2017 Fire Season

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Afternoon Fire Update: July 3

Jul 3, 2015

You know that thing PG&E always warns about? Mylar balloons? Well, a 75-acre Butte County fire that burned Wednesday was caused by one of those balloons striking a power line. The Webb Fire, which burned near Bangor, started after the balloon hit the power line, sending burning debris to the dry grass below.

Firefighters found success against the Beckwourth Lightning Complex in the Plumas National Forest. Each of thirty small lightning-sparked fires have been contained. It appears none grew larger than two acres.

July Fire Potential Above Normal, Report Says

Jul 3, 2015
Predictive Services / National Interagency Coordination Center

There's a higher than usual likelihood that wildfires will occur and become significant events in the North State this July, according to a monthly predictive report created by the National Interagency Fire Center. 

The National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook attributes the above-average fire potential mostly to the effects of long-term drought on fire fuels as well as early July weather patterns that are favorable for lightning.

Wednesday Butte County aircraft and ground fire crews worked most of the afternoon and some of the evening, to contain a vegetation fire near Webb Creek Road in Bangor. The Webb Fire was first reported around 1 p.m. It was contained at 75 acres. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

Other North State fires:

A 110 acre grass fire is burning about 10 miles southeast of the community of Ravendale in Lassen County. The Shinn Fire is located at Shinn Peak and was sparked during a thunderstorm Tuesday night. At last report it was 60% contained. Fire crews are also working on two smaller lightning sparked fires in the area.

A fire destroyed a home outside of Redding Monday night. According to the Redding-Record Searchlight the home, on Plateau Circle, off Placer Road was reported around 5:30 pm, and caused about $350,000 in damages. Firefighters reportedly called in bulldozers and aircraft because the fire threatened nearby vegetation. The cause of the house fire is currently unknown and under investigation.

Other North State fires: 

North State fires:   

·        In Plumas County fire fighters are mopping up 25 small lightning started fires in the Plumas National Forest. The fires were sparked during a series of thunderstorms Saturday. They've collectively being called the Beckwourth Lightning Complex. None of the fires burned more than two acres. Fire crews will continue to work in the area as fire danger increases this week.

More California fires:

There is currently no major fire activity in the North State.

This weekend Cal Fire reportedly responded to four small fires in the North State:

·        In Trinity County a small 3-acre fire was reported Saturday near the recently contained 1,500-acre Saddle Fire. The fire was first reported as a separate incident, but ended up being within the Saddle Fire’s containment lines. Patches of fire and smoke are expected to continue behind the Saddle Fire's control lines even though it's been 100% contained. 

Morning Fire Update: June 26

Jun 26, 2015

Here’s an update on some of the active fires burning in California. See our fire page for more.

Bigger fires:

It may have been the hottest day of the year so far, but that didn’t stop 30 workers from wielding shovels, saws, clippers and chippers Thursday as they helped build a mile-long fire break near Paradise.

Several major fires are still burning throughout California. Here's an update:

·      Wednesday night a brushfire was sparked in Santa Clarita near Interstate 5. According to the Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter page the Calgrove Fire is currently 398 acres and is 60% contained. All evacuations have been lifted.