CalFire: 14K Firefighters on the Line at 29 Major Wildfires

September 11, 2020

As critical fire weather conditions subsided, firefighters accomplished full containment on one of the many fires burning in the state, according to the latest report from CalFire.

Roughly 14,000 firefighters remain on the line of 29 major wildfires burning across California. Although 37 new fires were sparked on Wednesday, crews contained most of them quickly though two have grown to large wildfires, according to CalFire.

This year’s fire season has been a record-breaking year, in not only the total amount of acres burned, but six of the top 20 largest wildfires in California history have occurred in 2020.

Since the beginning of the year, CalFire reports that wildfires have now burned over 3.1 million acres in California. There have been 12 fatalities and over 3,900 structures destroyed.

Weather conditions improved across the state, with most areas experiencing seasonal temperatures and dry conditions.

Major fires being reported by CalFire include:

LNU Lightning Complex, multiple North Bay counties

  • Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Colusa, Solano, and Yolo Counties
  • 363,220 acres, 94% contained
  • Hennessey (merged fires) 305,651 acres, 94% contained
  • Wallbridge 55,209 acres, 95% contained
  • 1,491 structures destroyed
  • Evacuations in place

SCU Lightning Complex, multiple Easy Bay counties

  • Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus Counties
  • 396,624 acres, 97% contained
  • 20 fires in the complex, several have merged together
  • Evacuations and road closures in place
  • 224 structures destroyed

North Complex, Plumas County

  • Southwest of Susanville (Plumas National Forest)
  • 247,358 acres, 23% contained
  • Evacuations in place
  • Includes the Bear and Claremont Fire

North Complex, Plumas County

  • Southwest of Susanville (Plumas National Forest)
  • 247,358 acres, 23% contained
  • Evacuations in place
  • Includes the Bear and Claremont Fire

Elkhorn Fire, multiple counties

  • Trinity, Tehama and Humboldt Counties
  • West of Red Bluff (Shasta Trinity National Forest)
  • 255,309 acres, 27% contained
  • Evacuations in progress

August Complex, Tehama County

  • Elk Creek and Stonyford area (Mendocino National Forest)
  • 471,185 acres 24% contained
  • Includes multiple fires including the Doe Fire

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