California Statewide Fire Summary September 7, 2021

California Statewide Fire Summary September 8, 2021

California Statewide Fire Summary September 8, 2021
CAL FIRE fire fighters continue to battle record-setting fires across the state (Photos courtesy CAL FIRE)

CALIFORNIA (Sept. 8, 2021) — As of this morning, nearly 15,000 firefighters are making progress on 14 major wildfires and three extended attack wildfires in California. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 32 new initial attack wildfires across the state, quickly containing them all.

Since the beginning of the year, over 2 million acres have burned across California. While firefighters continue battling the current major wildfires, CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state remain prepared for potentially more significant wildfires due to critical fire weather.

Six of the seven largest wildfires in California history have occurred since 2020, with the Dixie Fire now the 2nd largest wildfire in California history, the Caldor the 15th and the Monument 18th. This year’s wildfires have also been destructive with nearly 3,000 structures being destroyed.

Weather conditions

Unusually warm and dry conditions will continue for most of Northern California today under the influence of a strong upper-level ridge. Incoming mid-level monsoonal moisture and the breakdown of the upper-level ridge will bring a variety of critical fire weather concerns to Northern California Thursday and Friday. Peak gusts of 20-30 mph combined with minimum relative humidity in the upper single digits and teens and hot temps will create localized areas of enhanced area fire weather conditions today.

Southern California temperatures will remain above average through Saturday. With moisture ramping back into the region today, minimum humidity will be in the teens and 20’s away from the coastal areas through Friday. Isolated to widely scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms (a mix of wet and dry) will be possible over the mountains and deserts of Southern California today through Friday.

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Fires of Interest


Bridge Fire, Placer County (more info…) Northeast of Auburn

  • 411 acres, 50% contained
  • Evacuation warnings have been lifted
  • Road closures in the area

Unified Command Fires

Caldor Fire, El Dorado and Amador Counties (more info…) South of Grizzly Flats – El Dorado National Forest

  • 217,569 acres, 50% contained
  • 15th Largest and 17th Most Destructive Wildfire in California history
  • Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place
  • More than 24,600 structures remain threatened; 996 structures destroyed
  • Damage inspection is ongoing
  • Repopulation ongoing where safe to do so
  • Highway 50, Hwy 88, and Hwy 89 remain closed
  • Unified Command CAL FIRE and USFS
  • CAL FIRE IMT Team 2, NIMO Team 2, and CA IMT Team 4 in command

Dixie Fire, Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Tehama & Shasta Counties (more info…) Feather River Canyon

  • 922,192 acres, 59% contained
  • Nearly 6,000 structures threatened, 1,282 destroyed
  • 2nd Largest and 14th Most Destructive Wildfire in California history
  • Evacuation orders and warnings in place for multiple communities
  • Repopulation ongoing where safe to do so
  • Damage assessment is ongoing
  • Unified Command CAL FIRE, USFS, BLM, and National Park Service
  • CAL FIRE IMT 1 Team and Great Basin IMT Team 1 are in command

French Fire, Kern County (more info…)

West of Lake Isabella – Sequoia National Forest

  • 26,745 acres, 72% contained
  • Evacuation orders have been lifted
  • Unified Command USFS and Kern County Fire
  • NIMO Team 1 and Great Basin IMT Team 6 are in command

Federal Incidents

Antelope Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…) South of Tennant – Klamath National Forest

  • 73,558 acres, 83% contained
  • Southern Area IMT Red Team in command

Beckwourth Complex, Lassen/Plumas Counties (more info…) Northeast of Beckwourth – Plumas National Forest

• 105,670 acres, 98% contained

Chaparral Fire, Riverside & San Diego Counties (more info…) Southwest of Murrieta – Cleveland National Forest

• 1,427 acres, 97% contained

Knob, Humboldt County (more info…)

2 Miles south of Willow Creek, Six Rivers National Forest

• 2,421 acres, 89% contained

McCash Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)

Ten Bear Mtn McCash Creek – Six Rivers National Forest

  • 59,049 acres, 15% contained
  • Great Basin IMT Team 7 in command

McFarland Fire, Shasta, Trinity & Tehama Counties (more info…) West of Platina – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

• 122,653 acres, 98% contained

Monument Fire, Trinity County (more info…) West of Big Bar – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

  • 189,366 acres, 41% contained
  • 18th largest fire in California history
  • More than 10,500 structures threatened
  • Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place
  • Repopulation ongoing where safe to do so
  • CA IMT Team 5 in command

River Complex, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties (more info…) West of Callahan – Klamath National Forest

  • 135,689 acres, 19% contained
  • Complex is comprised of 23 fires; 16 fires contained
  • Evacuation orders and warnings remain in place
  • NIMO Team 3 and CA IMT Team 13 in command

Tamarack Fire, Alpine County (more info…)

South of Gardnerville – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

• 68,637 acres, 84% contained

Walkers Fire, Tulare County (more info…) Northeast of Springville – Sequoia National Forest

• 8,775 acres, 70% contained

Extended Attack Incidents

Aruba Fire, San Diego County (more info…) Southeast of the community of Rainbow

• 54 acres, 90% contained

Caballo, Santa Barbara County (more info…) Los Olivos

  • 50 acres, 70% contained
  • Ground resources continue to mop-up and strengthen control line
  • Evacuation orders have been lifted

K-Rail, Humboldt County (more info…) Southeast of Hoopa

• 19 acres, 75% contained

Railroad Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…) FINAL

Off Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass – San Bernardino National Forest

• 61 acres, 100% contained