California Fire Map, Update: Creek Blaze Largest Wildfire in State History, Still 'Actively Burning'

More than 8,000 wildfires in California have burned a total of over 3.6 million acres of the state this year. Firefighters continue to battle 26 major wildfires across the state, including the Creek Fire, the largest single fire in California history. The Creek Fire has burned nearly 290,000 acres, according to the latest report Wednesday from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

The South Zone of the Creek Fire was reported to be "actively burning and torching in the trees," while fire behavior increased in the western edge of the North Zone and was "very active" at the northwest edge, according to the latest report Wednesday from the Incident Information System of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG).

Yosemite National Park, which was "closed due to unhealthy to hazardous air quality" caused by the Creek Fire and other wildfires in the area, will be reopened to visitors from Friday.

"A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect beginning Saturday morning through a large portion of Northern California for gusty winds and low humidity, bringing critical fire weather conditions. This pattern will remain through Monday, affecting areas including but not limited to the East Bay Hills, North Bay, Sacramento Valley and Sierra Foothills," Cal Fire noted in its latest report.

Over 18,200 firefighters continue to combat wildfires across the state, with 26 people dead and over 6,600 structures destroyed.

🔥BLM Fire map for Sept. 23. This is a map of all active large fires within California and the BLM-managed acreage affected. For the latest fire info: #FireYear2020 #CAWildfires #BePrepared

— Bureau of Land Management California (@BLMca) September 23, 2020

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

Creek Fire

  • Location: Fresno and Madera counties.
  • Acres: 289,695
  • Containment: 34 percent
  • Structures threatened: 5,283

The Creek Fire, which spans the Big Creek, Huntington Lake, Shaver Lake, Mammoth Pool and San Joaquin River Canyon areas, remained active across the North and South zones Wednesday.

Active fire behavior is expected in the North Zone, with the Central Camp, Timber Creek and Whisky Falls areas to see the most activity. The fire will also be active in the Beasore Creek, Globe Rock, Upper Chiquito, Timber Butte, Sadler Peak and Junction Butte areas, according to the latest NWCG report Wednesday.

Over in the South Zone, the north end of the blaze is expected to burn to the south of Mount Tom and progress towards Florence Lake and the Dinkey Lakes Wilderness, the report said.

Evacuation orders in Fresno County have been reduced to warnings in the "southern boundary north of Lodge Road, including all of the Gibbs Ranch Road neighborhoods to the east, western boundary is Riverdale Road, and northern boundary is below the hairpin turns of Tollhouse Road," Cal Fire noted in its latest report Wednesday.

Evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted in multiple other parts of Fresno County. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

@FresnoSheriff @FresnoCoFire @FresnoCountyCA
New Re-Entry Phase Allows Specific Residents to Survey #CreekFire Damage. Zones F1P, F2JA, F2I temporarily open Thursday, Sept. 24. Access applies to only those who have had had their homes destroyed. No one else will be admitted.

— Fresno Co Sheriff (@FresnoSheriff) September 23, 2020

Bobcat Fire

  • Location: Los Angeles County
  • Acres: 113,733
  • Containment: 39 percent

Containment of the Bobcat Fire has more than doubled from Tuesday, when it was at 17 percent.

Fire behavior remained active, with increased activity in the northeast portion, but moderate activity was reported in all other parts of the blaze.

"There may be additional strategic burning in areas where the fire continues to push North, East and to the West. Personnel will be holding the portion of the line in the Northeast and big rock creek and monitor and patrol the area from big rock creek all the way south back to Mt Wilson," the NWCG noted Thursday.

Evacuation orders and warnings remain in effect across multiple parts of Los Angeles County. See the full NWCG report for details.

August Complex Fire

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Acres: 860,118
  • Containment: 38 percent
  • Structures threatened: 8,913

The West Zone of the fire has burned 103,780 acres, with 45 percent contained. Firefighters continued to "eliminate isolated pockets of unburned fuels," and strengthened containment lines on Wednesday, according to Cal Fire's latest report Wednesday.

The North Zone of the August Complex Fire will see critical fire weather on Thursday as low pressure moves through the area. Winds from the southwest at 10 to 20 miles mph are expected to clear the air on the western portion of the fire and aid firefighters. But the winds will also challenge containment lines in the north and west, gusting to 25 mph on the ridges, according to Cal Fire's latest report.

An evacuation order, warnings and road closures remain in effect across several parts of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Lake counties. See Cal Fire's full report for details.

Today over 18,200 firefighters continue to battle 26 major wildfires in California. The latest numbers on all active wildland fires at:

— CAL FIRE (@CAL_FIRE) September 23, 2020

SQF Complex Fire

  • Location: Tulare County
  • Acres: 144,826
  • Containment: 35 percent
  • Structures threatened: 3,188

The SQF Complex Fire includes the Castle and Shotgun fires, both of which are burning in the Sequoia National Forest. The Castle Fire is also burning in the Inyo National Forest and the Golden Trout Wilderness Area.

The fire remained active, with "short-range spotting, creeping and group torching," reported, according to the latest report Thursday from the NWCG.

The Dennison Ridge in the West Zone of the Castle Fire was "burning actively with spread to the west, north, and east, while "additional firing along Blue Ridge Road is burning interior to hold western advance of the fire," according to the NWCG.

"Fire activity [in the West Zone of the Castle Fire] will increase as the inversion clears. Winds are expected to become southwest for an eastern fire," the report said.

Over in the East Zone of the Castle Fire, "forecasted weather will allow for active fire behavior on all active fire edges. This will include surface fire activity with moderate rates of spread, single tree and group tree torching with spotting up to 1/2 mile," with most of the fire movement expected to be at the southern end of the fire from Camp Nelson to the Kern River.

Attached is the daily smoke outlook for the #SQFComplex. Find more information on our InciWeb!

— Sequoia Nat'l Forest (@sequoiaforest) September 23, 2020

Dolan Fire

  • Location: Monterey County
  • Acres: 128,417
  • Containment: 46 percent

"Low live fuels moistures combined with poor humidity recoveries can result in very active fire behavior on the Dolan fire, even in the absence of significant winds," the NWCG warned in its latest report Wednesday.

Over the next 72 hours, "there is a predicted heatwave to impact the fire area beginning on Sept. 26th. There is potential for the east flank of the fire, which has not been able to be contained with handline, to pick up with fire activity," the report added.

Evacuation warnings have been lifted for "Zones 14A West, 25, 29, L- Gorda, & M-Salmon Creek," the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services confirmed Wednesday in a post on its official Twitter account.

Dolan Fire Evacuation WARNINGS have been lifted for Zones: 14A West, 25, 29, L- Gorda, & M-Salmon Creek. For an interactive map & more information on the #DolanFire and recovery assistance, visit:

— Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (@MontereyCoOES) September 24, 2020

North Complex Fire

  • Location: Butte, Plumas, Yuba counties
  • Acres: 301,752
  • Containment: 78 percent

The West Zone of the North Complex Fire has burned 83,605 acres, with 66 percent contained. The fire headed west along the South Fork of the Feather River and burned to the Ponderosa Reservoir, according to Cal Fire's latest report Wednesday.

Over in the North and South zones, firefighters continued to patrol containment lines in search of any hidden hot spots. Crew continued mop-up work in both areas, according to the latest NWCG report Wednesday.

Other fires

  • Red Salmon Complex Fire in 106,292 acres, 29 percent contained.
  • Slater/Devil Fires in Siskiyou County: 150,230 acres; 24 percent contained.
  • SCU Lightning Complex Fire in Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin, Stanislaus counties: 396,624 acres 98 percent contained.
  • LNU Lightning Complex Fire in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, Solano counties: 363,220 acres; 98 percent contained.

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

Creek fire Fresno California September 2020
A home engulfed in flames during the Creek Fire in Fresno County, California, pictured on September 8. Fire continues to hit large parts of California. Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images