Friday, November 16, 2018

CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary - Friday, November 16, 2018


California Statewide Fire Summary

Friday, November 16, 2018

Approximately 9,000 firefighters covering 1,069 fire engines, 112 dozers, 163 hand crews, 112 water tenders, 40 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state, along with numerous out-of-state resources, are now battling two large wildfires in California. These two wind-driven fires have burned more than 240,362 acres and destroyed an estimated 12,872 structures.

In Northern California, high pressure will continue to produce warm, dry conditions through Tuesday. Afternoon relative humidity will be low (5-15%) most this afternoon with poor overnight recovery (10-25%) in many areas, Afternoon high temperatures will continue to be 5-10 degrees above normal. Overnight lows will be close to seasonal values, and overnight frost/freezing conditions are likely to become a bit more widespread. Widespread poor air quality due to smoke likely to continue. In Southern California, a ridge of high pressure will sit over the West Coast through Monday. There will be local northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph across the mountains and below the canyons and passes of Southern California this morning, otherwise winds will be light through the middle of next week. There will be widespread single digit minimum humidity through today and then minimum humidity will increase into the teens this weekend. Temperatures will begin to cool on Tuesday.

With these current extreme fire conditions throughout the state, don’t wait to evacuate! You should already be PREPARED and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on preparing to evacuate, click here. En Español, clic aqui

Fires of Interest:

Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…)
Paradise, Pulga, Concow and Magalia
• 142,000 acres, 45% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• Estimated 12,256 structures destroyed. Most destructive and deadliest fire in California recorded history
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) assigned

Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…) **FINAL**
Santa Rosa Valley
• 4,531 acres, 100% contained

Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
South of Simi Valley
 98,362 acres, 69% contained
• Estimated 616 structures destroyed
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary - Wednesday, November 14, 2018


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Over 9,300 firefighters covering 1,179 fire engines, 121 dozers, 161 hand crews, 123 water tenders, 45 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state, along with numerous out-of-state resources, are battling three large wildfires in California. These wind-driven fires have burned more than 237,151 acres and destroyed thousands of structures.

In the Northern Region, other than occasional breezy conditions, winds should be lighter through the rest of this week; however, conditions will remain very dry with above normal temperatures, so elevated fire weather conditions will persist through the week. Widespread poor air quality due to smoke will likely continue. In the Southern Region, strong Santa Ana winds will continue today with sustained winds at 20-35 mph with gusts 45-55 mph expected. Higher gusts are possible in the mountains and other prone locations. Relative humidity will remain low with extremely dry conditions ranging from 3-10 percent, with poor overnight recoveries. Critical fire weather conditions will persist today. After winds decrease later today, elevated fire weather will linger throughout the week.

With these current extreme fire conditions throughout the state, don’t wait to evacuate! You should already be PREPARED and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on preparing to evacuate, click here. En Español, clic aqui

Fires of Interest:

Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…)
Paradise, Pulga, Concow and Magalia
• 135,000 acres, 35% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• Estimated 6,867 structures destroyed. Most destructive and deadliest fire in California recorded history
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) assigned

Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
Santa Rosa Valley
• 4,531 acres, 94% contained
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill 
 and Woolsey fires
 
Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
South of Simi Valley
 97,620 acres, 47% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill 
  and Woolsey fires

CAL FIRE Communications | 1416 9th StreetSacramento , CA 94244

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary - Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

More than 8,700 firefighters covering 1,246 fire engines, 130 dozers, 152 hand crews, 122 water tenders, 43 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are battling three large wildfires in California. Out of state resources continue to arrive and assist in these wind-driven fires that have burned more than 225,845 acres and destroyed thousands of structures.

In Northern California, dry weather continues with cool nights and near to above-normal days through the week. Critical fire weather conditions expected to end this morning as winds diminish. Widespread smoke from the Camp Fire will continue to impact the area. In Southern California, strong Santa Ana winds will continue through today, with a gradual decrease on Wednesday. Winds will remain strong enough in areas to warrant an extension in time of the Red Flag Warning through 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The combination of strong winds, low humidity, and very dry fuels could lead to explosive fire growth from any fire starts. Very low humidity will continue Thursday-Friday, but with much weaker winds.

With these current extreme fire conditions throughout the state, don’t wait to evacuate! You should already be PREPARED and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on preparing to evacuate, click here. En Español, clic aqui

Fires of Interest:
Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…)
Paradise
• 125,000 acres, 35% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• Estimated 6,867 structures destroyed. Most destructive and deadliest fire in California recorded history
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) assigned

Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
Santa Rosa Valley
• 4,531 acres, 90% contained
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires
 
Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
South of Simi Valley
 96,314 acres, 35% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires


CAL FIRE Communications | 1416 9th StreetSacramento , CA 94244

Monday, November 12, 2018

CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary - Monday, November 12, 2018

California Statewide Fire Summary
Monday, November 12, 2018

Approximately 8,000 firefighters covering 1027 fire engines, 138 dozers, 145 hand crews, 101 water tenders, 48 helicopters and numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are battling three large wildfires in California. Out of state resources continue to arrive. These wind-driven fires have burned more than 209,103 acres and destroyed thousands of structures. More than 224,000 individuals have been impacted by these fires.

High risk of significant fires due to gusty north northeast offshore winds, low humidity through early Monday from the western Cascade-Sierra Slopes to the coast. High pressure will continue to produce warm, dry conditions through at least Friday. Wind speeds will decrease by midday Monday. Afternoon humidity will be low through Monday with poor overnight recovery. Another round of strong Santa Ana winds in the south will go through till Wednesday morning. The strongest winds shift southward to San Diego County Monday. Low relative humidity will occur over most of Southern California the next three days. Onshore flow will bring shifting winds and slightly cooler weather back during the second half of the week. Winds of 20-30 mph with gusts to 45 mph will occur in the Inland Empire and Orange County through Tuesday night. In addition, northeast winds of 20- 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph will be possible in favored Sierra Foothill valleys into Monday. All offshore winds should cease Wednesday morning.

With these current extreme fire conditions throughout the state, don’t wait to evacuate! You should already be PREPARED and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on preparing to evacuate, click hereEn Español, clic aqui

Fires of Interest:
 
Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…)
Paradise
• 113,000 acres, 25% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• Estimated 6713 structures destroyed. Most destructive fire in California recorded history
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Derum) assigned

Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
Santa Rosa Valley
• 4,531 acres, 80% contained
• Repopulation of various affected areas took place Saturday at 4:30 pm. Some evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires
 
Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
South of Simi Valley
 91,572 acres, 20% contained
• Evacuations and road closures remain in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Parkes) assigned. IMT#5 managing both Hill and Woolsey fires

 
CAL FIRE Communications | 1416 9th StreetSacramento , CA 94244

Friday, November 9, 2018

CAL FIRE: California Statewide Fire Summary - Friday, November 9, 2018


Friday, November 9, 2018

Over 6,000 firefighters are battling 6 large wildfires in California. These wind-driven fires have destroyed more than 85,000 acres and hundreds of structures.
 
Winds are expected to decrease this morning across the Red Flag Warning areas. Temperatures are expected to remain average with no chance of significant rainfall in the next few days. An increase in off shore winds is predicted to arrive in parts of southern California beginning on Sunday, continuing into Monday.
 
With the extreme fire conditions, don’t wait to evacuate! Prepare now and GO! early. If you see fire approaching, don’t wait to be told to leave. To learn more on preparing to evacuate, click here. En Español, clic aqui.


Fires of Interest:
 
Camp Fire, Butte County (more info…)
Paradise
• 70,000 acres, 5% contained
• Evacuations and road closures in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4 (Russell) assigned

Hill Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
Santa Rosa Valley
• 6,000 acres, 0% contained
• Evacuations and road closures in effect
• CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 5 (Bravo) assigned
 
Nurse Fire, Solano County
Suisun City
• 1,500 acres
 
Woolsey Fire, Ventura County (more info…)
South of Simi Valley
• 8,000 acres, 0% contained
 
Brushy Fire, Mendocino County (more info…)
West of Covelo
• 35 acres, N/A% contained
 
Rincon Fire, Santa Cruz County (more info...)
North of Santa Cruz
• 17 acres, 90% contained
 
 


CAL FIRE Communications | 1416 9th StreetSacramento , CA 94244

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

CAL FIRE Increases Staffing in Preparation for More Strong Winds

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Sacramento Headquarters
CAL FIRE Increases Staffing in Preparation for More Strong Winds

Sacramento- CAL FIRE firefighters statewide are currently preparing for the potential of extreme fire weather across many parts of California this week. The National Weather Service is predicting gusty winds and low humidity’s starting Wednesday evening going through Friday morning of this week in Northern California. This extends from Siskiyou county south to parts of the south Bay Area. There will also be a Red Flag Warning in Southern California starting Thursday morning and going through Friday evening. The Red Flag Warning in Southern California will extend from the Mexican border north to Santa Barbara County. Be aware that as the week progresses the areas of Red Flag Warnings can change.

“As we remember the tragic fires that occurred in October and December of last year, they should serve as a stark reminder for everyone to be prepared for the unexpected. We have increased our staffing throughout the state, but just as important the public needs to remain vigilant,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “It is very important to follow evacuation orders and to leave early as fires will move extremely fast under these predicted conditions."

CAL FIRE urges everyone to exercise extreme caution when in or near the wildland or open areas to prevent sparking a fire. One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire. A few helpful reminders and safety tips include:
  • Don’t mow or trim dry grass on windy days
  • Never pull your vehicle over in dry grass
  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and is not dragging anything on the ground
  • Secure tow chains, dragging chains will throw sparks
·        Report any suspicious activities relating to wildfire starts

For more fire prevention tips and evacuation steps visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

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