California Fire Map, Updates for Bobcat Fire, Creek Fire as 3.2 Million Acres Burned

Wildfires in California have burned over 3.2 million acres of land this year, which is "larger than the state of Connecticut," according to the latest report Monday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Since August 15, 24 people have died, while over 4,200 structures in California have been destroyed amid the ongoing fires.

Nearly 16,500 firefighters are currently reported to be battling 28 major fires across the state, several of which are less than 20 percent contained.

The Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County, which has burned nearly 38,300 acres, was reported to be three percent contained, while the Creek Fire in Fresno and Madera counties has reached nearly 213,00 acres, with 16 percent contained, according to Cal Fire.

"The combination of gusty winds and low humidity brings potential critical fire weather through much of the week, and may affect firefighting efforts on the North Complex.

"Elevated fire weather conditions are expected in portions of central and southern California due to very warm and dry conditions, and smoky conditions will persist in the much of the valley areas throughout the state," Cal Fire warned.

#RedFlagWarning in effect for north eastern California until this evening due to gusty winds & low humidity. This is #CriticalFireWeather so use caution when outdoors.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 14, 2020

Here are the latest updates on some of the major fires across the state that are currently largely uncontained.

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Acres: 755,603
  • Containment: 30 percent
  • Structures threatened: 13,926

The August Complex Fire is being combated across three zones, including the August Complex West Zone, which covers 49,009 acres, according to the latest report Monday by Cal Fire.

Resources from California, Montana, Utah, Texas and New Jersey are assisting on the August Complex West Zone, Cal Fire confirmed.

The National Interagency Fire Center confirmed in its latest report Monday: "Two hundred thirty-three soldiers from the 14th Brigade Engineer Battalion based out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington are deployed in support of the August Complex."

The risk of active fire behavior remained through Monday evening. "Fire along the west flank is in alignment for multiple runs to the north in a series of drainages. Excessive smoke has hindered the operation of aerial firefighting resources, which is especially problematic because much of the terrain is steep and inaccessible to ground resources," Cal Fire said.

Additional evacuation orders were issued in Mendocino County for areas southwest of Eden Valley Ranch. Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures for other parts of Mendocino County as well as portions of Humboldt and Trinity counties remain in place. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

North Complex Fire

  • Location: Yuba, Plumas and Butte counties
  • Acres: 264,565
  • Containment: 39 percent
  • Fatalities: at least 15

The North Complex fire is spread across three areas—the North, South and West zones.

"Great progress" was made on building containment in the North Zone, while containment lines remained secured in the South Zone, helped by favorable winds and clearer air conditions, according to Cal Fire's latest report Monday.

The West Zone fire has reached 76,900 acres, with 20 percent contained. "Firefighters have been successful in strengthening several existing containment lines, developing new containment lines and extinguishing several interior hot spots in an attempt to prevent further spread," but "the fire remains very active and now more than ever we need to remain vigilant," Cal Fire noted in its report.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place across multiple parts of Yuba, Butte and Plumas counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno and Madera counties
  • Acres: 212,744
  • Containment: 16 percent

In Fresno County, warm and dry weather conditions continue to contribute to active fire behavior 24 hours a day. The northeast portion of the fire, burning toward the Ansel Adams Wilderness, was reported to be the most active area on Monday, according to Cal Fire's latest report Monday.

In the Jose Basin area, the fire pushed through existing perimeter lines on Monday and threatened several structures. "Though the threat is still very real to the communities in the fire area there was no significant fire activity near them today," Cal Fire said.

Over in Madera County, "more sun on the fire brought more fire activity," and the blaze was reported to be spreading mostly to the north and northeast towards McCurry Trailhead, Jackass Meadow, Portuguese View Point, Globe Rock, and Little Shuteye Peak, Cal Fire confirmed.

The fire was forecast to remain active through Monday evening and move towards the Central Camp, South Fork Bluffs and Whiskey Falls areas.

"Temperatures will warm Tuesday and Wednesday primarily due to more sun as the smoke inversion weakens. A break in the inversion is possible Wednesday and likely on Thursday as winds aloft increase from the southwest" Cal Fire said in its latest report.

Several evacuation warnings were lifted in Madera County, including in the John West, Upper 426 Road and China Creek areas, while several evacuation orders in the south zone of the fire were downgraded to warnings.

A host of other evacuation orders and road closures remain in place for multiple parts of both Fresno and Madera counties. See Cal Fire's full report Monday for details.

@FresnoCoFire @R5_Fire_News @FresnoSheriff #CreekFire map shows where residents are being allowed back in. Residents living in certain zones (F5L, F5M, F5N, F6A, F13C, F13D, F13E) have been downgraded from mandatory orders to warnings. Check map daily.

— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) September 15, 2020

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Acres: 38,299
  • Containment: 3 percent

The "fire growth outpaced containment," the Angeles National Forest noted in a post Tuesday on its official Twitter account.

The south end of the fire remained very active Monday, with flanking and spotting, and was reported to be "burning on the ridge line above the east side of Little Santa Anita Canyon.

"Fire activity was heavy on the west side near Winter Creek and the Santa Anita Wash with the fire progressing ¾ of the way up to Mt. Wilson ridgeline. To the north, the fire continues to push up towards Hwy [Highway] 2," according to the latest update from local authorities shared by the Angeles National Forest.

The fire was reported to be "slowly burning down Spanish Canyon towards the Monrovia Canyon Park," according to the latest report Monday by the Monrovia city government.

"The Spanish Canyon area is thick with heavy brush, tall trees and is located in an area where burning is fire crews are working at the very top of the Spanish Canyon, residents will see an increase in flames, smoke and fire activities," the city government noted.

Evacuation orders were issued for the area north of Elkins Avenue and east of Santa Anita Avenue in the city of Arcadia as well as in parts of Sierra Madre. Evacuation warnings remain in effect for the areas north of Foothill Boulevard, east Santa Anita Avenue and multiple foothill communities nearby. See the full report by local authorities for details.

#Bobcat Fire Update: No structures in #Arcadia have been impacted. Fire has grown to over 36,000 acres & is 6% contained. Mandatory evacuation order for all residents north of Elkins Ave. & east of Santa Anita Ave. is in effect until further notice. Info:

— Protect Arcadia (@ProtectArcadia) September 14, 2020

Slater/Devil Fires

  • Location: Siskiyou County
  • Acres: 136,030
  • Containment: 10 percent

The Slate and Devil fires are in California and a portion of Oregon. The Slater Fire has spread to 131,601 acres, with 10 percent contained, while the Devil Fire has reached 4,429 acres, with zero percent contained, and is "currently understaffed," according to the latest report Monday by the U.S. Forest Service.

Residents of the north end of the Slater Fire within Oregon were warned to "expect increased activity as winds continue and the inversion lifts," the report noted.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place for parts of California, including neighborhoods within the Happy Camp community where "downed power lines and hazardous materials remain a concern," the report added. See the full report for details on all evacuation orders and warnings in California and Oregon.

Dolan Fire

  • Location: Monterey County
  • Acres: 118,465
  • Containment: 40 percent

"With low relative humidity values and poor recoveries above the marine layer, fuels remain available for active burning day and night," according to the latest report from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) report Tuesday.

Over the 48 hours or so, "fire behavior will be dictated by the depth and persistence of marine layer and shading from area smoke," the report added.

Over 3 million acres in California have burned this year – and we’re only part way through the wildfire season.

— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) September 14, 2020

SQF Complex Fire

  • Location: Tulare County
  • Acres: 101,420
  • Containment: 12 percent

The SQF Complex Fire in the Sequoia National Forest consists of the Castle and Shotgun fires, Most of the Castle Fire is within the Sequoia National Forest, while some of it is also burning in the Inyo National Forest.

"Upper level ridging will continue over the fire on Tuesday as the ridge winds remain southerly. An upper level trough will approach the California coast on Wednesday and this will bring more southwesterly winds to the fire," according to the latest NWCG report Tuesday.

"The fire will continue to impact the Freeman Creek Giant Sequoia Grove, structure in the Pyles Boys Camp area, communities of Sequoia Crest, Alpine Village, Camp Nelson, and Cedar Slope. It will also impact the Mountain Home State Forest, The highway 190 corridor, USFS [U.S. Forest Service] facilities and infrastructure in the area," the report noted.

Areas threatened by the fire include the community of Springville, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, and structures along the west slopes.

The east end of the fire remains a threat to the Blackrock Ranger Station and other USFS facilities, as well as the Monache Meadows area, the north end threatens "the Kern River Ranger Station, Quinn Patrol adjacent private land and the Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park," the report added.

All active edges of the Shotgun Fire are expected to have growth, the report warned.

Red Salmon Complex Fire

  • Location: Humboldt County
  • Acres: 91,672
  • Containment: 16 percent

The Red Salmon Complex Fire in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area was reported to have seen increased activity in the northeast area "as the fire continues to back into the confluence of Knownothing Creek and Poverty Gulch. If this spread continues there is a high potential for fire to reach Salmon River Road and the community of Forks of Salmon," according to the latest NWCG report Tuesday.

In the southwest, the fire was reported to have backed into Tish Tang Creek, "with potential for significant impacts to cultural, resource, and economic values of the Hoopa Valley Tribe," the report noted.

The Forks of Salmon community has been under an evacuation order since Sunday. See the full NWCG report for details.

Other Fires

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

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Chairs stacked at a burned Feather Falls Union School, impacted by the North Lightning Complex fire in Oroville, California on September 14. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images