California Fire Map, Update as Bobcat Blaze 'Continues to Advance,' Burns Over 100,000 Acres

California wildfires have burned over 3.6 million acres of the state so far this year, with 26 reported deaths and more than 6,400 structures destroyed since August 15, according to the latest report Monday from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Over 19,000 firefighters are currently battling 27 major fires in California, according to Cal Fire's report Monday, including the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County, which has burned over 100,000 acres.

The Bobcat blaze "continues to advance depending on fuels, topography and diurnal winds. Active backing, flanking, torching and spotting continues to be observed," according to the latest report from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

"Temperatures are expected to rise in many areas in the north and south portions of the state towards the latter half of the week along with a chance of north winds, increasing potential for critical fire weather," Cal Fire noted.

We are hosting a virtual public meeting tonight at 630 PM, see flyer for details. This morning the #BobcatFire is at 105,345 acres and 15% containment.

— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) September 21, 2020

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

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County.
  • Acres: 106,179.
  • Containment: 13 percent.

The western, northern, and southwestern portions of the Bobcat Fire remained active Monday, the latest report from the NWCG confirmed.

The fire was reported to be "making a hard push at Mt. Wilson," and defensive operations were in place from Mount Wilson to the west, the Los Angeles County Fire Department noted.

New evacuation orders were issued for areas near Colby Ranch and Hidden Springs, including south and west of the Upper Big Tujunga area, east of Angeles Forest Highway and north of Angeles Crest Highway, the NWCG report confirmed.

Several other evacuation orders remain in place, including for areas including Juniper Hills, Devils Punch Bowl, Paradise Springs, Crystal Lake, East Fork of the San Gabriel River, and Camp Williams.

Evacuation warnings also remain in effect for several places including the city of Pasadena as well as the Altadena and Wrightwood areas.

See the full NWCG report for more details on evacuations.

AIR QUALITY ADVISORY UPDATE: #BobcatFire + #ElDoradoFire + #SnowFire Smoke Advisories extended to Tuesday, September 22nd:

— South Coast AQMD (@SouthCoastAQMD) September 22, 2020

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties.
  • Acres: 846,898.
  • Containment: 43 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 13,926.

The August Complex Fire, the largest in California history by acreage, is split across the North, South and West zones.

The West Zone was reported to be at 93,942 acres, with 30 percent contained on Monday, according to Cal Fire's latest report.

Pockets of unburned fuels near Lake Pillsbury have been eliminated, while firefighters continued to mop up parts of the north where there has been reduced fire activity.

"Smoke continues to be highly visible due to firing operations, active pockets of fire and multiple areas with smoldering and creeping fire," the report noted.

Fire activity remains active in the North Zone and "low fuel moisture could lead to single torching and short uphill runs are possible," according to the latest report Monday from the NWCG.

Over in the South Zone, "erratic winds may produce short runs when aligned with fuels and terrain," the NWCG reported.

Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures are in effect for multiple parts of Mendocino, Trinity and Lake counties. See full details on evacuations at the Cal Fire website.

South Zone, #AugustComplex Fire Update and Map for September 21, 2020

Hard work pays off on the South Zone, burning operations are conducted, and containment continues to increase. @CALFIRE_MEU @CALFIRETGU @ShastaTrinityNF @SixRiversNF

— Mendocino NF (@MendocinoNF) September 21, 2020

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno and Madera counties.
  • Acres: 280,425.
  • Containment: 30 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 7,759.

Active fire activity was reported Monday in the North Zone of the Creek Fire, "with short uphill runs and spotting. Areas that will show heat are in the Whisky Falls, East Fork Chiquito Creek, Norris Trailhead, Bugg Creek Meadow, and Junction Butte," the latest report from the NWCG noted.

The fire in the South Zone is expected to "burn actively in the higher elevations," spreading in the north and eastern portions of the fire with increased winds, the report confirmed.

"Fire progression will be towards the north end of the South Zone of the Creek Fire, which will burn to the south of Mount Tom and slow as fuels become reduced in the higher elevation rock," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Monday.

Evacuations and road closures are in effect for parts of Fresno and Madera counties. See Cal Fire's full report for more information.

North Complex Fire

  • Location: Yuba, Plumas and Butte counties.
  • Acres: 298,191.
  • Containment: 74 percent.
  • Fatalities: at least 15.

The North Complex Fire is divided across the North, South and West zones.

In the North and South Zones, the potential for active fire behavior will remain over the next 72 hours "where slope and wind align," and the "probability of ignition will be approximately 70 percent during the day," according to the latest report Monday from the NWCG.

Over in the West Zone, "the fire continues to burn in the Ponderosa Reservoir area and southwest down to the South Fork of the Feather River and South towards Forbestown Reservoir Road," with 138 California National Guard members deployed in the area to prevent further spreads, according to Cal Fire's latest report Monday.

Evacuation orders and road closures remain in effect for multiple parts of Butte, Plumas and Yuba counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

SQF Complex Fire

  • Location: Tulare County.
  • Acres: 137,508.
  • Containment: 33 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 3,188.

The SQF Complex Fire includes the Castle (136,675 acres) and Shotgun (833 acres) fires, both of which are burning in the Sequoia National Forest. Portions of the Castle Fire are also burning in the Inyo National Forest and the Golden Trout Wilderness Area.

Fire activity in the Castle Fire was reported to be increasing with lower humidity. "When the inversion lifts, increased rates of spread are being observed. Rollout on steep slopes is leading to slow fire advance," according to Cal Fire's latest report Monday.

The upper slopes of Dennison Mountain area were reported to be actively burning Monday, spreading to the west, north, and east.

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park remain closed, while the Mineral King Road is closed from Oak Grove Drive to Mineral King, the report noted.

Evacuation warnings are in effect in the community Three Rivers and the community of Springville, all points between Globe Drive and Balch Park Road.

Evacuation orders and road closures are in place across multiple parts of Tulare County. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Today 19,000 firefighters are battling 27 major wildfires statewide. The latest numbers on all active wildland fires at:

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 21, 2020

Slater/Devil Fires

  • Location: Siskiyou County.
  • Acres: 146,667 (Slater); 7,458 (Devil).
  • Containment: 22 percent (Slater); 18 percent (Devil).
  • Fatalities: 2.

The Slate and Devil fires span both California and a portion of Oregon.

The west and northwest portions of the impacted area were reported to be seeing "some isolated torching, backing and flanking," while spread to the southwest and west was slowed as the fire burned into the Natchez fire scar, according to the latest report Monday from the NWCG.

"Fire spread on the east flank in Thompson Creek is backing and flanking fire under the higher humidity in the drainage," the report noted.

Evacuation orders remain in effect for heavily damaged areas in Indian Creek, while an evacuation warning remains in place for Seiad Valley as well as along the Highway 96/Klamath River corridor from Seiad to Thompson Creek.

Dolan Fire

  • Location: Monterey County.
  • Acres: 128,416
  • Containment: 46 percent.

Firefighters continued to monitor the northeast portion of the Dolan Fire for any increase in fire activity due to persistent hot and dry conditions.

"The east side of the fire is also being held and monitored from Arroyo Seco south to Fort Hunter Liggett. And mop up will continue along McKern Road from Prewitt Ridge to the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road to contain the south end of the fire," according to the latest NWCG report Monday.

"It is anticipated that quiet areas of the fire will begin to show activity, specifically in the bottoms of drainages and other sheltered areas," the NWCG warned.

Evacuation orders and road closures remain in place across parts of Monterey County. See the NWCG report for more information.

Moderate to unhealthy air quality persists across interior #NorCal early this morning. #CAwx

— NWS Sacramento (@NWSSacramento) September 21, 2020

Red Salmon Complex Fire

  • Location: Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity counties.
  • Acres: 104,667.
  • Containment: 28 percent.

The northwest and western portions of the fire from the Whitney Peak area on the north side to Box Camp on the west side have been contained. Firing operations to protect the Hoopa Valley Reservation and the communities of Willow Creek and Denny along the southwestern and southern portions were reported to have been successful, according to the latest report Monday by the NWCG.

"Structure protection in the Forks of Salmon area continues to be a priority," the report noted.

Acreage of forests burned include the following:

  • Six Rivers National Forest: 45,972 acres
  • Shasta Trinity National Forest: 35,785 acres
  • Klamath National Forest: 20,407 acres
  • Hoopa Valley Reservation: 2,503 acres

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

Bobcat fire California September 2020
The Bobcat Fire burns near Cedar Springs in the Angeles National Forest on September 21 in Los Angeles, California. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

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