Cal Fire update, over 695k acres burned

By: Gold Country Media Staff
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While air quality in the local region has slightly improved with cooling temperatures and an off shore breeze in many areas, multiple fires continue to rage throughout California. 


As of Sunday, August 12 here is the most current information on the statewide fires, as reported by Cal Fire. 


Yesterday, firefighters quickly contained a new fire, the Gulch Fire in Monterey County, to 650 acres, as well as reaching full containment on the Nelson Fire. Almost 13,200 firefighters are on the front lines of 11 large wildfires across California. To date, these fires have burned over 695,000 acres and damaged or destroyed over 2,000 structures. Over 12,000 residents remain under evacuation orders.


A gradual cooling trend has started across much of the state, helping to improve conditions and overnight humidity recovery. Some areas will see isolated thunderstorms, with parts Inyo and Mono counties under a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms and gusty winds. By mid-week, temperatures will start to increase once again, bringing back the potential for triple digits in many portions of the state.


When returning home after a wildfire, it doesn’t mean that all of the danger is gone. Fire damage on your property and the surrounding area has more potential hazards than you might think. For more information on what to look out for, click here.


Fires of Interest: 


Hat Fire, Shasta County (more info…)

• NE of Burney

• 1,900 acres, 48% contained

• Hwy 299 closed at Pit Grade Road to Fall River


Carr Fire, Shasta County (more info…)

Whiskeytown & Redding

•  191,211 acres, 59% contained

•  Evacuations and road closures in place

•  65 residents evacuated

• 1,077 residences destroyed, 191 residences damaged

•  CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 1 (Gouvea) in unified command with USFS (Pechota)


Mendocino Complex, Mendocino/Lake County

• 331,299 total acres, 70% contained

• 146 residences destroyed, 13 residences damaged

• 2,000 residents under evacuation orders

• The Mendocino Complex fire is the largest wildfire in state history

• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 2 (Kavanaugh) in unified command with NORCAL IMT-1 (McGowan)


River Fire (more info…)


• 48,920 acres, 93% contained


Ranch Fire (more info…)


• 282,479 acres, 62% contained

• Evacuations and road closures in place


Holy Fire, Orange County (more info…)

Holy Jim Canyon, Cleveland National Forest

•  22,714 acres, 41% contained

•  Evacuations in place

•  Hwy 74 closed in both directions

•  CA Fed IMT-SoCal 1 (Fogle) in unified command CAL FIRE, USFS, Riverside County Fire and Orange County Fire Authority


Hirz Fire, Shasta County (more info…)

East of Lakehead

• 2,573 acres, 5% contained

• NorCal Team 1 (Coots) in command


Murphy Fire, Plumas County


• 117 acres, 98% contained


Ferguson Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)

Yosemite National Park

• 95,946 acres, 83% contained

• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect

• CA Fed IMT-3 (von Tillow) in command


Donnell Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)

Near Hwy 108, Donnell Lake area

•  27,769 acres, 20% contained 


Valley Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)


•  1,350 acres, 56% contained


Natchez Fire, Del Norte County (more info…)

Southeast of Cave Junction, OR

•  12,449 acres, 52% contained


Nelson Fire, Solano County **FINAL**


•  2,162 acres, 100% contained.