investigation.

There has been 63,885 acres consumed. 17% containment has been secured. 163 structures damaged. 826 structures destroyed. CTD is $24,700,000.

Management under Unified Command with CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa FD, Santa Rosa PD. There are 2,773 total personnel along with 27 crews, 23 helicopters, 408 engines, 66 dozers and 49 water tenders. (CAL FIRE)

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/glass-fire/

NORTH COMPLEX

Engines working the North Complex Fire
Photo Credit | USFS

The NORTH COMPLEX is located on the Plumas National Forest. This incident is located 1 mile SW of Crescent Mills.

Command transfers from RM Team Black (IMT2) back to CA Team 4 (IMT1) today. There are still 1,604 total personnel along with 35 crews, 102 engines and 13 helicopters.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. 317,459 acres have been consumed but a 83% containment status has been reached.

2,342 structures have been lost. Cost-to-date has reached $143,000,000.

SQF COMPLEX

tall flames south of camp nelson
Photo Credit | USFS

This Complex includes 2 fires which is being managed by CA Team 2 (IMT1) and CAL FIRE Team 6 (IMT1) with CA Team 13 (IMT2) mobilizing. It is situated about 34 miles E of Porterview.

Active fire behavior has been observed along with flanking, backing and spotting. It has burned 156,435 acres of timber and chaparral. There is a 65% containment status reached at the time of this post. 228 structures have been notably lost.

Attached to this incident is 912 total personnel along with 17 crews, 59 engines and 8 helicopters.

CTD $78,200,000.

ZOGG FIRE

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Photo Credit | Alert Wildfires (Fire cameras)

The ZOGG FIRE started on 9/27/2020 around 1603 PT from an unknown cause, which is still under investigation. It originated on Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.

There has been 56,305 acres lost but a 68% containment status achieved. 26 structures have been damaged with 196 structures lost. 1 injury and 4 deaths have occurred.

Assigned to this incident are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helicopters, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders.

Costs-to-date have reached $15,600,000.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/

LAMBERT FIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

A new wildfire has popped up. It started on 10/4/2020 from an unknown cause. It is burning in the 16000 block of Lambert Road and 800 block of Carbondale Road in Ione (Amador County).

About 25 acres have been burned. There is a 0% containment status.

Mandatory evacuation issued by the Amador County Sheriff Office for those Moriah Heights Road.

RED SALMON COMPLEX

9.27.2020 Slide Creek from the air
Photo Credit | USFS

This complex has 2 fires inside it. It is located on the Six Rivers National Forest and managed by NW Team 10 (IMT2). It is about 14 miles miles NE of Willow Creek.

There has been 132,065 acres burned with 33% containment status gained. There has been 0 structures lost. CTD is $77,500,000.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, running and short-range spotting is occurring.

There are 724 personnel along with 11 crews, 61 engines and 6 helos.

SLATER FIRE

9/14/20 Firefighter from Galice Wildland Fire Module securing the containment lines edge near Goodwish road, Dwight Creek and Almost Heaven off Hwy 199
Photo Credit | USFS

This fire is on the Klamath National Forest and located 5 miles NE of Happy Camp. The incident is being managed by NW Team 7 (IMT2), which is also managing the DEVIL FIRE.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and with isolated torching. About 130,154 acres have been destroyed and crews have successfully reached a 55% containment status.

There are a total personnel of 686 firefighters along with 13 crews, 47 engines and 19 helicopters.

440 structures have been lost. About $32,900,000 has been reached for total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

DEVIL FIRE

Point protection, Rogue River, 9/15/20
Photo Credit | USFS

The DEVIL FIRE is located about 5 miles N of Seiad.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and with single-tree torching. There has been 8,598 acres lost but crews have reached a 25% containment status.

There are 6 total personnel along with one engine and two copters.

No structures have been lost but the total cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment costs have reached $494,000.

Repairing Powerlines in Happy Camp, CA, on September 17, 2020
Repairing powerlines in Happy Camp. | Credit | USFS

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/4/2020 1500 PT

CA’s Zogg Fire | 4

SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 4, 2020 | SUNDAY

SUMMARY 

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

CURRENT STATUS

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*  https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/

SHASTA COUNTY

Alerts | To register for emergency alerts: bit.ly/shastacodered

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

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

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…

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.

FOOD SAFETY

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)

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS – RESOURCES

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

HOW TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS

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.  redcross.org/donate to make your donation.

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

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

ZOGG FIRE | CA | 3

ZOGG WILDFIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL TRANS

SIT REP 3 | SATURDAY | OCTOBER 3, 2020

SUMMARY 

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.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.  It is said to be still threatening homes and evacuations are still in effect. (NIFC)

Size Up | There has been 56,305 acres burned with a 57% containment status.

Damage Assessment |  23 structures damaged and 179 structures has been destroyed. 1 confirmed injury; 4 fatalities. $12,500,000 cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses. (NIFC/CAL FIRE)

Openings | National Parks has opened Whiskeytown Lake.  Air assets no longer using for dipping from the Lake. (CAL FIRE SHU)

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Photo Credit | SoCal Air Operations

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire Resources | There are 1,832 total personnel along with 39 crews, 201 engines, 41 bulldozers, 55 water tenders and 15 helicopters.

Command | CAL FIRE SHU, TGU

Fire-Manpower | CAL FIRE SHU,  Happy Valley Fire Protection District, Mountain Gate FPD, Shasta County FD, City of Redding FD, Cottonwood FPD, Weaverville FPD, BLM, USFS, La Verne Firefighters, California Conservation Corps, National Guard, California Department of Corrections, USFS, National Parks.

Law Enforcement | CHP, Shasta and Tehama Counties Sheriff’s Offices, USFS.

Infrastructure | PG&E, CAL TRANS, Sierra Pacific, Shasta County Public Works,

Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.

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Photo Credit | La Verne FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Animal Rescue | Firefighter rescues orphaned mountain lion cub inside the Shasta County fire perimeter.

Evacuations | Have been lifted.

Physical Temporary Evacuation Point | Has officially closed and has gone virtual.  If you still need evacuations and in need of lodging. Contact the Red Cross at 530-276-8034.

Fire Stats | There are 17,000 firefighters who are continuing the firefight on 23 major wildfires in the State of California.  Breaking it down by the numbers:  332 fire crews, 285 dozers, 366 water tenders, 1,800+ engines and 119 assigned aircraft. (CAL FIRE)

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS – RESOURCES

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

HOW TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS

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.  redcross.org/donate to make your donation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 1800 PT

ZOGG FIRE | CA WILDFIRE | 2

ZOGG WILDFIRE

SIT REP 2 | SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | WEDNESDAY

SUMMARY 

A new wildfire is burning in California. The ZOGG FIRE ignited around 1500 hours PT on Sunday, September 27, 2020, off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird lane, north of Igo in Shasta County, California.

It is now burning about 9 miles southwest of Redding, California.

The cause is unknown and is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire has destroyed 50,102 acres of grass, oak woodland, chaparral and mixed timber.  Additionally, there has been 146 structures that have been lost.  There are still 1,538 structures that are threatened.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $1,300,000.

Fire behavior is active with torching with wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

Photo Credit | City of Redding PD

Firefighters face challenges with steep and rugged terrain while weather has been in the 90’s with persistent hot and dry conditions.  In the evening, fire crews have been able to gain somewhat of a better hold on the fire line as winds die down.

Crews are still working tirelessly on gaining containment but currently it is at a zero percent.

There are 982 total personnel along with 23 crews, 7 helicopters, 117 engines, 36 bulldozers and 35 water tenders.

We are saddened by three civilians killed. We send our sincere sympathies to their families, friends and communities.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Both Agencies and organizations that work in support of this fire are the following:

Fire Agencies  | CAL FIRE,  Happy Valley Fire Protection District, Mountain Gate FPD, Shasta County FD, City of Redding FD, Cottonwood FPD, Weaverville FPD, BLM, USFS, La Verne Firefighters.

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Photo Credit | La Verne FD

Operations | OES.

Infrastructure | PG&E, CAL TRANS, Shasta County Public Works, Sierra Pacific, OES, National and State Parks.

Manpower | CA National Guard Corps, CA Department of Corrections.

Law Enforcement | Shasta County Sheriffs Office, CHP, Tehama County Sheriff Office.

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Photo Credit | Shasta County Sheriff Office

Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.

Fire Mapping-Cameras |  Alert Wildfire Cameras

Evacuations | Holiday Market, Cottonwood Rodeo Grounds, Haven Humane Society,

TEHAMA COUNTY

Sign-up For alerts  | To register for emergency alerts: https://tehamaso.org/tehama-alert/

CLOSURES

  • Highway 36 at the Humbolt Tehama County line to the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 36 to Highway 36 and Bowman Rd

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

  • Zone H – All areas north of HWY 36 to the Shasta County Linefrom Vassar Road/Luce Griswald Road and West to Beegum

WARNINGS

  • Zones C-1, C-2, E, F-1, F-2, E, G

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Photo Credit | Tehama County Sheriff’s Office

EVACUATION SHELTERS

  • Temporary Evacuation Point: Holiday Market 3315 Placer St, Redding, CA 96001
  • 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.)

SHASTA COUNTY

ALERTS

To register for emergency alerts: bit.ly/shastacodered

Let your loved ones know you are safe. | Facebook’s The Zogg fire in Shasta County, California, USA.

 https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/814639502409539/?alias=814639502409539&source=search

EVACUATIONS

For updates and more information on traffic control points and road closures, please visit: @ShastaSheriff 

  • Fire line east to intersection of Placer Rd and Texas Springs Rd. Including all residences on the South and North side of Placer Rd. between Diggins Way and Texas Springs Rd.
  • South of South Fork Rd and Zogg Mine Rd South along Gas Point Corridor including all residents along Gas Point Rd to Foster Dr.
  • Muletown Rd, from Placer Rd to north of Kanaka Ln, and all roads off of Muletown Rd. Mandatory evacuations have also been issued for Diggins Wy south of Placer and all roads off of Diggins Way.
  • Platina Rd west to Tehama County line. Residents evacuate east bound Highway 36
  • All areas off and north of Platina Rd from Trinity Alps Preserve to Platina.

CLOSURES

  • Highway 36 west @ Highway 3
  • State Road-36 @ Bowman Rd
  • Texas Springs Rd @ Placer Rd
  • Gaspoint Rd. @ Foster Rd.
  • Clear Creek Rd @ Cloverdale Rd.

CITY OF REDDING

For emergency preparation tips:
For the City of Redding’s Wildfire Information Map:
To sign up for local emergency alerts with CODE Red:
For updates by phone, dial 211 or call 855.211.7822.

(Source:  City of Redding FD)

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/29/2020 210 PT