Wildfires – California

Glass Fire – This fire had burned 67,484 acres with 70% containment. At least 1,545 structures have been destroyed, including 645 homes. 3,480 structures are threatened.

Zogg Fire – This fire had burned 56,338 acres with 92% containment. At least four people have been killed. Two inmate firefighters were injured Friday. 204 structures have been destroyed, and 0 structures are threatened.

Creek Fire – This fire had burned 330,899 acres with 49% containment. 856 structures have been destroyed, though damage inspection is not complete. 119 structures are threatened.

North Complex – These fires had burned 318,929 acres and 88% contained. 15 people in Butte County have died and two first responders have been injured. At least 2,471 structures have been damaged or destroyed.

August Complex – These fires had burned 1,020,571 acres and were 65% contained. One firefighter has died on the August Complex. Two additional firefighters were involved in the accident. 11,310 structures are threatened and 21 structures have been destroyed.


Wildfires – California, USA

Wildfires in California continue to burn, ravaging entire communities and the blazes will soon hit a tragic milestone: 4 million acres burned.

The unprecedented fire season has already killed 30 people, burned down thousands of buildings and homes and forced more than 96,000 residents to evacuate, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire.

The Glass Fire ignited on Sunday and continues to expand due to strong winds. By Wednesday, the fire had destroyed as many as 48,440 acres, and as of Friday morning it had engulfed an area of 60,148 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties. Just 6% of the fire has been contained, according to Cal Fire.

The Zogg Fire burning in Shasta County, close to the border with Oregon, also started on Sunday and is also rapidly spreading — from 40,000 acres earlier this week to now covering an area of 56,018 acres, with 46% contained, according to Cal Fire.

The August Complex Fire continues to be the largest in the state, covering an area of 970,563 and it’s been active for 46 days, according to Cal Fire. The blaze is ravaging through Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa counties.

As many as 17,000 firefighters are battling 24 major wildfires statewide.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.4 earthquake hits Tonga.

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5.3 earthquake hits Mindanao in the Philippines.

5.2 earthquake hits Vanuatu.

5.0 earthquake hits Southern California.


Wildfires – California, USA

Thousands of fire-sapped California residents were forced to flee a pair of new blazes on Monday that have killed at least three people, torched nearly 70,000 acres and prompted a state of emergency in three counties.

The breakneck Zogg Fire had burned through 31,200 acres near Redding in Northern California, while the Glass Fire had charred more than 36,200 acres in the Napa and Sonoma wine country north of San Francisco, according to Cal Fire. Both fires were at 0% containment as of Monday night.

The fires, driven by gusty winds, burned several structures on Sunday night into Monday morning, including homes in Santa Rosa, as well as the Chateau Boswell winery and the nearby Black Rock Inn in the Napa County town of St. Helena. The area contains more than five dozen wineries.


Wildfires – California, USA

Creek Fire – As of 7 p.m. on September 24, this fire had burned 291,426 acres with 36% containment. Full containment is expected Oct. 15.

North Complex – As of 7 p.m. Sept. 24, these fires had burned 304,492 acres and 78% contained. The North Complex West (formerly the Bear Fire) makes up 84,583 acres the total and is 69% contained.

August Complex – As of 9:50 a.m. on Sept. 24, these fires had burned 862,733 acres and were 39% contained. This is now the largest recorded fire in California history.

LNU Lightning Complex – As of 11:55 a.m. on Sept. 22, these fires have burned 363,220 acres and were 98% contained.

SCU Lightning Complex – As of 8:41 a.m. on Sept. 19, these fires have burned 396,624 acres and were 98% contained.

Deadly Smoke from California Wildfires

The heavy smoke from wildfires that choked much of California in recent weeks was more than an inconvenience. It was deadly. And it almost certainly killed more people than the flames from the massive fires themselves, health experts say.

Between Aug. 1 and Sept. 10, the historically bad concentrations of wildfire smoke were responsible for at least 1,200 and possibly up to 3,000 deaths in California that otherwise would not have occurred, according to an estimate by researchers at Stanford University. Those fatalities were among people age 65 and over, most of whom were living with pre-existing medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and respiratory ailments.

By comparison, through Wednesday, 26 people have died directly in wildfires this year statewide.


Wildfires – California, USA

A wildfire burning through a swath of Los Angeles County for more than two weeks remained virtually unchecked Monday as fire managers struggled to gather resources needed to douse the inferno.

The Bobcat Fire is one of scores of major fires burning across the West – including Oregon, where at least six people have been accused of igniting some of the blazes.

The Bobcat Fire had burned more than 165 square miles in and around the Angeles National Forest as of Monday night, destroying or damaging up to 85 structures including an iconic nature center. About 1,100 households, an estimated 4,000 people, have been forced to evacuate.


Wildfires – USA

Wildfires have now burned more than 4.6 million acres in 87 large fires across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. At least 35 people have died in California, Oregon and Washington, The Associated Press reported.

Dense smoke and fog enveloped an area far beyond the fires on Monday, keeping temperatures cooler but also creating new hazards in an ongoing catastrophe, with reduced visibility and a high risk of smoke inhalation.

In Oregon, the blazes stretch from the southern border along the coast all the way up to Portland’s suburbs, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Rebecca Ellis told NPR’s Morning Edition on Monday. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. The 16 large fires in Oregon total about 878,000 acres of fire, while the 13 large fires in Washington are at about 676,000 acres.

In California, nearly 16,500 firefighters are grappling with 28 major wildfires, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire. So far in 2020, wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres in California, which is larger than the State of Connecticut.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA

At least nine people have died in wildfires that have burned relentlessly across western Oregon. After five days of enormous wildfires consuming the landscape up and down the west side of the state, officials count more than 1 million acres burned and tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes. Countless homes and businesses have been scorched.

Wildfires – California, USA

August Complex – As of 8 p.m. on Sept. 12, these fires had burned 875,059acres and were 25% contained. This is now the largest recorded fire in California history.

North Complex – As of 7 p.m. Sept. 12, these fires had burned 258,496 acres and 22% contained. The North Complex West (formerly the Bear Fire) makes up 73,000 acres the total and is 10% contained.

LNU Lightning Complex – As of 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, these fires have burned 363,220 acres and were 96% contained.

SCU Lightning Complex – As of 7 p.m. on Sept. 12, these fires have burned 396,624 acres and were 98% contained. Full containment is expected around Sept. 12.

CZU Lightning Complex – As of 7 a.m. on Sept. 12, these fires have burned 86,509 acres and were 86% contained.


Wildfires – Oregon, USA

The Oregon Department of Corrections on Tuesday evacuated an estimated 1,400 inmates from three state prisons in Marion County in response to wildfires threatening the region.

Gov. Kate Brown has declared a wildfire emergency in Oregon, where fire in the Santiam Canyon forced evacuations and wildfires elsewhere sent thick smoke across western Oregon, from Mount Hood to Lincoln County.

According to the governor, the Santiam fire, along with the Lionshead fire, have burned an estimated 200,000 acres so far.

Wildfires – California, USA

Parts of Yosemite National Park are under advisory for a possible evacuation as the massive Creek Fire rages to the south.

The wildfire has burned nearly 135,000 acres in California so far with zero containment as of Monday evening, leading to numerous evacuations in rural portions of Fresno and Madera counties, including several outdoor recreation areas. In some cases, those trapped by the encroaching blaze have been airlifted out by National Guard helicopters.


Wildfires – California, USA

In less than 24 hours, a wildfire burned through thousands of acres of California’s Sierra National Forest on Saturday, trapping campers and forcing other people to evacuate.

The wildfire covering 56 square miles was burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth River and the communities of Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake. There are 3,000 structures threatened.


Wildfires – California, USA

the LNU Lightning Complex in the northern San Francisco Bay Area counties of Napa, Lake and Sonoma, has destroyed close to 1,000 buildings. It continues to threaten about 30,000 more buildings and has killed at least five people. As of Wednesday morning, the fire had been 33 percent contained. There are currently over 2,200 firefighting personnel battling the blaze, and Cal Fire authorities are reminding residents to stay on high alert to be prepared to leave at any moment.

The SCU Lightning Complex fire is threatening residents east of Silicon Valley proper in Santa Clara, Alameda, Stanislaus, Contra Costa and San Joaquin counties, has destroyed nearly 40 structures and threatens over 20,000 more. Currently, five people have been injured with burn wounds from the fire, including three firefighters. Fire activity has lessened due to lighter winds and increased humidity, but the fire still remains at only 25 percent containment as of Wednesday afternoon.

The third of the large fire complexes, the CZU Complex, has destroyed over 530 structures throughout Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, south of San Francisco. Cal Fire reported progress in containing the fire for the first time on Wednesday, but the fire remains at 19 percent containment and officials warn that the trend could change if weather conditions worsen. Most devastatingly, the fire has led to the indefinite closure of Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the oldest in California and home to redwood trees hundreds of years old, which have been completely destroyed.

Pollution from the smoke of multiple fires burning at once has significantly worsened air quality across California and southern parts of Oregon. Officials project that the air quality index (AQI) for Northern and Central California will remain at levels up to three times the acceptable range set by the Environmental Protection Agency until at least Sunday.


Wildfires – Redwood Damage, California, USA

California’s massive wildfires have burned more than 1,000 homes and buildings over the last week, destroying irreplaceable possessions and memories for some residents. At the same time, the fires are also threatening some of the state’s rare ecosystems and wildlife.

Biologists are watching closely as the blazes encroach on old-growth redwood trees in Northern and Central California, where some giants are more than 1,000 years old and are known by individual names. While some seem to have been spared, Big Basin State Park — the oldest state park in California — saw significant fire damage.

Still, biologists say there are reasons to be hopeful, because redwoods have incredibly thick bark that can withstand wildfires. Even fully charred trees can sprout again.

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Wildfires – California, USA

California firefighters had good weather on their side on Saturday as they battled wildfires that have torched nearly one million acres and forced the evacuation of more than 119,000 people from their homes.

East of Silicon Valley, the S.C.U. Lightning Complex group of about 20 fires — largely burning in less-populated areas — has grown to 339,968 acres and is now the second-largest in state history. It is 10 percent contained. The group of fires known as the L.N.U. Lightning Complex in Napa Valley — the third-largest in California history — has burned through 325,128 acres and consumed 845 buildings.

5 people are reported to have died in the fires.


Wildfires – Australia

Nine small bushfires broke out across New South Wales marking the first fires of the season. The largest fire, at Duranbah in the Tweed Council, was 164 hectares in size and out of control at 4.30pm.

Similarly in Queensland, bushfire season has been sparked by strong winds and dry conditions, with three blazes burning across the state today.

Wildfires – California, USA

Crews were battling wildfires in the San Francisco Bay Area and thousands of people were under orders to evacuate Wednesday as hundreds of wildfires blazed across the state amid a blistering heat wave now in its second week.

Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed “this extraordinary weather we’re experiencing and all of these lightning strikes” for 367 known fires, including 23 major fires or groups of fires. He said the state has recorded nearly 11,000 lightning strikes in 72 hours.


Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.6 earthquake hits Samar in the Philippines.

5.5 earthquake hits the southern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.3 earthquake hits the southwest Indian ridge.

5.2 earthquake hits the northern mid-Atlantic ridge.

5.1 earthquake hits Baja California.

5.0 earthquake hits Fiji.

5.0 earthquake hits the D’Entrecasteaux Islands.