Western U.S. Wildfires

Extreme heat and drought continue to fuel an outbreak of wildfire activity that has burned structures in several states.

Continued heat and dry winds are fueling two wildfires in Northern California that have reportedly damaged/destroyed multiple homes.

The largest, known as the Caldor Fire, sparked Saturday in El Dorado County. Over the last two days, the blaze has grown more than 24 times its own size, expanding to more than 62,586 acres. The activity has reportedly led to major structural damage in Grizzly Flats.

Total containment remains at 0%.

Elsewhere, in Lake County, the Cache Fire has consumed roughly 80 acres in and around Clearlake. More than 60 homes have reportedly been destroyed.

Over the last 24 hours, firefighters have been able to establish perimeter lines and raise total containment to 20%.

Approximate impacted area overview:

Cache Fire

  • Clearlake (Lake County, 95422)

Caldor Fire

  • Grizzly Flats (El Dorado County, 95636)
  • Omo Ranch (El Dorado County, 95684)
  • Pollock Pines (El Dorado County, 95726)
  • Somerset (El Dorado County, 95684)
media

Cache Fire
SFGATE: The number of structures destroyed in the Cache Fire in Clearlake is ‘in the dozens’

Caldor Fire
CNN: Thousands more evacuated as California wildfire swells 24 times its size in 2 days

Updated 8/5/2021

As firefighters continue to engage 96 large-scale wildfires burning across the country, a new one igniting on Wednesday has already consumed 2,400 acres in Northern California.

The River Fire, located in Nevada and Placer counties, has reportedly destroyed at least 40 structures in the Colfax/Grass Valley area.

At this time, containment remains at 0%.

Meanwhile, in Butte and Plumas counties, the Dixie Fire continues to burn as the largest active fire in California (322,502 acres).

According to media outlets, the blaze moved through Greenville on Wednesday night, resulting in catastrophic damage reportedly stretching across the entire town.

Total containment has risen to 35%.

Approximate impacted areas

Dixie Fire

  • Belden (Plumas County, 95915, 95980)
  • Bucks Lake (Plumas County, 95971)
  • Caribou (Plumas County, 95915)
  • Crescent Mills (Plumas County, 95934)
  • Forest Ranch (Butte County, 95942)
  • Greenville (Plumas County, 95947)
  • Indian Falls (Plumas County, 95934, 95952)
    *Concentrated home damage reported
  • Jonesville (Butte County, 95942)
  • Meadow Valley (Plumas County, 95956)
  • Mill Creek (Tehama County, 96061)
  • Moccasin (Tuolumne County, 95347)
  • Oroville (Butte County, 95965)
    *Approximate impacted ZIP code included only
  • Quincy (Plumas County, 95971)

River Fire

  • Colfax (Placer County, 95713)
  • Grass Valley (Nevada County, 95945)
Media Coverage

Dixie Fire
CNN: California sheriff’s office issues stark warning as wildfire rages: ‘You are in imminent danger and you MUST leave now’

River Fire
CBS 13 Sacramento: River Fire Grows To 2,400 Acres; Zero Containment Reported

Updated 7/21/2021

Heat waves and extreme drought are fueling a new batch of wildfires in California and Oregon that have reportedly destroyed dozens of homes and other structures.

The largest of these events continues to be the Bootleg Fire (394,407 acres), which ignited July 9 in Klamath County, Ore. and has destroyed at least 67 homes and 117 outbuildings. More than 3,000 homes remain threatened.

Event Overview

California
Dixie Fire

  • Belden (Plumas County, 95915, 95980)
  • Bucks Lake (Plumas County, 95971)
  • Caribou (Plumas County, 95915)
  • Meadow Valley (Plumas County, 95956)

Media: https://www.mercurynews.com/2021/07/19/map-dixie-fire-perimeter-and-expanded-evacuations/

Tamarack Fire

  • Alpine Village (Alpine County, 96120)
  • Markleeville (Alpine County, 96120)
  • Mesa Vista (Alpine County, 96120)
  • Woodfords (Alpine County, 96120)

Media: https://www.kcra.com/article/tamarack-fire-alpine-county-july-21/37092442

Oregon
Bootleg Fire

  • Beatty (Klamath County, 97621)
    *Concentrated home damage reported in Sycan Estates area
  • Blaisdell (Lake County, 97630)
  • Bly (Klamath County, 97622)
  • Chester Spring (Klamath County, 97621)
  • Paisley (Lake County, 97636)
  • Summer Lake (Lake County, 97640)

Media: https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/bootleg-fire-in-oregon-creating-pyrocumulus-clouds/985540

Initial Post (7/14/2021)

Record-setting heat and extreme drought continue to fuel an outbreak of wildfire activity that has caused structural damage in several states.

The largest of these events, known as the Bootleg Fire (150,000 acres), ignited July 9 in Klamath County, Ore. and has destroyed at least 21 homes and 54 outbuildings. Almost 2,000 homes remain threatened.

Approximate locations reportedly sustaining structural damage:

California
Beckwourth Complex Fire

  • Beckwourth (Plumas County, 96129)
  • Chilcoot (Plumas County, 96105)
  • Doyle (Lassen County, 96109)
    *Concentrated structural damage reported
  • Omira (Lassen County, 96109)

Salt Fire

  • Lakehead (Shasta County, 96051)
    *Concentrated home damage reported in Gregory Creek Acres subdivision

Tenant Fire

  • Klamath National Forest/Macdoel (Siskiyou County, 96058)

Oregon
Bootleg Fire

  • Beatty (Klamath County, 97621)
    *Concentrated home damage reported in Sycan Estates area
  • Bly (Klamath County, 97622)
  • Chester Spring (Klamath County, 97621)

Washington
Chuweah Creek Fire

  • Nespelem (Okanogan County, 99155)
media coverage

California
KDRV ABC 12: Tennant Fire is Now 51% Contained
Plumas News: Beckwourth Complex now largest fire in California: destroys Doyle structures
Record Searchlight: Salt Fire Destroys 27 Homes, 14 Outbuildings in First Official Damage Assessment

Oregon
The New York Times: Bootleg Fire in Oregon Scorches 150,000 Acres as Heat Wave Continues in the West

Washington
The Spokesman-Review: Nespelem evacuated after lightning fire burns over 10,000 acres, 7 homes

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