California Wildfires: 9 Large Fires, 2 Deaths, 100’eds of Homes Destroyed
Here are the latest stats on the major wildfires currently burning in the State of California
More than 5,200 firefighters are working Monday to battle nine large blazes across the Golden State as fire season rages on. Cal Fire is warning of increased fire risk.
“Yesterday’s high temperatures combined with the low humidity led to an increase in wildfire conditions,” Cal Fire Spokesman Daniel Berlant said. “Several large wildfires broke out burning hundreds of acres.”
The largest wildfire of all right now is the deadly Erskine Firein Kern County, near Lake Isabella. As of Monday, an estimated 45,388 acres had burned and 200 homes had been destroyed. Dozens more are in jeopardy. Containment is estimated at 40%.
Over last weekend, a fire popped up about 2.5 miles northeast of Laguna Beach, in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. An estimated 50 acres has burned there so far, and it’s considered 60% contained, according to Cal Fire.
The San Gabriel Complex Fire in Los Angeles County wildfire broke out on 20 June and spread to an estimated 5,399 acres as of Monday. Some 859 firefighters were battling the blaze Monday, down from 923 Sunday, and firefighters have been transported by helicopter to remote sites to continue fire suppression in areas difficult to access. Containment is estimated at 72%.
The Border Fire in San Diego is nearing full containment, with Cal Fire estimating it was 90% contained as of Monday morning. Some 7,609 acres have burned there, along with 5 homes and 11 outbuildings, according to Cal Fire.
Santa Barbara County’s Sherpa Fire continues to burn, but containment is now estimated at 93%, Cal Fire says. That wildefire, located west of Goleta, has burned 7,474 acres and first broke out on 15 June.
Here is list of the other incidents Cal Fire is tracking, as follows:
- Reservoir Fire, Lake County, Northeast of Clearlake Oaks 350 acres brush, oak woodland, 0% contained
- Creek Fire, Yolo County, Hwy 16, 4 miles south of Brooks, near the Cache Creek Casino 277 acres, 100% contained
- Dinosaur Fire, Merced County, Hwy 152 X Dinosaur Point, West side of San Luis Reservoir 1,246 acres, 100% contained
- Marina Fire, Mono County, Near Lee Vining US Forest Service – Inyo National Forest 654 acres, 46% contained
- CAL FIRE air and ground resources assisting (Federal Incident) Pony Fire, Siskiyou County (more info…)
15 miles southwest of Happy Camp US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest 2,858 acres, 63% contained
Celebrating July 4th Holiday Safely
Cal Fire said that as we get closer to celebrating the July 4 Holiday, to remain vigilant of the use of any fireworks.
“This week marks the beginning of safe and sane fireworks being sold in approximately 300 communities in California,” an official said. “It’s critical that if you choose to buy safe and sane fireworks in one of these communities that you exercise extreme caution. Only use those fireworks with the State Fire Marshal Seal of Approval. California has a Zero tolerance towards the use and sale of illegal fireworks.”
“There is a chance for isolated lightning in the mountains of San Bernardino down to San Diego,” the official added.
A full fireworks safety guide can be found here:ReadyForWildfire.org
Remember, when traveling in Fire Danger Zones take extreme care, lives and property depend on it.