California Fire, Map, Updates as 'Explosive Growth' of Creek, Bobcat, Valley and Bear Fires

Wildfires in California have burned over 2.5 million acres of land and destroyed 3,700 structures, according to the latest report Wednesday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Around 14,000 firefighters are battling 28 major wildfires which continued to grow Wednesday. The Creek, Bobcat, Slater and Willow fires remain at zero percent containment, according to Cal Fire's latest report Wednesday.

All 18 National Forests in California, which collectively span over 20 million acres, were closed Wednesday "due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state," the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region announced in a statement.

"Explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision," the statement confirmed.

The temporary closures will be in place "until conditions improve and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely," USDA Forest Service Regional Forester Randy Moore noted in the statement.

Three people have died, while a dozen others were reported missing from the Bear Fire in northern California, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported.

One person was found dead in the Berry Creek area near Bald Rock Road and Graystone Lane, while two others were found dead in another location, according to county officials, California's The Mercury News reported.

Bear Fire

  • Location: Yuba, Plumas and Butte counties
  • Acres: 252,163
  • Containment: 24 percent

Hundreds of homes and other structures have been either destroyed or damaged by the Bear Fire, Cal Fire official confirmed, CBS San Francisco Bay Area reported.

The 45 miles per hour winds were reported to have fueled the Bear Fire to burn 1,000 acres every 30 minutes, Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Jake Cagle noted at a Wednesday morning briefing, CBS SF Bay Area reported.

"We had extreme fire behavior, extreme fire growth," Cagle said. "Our focus has been life safety."

An evacuation warning was issued for "the area of Highway 70 at Garden Dr., south to Lower Honcut Rd., Lower Honcut Rd. East to Bangor and everything East to the borders of the current immediate evacuation orders," the Butte County Sheriff's Office confirmed in a post Wednesday on its official Twitter account.

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno County
  • Acres: 166,965
  • Containment: 0 percent

The Creek Fire has destroyed 360 structures so far, including 60 single residences and 278 mixed commercial/residential structures, according to the latest report Wednesday by Cal Fire.

The department noted: "A strong inversion is expected to continue moderate fire activity on the west side of the fire by holding smoke over the area which providing shade and a buffer from the gusty winds at higher elevations.

"The Red Flag Weather Warning has been extended through 8pm Wednesday; high temperatures, low humidity, and high winds will persist in the area, creating extreme fire conditions," Cal Fire said.

Evacuation orders are in place in Madera County's Bass Lake Basin, including Wishon, Bass Lake Annex, and Manzanita; the town of North Fork and surrounding area.

Evacuation warnings and road closures have been issued for various parts of Fresno and Madera counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Acres: 19,796
  • Containment: 0 percent

"The fire made a big push today [Wednesday], as the offshore winds pushed the fire to the east and crossed Hwy 39. The fire behavior was very active to extreme with long-range spotting, tree torching, and visible slope runs," according to the latest report published by the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) shared on the official Twitter account of the Angeles National Forest.

"Continued warm and dry conditions, with poor humidity recovery, coupled with the Santa Ana winds will allow for continued active burning today with erratic fire behavior. Red Flag Warnings are in effect until 8 pm [local time] tonight," the report noted.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for cities including Monrovia, Arcadia, Bradbury, Sierra Madre, Duarte and Pasadena as well as the Altadena area. While no evacuation orders have been issued at this time, the report warned "it's important to stay well-informed as this is an evolving incident."

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino County
  • Acres: 372,012
  • Containment: 24 percent

"The current total acreage does not reflect the Hopkins Fire (49,887 acres). There are 1,167 resources committed to the August Complex. Starting Wednesday, the Hopkins Fire in the Yolla Bolly-Middle Eel Wilderness (49,887 acres) will be managed by the Type 1 Incident Management Team, CA Team 5, and will no longer be included in daily updates," the latest NWCG report Wednesday noted.

"Due to high winds, there is potential for increased fire activity and spread with heavy smoke production," the report warned.

Slater Fire

  • Location: Siskiyou County
  • Acres: 30,000
  • Containment: 0 percent

Containment of the Slater Fire in the Klamath National Forest remains at zero percent, California's KRCR-TV reported.

The fire was reported to be "moving in a northwesterly direction into Oregon," as of 8 a.m. local time Wednesday, according to the latest report Wednesday by the NWCG.

"Initial attack fire fighters from the Klamath National Forest, Cal Fire and local volunteers fire departments have been aggressively fighting the fire but high winds, high temperatures and very dry vegetation have hampered efforts. In addition, high winds and smoke have prevented use of air attack planes.

An evacuation order is in effect for the town of Happy Camp and various adjacent roads and the community of Gasket has also been ordered to evacuate, the report confirmed.

"Highway 96 is closed from Fort Goff on the northeast side of Happy Camp and to Clear Creek on the southwest side. The Grayback Road is closed from Happy Camp northwest to Oregon," the report said.

Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Tehama and Glenn counties
  • Acres: 69,735
  • Containment: 58 percent
  • Structures threatened: 25

See Cal Fire's full latest report Wednesday for details on evacuation orders, warnings and road closures that remain in effect.

Valley Fire

  • Location: San Diego County
  • Acres: 17,655
  • Containment: 27 percent

Firefighters were reported to have been "successful in keeping the fire from getting established and pushing into more populated areas to the west. Dry conditions will continue with a gradual warming trend through the weekend," according to the latest report Wednesday by Cal Fire.

Evacuation orders are in place for the Lawson Valley, Japatul Valley, Lyons Valley and Carveacre areas.

Evacuation warnings have been issued for the Pine Valley, Descanso, Alpine, Viejas, Dulzura, Barrett Junction and Potrero areas.

See Cal Fire's report for details on road closures across the impacted area.

El Dorado Fire

  • Location: San Bernardino County
  • Acres: 12,474
  • Containment: 18 percent

The El Dorado Fire was reported to have been "extremely active this afternoon [Wednesday] being influenced by Santa Ana wind conditions, a hot, dry and unstable atmosphere and fuels very receptive to burning," according to the latest report Wednesday by Cal Fire.

"Tonight [Wednesday], the fire will remain active with the predominant winds returning over the fire," Cal Fire warned.

A new evacuation order was issued for all areas between Angelus Oaks and Onyx Summit, where residents were told to evacuate via Highway 38 north to Big Bear, the report confirmed.

Evacuation warnings have also been issued for the areas bounded by North of Oak Glen Road, West of Bryant, South of Highway 38 and East of Garnet.

See Cal Fire's full report for more details on all evacuation orders, warnings as well as road closures.

Willow Fire

  • Location: Yuba County
  • Acres: 1,311
  • Containment: 0 percent
  • Structures threatened: 700

At least 30 structures have been destroyed by the Willow Fire, according to the latest report Wednesday by Cal Fire.

The Yuba County Sheriff Department confirmed Wednesday: "The evacuation order for the Loma Rica area southwest of Marysville Rd to Fruitland Rd has been lifted. The Voluntary Evacuation of the Oregon House/Dobbins region north of Marysville Rd with potential threat from the Willow Fire, remains in place at this time. Willow Glen Rd north of Marysville Rd remains closed," in a post on its official Facebook page.

Bear Fire California September 2020
A boat motors by as the Bidwell Bar Bridge is surrounded by fire in Lake Oroville during the Bear Fire in northern California on September 9. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

CZU Lighting Complex Fire

  • Location: Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties
  • Acres: 86,509
  • Containment: 84 percent
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Structures threatened: 7,647

See Cal Fire's full latest report Wednesday for details on evacuation orders, warnings and road closures that remain in effect.

LNU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo and Solano
  • Acres: 363,220
  • Containment: 93 percent
  • Fatalities: 5

No evacuation orders or warnings are in effect. "Various repairs are ongoing that may create delays and road closures within the area," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Wednesday.

SCU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Location: Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Merced, Stanislaus counties
  • Acres: 396,624
  • Containment: 95 percent

"High fire behavior probability still present across entire complex for interior islands burning," and no evacuation orders or warnings are in effect, according to Cal Fire latest report Wednesday.