California Fire Map, Updates As Blazes Burn Area More Than 4 Times the Size of L.A.

More than 14,000 firefighters continue to battle wildfires across California, which have burned in excess of 1.25 million acres of the state. The total acreage burned is over four times larger than the city of Los Angeles, which spans around 299,950 acres.

Cal Fire Deputy Chief Jonathan Cox said at a press briefing Tuesday: "Across California, since August 15, 1.25 million acres of land have burned...that's larger than the state of Delaware."

The department confirmed 136,000 people remain evacuated from their homes and communities. There have been 13,000 lightning strikes, including 233 new strikes, that have caused a total in excess of 650 fires since August 15.

Increased humidity, reduced temperatures and low winds have helped firefighters gain better control of the fires in the past day.

Cal Fire Operations Section Chief Mark Brunton said Tuesday: "The weather's really cooperating with us. We are steadily getting a trickle of resources in, and putting them to work."

Below are some of the latest updates on multiple fires across the state.

SCU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 365,772
  • Containment: 20 percent
  • Location: The counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced and San Benito
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 20,065
  • Structures destroyed: 18
  • Structures damaged: 6

The SCU complex fire is spread across three areas, including the Deer Zone (which has seen 100 percent containment) Calaveras Zone and Canyon Zone.

Coastal winds have helped reduce fire intensity in parts of the affected areas, including the San Francisco Bay area and Santa Clara Valley, "allowing for another night of good humidity recovery and cooler overnight lows into the 60s," the Tuesday report from Cal Fire said.

"No significant weather change is expected through Friday, as the marine layer, as returned to the region with consistent onshore winds, seasonable daytime highs, and breezy west wind in the afternoon and evening hours," the report added.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place for parts of Santa Clara, Alameda, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Statewide fire map for Tuesday, August 25. We are grateful for the tireless work being done throughout California to try to suppress these fires.

— Cal OES (@Cal_OES) August 25, 2020

LNU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Ares: 356,326
  • Containment: 27 percent
  • Location: The counties of Napa, Sonoma and Lake
  • Fatalities: 5
  • Structures threatened: 30,500
  • Structures destroyed: 978
  • Structures damaged: 256

The LNU complex fire includes the Hennessey Fire (merged with the Gamble, Green, Aetna, Markley, Spanish, Morgan and Round fires), the Walbridge Fire (merged with the Stewarts Fire) and the Meyers Fire.

The Hennessey Fire was reported to be at 294,463 acres, with 29 percent contained, while the Walbridge Fire remained at 54,503 acres, with containment increased to 17 percent. The Meyers Fire also remained at 2,360 acres, with 97 percent contained, as of Tuesday, according to Cal Fire's latest report.

Evacuation orders in some parts of Napa County have been reduced to warnings, including portions of the Silverado Trail, Highway 128, Deer Park Road and Howell Mountain Road.

All other evacuation orders and warnings remain in place in parts of Napa, Lake, Sonoma and Solano counties. See Cal Fire's full report posted on the department's official Twitter account for details.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 79,640
  • Containment: 19 percent
  • Location: The counties of Santa Cruz and San Mateo
  • Fatalities: 1
  • Structures threatened: Over 24,000
  • Structures destroyed: 443
  • Structures damaged: 43

Evacuation warnings in parts of Santa Clara County were lifted from Tuesday around 2 p.m. local time, Cal Fire confirmed at a press briefing Tuesday.

A 73-year-old man died as a result of the CZU complex fire, while at least seven people were reported to be missing, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff.

California State Parks has closed several parks and beaches from this week following safety concerns. Some closures are in effect until further notice, while others are in place until August 31. Reservation holders will be given a full refund.

The latest numbers on the Aug. Lightning Siege that has charred 1.25 million acres since Aug. 15. We are grateful to the over 14,000 firefighters that continue to battle these intense wildfires.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 25, 2020

TGU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 50,800
  • Containment: 22 percent
  • Location: The counties of Tehama and Glenn
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 250
  • Structures destroyed: 2
  • Structures damaged: 1

The Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex includes the Doe Fire and the Elkhorn Fire spread across the Glenn Zone and the Tehama Zone.

Within the Tehama Zone, the Elkhorn Fire was reported to be at 35,000 acres and continues to threaten communities to the northeast, the Cal Fire report confirmed.

The Doe Fire in the Glenn Zone was reported to be 18 percent contained. "The Doe Fire has a current total acreage of 146,455 (total acres includes both state and federal land; with 15,300 acres and 18 percent containment on state lands)," the report said.

Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures remain in place for parts of both zones. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Poor air quality will continue across most of interior #NorCal today. Check for details at your location. #CAwx

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) August 25, 2020

Butte Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 2,884
  • Containment: 55 percent
  • Location: Butte County
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 27
  • Structures destroyed: 0
  • Structures damaged: 0

Fire crews were reported to have made "good progress due to the moderate weather conditions," including on the 5-6 fire, which is in patrol status with minimal staffing, and the 1-12 fire, parts of which have seen containment lines completed.

Eight of the 34 fires in Butte County are being actively staffed, according to the latest Cal Fire report. The eight fires include the following:

  1. 1-2 fire (140 acres; 62 percent contained)
  2. 1-7 fire (167 acres; 45 percent contained)
  3. 1-8 fire (92 acres; 60 percent contained)
  4. 1-12 fire (1,011 acres; 30 percent contained): The acreage was reduced due to more accurate mapping, Cal Fire noted in the report
  5. 1-13 fire (one acre; 50 percent contained)
  6. 2-24 fire (285 acres; 80 percent contained
  7. 5-4 fire (927 acres; 95 percent contained)
  8. 5-6 fire (261 acres; 90 percent contained)
LNU Lightning Complex
An aircraft drops fire retardant on a ridge during the Walbridge fire, which forms part of the LNU Lightning Complex fire, in California on August 20, 2020. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

River Fire

  • Acres: 48,424
  • Containment: 43 percent
  • Location: Monterey County
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 181
  • Structures destroyed: 30
  • Structures damaged: 12

"Marine layer from last night [Monday] allowed the relative humidity to return to 50-60 percent and allowed firefighters to make great progress by reinforcing containment lines and repopulating more zones," Cal Fire's latest report said.

Evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in some parts of the area, while others remain in place. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Lake Fire

  • Acres: 31,089
  • Containment: 70 percent
  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 1,329
  • Structures destroyed: 12
  • Structures damaged: 6

The Lake Fire remained less active Tuesday with "no increase in acreage" and "all evacuated residents were permitted to return to their homes," Cal Fire said in its latest report Tuesday.

"Intermittent power outages and other hazards may still be present in the area," the report added.

The Castaic Lake Recreation Area and all National Forest System lands within the Lake Fire closure area remained closed.

Carmel Fire

  • Acres: 6,695
  • Containment: 40 percent
  • Location: The counties of San Benito and Monterey
  • Fatalities: 0
  • Structures threatened: 462
  • Structures destroyed: 73
  • Structures damaged: 7

"Fire behavior was reduced today [Tuesday] with the inflow of marine air on the fire. Smoldering may be observed within the inside of the interior of containment lines. This will continue to burn and will not pose a threat as long as it remains within the containment area," the report said.

Evacuation orders remain in place in parts of the affected area. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

All but three of the Top 20 Largest #Wildfires have occurred since 2000, with 10 of these large and damaging wildfires occurring in the last decade. As fire weather continues to become more extreme, California is adjusting to fight these larger and more destructive wildfires.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) August 25, 2020