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    The smoke was horrid here for about two weeks. It cleared up for a few days, but it's looking like it's going to get bad again soon. The Bobcat fire is right by a client of mine. They live right up against the mountain in Altadena. We're prepared to help evacuate them and their animals. We're just hoping it doesn't take out the Mt. Wilson Observatory.
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    Update Ivan Geronimo Gomez, (30) is accused of arson for a wildfire in Monterey County, CA

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    FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — A Fresno man was arrested in connection to a wildfire near Big Sur, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

    On August 18 at around 8 p.m. a fire started near Highway 1 in John Little State Natural Reserve, just 10 miles south of Big Sur. California State Parks detained a man near the point of origin.

    The man was identified as Ivan Geronimo Gomez, 30.

    Gomez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of arson of forest lands. Officials say his bail was set at $2 million.

    The blaze, called the Dolan Fire, has since burned 2,500 acres, according to the Los Padres National Forest.

    If anyone has additional information about this case, please contact Monterey County Sheriff’s Investigations Division at 755-3773 or 755-3762.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/fir...on-area-homes/

    La Tuna Canyon is reported to be on fire


    Fire crews were battling a blaze in the La Tuna Canyon area in Tujunga Wednesday evening.

    Sky5 footage showed residents attempting to hose their properties with water to prevent fire spread.

    Check back for updates to this developing story.
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    The wildfire that has been stubbornly burning in the Angeles National Forest for nearly three weeks has destroyed at least 52 structures, including many homes in the Juniper Hills area, according to a county estimate on Wednesday.

    Officials have conducted damage inspections on 70 structures in the northern end of the Bobcat Fire, on the Antelope Valley foothills. Thirty-eight of them are residential structures, 27 of which have been destroyed.

    L.A. County provided the estimate as weaker winds, cooler temperatures and higher humidities helped firefighters more than double their containment of the fire. The conditions also allowed for the repopulation of some areas affected by the blaze that at one point threatened more than 1,000 homes.

    The fire has charred more than 113,300 acres, or about 177 square miles, making it the third largest blaze recorded in L.A. County since 1900, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

    It was 38% contained as of Wednesday morning, up from 17% the previous evening.

    Overnight, firefighters completed strategic firing to link the fire’s containment line from Mount Wilson to Highway 2, again protecting critical telecommunication satellites in the area.

    “We do have warmer conditions later this afternoon and into the weekend, so while we have the weather in our favor, we’re going to take advantage of it and do some more good work out on the line,” said L.A. County Fire Department spokesman Pono Barnes.

    He warned that “conditions can change in a moment’s notice,” so crews will continue to patrol the northern edge of the fire near the Antelope Valley foothills on Wednesday.

    Firefighters are also working to prevent flames from spreading further on land that hasn’t burned in 40 or 50 years.

    “There’s still a lot of open ground,” said Oscar Vargas, a division chief with the U.S. Forest Service.

    More than 1,500 firefighting personnel remain assigned to the fire.

    Officials urged those affected to follow the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department on Twitter for updates on evacuations.

    The Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Palmdale High School at 2137 E. Avenue R. Those with large animals can bring them to the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 W. Avenue H in Lancaster. The county said Tuesday that it has more than 400 animals in its care as the Bobcat Fire continued to burn.

    The blaze erupted during record-breaking heat on Sept. 6 near Cogswell Dam above Azusa.

    It threatened foothill communities in the San Gabriel Valley before winds pushed the fire north toward remote communities of the Antelope Valley.

    What sparked the flames is still unclear, but authorities are focusing their investigation on Southern California Edison equipment around the dam.

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    Southern California Edison has informed its regulator, the state Public Utilities Commission, that one of its power circuits had a momentary interruption (“a relay operation”) minutes after the Bobcat Fire was discovered by cameras positioned on nearby mountain peaks.

    Edison has been spending hundreds of millions of dollars to update and upgrade power lines and transmission equipment in rural and fire-prone areas after it was attributed as the cause of other large fires, including the 2018 Thomas Fire that burned more than 1,000 homes and caused billions of dollars in damage.

    It could take months to determine the cause of the Bobcat Fire.

    The power interruption was at 12:16 p.m. on Sept. 6, when Southern California Edison equipment across its vast service territory was in the grip of a heat wave.

    It happened on the 12,000-volt Jarvis Circuit (see the map), which carries power from Edison’s Dalton Substation in Irwindale into the mountains for use by nearly 900 customers at locations along the west and east forks of the San Gabriel River.

    As part of its investigation, the PUC asked Edison to hand over a section of overhead power line that was located near Cogswell Dam at the farthest northwestern reach of the circuit.

    An east-facing fire alert camera at Mount Wilson recorded the initial smoke from the fire at 12:10 p.m. The fire burned from a point near Cogswell Dam and Bobcat Creek (which feeds into the reservoir) west toward Highway 2 and Mount Wilson.

    It’s not clear if the heat wave played any part in the power interruption. Equipment failed on the Jarvis Circuit in 2019, according to Edison’s 2020 reliability report, but it's unclear how that affected the circuit this year.

    On the date Edison made the report to the state, Sept. 15, the fire had already grown to more than 41,000 acres, and it's unclear why the company took one week to provide the report. It's also unclear why Edison updated the Jarvis Circuit map on Sept. 7, the day after the fire started.

    An Edison spokesman said he could not comment on the inquiry beyond what the company said in its report to the PUC. It's not unusual for Edison to report on equipment problems that occur around the time that fires start. Here are several other incidents that Edison reported to the PUC.

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    https://abc7.com/bobcat-fire-updates...hills/6556806/

    MONROVIA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Bobcat Fire burning in the Angeles National Forest has reached 55% containment, allowing for some evacuation warnings to be lifted as crews continue to battle one of the largest blazes in Los Angeles County history.

    Evacuation warnings were lifted Thursday for Altadena and Pasadena, according to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department.

    The department also issued a repopulation order for residents in the East Fork areas of Julius Klein Conservation Camp 19, Camp Williams and River Community.

    Investigators are attempting to figure out if Southern California Edison equipment sparked the blaze in the Angeles National Forest. Reports show the company had an equipment issue just minutes before the fire started more than two weeks ago, but Edison says cameras spotted smoke in the area even before that.

    Officials said a lack of resources allowed the Bobcat Fire to make a run through the mountains in the initial hours after it started. They say by the time staffing ramped up, flames were already deep in an old-growth forest where the fire had plenty to burn.

    On Thursday, evacuation warnings were changed to a "repopulation order" with "no restrictions'' for the following areas:

    -- Clear Areas: north of East Avenue W-14, south of Pearblossom Highway, east of 155th Street East, west of 165th Street East
    -- Sand Areas: north of Big Pine Highway and Highway 2, south of 138th Street East, east of Largo Vista Road, west of 263rd Street. The southwestern region of the Sand Area may have power outages.
    -- Ward Areas: north of Fort Tejon Road, south of East Avenue V, east of 87th Street East, west of 121st Street East.

    Evacuation orders remained in place for the following areas:

    -- South of Fort Tejon Road and E. Avenue W-14, east of 87th Street E., west of 165th Street E, and north of the forest
    -- South of Highway 138, east of 165th Street E., west of Largo Vista Road., and north of the forest.
    -- South and west of Upper Big Tujunga Canyon, east of Angeles Forest Highway, and North of Angeles Crest Highway
    -- Residences along Angeles Crest Highway, between Angeles Forest Highway and Highway 39

    The Wrightwood area in San Bernardino County was also under an evacuation warning.

    The Red Cross evacuation centers at Palmdale High School and Santa Anita Park are now closed. Anyone still needing assistance was urged to call the Disaster Distress Hotline at 800-675-5799.

    As of Friday morning, the blaze has charred 113,986 acres and containment is at 55%. Crews have made tremendous progress on the blaze, which earlier in the week was at 15% containment.

    The fire is burning in the Angeles National Forest and threatening communities in the Antelope Valley and San Gabriel Valley foothills.

    Crews will be dealing with slightly cooler temperatures and slight higher humidity Friday, U.S. Forest officials said.

    Flames came dangerously close to the Mount Wilson Observatory on Tuesday, but backfires set by crews diminished the threat to the historic site. Crews took advantage of reduced winds, lower temperatures and higher humidity to carve out a containment line after flames came within 500 feet of the landmark.

    Pink Phos-Chek stained the ground where crews worked to protect the observatory as well as radio and television communication towers worth an estimated $1 billion.

    A South Coast Air Quality Management District's smoke advisory was extended through Friday afternoon, with winds expected to push northeast and east into the San Gabriel and San Bernardino mountains.

    Flames have destroyed 52 structures and affected another 14, with three suffering minor damage and one suffering major damage, according to a damage assessment provided by Los Angeles County officials. That map, which is compiled from ongoing field damage inspection and subject to change, can be viewed here. Of the 52 buildings destroyed, 27 were identified as residential, one as commercial and 24 as "other."

    The Bobcat Fire erupted on Sept. 6 near the Cogswell Dam and West Fork Day Use area northeast of Mount Wilson and within the Angeles National Forest. The cause has not been determined, but U.S. Forest Service officials are investigating an equipment issue experienced by Southern California Edison that happened around the time the fire broke out.

    A total of 1,575 personnel have been assigned to the fire as of Thursday night, and the cost of the firefight has reached at least $37.5 million, officials said.

    Full containment of the fire, which was previously estimated for Oct. 30, has been moved up an entire month to Sept. 30, according Angeles National Forest officials.

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    These firemen have to be tired of the fires, every year its the same shit. California ablaze. Every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    These firemen have to be tired of the fires, every year its the same shit. California ablaze. Every year.
    I rather think they like it, and I don't mean that sarcastically. The firemen I know think differently about fire than we do. I fear it, but they see it as a challenge to be conquered. I'm grateful they do, because you couldn't pay me enough money to do that job.
    You are talking to a woman who has laughed in the face of death, sneered at doom and chuckled at catastrophe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    I rather think they like it, and I don't mean that sarcastically. The firemen I know think differently about fire than we do. I fear it, but they see it as a challenge to be conquered. I'm grateful they do, because you couldn't pay me enough money to do that job.
    Keep in mind that not all of the people out there fighting these wild fires are actual firemen. A good majority are actually prisoners. I side eyed this practice all along, but at least this year the governor finally signed a bill that will allow these prisoners to be first in line to become firemen once they are released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    I rather think they like it, and I don't mean that sarcastically. The firemen I know think differently about fire than we do. I fear it, but they see it as a challenge to be conquered. I'm grateful they do, because you couldn't pay me enough money to do that job.
    I would agree that they like it but they've got to be tired of it. Chicago homicide detectives love their jobs too.....but they've got to be tired of having 24 people shot and killed in just one weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by S281Saleen160 View Post
    I would agree that they like it but they've got to be tired of it. Chicago homicide detectives love their jobs too.....but they've got to be tired of having 24 people shot and killed in just one weekend.
    Yes, I imagine it would be demoralizing to be reminded so often of what people are capable of.
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    https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/artic...s-15600692.php

    A wildfire with a "dangerous rate of spread" broke out in Napa County between Calistoga and St. Helena overnight Sunday just as the Bay Area braces for extreme wildfire conditions.

    The Glass Fire began around 4 a.m. on the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road in Deer Park. The Napa County Sheriff's Office has issued an evacuation order along Silverado Trail from Larkmead Lane in the north to Deer Park Road to the south. All residents along Crystal Springs Road and North Fork Crystal Springs Road must leave immediately.

    Angwin is currently under an evacuation warning.

    As of 4:45 a.m., Cal Fire said the fire was 20 acres but had a "dangerous rate of spread." The fire is near several wineries, including Castello di Amorosa, the fortress-like attraction visible from Highway 128.


    The National Weather Service has a fire weather watch in effect 11 a.m. Saturday through 8 a.m. Monday for the North Bay mountains, East Bay hills and interior valleys. The highest threat will be in the North Bay.

    "These are significant fire-weather concerns with all the dry fuels and the winds coming through and lowering relative humidities," said Brian Garcia, a forecaster with the NWS.

    As the high-pressure strengthens, the region is expected to be the hottest on Sunday and Monday with near record-breaking heat that could last through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Inland areas will inch up into the high 90s to low 100s.

    The Cal Fire incident report for the Glass Fire can be found here.

    SFGATE editor Amy Graff contributed to this report.

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    https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/loca...ounty/2370538/

    A brush fire with "dangerous rate of spread" has prompted evacuation orders early Sunday in Napa County, firefighters said.

    Cal Fire said the blaze has burned at least 20 acres near the 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road near St. Helena and Deer Park.

    Here's where evacuation orders are in place:

    All of Crystal Springs and North Fork Crystal Springs Roads
    All of the community of Deer Park
    Deer Park Road to Crestmont Drive
    Deer Park Road to Crystal Springs Road
    Deer Park Road to Devils Elbow
    Larkmead Lane to Deer Park Road
    Silverado Trail
    The blaze comes amid a Red Flag Warning in effect for the North Bay and East Bay.

    No other information was immediately available.

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    https://fox40.com/news/california-co...ent-wildfires/

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation’s largest electric utility has temporarily shut off power to thousands of Northern California residents to prevent wildfires sparked by electrical equipment as the state braces for potentially strong winds and extreme fire weather conditions.

    Pacific Gas & Electric said Sunday it began shutting off power to customers in portions of Butte, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama counties.

    The initial shutoffs were expected to affect about 15,000 customers. Another 74,000 customers in 12 more counties were due to be affected later on Sunday, the company said.

    A message was left for PG&E seeking additional details.

    The shutoffs come as fire-weary California prepared for a new siege of hot, dry weather with potentially strong winds that could cause power lines to arc and spark new blazes in parched vegetation that’s ready to burn.

    Red Flag warnings for extreme fire weather conditions were issued for the northern and central areas of the state from late Saturday to Monday, the National Weather Service said.

    So far this year, more than 8,000 California wildfires have scorched 5,600 square miles (14,504 square kilometers), destroyed more than 7,000 buildings and killed 26 people.

    A new wildfire broke out Sunday in Napa County, prompting the evacuation of residents before dawn, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The fire is near several wineries and has burned 1.25 square miles (3.2 square kilometers).

    “These are significant fire-weather concerns with all the dry fuels and the winds coming through and lowering relative humidities,” said Brian Garcia, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

    https://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/loca...ounty/2370538/

    A brush fire with "dangerous rate of spread" has prompted evacuation orders Sunday in Napa County, firefighters said.

    The blaze is being called the Glass Fire and has burned at least 1,200 acres with no containment, Cal Fire said. Fire crews from across the Bay Area are also responding to the blaze for mutual aid.


    Cal Fire said the blaze started in the area of North Fork Crystal Springs Road near St. Helena and Deer Park.

    The San Francisco Fire Department has sent five engines and 22 personnel, while units from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, San Ramon Valley Fire Department, Richmond Fire Department the Rodeo-Hercules Fire District have also sent crews.

    Adventist Health Hospital in St Helena announced via Facebook that patients and staff are following orders to shelter in place. This comes after previous reports of evacuations, but the hospital confirmed only some hospital patients were transferred and others will be transferred as needed.

    "Emergency contacts will be notified if their loved one is being transferred," the hospital confirmed.


    Adventist Health Hospital President Steven Herber announced the hospital is temporarily suspending patient care services and surgeries will be postponed. Read the full statement here.

    The blaze comes amid a Red Flag Warning in effect for the North Bay and East Bay.

    Napa Community Animal Response Team, a volunteer, nonprofit organization, is offering assistance for those facing mandatory evacuation and needing help sheltering large animals.

    Evacuees should call ahead to Napa CART at (707) 732-1555 before bringing large animals to its shelter at the Napa Valley Horsemen's Association, 1200 Foster Road in Napa. Bring feed if possible, the group said.

    Napa CART said shelter for companion animals is available at Napa County Animal Services, 942 Hartle Court in Napa and advised calling in advance at (707) 253-4382.

    For a full list of evacuations and road closures, click here.

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    https://abc7.com/weather/santa-ana-w...socal/6619762/

    A red-flag warning signifying a high risk of wildfire is in effect Monday in the San Gabriel Mountains, the Angeles National Forest, the Santa Clarita Valley and several areas of neighboring Ventura County because of strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity at the start of another heat wave, the Southland's first of fall 2020.

    "Critical fire weather conditions are anticipated across the mountains of Ventura and Los Angeles counties as well as the Santa Clarita Valley Monday morning through Monday afternoon,'' warned a National Weather Service statement. "North to northeast wind gusts between 30 and 45 mph are expected along with relative humidity dropping into the teens and single digits. Therefore, red flag warnings have been issued for these areas from 5 a.m. Monday through 5 p.m.''

    The weather service said offshore winds combined with hot and dry conditions will bring elevated to brief critical fire weather conditions Tuesday through Friday in areas away from the coast, including an increased threat of plume-dominated fires with extreme fire behavior at times.


    In the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Gabriel Mountains, a wind advisory will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. because of expected northeast winds of 20 to 25 miles per hour and gusts of 40 mph amid triple-digit temperatures.

    "Gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects and make driving difficult, especially for high-profile vehicles," warned the NWS. "Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result. Hot temperatures may cause heat illnesses to occur.''

    Additionally, a heat advisory was issued from 10 a.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys and the Santa Monica Mountains.

    FULL FORECAST: Hot, windy conditions bringing renewed fire risk

    "Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors,'' warned an NWS statement, adding that children, seniors and pets must never be left unattended in vehicles, whose interior temperatures can quickly become lethal.

    The red-flag warning comes as hundreds of firefighters continue to battle the more than 114,000-acre Bobcat Fire, one of the largest in L.A. County history. The blaze is 65% contained after burning dozens of homes in the Antelope Valley area.

    RELATED: Bobcat Fire: Containment of 114K-acre blaze increases to 63%; 138 buildings destroyed

    "Our fire crews have been working day and night to try to minimize the potential threat of the fire spreading," said John Zimpelman with the L.A. County Fire Department.

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    https://abc7.com/what-we-know-about-...-area/6623887/


    SAN FRANCISCO -- Just as the massive lightning complexes of August were just about contained in the Bay Area, a new wildfire is threatening communities in Napa and Sonoma counties -- areas all too familiar with the threat.


    The Glass Fire started at 4 a.m. Sunday and began spreading at a dangerously high speed, fanned by high winds. Overnight Sunday into Monday morning, the Glass Fire spawned two new fires: the Boysen and Shady fires. According to CAL FIRE, those smaller fires have since merged with the Glass Fire, forming one incident.

    How did the Glass Fire start?

    The cause of the Glass Fire is under investigation. Unlike the fires that erupted around the Bay Area in August, dry lightning strikes aren't to blame here, as there were no storms in the area.

    Where are evacuations being ordered?

    Evacuations are being ordered in Napa and Sonoma counties, including Calistoga, parts of Santa Rosa and St. Helena. For the latest on evacuation orders and warnings, check here.

    What has been damaged or destroyed?

    While CAL FIRE hasn't yet released an official number of structures destroyed or damaged, ABC7 News crews were in and around St. Helena Monday morning assessing the damage.

    The Chateau Boswell Winery and the Glass Mountain Inn Bed and Breakfast along Silverado Trail in St. Helena have both been severely damaged by the Glass Fire, according to ABC7 News Amy Hollyfield on scene.

    Are the LNU, SCU and CZU Lightning Complex fires still burning in the Bay Area?

    The LNU Lightning Complex in the North Bay and the SCU Lightning Complex in the East and South Bay were both 98% contained as of Monday morning. The CZU complex in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties was 100% contained. Those fires, which started amid a lightning storm in August, burned a combined 846,000 acres in the greater Bay Area.

    This story will be updated as firefighters get blazes under control or new fires break out. Check back for updates.

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    https://abc7news.com/glas-shady-and-...ornia/6633118/

    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Glass Fire is burning in Napa and Sonoma counties areas ravaged by fire over the past several years.

    In the video above, there is an area in red on the map that shows you exactly where it's burning.

    For some perspective, the map shows where the LNU Complex Fire burned. It's the area in brown, along Lake Berryessa.

    It started Aug. 16 and has burned 363,000 acres, and is now 98% contained.

    Also, on the map, you will see an area in black. That represents the three devastating 2017 blazes, the Atlas, Nuns and Tubbs fires that destroyed hundreds of homes and killed more than 30 people.

    The Glass Fire is on territory that was totally surrounded, but untouched by previous wildfires in recent years.





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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...ns/3559145001/

    SAN FRANCISCO — Thousands of fire-sapped California residents fled two new blazes Monday that exploded in size overnight, torching nearly 30,000 acres and killing at least three people.

    The breakneck Zogg Fire had burned through 15,000 acres near Redding in Northern California, and the Glass Fire charred 11,000 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 overnight, 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.

    "That fire last night was moving at about 40 mph because of the wind, down the hill into the city of Santa Rosa, and we're hoping for better conditions here today,'' state Sen. Mike McGuire told KTVU-TV.

    "We just don’t have words," said McGuire, a Democrat who represents Healdsburg in Sonoma County. “It’s an incredibly trying and emotional time right now.”

    Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed three fatalities at the Zogg Fire during a Monday afternoon press conference, but declined to provide further details.

    Evacuation orders for more than 50,000 people were issued in Napa and Sonoma counties, where two smaller offshoots of the Glass Fire, the Shady and Boysen fires, merged to expand the blaze. Paul Lowenthal, a Cal Fire spokesman, said more than 13,000 homes were threatened in Santa Rosa.

    The wine country has been scarred by terrible fires in recent years, including the Tubbs Fire that killed 22 people and destroyed more than 5,600 structures in 2017.


    Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin evacuated her home in the Oakmont community of Santa Rosa about 1 a.m. She is rebuilding a home damaged in the 2017 fires. Gorin told the San Francisco Chronicle that she is numb, and the situation feels surreal.

    “It’s like God has no sympathy, no empathy for Sonoma County,” she said.

    The National Weather Service issued a red flag warning for most of Northern California through Monday night. A heat wave in the West is combining with dry winds whipping the area, heightening the risk of wildfires this week.

    In Sonoma, about 4,500 residents of the Oakmont Village senior living community fled the fast-moving fires – many in nightclothes and robes and gripping canes and walkers –as ash spewed in the sky, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    “It was scary, and I didn’t expect it to be so close,” Doris Tietze, 91, an Oakmont resident, told the Chronicle.

    The fire season in California has taken a huge toll. Since the beginning of the year, there have been more than 8,100 wildfires that have burned more than 3.7 million acres throughout the state, according to Cal Fire. Since Aug, 15 – when California’s fire activity elevated – 26 people have died, and more than 7,000 structures have been destroyed.


    Crews are battling 25 major wildfires amid gusty winds and low humidity, Cal Fire said.

    The National Weather service said the winds driving the Zogg Fire will continue to be strong into the morning and afternoon before dying down in the evening. Winds combined with the low humidity are giving momentum to the fire.

    “With low humidity, any fuel is just more prone to burn, especially with those dried-out fuels we have right now,” National Weather Service meteorologist Emily Heller said.

    Forty miles to the south, the enormous August Complex Fire continues to burn. The largest wildfire in state history, about 130 miles north of San Francisco, has charred more than 878,000 acres and was a major contributor to the dangerous air quality state residents were exposed to for days about three weeks ago and the apocalyptic skies over the Bay Area on Sept. 9.

    Neither the August Complex nor the Creek Fire, which has incinerated more than 304,000 acres of a forest 60 miles northeast of Fresno, is 50% contained. They continue to spew smoke and foul up the air in their surroundings and, depending on the wind, even hundreds of miles away.

    People with respiratory ailments are especially susceptible to that harmful air, said John Watson, a research professor of air quality science at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada.

    Power was shut off for 65,000 Northern California electric customers in 16 counties to prevent the spread of wildfires, PG&E officials said Sunday. The shutoff was enacted as a result of a red flag warning because of high winds, they said.

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    Update the President has hijacked this thread over wildfires.

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    . BUTTE COUNTY (CBS13) ? The entire town of Paradise is once again under evacuation warnings as the North Complex Fire started to resurge Sunday night.

    New evacuation orders were issued for several areas on Sunday, including: Pulga, Big Bend, Yankee Hill and Concow.

    Evacuation warnings were also issued by the Butte County Sheriff?s Office for the areas of Stirling City, Magalia, and Clark Road from Paradise south to Highway 70, east to Lake Oroville, including Pentz Road from Paradise south to Highway 70.

    Parts of Paradise, which was ravaged by the Camp Fire back in 2018, were also given evacuation warnings early in September when the North Complex Fire saw another resurgence.

    A different front of the North Complex Fire calmed to the point Monday morning that evacuation orders and warnings have been lifted.

    According to the Yuba County Sheriff?s Department, all evacuation orders and warnings on the Yuba County side of the incident have been lifted. This means that the communities of Rackerby, Forbestown, Brownsville, Challenged, Woodleaf, Clipper Mills and Strawberry Valley are now back fully open.

    As of the latest update Sunday evening, the North Complex Fire has burned 305,188 acres.

    https://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2020...-complex-fire/

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    https://abc7news.com/several-napa-co...-fire/6661544/

    CALISTOGA, Calif. (KGO) -- The Glass Fire burning in the North Bay has forced thousands to evacuate, destroyed more than a hundred homes and has devastated parts of the wine industry in Napa Valley.

    Just like you've probably done if you've visited any of the famous wineries there, ABC7 News anchor Eric Thomas took a drive down Highway 29 and Silverado Trail in Napa County.

    RELATED: Michelin-starred restaurant at Meadowood destroyed by Glass Fire

    Here's what he saw.

    Our tour along Highway 29 began about two miles south of Calistoga, where a finger of fire on the west side of the road burned downslope to within a few feet of the road surface.

    No lives were threatened, but it was a potent reminder.

    Less than a mile farther south we took a quick look at the historic Bale Grist Mill State Park.

    It's centered around a mill built back in the 1840s where Napa Valley residents used to bring grain to be crushed into flour or meal.

    The Glass Fire got uncomfortably close but didn't appear to cause any damage.

    Next, we took Route 29 north into the heart of Calistoga.

    The tourist area downtown would normally be bustling this time of year, but unfortunately due to the fire's proximity, it was almost a ghost town.

    However, it led us to Dunaweal Lane, home to several vineyards.

    At Sterling Vineyards, the main building wasn't touched, but some of the surroundings were damaged.

    Equipment near the pad used for crushing grapes was heavily damaged, including a truck hauling hundreds of plastic goblets that were destroyed by fire; it's cargo melted into a huge glob.

    Finally, we stopped at Fairwinds Estates Winery, a fixture since 1969.

    The visitor's center burned to the ground, only the fireplace left standing.

    There was also major damage to the main building and tasting room.

    Thankfully no one was hurt in any of the areas we toured.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/weath...sa-glass-fire/

    Swiftly moving wildfires roared into parts of Santa Rosa, Calif., overnight and Monday morning, causing damage in the eastern parts of the community and sending tens of thousands fleeing during hasty nighttime evacuations. Additional evacuations were ordered throughout the day Monday.

    The fires have erupted during yet another in a series of heat waves that have shattered records across the state since August, and dry offshore winds are pushing the flames to spread rapidly downwind.

    Homes were engulfed in flames in the Skyhawk neighborhood in eastern Santa Rosa as the Shady and Glass fires advanced into the community. The Shady Fire began Sunday night in Napa County, near the Glass Fire that had begun early Sunday. The cause of both blazes is under investigation.

    The Shady Fire jumped Highway 12 in Oakmont and forced a 5,000-person senior community to be evacuated by bus. Local news reports indicate the fire has engulfed some homes in that community. Evacuation orders (map) extended into the eastern periphery of Santa Rosa, while an evacuation warning was in effect for the city itself. An evacuation warning is not the same as an order but puts residents on notice that an order could come at any time and advises that they be ready to flee.

    Fires were burning Monday in Sonoma and Napa counties, raising fears of the devastation wrought by the Wine Country fires of 2017, when Santa Rosa was heavily damaged. In Napa County, the Glass Fire ignited Sunday and spread quickly as dry winds picked up. Cal Fire tweeted it burned 11,000 acres as of Monday morning.

    The Sacramento Bee reported the Chateau Boswell Winery was engulfed in flames in video recorded by Bee visual journalist Daniel Kim, on the Silverado Trail outside St. Helena. The Glass Mountain Inn also burned, the paper reported. There are reports of additional wineries suffering damage as well.

    Wineries had already been heavily impacted by the smoke from nearby blazes that is affecting their grapes, and other facilities had burned in previous fires this season.

    urther north, the Zogg Fire in Shasta County, southwest of Redding, continues to expand and may eventually combine with the state?s largest blaze on record, known as the August Complex, burning nearby. Local law enforcement announced Monday afternoon that three people had died in the Zogg Fire.

    Meanwhile, as strong, dry winds pick up in Southern California, fast-moving fires are threatening homes in parts of Los Angeles county. The Martindale Fire erupted Monday afternoon north of Santa Clarita, about 30 miles from downtown L.A. Flames were advancing quickly toward communities in the Antelope Valley, prompting evacuations.

    It?s not just new blazes that Californians are dealing with Monday morning, either. The North Complex Fire in Butte County spread farther amid the more dangerous fire weather, triggering evacuation warnings along its western side, including places heavily impacted by the Camp Fire in 2018, which was California?s deadliest blaze. Paradise, Calif., which was nearly wiped out by that fire, was placed under an evacuation warning Sunday night.

    The North Complex is already responsible for killing 15 during the last heat wave, which occurred in mid-September. Fire weather forecast to be ?critical?
    California is locked into a weather pattern featuring repeated areas of strong high pressure, or heat domes, that deflect any storminess and lead to hot and dry conditions. The area of high pressure parked over the West right now is unusually strong for this time of year.

    Downtown San Francisco was under a heat advisory Monday, with highs possibly reaching the low to mid-90s, and with inland areas topping 100. The forecast high in Los Angeles was 100 to 106, which was also under a heat advisory.

    The wildfires that began during a heat wave in mid-August have burned a record expanse of more than 3.7 million acres and killed 26, according to Cal Fire. Five of the state?s top 20 largest fires have occurred in 2020.

    Scientists say California?s 2020 fire season, and the severe blazes that have extended north to Oregon and Washington, have clear links to human-caused climate change. There has been an increase in acres burned in large fires across the West due to global warming, and projections call for the region to become even hotter and drier, making the region more susceptible to fire sieges like the one taking place. A study published in August shows California?s frequency of fall days with extreme fire-weather conditions has more than doubled since the 1980s.

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    https://www.redding.com/story/news/2...ms/3584067001/

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    Fire grows slightly overnight, 7% containment
    Update, 7 a.m., Sept. 30, 2020

    The Zogg Fire grew slightly overnight as firefighters were able to get some containment lines around the blaze.

    The fire has now burned 51,955 acres — up from 50,102 acres — and is 7% contained, Cal Fire said.

    As of Wednesday morning, the cost to fight the fire is at $4.1 million.

    Three civilians have died in the fire and there has been one civilian injured, officials said.

    Fire burning in steep, rugged terrain
    From 15,000 acres first thing Monday to 50,102 acres by Tuesday evening, the Zogg Fire is continuing to burn out of control in "steep and rugged terrain" near west Redding.

    The wildfire remained 0% contained late Tuesday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

    There are 982 personnel fighting the fire that has killed three civilians, while "numerous firefighting air tankers from throughout the state are flying fire suppression missions as conditions allow," said fire officials in their nightly report.

    The wildfire has destroyed 146 structures and still threatens 1,538 buildings, said Cal Fire.

    Grass, oak woodland, chaparral and mixed timber are fueling the wildfire, the agency said, as are "hot and dry conditions" with temperatures in the 90s that have challenged fire crews.

    "Firefighters continue to work aggressively in steep and rugged terrain while working towards obtaining containment lines on the fire perimeter," Cal Fire's report said.

    Where is the fire burning?

    How close is the fire to Redding?
    The fire is nine miles southwest of Redding.

    Is the fire still west of Clear Creek?
    Yes. The fire has not jumped the creek. Firefighters continue working to prevent the blaze from crossing the creek.

    Is the fire's rate of growth slowing?
    For now, the fire's growth shows no signs of slowing — the size jumping from more than 31,200 acres on Monday night to more than 50,100 acres on Tuesday night.

    The situation report released on Tuesday by the National Interagency Fire Center noted firefighters saw "torching, wind-driven runs and long-range spotting," and several communities and infrastructure are threatened.

    In its incident update Tuesday night, Cal Fire expected poor humidity recovery overnight.

    Which schools are closed?
    The following are closed on Wednesday: Grant School, Shasta Elementary School and the Igo-Ono-Platina Union School District.

    What caused the fire?
    Even though the power was on at the time the fire broke out in Igo, nothing is known about how or what started the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Cal Fire.

    What do we know about the fire's three victims?
    They are civilians. At this time, Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini has declined to say where or how the victims were found. The coroner's office is working to identify them and notify their families.

    Have any other people been injured?
    As of Tuesday night, Cal Fire had not reported any injuries involving firefighters of first responders or civilians.

    California fire map:Track the Zogg Fire, other fires burning across state in real-time

    How many structures have been destroyed? Is there a tally of homes vs businesses?
    As of Tuesday night, the number of structures destroyed remained unchanged at 146. It is not yet known how many of those were homes, businesses, barns and sheds.

    Two of the buildings that did burn up in the fire were the historic Ono Store and Ono Grange.

    But authorities have yet to fully assess the destruction in the fire zone, and for now, there is no count on buildings that sustained damage.
    How many firefighters are on the fire?
    As of Tuesday night, 982 personnel were assigned to the Zogg Fire. Their resources included 117 engines, 35 water tenders, seven helicopters, 23 hand crews and 36 dozers, according to Cal Fire.

    Ffire suppression costs had increased to $1.3 million from $531,000 on Monday, according to the the National Interagency Fire Center.

    Is the weather helping fire crews?
    Weather conditions on the fire line on Wednesday are expected to be much like they were Tuesday — little wind with moderate heat risk.

    The National Weather Service has forecast a high near 100 degrees with light and variable winds.

    When can residents return home?
    Signpost at Zogg Mine Road and South Fork Road on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.
    Cal Fire officials said lifting evacuation orders isn’t as simple as allowing residents to return after the fire has moved through their neighborhood.

    There are many factors that play in to the decision to repopulate an evacuation area. Those include working with PG&E to restore power and removing hazards that could pose a threat to residents.

    “We have to make sure it’s safe for the public,” a Cal Fire official said Tuesday.

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    Late Tuesday night, however, fire officials spoke of Pacific Gas & Electric Co. crews re-energizing electrical lines in parts of Igo.

    Where are evacuations in place?
    Fire line east to intersection of Placer Road and Texas Springs Road. This includes all homes on the south and north side of Placer between Diggins Way and Texas Springs.
    South of South Fork Road and Zogg Mine Road south along Gas Point corridor, including all homes along Gas Point Road to Foster Drive.
    Muletown Road, from Placer Road to north of Kanaka Lane, and all roads off Muletown.
    Diggins Way south of Placer and all roads off Diggins.
    Platina Road west to Tehama County line. Residents, evacuate eastbound Highway 36.
    All areas off and north of Platina Road from Trinity Alps Preserve to Platina.
    In Tehama County: Zone H – All areas north of Highway 36 to the Shasta County line from Vassar Road/Luce Griswald Road and west to Beegum.
    A singed wooden crossbar hangs suspended next to a burned utility pole on Zogg Mine Road as a fire vehicle passes by on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020.
    Which roads remain closed?
    Clear Creek Road at Cloverdale Road
    Gas Point Road at Foster Road
    Highway 36 at Bowman Road
    Highway 36 west at Highway 3
    Texas Springs Road at Placer Road
    JFK Memorial Drive at the Whiskeytown Dam and Paige Barr Road
    Highway 36 from the Humboldt-Trinity counties border to Bowman Road in Tehama County
    Where can I track the fire?
    ENPLAN of Redding has an interactive map that displays satellite sensors as they detect fire.

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    https://ktla.com/news/local-news/mar...main-in-place/

    Fire officials plan to reevaluate evacuation orders Tuesday morning after crews appeared to get the upper hand on a wildfire that burned more than 200 acres when it sparked in a remote area of the Angeles National Forest Monday.

    The blaze, dubbed the Martindale Fire, started northeast of Santa Clarita at about 2:51 p.m. in the 34500 block of Bouquet Canyon Road, according to the U.S. Forest Service’s incident information website.

    The fire exploded to 200 acres in less than 30 minutes in a remote area of the forest between Santa Clarita and the Antelope Valley, but it was 20% contained by the evening. Due to Monday’s red flag warning, there were additional crews who could respond to the blaze and double containment overnight to 40%, said Senaca Smith, a battalion chief with the U.S. Forest Service.

    Firefighters also managed to borrow resources from the 178-square-mile Bobcat Fire, which was burning about 20 miles away and was 62% contained.

    Officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for about 12 homes located along Bouquet Canyon Road from Bouquet Reservoir Dam south to mile marker 11.5.

    “It’s likely that the evacuation order may be rescinded to a warning,” Smith said.

    An evacuation warning was already in effect for residents from mile marker 11.5 to the Texas Canyon Ranger Station. Officials also had to shut down Bouquet Canyon Road between Vasquez Canyon and Spunky Canyon roads.

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    Authorities advised evacuees in need of Red Cross assistance to call 800-675-5799.

    The direction the fire was burning Monday afternoon was encouraging, Smith said.

    “It had a very rapid rate of spread … but the good thing is it moved away from structures in Bouquet Canyon,” she said.

    Officials remain concerned that weather conditions will lead to increased fire danger Tuesday. The Forest Service expects to able to release some resources from the Martindale Fire throughout the day to get ready for any new fires.

    Forecasters are calling for warmer temperatures and lower humidity the next few days. A heat advisory is in effect through Thursday evening.

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