After several days of very little activity, a shift in the wind has sent the Bear Fire raging out of the Plumas National Forest, bringing many urgent evacuation orders for Lake Oroville, Feather Falls, Banger and other areas and prompting evacuation warnings for all of Oroville, South Oroville and Palermo. Structures have been confirmed destroyed in Berry Creek and Feather Falls. The Bear Fire is part of the 254,000 acre North Complex, which includes the Sheep Fire and the Claremont Fire. Overall containment of the complex is 38%.
The Slater Fire in the Klamath National Forest has grown from 150 acres to over 30,000 acres in a single day, prompting evacuations for the entire town of Happy Camp. Approximately 150 homes damaged or destroyed, and 400 homes threatened. There’s no containment.
The August Lightning Fire Complex that started August 17th on the Mendocino National Forest has burned a combined 422,000 acres in 5 different counties. The complex has an estimated overall containment of 24% and includes the Doe Fire, the Willow Basin, the Tatham, the Glade, the Hull, and the Hopkins Fire in Southern Trinity County which has exploded in the past 24 hours, from 20,000 acres to 50,000 acres.
The Elkhorn Fire in the Tomhead Mountain Area of Western Tehama County has burned over 69,700 acres with 58% containment. It continues to be a threat to communities to the north and east and forest closures are in effect.
The Red Salmon Complex in the Trinity Alps Wilderness about 14 miles northeast of Willow Creek has expanded to 71,600 acres and containment has been further reduced to 17%.
A Sagebrush and Juniper fire in Eastern Lassen and Modoc Counties has grown a little, but containment has greatly improved. The Cold Springs Fire has now burned around 84,800 acres with 98% containment.