2017 Fire Season

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Chico FD

Updated 4:22 p.m. Sept. 7

The size of the 850-acre Saddle Fire in Butte County has not increased in 24 hours, and significant progress has been made by fire crews to strengthen containment — now at 50 percent.

One evacuation order remains in place for both sides of Pentz Road between Lago Vista Way on the south edge of Paradise and Mesilla Valley Road in Butte Valley. All evacuations will be lifted by 6 p.m. Wednesday.

An evacuation shelter at the Neighborhood Church in Chico remains open.

Firefighters streamed into the Trinity Alps throughout the day Thursday, joining the battle against the large Gap Fire in Siskiyou County. Authorities, who have been fighting the growing conflagration since Saturday, estimate that it is 10 percent contained.

More than 1,800 firefighters have been deployed. The fire’s cause remains unknown and under investigation. The fire has burned through more than 18,000 acres. Officials say the fire is particularly tenacious as it is burning through an area where fires have been successfully suppressed for many years.

Despite the efforts of more than 1,500 firefighters, the Gap Fire continues growing in a remote part of Siskiyou County.

The blaze, first reported Saturday, now exceeds 17,000 acres and is 8 percent contained. Officials with the US Forest service say, strong erratic winds, heavy fuel loads and drought conditions have set the stage for a difficult battle.

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A wildfire burning in the Trinity Alps has forced the partial closure of State Highway 96 about 30 miles east of Happy Camp.

Caltrans has instituted one way traffic controls along a six miles of highway east of the intersection with Scott River Road.

The Gap Fire, initially reported Saturday evening about five miles east of Seiad, now exceeds 8,800 acres.

Horse Creek and Hamburg have been ordered evacuated. An evacuation advisory has been issued for Scott’s Bar. An emergency shelter has been opened in Yreka at the Siskiyou County Golden Fairgrounds.

Wildfire Updates: Santos Fire, Grade Fire

Aug 29, 2016
Chico FD

In Butte County, the Santos Fire burning south of Forest Ranch is now 70 percent contained. The 89-acre fire erupted Friday afternoon. It shut down Highway 32 and caused evacuations in Upper Bidwell Park. Currently all evacuations have been lifted. Highway 32 is now open to one-lane traffic.

Updated: Grade Fire Threatens Yreka

Aug 26, 2016

Updated Friday, Aug 26, at 9:32 a.m.

A forest fire burning in Siskiyou County has nearly doubled in size since Thursday evening, though firefighters have made significant progress containing the blaze.

One hundred fifty structures remain threatened near Yreka where the Grade Fire has burned thorough 710 acres. The fire is 65 percent contained.

Evacuation orders and road closures in the area have been lifted for residents.

Melissa Bosworth / Capital Public Radio

More than 10,000 firefighters battled wildfires Monday from California's Central Coast to Sierra Nevada forests or mopped up remnants of destructive blazes beaten into submission up and down the state.

Cal Fire says about 1,900 structures were threatened by the 33,000-acre blaze Chimney Fire in coastal San Luis Obispo County, where more than 2,400 people were under evacuation orders.

Here's a round-up of the current conditions of California wildfires:

Cal Fire

Cal Fire strike teams moved quickly to contain and douse a brush fire in Butte County yesterday evening. Firefighting aircraft were quickly dispatched against the Wyandotte fire near Oroville. The fire, in the Palermo area, was held at a mere five acres.

Another fire, also first reported yesterday evening near Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County, was declared fully contained this morning. The fire, off of Hammonton-Smartsville Road, consumed 400 acres of grass and brush.

Clayton Fire Update: 55% Containment Achieved

Aug 18, 2016
Cal Fire

Updated Thursday, Aug. 18, at 10:20 a.m.

Cal Fire is reporting that 316 homes and other structures remain threatened by the Clayton Fire, burning near Clear Lake.

The fire, first reported Saturday, has burned through nearly 4,000 acres. Close to 2,100 firefighters are on the scene, backed by 200 engines and a dozen firefighting helicopters. The fire has destroyed 175 homes and 93 garages, sheds, commercial buildings and other structures. Some evacuation orders related to the blaze have been lifted. The fire is 55 percent contained.

Updated: Man Arrested For Starting Lake County Blaze

Aug 16, 2016

Updated 8:55 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16

Authorities say a 40-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of starting the blaze that destroyed more than 175 homes, business and other structures in Lake County community.

Lake County Sheriff Brian Martin said Damin Anthony Pashilk of Clearlake, California was arrested yesterday on 17 counts of arson and is in jail.

Cal Fire Director Ken Pimlott says the blaze has caused over $10 million in damages and left dozens of families homeless.