12 FIRES SCORCH DESTRUCTIVE PATH ACROSS CALIFORNIA

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East County News Service

September 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Over 11,000 firefighters are battling 12 large fires across California.  The fires have destroyed hundreds of homes and threaten thousands more.  Several firefighters have been injured (but are recovering) and at least one life has been lost in the Valley Fire.  Robert Louis Stevenson state park is closed due to the fires, which also continue to threaten giant sequoias at Kings Canyon National Park.

County Fire Chief Tony Mecham and the CAL FIRE unit in San Diego assure that stations in San Diego County are open and fully staffed; all days off for CAL-FIRE firefighters have been cancelled.  He also urged local residents to be prepared in case fires occur here, warning of dangerous conditions.

 “While temperatures are cooler than they were last week, conditions remain extremely dry, which is allowing fires to burn at a rapid rate,” a press briefing issued by CAL FIRE Captain Kendal Bortisser on behalf of Chief Mecham states. “With major destruction from the Valley Fire and the Butte Fire, fire officials advise the public to spend some time to ensure they are prepared for wildfires. Everyone should have an evacuation plan and know what items they would take if a fire threatened their area.” (Learn more at www.ReadyForWildfire.org. )

Below are updates on the major fires.  For the most current information visit http://calfire.ca.gov/communications/ActiveFiresList.php

 **CAL FIRE Incidents**

Valley Fire, Lake County (more info…)

Across southern Lake County

* 61,000 acres – 10% contained

* Evacuations remain in effect for thousands

* Several hundred structures destroyed by the fire

 

Butte Fire, Amador & Calaveras Counties (more info…)

East of Jackson

* 71,523 acres – 35% contained

* Evacuations remain in effect

 

Lumpkin Fire, Butte County (more info…)

Robinson Mill area

*800 acres – 20% contained

* Evacuations remain in effect

 

Antelope Fire, Kern County (more info…)

Kern County Fire

South of Tehachapi

*45 acres – 90% contained



Oak Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)

Northeast of Sonora

* 108 acres – 95% contained

 

**Federal Incidents**

Rough Fire, Fresno County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Sierra & Sequoia National Forests

2 miles north of the Kings Wild and Scenic River

*138,053 acres – 40% contained

* CAL FIRE continues to assist

 

Tenaya Fire, Mariposa County (more info…)

US Park Service – Yosemite National Park

north rim of Yosemite Valley, east of Yosemite Falls

*415 acres – 85% contained 

 

South Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Near Hyampom, south of Hwy 299

*29,416 acres – 89% contained 

 

Fork Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

South of Hyampom

*36,499 acres – 97% contained

River Complex, Trinity County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

New River Drainage, near Denny

*75,028 acres – 42% contained

 

Nickowitz Fire, Del Norte County (more info…)

U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest

*7,386 acres – 78% contained

 

Gasquet Complex, Del Norte County (more info…)

U.S. Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest

on the Gasquet Ranger District

*30,328 acres – 46% containment