California Fire Map, Update As Bobcat Blaze 'Continues to Advance in All Directions'

More than 7,900 wildfires in California have now burned over 3.5 million acres of the state this year, with 26 people dead and over 6,100 structures destroyed since August 15, according to the latest report Sunday by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

Eight fires have burned over 100,000 acres each, including the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County. Bobcat "continues to advance in all compass directions depending on fuels and topography," according to the latest report Sunday from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

"It is actively flanking and backing against winds or slope and then running, torching, spotting and crowning when fuels, slope and topography align," the report said.

Nearly 19,000 firefighters continue to battle 27 major wildfires across California, Cal Fire confirmed Sunday.

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

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County.
  • Acres: 103,135.
  • Containment: 15 percent.

Active fire behavior continued Sunday near the San Gabriel Wilderness Area, with the fire pushing toward Highway 2. Fire activity continues to threaten the area around the Mount Wilson Observatory.

"The northern portion around Mt. Wilson remained active today where they will continue to use strategic firing and direct handline to protect infrastructure. This evening [Sunday] the area north of Mt Wilson picked up and made a run at Highway 2," according to the latest report Sunday by the NWCG.

The fire was expected to spread to the communities of Juniper Hills, Valyermo and Big Pine.

"Wind-driven fire spread downslope with spotting and rapid growth threatening structures. Community of Littlerock and Wrightwood will be impacted soon. On the east side, fire continues to threaten containment lines north of the Ranch 2 fire and threatens the Hwy 39 corridor," the NWCG report warned.

New evacuation orders were issued for residents in the Antelope Valley on Saturday. Several other evacuation orders and warnings remain in place across parts of Los Angeles County. See the full NWCG report for details.

This morning the #BobcatFire is at 99,428 acres and remains at 15% containment. For more information on smoke visit

— Angeles_NF (@Angeles_NF) September 20, 2020

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties.
  • Acres: 837,241.
  • Containment: 34 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 13,926.

The August Complex Fire is spread across three zones—North, South and West. The West Zone fire was reported to be at 91,800 acres, with 20 percent contained, according to the latest report Sunday by Cal Fire.

"Steady progress continues on the #AugustComplex . The east side of the Complex is now contained, and resources are being shifted to other areas of the fire," the Mendocino National Forest noted in a post Sunday on its official Twitter account.

Cal Fire added: "Some evacuation orders and warnings have been reduced. Increased fire behavior due to higher humidity levels, increased temperatures and critically dry fuels was observed near Lake Pillsbury. Other areas of the west zone experienced isolated short runs and occasional pockets of heat."

Evacuation orders, warnings and road closures are in effect across various parts of Trinity, Mendocino and Lake counties, while evacuation warnings remain in place in portions of Humboldt County. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Steady progress continues on the #AugustComplex . The east side of the Complex is now contained, and resources are being shifted to other areas of the fire. The containment of the entire Complex is now 34 percent. @Calfire_MEU @CAlfiretgu @ShastaTrinityNF @SixRiversNF

— Mendocino NF (@MendocinoNF) September 20, 2020

North Complex Fire

  • Location: Yuba, Plumas and Butte counties.
  • Acres: 293,843.
  • Containment: 64 percent.
  • Fatalities: at least 15.

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

The fire in the West Zone was reported to have reached 80,000 acres, with 64 percent contained. Nearly 150 members of the California National Guard were at the scene Sunday to assist in "mopping up the fire area," Cal Fire confirmed in its report Sunday.

The "western and southern perimeters of the fire lines are holding with no fire growth expected, while "the southeast perimeter of the fire continues to burn in heavy fuels and steep terrain in the South Fork of the Feather River," challenged by strong down canyon winds and smoke over the fire area preventing aircraft from flying over the blaze.

In the South Zone, firing operations continued along the Pacific Crest Trail and the area parallel to LaPorte Road, which needs to be secured before the repopulation of the Little Grass Valley and LaPorte communities.

Over in the North Zone, a part of Red Mountain Road was lit on Sunday and firing operations were reported to have continued through the night.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect across several communities in Butte, Plumas, and Yuba counties. For the latest information, see their respective county websites, Cal Fire advised.

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— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 21, 2020

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno and Madera counties.
  • Acres: 278,368.
  • Containment: 27 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 8,063.

In the North Zone of the Creek Fire, increased drying of fuels due to warm weather led to increased fire behavior Sunday, with smoke over the fire area expected for around the next 72 hours, particularly in the morning, Cal Fire reported Sunday.

Over in the South Zone of the fire, moderate fire activity was reported Sunday but "an ongoing concern is the overstory in lightly burned areas where leaves and needles are dropping and creating a new surface fuel," Cal Fire warned.

The fire in the South Zone is expected to head toward the east of Huntington Lake around China Peak to the northeast, which may connect with a part of the fire moving south around Mount Tom, the report noted.

New evacuation orders were issued for Zone F1TB and Zone F1TC in Fresno County, while the evacuation order in the western part of Zone F1T was reduced to a warning. Road closures remain in place in various parts of Fresno County. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

"The public is reminded to stay vigilant on current fire conditions. Please continue to adhere to road closures and evacuation orders or warnings. Trees and poles with deep charring, particularly if still smoldering, should be considered hazardous," Cal Fire warned.

SQF Complex Fire

  • Location: Tulare County.
  • Acres: 135,802.
  • Containment: 18 percent.
  • Structures threatened: 3,188.

The SQF Complex Fire in the Sequoia National Forest includes the Castle and Shotgun fires. Most of the Castle Fire is within the Sequoia National Forest, while some of it is burning in the Inyo National Forest and a large part of it is burning in the Golden Trout Wilderness area, which spans both national forests.

In the East Zone, the fire is expected to see movement in the southern end from Camp Nelson to the Kern River and continues to impact the communities of Cedar Slope, Alpine Village, and Sequoia Crest, Pyles Boys Camp, the Freeman Sequoia Grove, as well as infrastructure on Jordan Peak, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) facilities, and the Highway 190 corridor, according to the latest report Sunday by the NWCG.

The fire continues to threaten the communities of Camp Nelson, Pierpoint, and Ponderosa as well as infrastructure and physical assets at Osa, Beach, Casa Vieja and Beck Meadows, the report noted.

Fire behavior in the West Zone of the Castle Fire was "moderated by the dense smoke and inversion layer. When the inversion lifts, increased rates of spread are being observed. Rollout on steep slopes is promoting slow fire advance," the report noted.

Minimal fire growth was expected for the Shotgun Fire, the report noted.

Some evacuation orders have been reduced to warnings but evacuation orders, warnings and road closures remain in place for various other parts of the impacted area. See Cal Fire's latest report for more details.

East Castle Zone #SQFComplex - maps for today may be found here:

— Sequoia Nat'l Forest (@sequoiaforest) September 20, 2020

Slater/Devil Fires

  • Location: Siskiyou County.
  • Acres: 148,583 (Slater); 7,458 (Devil).
  • Containment: 18 percent.
  • Fatalities: 2.

The Slate and Devil fires are in California and a portion of Oregon.

"Smoke is mixing out below 3,500 feet and an increase in solar radiation is lowering RH [relative humidity] which is allowing for an increase in fire activity. Shifting winds are increasing resistance to control of spot fires, leading to increased resource needs and time it takes to secure these areas," according to the latest report Monday by the NWCG.

Evacuation orders are in place in the heavily impacted area of Indian Creek. Highway 199 and 96 have reopened but an evacuation warning is in place for Seiad Valley and along the Highway 96 and the Klamath River corridor from Seiad to Thompson Creek, the report noted.

See the official Facebook page of the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office for more details on evacuations and road closures.

#SlaterFire and #DevilFire Morning maps and numbers-- Slater Fire 146,698 acres and 18% contained, Devil Fire is 7,458 acres and also 18% contained.

— Klamath NF (@Klamath_NF) September 20, 2020

Dolan Fire

  • Location: Monterey County.
  • Acres: 128,303.
  • Containment: 46 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 NWCG report Monday.

Most of the fire activity was reported to be in the interior pockets of unburned fuel, "with a wind change, the primary concern is relatively quiet areas of the fire showing increased activity. While the burn period on the coastal side of the fire was reported to be short, the "fire weakened trees and rolling material continue to be a safety concern," the report added.

Red Salmon Complex Fire

  • Location: Humboldt, Siskiyou and Trinity counties.
  • Acres: 103,348.
  • Containment: 20 percent.

The fire is burning in the Klamath, Six Rivers, and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, with the most active areas being the southwest flank, Division R and the northeast flank, Division K, according to the latest report from the NWCG.

"Fire activity has once again increased in Divisions K and R as the marine influence subsides in the fire area. Div. K fire continues to back into the confluence of Nordheimer Creek and China Creek," while the fire "has become established in the East and West forks of Knownothing Creek drainage," the NWCG reported.

The acres burned on each forest include the following:

  • Six Rivers National Forest: 45,710.
  • Shasta Trinity National Forest: 35,762.
  • Klamath National Forest: 19,471.
  • Hoopa Valley Reservation: 2401.

Other fires

  • El Dorado in San Bernardino, Riverside counties: 22,576 acres; 59 percent contained.
  • Snow Fire in Riverside County: 6,013 acres, 38 percent contained.
  • Blue Jay Fire in Mariposa County (Yosemite National Park): 4,427 acres; 40 percent contained.
  • Rattlesnake Fire in Tulare County: 2,078 acres; 0 percent contained.
  • Fork Fire in El Dorado County: 1,667 acres; 63 percent contained.

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

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A Joshua tree burns during the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, California on September 18. Kyle Grillot/AFP via Getty Images