Last Fire Update: 7-16-08 (for now)


Fire Sun

Since things are under control (more or less) for now, this will be my last update for awhile. Maybe some updates on the personal stories in the aftermath of the fires as they develop.

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Statewide Fire Overview – Lightning Series

Current Situation: Over two thousand fires have been contained due to the endless efforts of firefighters from California, as well as from throughout the nation and Canada. Additional firefighting resources from Australia, Greece, New Zealand and Samoa have been deployed on fire lines. Both lower temperatures and overnight humidity recovery are predicted to be more favorable for firefighting efforts in the short term. The priority of firefighting is for the protection of life, property and natural resources.
Download the latest fact sheet. (Updated 7/16 at 9 a.m.) Download the latest statewide map.

Statewide Fire Statistics
Total Fires at Peak: 2,085
Total Fires Contained: 2,005
Total Active Fires: 80
Total Acres Burned: 879,152

These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

CAL FIRE Statistics
Total Fires at Peak: 1,005
Fires Contained: 994
Active Fires: 11
Acres Burned: 262,133

These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred ONLY in CAL FIRE jurisdiction since June 20, 2008.
The number of contained and active fires will not equal the total due to some fires merging together.

Statewide Resources Committed
Personnel Committed: 18,730
Fire Engines: 1,175
Hand Crews: 448
Dozers: 204
Water Tenders: 334
Helicopters: 112

Highway closures: State highways, county and local roads are closed throughout California due to wildfire activities. All major roads are now open with delays on State Highways 32, 70 and 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information on secondary road closures from local law enforcement. Click here for detailed road closures.

Evacuations: Areas of Kern, Monterey, Shasta and Trinity counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas in Butte, Kern, Monterey, Shasta and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary. Click here for detailed evacuation information.

Structures:
Threatened : 6,458 residences, 129 commercial, 2,270 outbuildings.
Destroyed : 101 residences, 1 commercial, 138 outbuildings.

CAL FIRE Summary of Fires by County

Butte: The Butte Lightning Complex has burned 54,300 acres and is 80% contained. The Butte Fire Information Number is (530) 538-7826. Click Here for more information.

Mendocino: The Mendocino Lightning Complex has burned 53,300 acres and is 95% contained. The Mendocino Fire Information Number is (707)-467-6426. Click Here for more information.

Shasta & Trinity: The Shasta and Trinity Lightning has burned 81,115 acres and is 55% contained. The Shasta-Trinity Unit Information Number is (530) 225-2510. Click Here for more information.

Humboldt: The Humboldt Complex burned 1,325 acres and is now 100% contained.

Lassen, Modoc: The Corral Fire burned 12,434 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Mariposa:
The Oliver Fire burned 2,789 acres and now 100% contained.Click Here for more information.

Lake: The Walker Fire burned 14,500 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Napa & Solano: The Wild Fire burned 40,000 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Santa Clara: The Whitehurst and Hummingbird Fires burned a combined 994 acres and are both now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Tehama & Glenn: The Tehama-Glenn Lightning Complex burned 22,907 acres and is now 100% contained.

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