Wednesday, July 30, 2008

California Wildland Fire News ~ 7/30

Statewide Fire Overview - Lightning Series

Current Situation: On June 20, 2008, a thunderstorm system moved over California striking over two thousand lightning sparked fires. Today over 98 percent of those fires have been contained. California’s firefighters have received assistance from firefighting agencies across the state, nation and several foreign countries. Conditions throughout California remain extremely dry and fire danger remains very high.
Download the latest fact sheet. (Updated 7/30 at 9 a.m.) Download the latest statewide map.

Statewide Fire Statistics
Total Fires at Peak: 2,096
Total Fires Contained: 2,069
Total Active Fires: 27
Total Acres Burned: 1,109,891
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: 1,008
Fires Contained: 1,007
Active Fires: 1
Acres Burned: 345,928
These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred ONLY in CAL FIRE jurisdiction since June 20, 2008.

Statewide Resources Committed
Personnel Committed: 12,688
Fire Engines: 845
Hand Crews: 275
Dozers: 137
Water Tenders: 177
Helicopters: 76

Highway closures: Firefighters remind everyone to use extreme caution while driving on roads affected by fires. All major roads are now open. There may be some delays on State Highways 70, 140 and 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information on secondary road closures from local law enforcement.

Evacuations: Areas of Mariposa, Plumas and Trinity counties are under evacuation orders and voluntary evacuations at this time. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary.

Structures:
Threatened : 6,133 residences, 78 commercial, 1,065 outbuildings.
Destroyed : 179 residences, 1 commercial, 172 outbuildings.

Note: Last night the final fire sparked by the lightning siege in CAL FIRE jurisdiction was contained. Two dozen lightning sparked fires remain on US Forest Service land, many of which are nearing containment. As a result, today will be the last statewide fire overview. For current fire information you can always visit the CAL FIRE website at www.fire.ca.gov.

CAL FIRE Summary of Fires by County

Mariposa: The Telegraph Fire has burned 32,063 acres and is 20% contained. Click Here for more information.

Butte:
The Butte Lightning Complex has burned 59,440 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Shasta & Trinity: The Shasta and Trinity Lightning burned 86,500 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Mendocino:
The Mendocino Lightning Complex burned 53,300 acres and is now 100% contained. 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.

Major Federal and Local Incidents

For information on major federal incidents click here.

Maps and Links

For incident maps, resources available to fire victims or to volunteer, visit our Maps and Links page.

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