California Statewide Fire Summary

Monday, July 27, 2015

Fire activity has remained high over the past week in California with CAL FIRE crews responding to over 270 new wildfires. This morning 5,000 firefighters are currently battling 9 large and major wildfires. This week temperatures are expected to increase and relative humidity will decrease, which will heighten the fire danger even further.

CAL FIRE is asking the public to remember that One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire. For more visit

Fires of Interest:

 **CAL FIRE Incidents**

Lowell Fire, Nevada County (more info…)

You Bet area, west of Alta

*1,700 acres – 20% contained

* Evacuations in effect

* 1,800 structures threatened

* Full containment expected on August 1


Wragg Fire, Napa & Solano Counties (more info…)

Off Hwy 128 near Lake Berryessa

*6,591 acres – 70% contained

* All evacuations lifted

* Full containment expected on July 28

Queen Fire, Humboldt County (more info…)

Off Hwy 169, 5 miles southeast of Pecwan

*200 acres – 30% contained

**Federal Incidents**

Willow Fire, Madera County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Sierra National Forest

Southeast of Bass Lake

*1,521 acres – 5% contained

* CAL FIRE continues to assist


Cutca Fire, San Diego County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Cleveland National Forest

Palomar Mountain

*167 acres – 50% contained

*CAL FIRE continues to assist


Kyburz Fire, El Dorado County (more info…)

US Forest Service – El Dorado National Forest

Off Hwy 50 in Kyburz

*75 acres – 98% contained


Pines Fire, Los Angeles County (more info…)

US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest

Near Big Pines, northwest of Wrightwood

*200 acres – 85% contained


Lake Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)

US Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest
south of Big Bear Lake

*31,359 acres – 98% contained


Washington Fire, Alpine County (more info…)
S Forest Service – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

South of Markleeville

*17,790 acres – 99% contained



Air Tactical Use on Incidents

Fortuna –There has been an increase in wildfires in Humboldt-Del Norte Unit. CAL FIRE uses aircraft as a critical element of our initial attack efforts. Our key to safety in the aviation program is use of an Air Tactical plane. The Air Tactical serves the air resource coordinator, keeping the aircraft working the fire in sync. Additional help form the Air Tactcal goes to support the firefighters on the ground as an observer, as well as reconnaissance for early detection of fires when they are small. Our area has long response times for ground resources so aircraft is imperative for the fire fight.

CAL FIRE DOES NOT use the Air Tactical plane to participate in marijuana eradication. The Air Tactical Plane is used as a firefighting resource to spot fires, route incoming resources and organize the incoming aircraft. This includes coordinating water drops from helicopters as well as air tanker retardant drops, safely and effectively. The increase of wildfires in the Pecwan, Johnson and Weitchpec areas is directly related to the increase fo arson in those areas. CAL FIRE continues to investigate each fire and therefore its cause. Other incidents have been directly related to large marijuana grows, started by incorrect wiring of generators or other non-permitted construction. The CAL FIRE Air Tactical plane does respond to all wildfires but DOES NOT aid in marijuana eradication.

CAL FIRE urges the public to take extra precautions while recreating this summer especially since we are in the fourth year of a drought and the fuel moistures are lower than normal. Visit us at<> to be ready for a wildfire and follow us on twitter @CAL FIRE_HUU and get local updates on our webpage<>

Fire Season 2015

  • With California well into the 4th year of a drought, conditions across the state are much drier than normal.
  • These dry conditions make it much easier for a wildfire to ignite and to burn hotter and faster than we would normally see this time of year.
  • Since January 1 we have already responded to well over 3,400 wildfires. That’s more than a 1,000 more wildfires this year than we would have in the first 6 months of an average year.
  • As we move deeper into the summer months and fall months, conditions will only dry out further, increasing the fire danger even higher.
  • It’s important to note that droughts don’t cause wildfires; they simply make conditions even more prime for wildfires. That’s why preventing wildfires in the first place is so important.
  • With California’s drought now in its 4th year, it’s critical that everyone do their part to conserve water so we have it for drinking and emergencies like wildfires.
  • Even at CAL FIRE we are doing our part to conserve water during this drought. We are training with limited water, replaced some landscaping with drought tolerant landscaping, and reduced water usage at all our facilities.
  • Approximately 95% of all wildfires that we respond to are caused by people, so while we are staffed up and are ready to respond, we need the public to do their part and prevent sparking a wildfire.
  • With the public’s help One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire.
  • For more information on how to be ready for wildfire visit









CAL FIRE Suspends Outdoor Residential Burning

FORTUNA – As drought conditions continue to increase fire danger in the region, CAL FIRE has suspended all burn permits for outdoor open residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Humboldt, Del Norte, and western Trinity counties. This suspension takes effect June 29, 2015 and bans all residential outdoor burning of landscape debris including branches and leaves.

“Persistent drought has produced dry conditions on the north coast of California. We’ve already seen an increase in fire activity and the potential for large, damaging fires,” said CAL FIRE Unit Chief Hugh Scanlon. “Suspending burning reduces the wildfire risk.”

“With record-setting drought conditions we must take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “One Less Spark, means One Less Wildfire.”

Similar to last year, CAL FIRE has already responded to significantly more wildfires than in an average. CAL FIRE is asking residents to ensure that they are prepared for wildfires including maintaining a minimum of 100 feet of Defensible Space around every home.

Here are some tips to help prepare your home and property:

  • Clear all dead or dying vegetation 100 feet around all structures.
  • Landscape with fire resistant/drought tolerant plants
  • Find alternative ways to dispose of landscape debris like chipping or  hauling it to a biomass energy facility

The department may issue restricted temporary burning permits if there is an essential reason due to public health, safety. Agriculture, land management, fire training, and other industrial-type burning may proceed if a CAL FIRE official inspects the burn site and issues a special permit.

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property that are otherwise permitted will be allowed if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland.

For additional information on preparing for and preventing wildfires visit

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CAL FIRE Urges Homeowners to Maintain Defensible Space – Inspections Continue in Northern Humboldt

Trinidad – CAL FIRE inspectors have begun conducting Defensible Space inspections throughout the Big Lagoon, Trinidad, Westhaven and Crannell areas.

“Creating and maintaining Defensible Space is critical for the protection of homes,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “It has never been more critical to strengthen our fire prevention efforts in light of the elevated fire conditions we have been experiencing in California. We have increased our inspection staffing and now we need the public to make sure they, too, are prepared for the increased fire risk due to drought.”

Defensible space inspections are supported by the SRA Fire Prevention Fee, which is an annual fee assessed to rural residents for fire prevention activities in the State Responsibility Area (SRA). The Fire Prevention Fee resulted from a law signed by Governor Brown in 2011 which imposed a fee to residents owning habitable structures in the SRA. California Public Resources Code 4291 requires homeowners living in SRA to maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around structures. CAL FIRE inspectors will be educating residents and evaluating properties to make sure they are in compliance with state law.

Here are some tips that can help homes survive wildfires:

  • Maintain 100 feet of Defensible Space around all structures.
  • Clear all needles and leaves from roofs, eaves and rain gutters.
  • Trim branches six feet from the ground.
  • Use trimming, mowing and power equipment before 10 a.m.
  • Landscape with fire resistant and drought tolerant plants that require little water.
  • Remove branches away from roofs and 10 feet from the chimney.
  • Keep wood piles and flammable materials at least 30 feet from the home.
  • Use fire ignition resistant building material

For more information on preparing for wildfires and defensible space visit: and

Follow local CAL FIRE at Twitter @CALFIRE_HUU

Remember Defensible Space is YOUR responsibility.
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Redway – In preparation for the upcoming fire season the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Humboldt-Del Norte Unit fire crews from Alder, High Rock, and Eel River Conservation Camps and fire crews from the Mendocino Unit from Chamberlain Creek and Parlin Fork Conservation Camps will hold their annual Redwood Coast Fire Preparedness Exercises on May 12, 13, and 14, 2015. The crews will assemble at Eel River Conservation Camp in southern Humboldt county.

The Crew Exercises will provide the opportunity for 25 fire crews from Humboldt, Del Norte and  Mendocino counties to be evaluated on their physical conditioning, firefighting knowledge, fire safety and personal protective equipment. The exercise will also provide personnel for operating under the use of the Incident Command System.

The media and county dignitaries are cordially invited to attend on Wednesday, May 13, at 8:30 am . Those interested in observing the exercises should assemble at the Eel River Conservation Camp, 3850 Redwood Drive, Redway. CAL FIRE staff will be available to answer any questions relative to the exercise. Personnel from CAL FIRE and the CDCR will participate throughout all elements of the exercises.


Burn Permits

It’s time when CAL FIRE burn permits are required in the Humboldt – Del Norte Unit. To get a permit you need to: Contact the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District for their permit. That permit is required all year. You must follow the rules on that permit, which limits burning to Permissive Burn Days. If you are burning piles 4 foot in diameter or smaller, the AQMD permit is also your CAL FIRE permit.

If you are burning areas or piles larger than 4 foot diameter, you will need an additional LE-5 permit from CAL FIRE. This can be obtained from your local CAL FIRE station. An inspection of your burn area prior to burning may be required. This week, our CAL FIRE stations are staffed in Crescent City, Trinidad, Fortuna, Weott, and Garberville. On May 4th, stations will open in Alderpoint, Elk Camp, and Klamath. Please call ahead to ensure staff is available to assist you.

Please remain fire safe! Provide a minimum of 10′ clearance of vegetation around burn piles, have a means to control the fire, and an adult must be in attendance. And be considerate of where your smoke is going and the impact on your neighbors.

CAL FIRE Burn Permits Required May 1, 2015

FORTUNA – The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Humboldt – Del Norte Unit would like to remind residents a CAL FIRE burn permit (LE- 5) is now required for Non-Standard burn permit holders beginning May 1, 2015.

Humboldt – Del Norte Unit Chief Hugh Scanlon wants to emphasize to the public the importance of following all burning regulations and ensuring controlled burns do not escape and become wildland fires. Chief Scanlon says “the public living in wildland areas should prepare for increased wildfire activity this year due to the drier than normal conditions in California.” The current fuel conditions and potential for increased fire activity will likely result in an earlier burn suspension. Residents are encouraged to conduct their burning early. Follow our local CAL FIRE activity on Twitter at #CALFIRE_HUU or at

To obtain the required CAL FIRE burn permit, contact the nearest CAL FIRE office for an application. LE-5 permit applications may require an on-site visit by CAL FIRE personnel to determine if specific precautions need to be included in the permit to conduct a safe burn. Burn permits are required year round by the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District (NCUAQMD). NCUAQMD burn permits can be obtained on-line at, in-person at 707 L Street, Eureka M-F 9 to Noon & 1- 4, or by calling (707) 443-3093.