California Fire Map, Updates for August, Northwest Complex, Creek: 'Elevated Fire Risk' Possible Monday

California wildfires have burned more than 3.3 million acres of the state this year, with at least 22 reported deaths and over 4,100 structures destroyed since August 15, according to the latest report Sunday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

"While weather conditions have continued to be more seasonable compared to last week, firefighters are monitoring the forecast closely as Monday could bring elevated fire risk," Cal Fire said. "With the changes in weather conditions, we may see the return of critical fire next week."

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Monday over the Northern Sierra region, with the potential for gusty winds to impact the North Complex fire.

"#RedFlagWarning in effect for Eastern Lassen and Modoc Counties, West of the Sierra Crest and East of the Sierra Crestuntil. In effect through Monday for gusty winds and low humidity. This is #CriticalFireWeather so use caution outdoors," Cal Fire said in a post on its official Twitter account.

Nearly 17,000 firefighters were reported to be battling 29 major wildfires across the state, as of Sunday, according to Cal Fire.

#RedFlagWarning in effect for Eastern Lassen and Modoc Counties, West of the Sierra Crest and East of the Sierra Crestuntil. In effect through Monday for gusty winds and low humidity. This is #CriticalFireWeather so use caution outdoors. More tips:

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 13, 2020

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

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Acres: 877,477
  • Containment: 28 percent
  • Structures threatened: 13,296

The potential for active fire behavior from the August Complex fire in the Mendocino National Forest remained through Sunday evening, according to Cal Fire's report Sunday.

"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," the report noted.

Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures are in place across multiple parts of Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Below is the daily update, map and smoke report for September 13. #augustcomplexsouthzone #wildfireseason2020 @CALFIRE_MEU @ShastaTrinityNF @SixRiversNF @CALFIRETGU

— Mendocino NF (@MendocinoNF) September 13, 2020

North Complex Fire

  • Location: Yuba, Plumas and Butte counties
  • Acres: 261,488
  • Containment: 26 percent
  • Fatalities: at least 12

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

A low-pressure system is expected to bring gusty southwest winds of up to 30 miles per hour, which will test current containment lines. "Winds and low humidities will cause a Fire Weather Watch to go into effect on Monday and significant smoke will remain in the region, but may drift northeast as winds push from the southwest," the U.S. Forest Service said Sunday.

The North Complex West Zone fire has spread to 74,200 acres, with 18 percent contained and 23,356 structures threatened, according to Cal Fire's report Sunday.

While firefighters were reported to have been successful in strengthening containment lines, "the fire remains very active and now more than ever we need to remain vigilant," Cal Fire warned.

Butte County has experienced more than its fair share of wildfires. Check out this map to see where the current #NorthComplex is burning in relation to the 2018 Camp Fire. A stark reminder of the on-going dangers from wildfires.

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 13, 2020

"Due to the size, location, difficult access of this fire [the North Complex West Zone Fire] and predicted weather, the firefighters have a significant amount of work still to complete. Firefighters are prepping areas of the fire that will be impacted by the predicted Red Flag Warning with south west winds coming in on Monday, late morning, over the fire area," the report added.

In the South Zone, firefighters made good progress Sunday in securing containment, while "mop up" work of the fire in the North Zone continues, with containment lines reported to be holding well, according to Cal Fire's latest report.

"Structure protection groups are in place surrounding the fire's perimeter to protect nearby communities, taking extra care in getting through the incoming wind event," the report said.

Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures are in effect across various parts of the Yuba, Plumas and Butte counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno and Madera counties
  • Acres: 201,908
  • Containment: 10 percent
  • Structures threatened: 14,074

Over in Fresno County, "a lot of good work has been accomplished over the four days that the smoke layer has held the fire activity down," according to Cal Fire's latest report.

In Madera County, the fire continued to push west toward the Central Camp community, with firefighters attempting to develop better containment lines on the west side of the fire from the north of Redinger Lake to the Cascadel Woods and Central Camp communities.

Increased winds were reported to be likely to move smoke out of the north end as well as encourage fire growth to the northeast. Structure protection was expected to be developed on the north side of the fire at Devil's Post Pile National Monument and Reds Meadows, the report confirmed.

Evacuation warnings and road closures are in effect across Fresno and Madera counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Slater Fire

  • Location: Siskiyou County
  • Acres: 126,333
  • Containment: 5 percent

The Slater Fire was said to have been backing slowly into Highway 96, but crews were at the scene to prevent it from crossing the road. Crews also made good progress on building containment lines around structures in the Thompson Creek and Happy Camp areas, according to the latest report Sunday by the U.S. Forest Service.

Evacuation orders remain in place for most of the Happy Camp community, while evacuation warnings also remain in effect for Elk Creek Road and Seiad area along Highway 96, the report noted.

Today 16,750 firefighters are battling 29 major wildfires statewide. The latest numbers on all active wildland fires at:

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 13, 2020

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Acres: 33,312
  • Containment: 6 percent

The Bobcat Fire remained active on Sunday, reaching the Chantry Flat area of the Angeles National Forest, with significant growth toward Mount Wilson and Mount Harvard, according to the latest report Sunday shared on the official Twitter account of the Angeles National Forest.

A local emergency has been declared across Los Angeles County by Los Angeles County Board Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who also requested a state proclamation, according to a post on her official Twitter account.

An evacuation order was issued for residents north of Elkins Avenue and East of Santa Anita Avenue in the city of Arcadia.

All 18 California National Forests remained closed due to the ongoing fire threat.

El Dorado Fire

  • Location: San Bernardino and Riverside counties
  • Acres: 14,283
  • Containment: 44 percent

The El Dorado fire, caused by a pyrotechnic device used at a gender reveal party, saw almost no growth in 24 hours and "excellent progress is being made to contain the fire north of Highway 38," according to the latest report Sunday.

Evacuation orders, warnings and restrictions have been lifted for all parts of the Yucaipa, Oak Glen and Mentone areas, while evacuation orders remain in effect for the Mountain Home Village, Forest Falls, Angelus Oaks and Seven Oaks areas, the report noted.

Those heading to the Big Bear area are asked to consider rescheduling any planned visits due to fire activity, the report added.

Other fires

  • SCU Lighting Complex Fire (Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Merced, Stanislaus counties): 396,624 acres; 98 percent contained
  • LNU Lighting Complex Fire (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties): 363,220 acres; 96 percent contained
  • CZU Lighting Complex Fire (Santa Cruz, San Mateo counties): 86,509 acres; 89 percent contained
  • Lake Fire (Los Angeles County): 31,089 acres; 96 percent contained
  • Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex Fire (Tehama, Glenn counties): 19,609 acres; 97 percent contained
  • Valley Fire (San Diego County): 17,665 acres; 87 percent contained
For the latest up-to-date information on these fires, visit the Cal Fire website.
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An aerial view of neighborhoods covered in smoke as the Bobcat Fire advances toward foothill cities in Monrovia, California. David McNew/Getty Images