California Fire Map, Updates For Creek Fire, Valley Fire as State of Emergency Declared

More than 14,800 firefighters are battling 23 major fires in California, according to the latest report Sunday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), with several large complex fires triggered by lightning.

In a statement Sunday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state of emergency across five counties including San Diego, San Bernardino, Fresno, Madera and Mariposa, following three new fires—El Dorado, Creek and Valley—which broke over the weekend.

The latest three fires "have burned tens of thousands of acres, destroyed homes and caused the evacuation of thousands of residents," the governor's office confirmed in the statement.

On its official Twitter account, the National Weather Service warned Sunday: "#California is being impacted by many big #wildfires. Satellite imagery shows the smoke emanating from these fires. #SantaAna Winds will arrive to #SoCal [Southern California] Tuesday night-Wednesday, worsening the wildfire risk. #CAwx."

Valley Fire California September 2020
Firefighters battling a brush fire along Japatul Road during the Valley Fire in Jamul, California on September 6. Sandy Huffaker/AFP via Getty Images

Below are the latest updates on some of the major fires across California.

Creek Fire

  • Acres: 73,278.
  • Containment: 0 percent.
  • Location: Fresno County.
  • Structures threatened: 850.

The Creek Fire, located on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake, "continued to grow under extreme conditions," and 850 structures remain under threat, Cal Fire's latest report Sunday noted.

"Fuels continued to be the main influence of the fire...and temperatures continue to be extremely hot and dry," Cal Fire warned.

Valley Fire

  • Acres: 9,850.
  • Containment: 1 percent.
  • Location: San Diego County.

An evacuation order is in place for the community of Carve Acre. Temporary evacuation points located at Steele Canyon High School and Joan MacQueen Middle School remain open, while a temporary evacuation point for large animals is now open at the County Animal Services South Shelter located in Bonita, Cal Fire confirmed Sunday.

#ValleyFire [update] The fire is now 9,850 acres and 1% contained, 11 structures destroyed. Please see updated evacuation map from County of San Diego https://t.co/KNIRTR8kbn and never hesitate to evacuate if you do not feel safe. @ClevelandNF @SDSheriff @SoCal_RedCross pic.twitter.com/xBpIYQu8TF

— CAL FIRE/SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE (@CALFIRESANDIEGO) September 7, 2020

El Dorado Fire

  • Acres: 7,050.
  • Containment: 5 percent.
  • Location: San Bernardino County.

Evacuation orders have been issued following the El Dorado Fire, which was caused by pyrotechnic equipment used during a gender reveal party, Cal Fire confirmed Sunday.

The latest report Sunday by the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) added: "The fire is burning up the south side of Yucaipa Ridge above the communities of Oak Glen and the North Bench area of Yucaipa. It has crested Yucaipa Ridge and continues to burn on the north slope towards the communities of Mountain Home Village and Forest Falls.

"The weather will remain dry and hot throughout the night with an elevated temperature and relative humidity at 20 percent. The winds will remain downslope at 3 to 5 mph [miles per hour] with gusts to 10 mph. This will result in continued active fire behavior throughout the night," the NWCG report added.

#EldoradoFire evacuation order map. Red Cross reception center at Yucaipa community center. pic.twitter.com/OdEf4RFKEF

— Yucaipa Police (@YucaipaPD) September 7, 2020

Bobcat Fire

  • Acres: 1,800.
  • Containment: 0 percent.
  • Location: Los Angeles County.

At least 100 firefighters were reported to be battling the Bobcat Fire, the Angeles National Forest confirmed on its official Twitter account.

The Angeles National Forest State Route 39 is closed in both directions at El Encanto Park. "BobcatFire near Cogswell Dam & West Fork Picnic Area & Bridge near post mile 27. 200 acres by 1:30 p.m. Unknown duration. Avoid SR-3," the California Department of Transportation noted on its official Twitter account.

(Angeles National Forest) State Route 39 is closed in both directions at El Encanto Park (post mile 17.8). BobcatFire near Cogswell Dam & West Fork Picnic Area & Bridge near post mile 27. 200 acres by 1:30 p.m. Unknown duration. Avoid SR-39. #BobcatFire https://t.co/xbyTKqK844 pic.twitter.com/mEMs2RV3vh

— Caltrans District 7 (@CaltransDist7) September 6, 2020

Lake Fire

  • Acres: 31,089.
  • Containment: 95 percent.
  • Location: Los Angeles County.

"The fire is holding northeast of Interstate 5 and south of Highway 138 in steep and rugged terrain. Control lines have been completed all around the fire's perimeter. Firefighters are now patrolling the fire line to ensure all lines continue to hold and there is no heat near the fire's perimeter," Cal Fire noted Sunday.

The Angeles National Forest has closed all National Forest System lands within the Lake Fire closure area by Order No. 05-01-20-6. The forest changed its fire danger level from "very high" to "extreme" on August 1.

CZU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 86,509.
  • Containment: 72 percent.
  • Location: San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.

Nearly 5,000 people have been evacuated, while 7,647 structures remain under threat from the CZU complex fire, according to Cal Fire's latest report Sunday.

Cal Fire also confirmed that evacuation orders in parts of Santa Cruz County have been reduced to evacuation warnings, with some areas repopulated in the county, including the community of Pineridge, and portions of Ben Lomond and Boulder Creek.

"Critical fire weather is expected throughout the weekend into the early parts of next week with higher temperatures and low humidities. This may influence fire activity and increase smoke production from the unburned fuels well within the fire perimeter," Cal Fire warned.

#California is being impacted by many big #wildfires. Satellite imagery shows the smoke emanating from these fires. #SantaAna Winds will arrive to #SoCal Tuesday night-Wednesday, worsening the wildfire risk. #CAwx pic.twitter.com/PsKP55mUCE

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) September 6, 2020

Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 66,309.
  • Containment: 55 percent.
  • Location: Tehama and Glenn counties.

The Butte/Tehama/Glenn complex fire is spread across two zones—Tehama and Glenn—and 25 structures have been threatened, Cal Fire's latest report Sunday confirmed.

Tehama Zone has multiple fires, including the Elkhorn Fire, which was reported to be at 46,700 acres, with 52 percent contained. The fire "will continue to threaten communities to the northeast," Cal Fire noted.

Over in the Glenn Zone, the Ivory/Doe Fire, which includes the area that was known as the Tatham Fire, has reached 325,172 acres (the total acreage includes both state and federal land; with 18,981 acres on state lands), with 24 percent contained, the report confirmed.

"Personnel are monitoring the potential for changes in wind conditions and will plan and implement evacuation plans as needed," for both zones, Cal Fire noted.

Evacuation orders have been lifted in the zones listed below, according to Cal Fire's latest report.

  • Zone D: All areas north of Lanyan Trail, east from Mary Ellen Page north to Cobb Flat, south of PettyJohn Toad, and west Gunsmoke Lane/Ranch Drive/Balis Bell Road
  • Zone E: All areas south of Vestal Road, east of Weemasoul Road, west of Cannon Road/Redd Creek Road and north of Pettyjohn Road
  • Zone F-1: All areas north of Halley Grade west of Vestal Road/Weemasoul Road and south of Wells Creek and east of the eastern boundary of Zone C
  • Zone F-2: All areas north of Wells Creek, west of Vestal Road/Weemasoul Road and east of the eastern boundary of Zone C and south of Highway 36

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place for other parts of the Tehama Zone, while road closures have also been announced for parts of both the Glenn and Tehama zones. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

SCU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 396,624.
  • Containment: 92 percent.
  • Location: Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Merced and Stanislaus counties.

The SCU Lightning Complex fire has broken into two branches, Branch I and Branch II. "Excessive heat warning remains in effect. Temperatures across the complex ranged between 103 and 110 degrees with humidity in the low teens and single digits," Cal Fire's latest report Sunday noted.

"No overnight humidity recovery is expected and temperatures will only decrease minimally. Upslope/upcanyon winds were light. Hazy conditions existed due to smoke from other fires in the region," the report said.

More than 14,800 firefighters are continuing to battle 23 major wildfires. CAL FIRE has increased staffing in preparation for critical fire weather across the State.
The latest numbers on all active large wildland fires at: https://t.co/6s2QmGvwFi pic.twitter.com/rZAOp5pdzv

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 6, 2020

LNU Lightning Complex Fire

  • Acres: 375,209.
  • Containment: 91 percent.
  • Location: Napa, Sonoma and Solano counties.

The LNU complex fire includes the Hennessey Fire, which was reported to be at 317,909 acres with 91 percent contained, and the Walbridge Fire, which is at 54,940 acres with 95 percent contained. The Meyers Fire was reported to have reached 2,360 acres with 100 percent contained, according to the latest Cal Fire report Sunday.

"All evacuations within the complex have been lifted. The fire continues to have limited growth on both the Walbridge Fire and Hennessey Fire," the report noted.

Since August 15, there have been nearly 14,000 lightning strikes and more than 900 new wildfires, including clusters of fire forming the Lightning Complex Fires, that have burned more than 1.6 million acres of California. Eight deaths have been reported, including five in the CZU and one in the LNU complex fires, while nearly 3,300 structures have been destroyed, according to Cal Fire's latest report Sunday.

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