California Fire Map, Update as August Complex Blaze Becomes First 'Gigafire' in State History

Firefighters continue to battle 23 major wildfires in California, including the August Complex Fire, which has burned over a million acres of the state, according to the latest report Monday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The August Complex Fire is the first California wildfire to reach a million acres, becoming the state's first recorded "gigafire," a term used by academics to describe the growing presence of major wildfires in the western region of the U.S., Reuters reported.

More than 8,300 wildfires have burned over four million acres in California to date, with 31 deaths reported and over 8,687 structures destroyed, according to Cal Fire.

"Temperatures will remain warm today across the state and humidity recover remains slow, continuing the increased fire danger. More seasonal temperatures are expected by the end of the week, with a chance of some precipitation in the most northern part of the state," Cal Fire noted Monday.

"Locally gusty winds continue over the next few days on the west edge of the Sacramento Valley, the North and East Bay, and Southern California mountain ranges," Cal Fire added.

🔥BLM Wildland Fire map for Oct 5. This is a map of all active large fires within California and the BLM-managed acreage affected. For the latest fire info: #FireYear2020 #CAWildfires #BePrepared

— Bureau of Land Management California (@BLMca) October 5, 2020

Here are the latest updates on some of the major fires across the state.

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake, Colusa counties.
  • Acres: 1,003,387.
  • Containment: 54 percent.
  • Fatalities: 1.

The August Complex Fire is divided into four zones—Northwest, Northeast, South and West.

In the Northeast Zone, the fire near Round Mountain, around five miles south of the Wildwood community, "has become well established and is in the upper Beegum Creek drainage—an area that is difficult to access," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Monday.

Spot fires in the Northwest Zone were put out and mop-up work resumed on the southeast side of Ruth Lake. "Crews will take advantage of the reduced vegetation within the previous Gobbler and Lassics Fires to slow the spread from Black Lassic towards the west side of Ruth Lake," Cal Fire noted.

Over in the West Zone, "dangerously low humidity levels, which are unprecedented for this area," were reported to have hampered fire suppression efforts, Cal Fire said Monday.

"Challenging conditions remain with active spot fires within heavy timber and steep rugged terrain. Lively fire activity continued above the community of Zenia as firefighters worked relentlessly to identify and suppress spot fires," Cal Fire said.

Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures are in effect across different parts of Mendocino, Trinity, Humboldt and Lake counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

August Complex South Zone Map for 10.5.20@SixRiversNF @ShastaTrinityNF @CALFIRE_MEU

— Mendocino NF (@MendocinoNF) October 5, 2020

Glass Fire

  • Location: Napa and Sonoma counties.
  • Acres: 66,840.
  • Containment: 41 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 21,785.

According to Cal Fire's latest report Monday, "Overnight, the Glass Fire burned actively due to poor humidity and above average temperatures. Aggressive mop up and tactical patrol continue in areas where the fire's forward progress has stopped. Crews are working aggressively to construct and reinforce existing control lines."

Evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings in a portion of Zone 6B2 in Sonoma County, including the areas north of Nelligan Road/Nuns Canyon Road, east of Highway 12, west of the Napa County Line and south of Gold Road.

Road closures are in place across multiple parts of Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties, as well as the city of Santa Rosa. See Cal Fire's full report for details on all current evacuations and road closures.

This map shows a 5-year history of large wildland fire perimeters, across all jurisdictions throughout the state. With more than 4 million acres burned to-date, there are over 100 million acres remaining that could potentially be impacted by wildfire.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 5, 2020

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno and Madera counties.
  • Acres: 322,774.
  • Containment: 49 percent.

Cal Fire noted Monday that "critical fuel moisture levels continue to support an extremely receptive fuel bed for active fire behavior" in the Creek Fire.

In the South Zone of the fire, "moderate to locally intense surface fire, isolated torching, and rollout was expected to increase the footprint of the fire," Cal Fire noted Monday.

Over in the North Zone, cooler temperatures, higher levels of relative humidity and cloud cover were expected to moderate fire behavior. "However, uncontained fire in DIV J moves closer to MAP 2 if weather stays warm and dry," Cal Fire noted.

Evacuation orders remain in place for parts of Fresno County, while road closures are in effect in parts of both Fresno and Madera counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

#CreekFire map as of this morning. The footprint shows the 5,416 increase in acreage. The containment is approx the same. 62% reported yesterday was an error due to multiple sources entering conflicting data in the incident geo-database. The error has been corrected today.

— Sierra Ntl. Forest (@Sierra_NF) October 5, 2020

Zogg Fire

  • Location: Shasta County.
  • Acres: 56,305.
  • Containment: 80 percent.
  • Fatalities: 4.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in parts of Shasta County and the repopulation of residents is taking place on South Fork Road, Rainbow Lake Road, Buell Road, Duncan Creek Road, Bully Choop Road, and Old Bully Choop Road, Cal Fire noted Monday.

Those returning to their communities have been warned of fire damaged trees and to "be aware of falling branches, loose limbs, burned-out stumps and holes as well as unstable trees," Cal Fire said.

Evacuation orders and road closure remain in place in other parts of Shasta County. See Cal Fire's latest report for details.

Today over 16,600 firefighters continue to battle 23 major wildfires in California. The latest numbers on all active wildland fires at:

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) October 5, 2020

Other Fires

  • Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County: at least 115,758 acres; at least 88 percent contained.
  • North Complex Fire in Butte, Plumas, Yuba counties: at least 318,724 acres; at least 83 percent contained.
  • Red Salmon Complex Fire in Humboldt County: at least 132,065 acres; at least 34 percent contained.
  • Slater/Devil Fires in Siskiyou County: at least 155,096 acres; at least 62 percent contained.
  • SQF Complex Fire in Tulare County: at least 158,058 acres; at least 65 percent contained.
  • Blue Jay Fire in Mariposa County (Yosemite National Park Wilderness): at least 5,335 acres; 50 percent contained.
  • Rattlesnake Fire in Tulare County: at least 4,471 acres; at least 30 percent contained.
  • Wolf Fire in Tuolumne County (Yosemite National Park Wilderness): at least 1,092 acres; at least 60 percent contained.

For the latest up-to-date information on these fires and others in the state, visit the Cal Fire website.

Glass Fire California October 2020
The Glass Fire burns through a property on October 1 in Calistoga, California. On Monday California's August Complex Fire, which has burned over a million acres, became the first 'gigafire' in the state's history. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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