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July 31, 2015 (San Diego) –CAL FIRE Captain and Public Information Officer Kendal Bortisser has provided the following statewide fire status on behalf of the CAL FIRE San Diego Unit and County Fire Chief Tony Mecham:

Today, 8,000 firefighters are battling 18 large wildfires in California, including several that are on the National Forest and nearing full containment. Overnight cooler temperatures were experienced across California, but with the cool down came dry thunderstorms resulting in lightning sparked wildfires. While conditions will begin to cool down today, they will still be very warm with low afternoon humidity levels.

With the high level of fire activity CAL FIRE did request assistance from the California National Guard. Yesterday the Guard mobilized nine of its helicopters to help battle the current wildfires. This activation will provide additional equipment and personnel to augment CAL FIRE’s forces during the high level of fire activity California is experiencing across the state.

This weekend many people will choose to enjoy the slightly cooler weather and enjoy the outdoors. CAL FIRE cautions all Californians and visitors to be extra cautious as it doesn’t take much to spark a wildfire. One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire. Learn more at

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Rocky Fire, Lake County (more info…)

East of Lower Lake

* 15,000 acres – 5% contained

* Evacuations in effect

Sprig Fire, Shasta County

Millville area – southeast of Redding

* 2 fires totaling 90 acres - 90% contained

Advance Fire, Tulare County

North of Three Rivers

* 150 acres – 40% contained

Mendocino Lightening Fires, Mendocino County

Community of Willits and Brooktrails

*6 fires totaling 34 acres – 80% contained

*All but one 8 acre fire contained

Humboldt Lightening Fires, Humboldt County

Community of Alder Point-Blocksburg

*44 fires totaling 50 acres

Swedes Fire, Butte County (more info…)

North of Bangor

* 400 acres – 60% contained

* All evacuations lifted

China Fire, Shasta County (more info…)

China Gulch near Happy Valley, southwest of Redding

*2 fires for a total of 212 acres – 80% contained

*All evacuations lifted

Mallard Fire, Shasta County (more info…)

Millville area

*75 acres – 95% contained

*All evacuations lifted

Big Creek Fire, Tuolumne County (more info…)

off Hwy 120 and Sprague Rd near Groveland

*204 acres – 35% contained

*All evacuations lifted

Lowell Fire, Nevada County (more info…)

You Bet area, west of Alta

*2,303 acres – 75% contained

*All evacuations downgraded to advisories

*Full containment expected on August 3

Wragg Fire, Napa & Solano Counties (more info…)

Off Hwy 128 near Lake Berryessa

*8,051 acres – 87% contained

*All evacuations lifted

*Full containment expected on August 3

Queen Fire, Humboldt County (more info…)

Off Hwy 169, 5 miles southeast of Pecwan

*158 acres – 85% contained

**Unified Command Incidents**

Willow Fire, Madera County (more info…)

US Forest Service - Sierra National Forest / CAL FIRE

Southeast of Bass Lake

*4,394 acres – 30% contained

**Federal Incidents**

Cabin Fire, Tulare County (more info…)

US Forest Service - Sequoia National Forest

Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia National Forest

*1,900 acres

Cutca Fire, San Diego County (more info…)

US Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest

Palomar Mountain

*167 acres – 80% contained

Pines Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest

Near Big Pines, northwest of Wrightwood

*200 acres – 85% contained

Lake Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)

US Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest

south of Big Bear Lake

*31,359 acres – 98% contained

Washington Fire, Alpine County (more info…)

S Forest Service – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

South of Markleeville

*17,790 acres – 99% contained


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