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Fires Flare as Smoke Spreads From California Wildfires to Oregon and Nevada

The National Weather Service reports that wildland fire activity was reported with six new large fires nationally, but California remains the most active state with 27 large fires and 409,046 acres burned.


Images and video courtesy: Accuweather.com

(SALEM, Ore.) - The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reports that over 1,450 fires in California have scorched more than 416,200 acres as of early this morning.

AccuWeather.com forecasters say smoky conditions will continue to affect central and northern California as well as western Nevada and southern Oregon.

Red Bluff, California, Reno, Nevada and Medford, Oregon, all reported lowered visibility due to the smoke being spread by a south-southwest steering flow on Monday. The smoke will continue to cause poor air quality and poor breathing conditions, even for healthy adults, through the week.

The dry thunderstorms that have sparked the fires are coming to an end; however, there is no rain forecast to bring help to the firefighters on the firelines.

The National Weather Service reports that wildland fire activity was reported with six new large fires nationally, but California remains the most active state with 27 large fires and 409,046 acres burned. Nationally, there are 46 large fires and complexes burning a total of 525,673 acres.

In California, eight MAFFS C-130 airtankers are supporting the firefighting efforts. The aircraft are based at McClellan Airport in Sacramento, California. Aircraft are provided by the 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte North Carolina, the 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the 153rd Airlift Wing from Cheyenne, Wyoming.

California Wildfire roundup:

Alps Complex (Shasta-Trinity National Forest): 2,650 acres at two percent contained. This complex of 13 fires is three miles northeast of Burnt Ranch. Moderate fire activity was reported. Residences are threatened. Information: Call (530) 226-2500 ext. 2.

American River Complex (Tahoe National Forest): 4,180 acres at 20 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 11 miles northeast of Foresthill. Power lines, watershed, and residences remain threatened. Information: Call (530) 367-6223.

Basin Complex (Los Padres National Forest): 39,906 acres at three percent contained. This complex of two fires is five miles southeast of Big Sur. Hwy 1 remains closed. A fire evacuation advisory was issued for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon. Highway 1 is closed. Information: Call (805) 961-5770 or visit the Website (click on Current Conditions).

BTU Lightning Complex (Butte Unit, Cal Fire): 16,000 acres at 25 percent contained. This complex of 31 fires is in Butte county. Active fire behavior continued. Residences remain threatened. Precautionary evacuations were issued for several communities. Information: Call (530) 538-7826 or visit the Website.


Canyon Complex (Plumas National Forest): 12,921 acres at 38 percent contained. This complex of 17 fires is 16 miles northeast of Paradise. Residences and archeological sites are threatened and road closures are in effect. Information: Call (530) 283-7883.

Clover (Sequoia National Forest): 15,262 acres at 60 percent contained. The fire is 32 miles north of Weldon. Residences are threatened. Information: Call (760) 376-3781 ext. 625.

Corral (Lassen-Modoc Unit, Cal Fire): 15,000 acres at 10 percent contained. This fire is 23 miles west of Termo. Moderate fire activity ws reported. Information: Call (530) 257-9553 or visit the Website.

Cub Complex (Lassen National Forest): 3,632 acres at 15 percent contained. This complex of two fires is 16 miles southwest of Chester. Structures and roads remain threatened. Highway 32 is closed so firefighters can perform burnout operations. Information: Call (530) 257-9553.

Hell's Half Complex (Six Rivers National Forest): 2,440 acres at 20 percent contained. This complex of two fires is eight miles southwest of Burnt Ranch. Structures are threatened. Information: Call (707) 441-3623 or visit the Website.

Humboldt Complex (Humboldt-Del Norte Unit, Cal Fire): 1,275 acres at 60 percent contained. This complex of two fires is in Humboldt county. Several residences are threatened. Information: Call (707) 726-1225 or visit the Website.

Indians (Los Padres National Forest): 81,378 acres at 95 percent contained. This fire is 18 miles west of King City. Active fire behavior was reported. Numerous residences and cultural resources are threatened. Voluntary evacuations are in effect for Arroyo Seco. Information: Call 805-961-5770 or visit the Website.

Iron Complex (Shasta-Trinity National Forest): 18,177 acres at 25 percent contained. This complex of 27 fires is one mile north of Junction City. Hawkins Bar and Trininty Village are threatened. Highway 299 is temporarily closed and restricted traffic flow. Information: Call (530) 226-2500 ext. 2.

Lime Complex (Shasta-Trinity National Forest): 35,445 acres at 36 percent contained. This complex of 40 fires is 14 miles west of Hayfork. Numerous residences, ranches, and youth camps are threatened. Evacuations remain in effect. Information: Call (530) 226-2500 ext. 2.

Mad Complex (Six Rivers National Forest): 2,663 acres at 38 percent contained. This complex of four fires is in Humboldt county. Residences are threatened. Information: Call (707) 441-3623 or visit the Website.

MEU Lightning Complex (Mendocino Unit, Cal Fire): 37,600 acres at 38 percent contained. This complex of 63 fires is in Mendocino county. A utility infrastructure and 10 communities are threatened. Information: Call 707-467-6426 or visit the Website.

North Mountain (Stanislaus National Forest): 2,750 acres at 35 percent contained. This fire is seven miles northeast of Groveland. Residences and a lookout tower are threatened. Information: Call (209) 532-3671 ext. 244/245 or visit the Website.

Oliver (Merced-Mariposa Unit, Cal Fire): 2,789 acres at 65 percent contained. This fire is 12 miles east of Mariposa. Structures are threatened. Information: Visit the Website.

Peterson Complex (Lassen National Forest): The complex was contained at 7,824 acres. Information: Call (530) 257-9553.

Piute (Sequoia National Forest): 7,040 acres at six percent contained. This fire is 17 miles northeast of Caliente. The fire continues to spread rapidly. Structures are threatened and evacuated. Information: Call (760) 376-3781 ext. 625.

SHU Lightning Complex (Shasta-Trinity Unit, Cal Fire): 51,000 acres at 10 percent contained. This complex of seven fires is in Shasta and Trinity counties. Platina, Keswick, Corman Ranch, and a power generation system are threatened. Information: Call (530) 225-2510 or visit the Website.

Silver Complex (Sierra National Forest): 1,111 acres at 92 percent contained. This fire is 12 miles southeast of Mariposa. Moderate fire activity was reported.

Soda Complex (Mendocino National Forest): 5,100 acres at 64 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 15 miles northwest of Upper Lake. Residences are threatened. Information: Call (530) 934-3316.

Siskiyou Complex (Klamath National Forest): 7,988 acres at 23 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 18 miles southwest of Happy Camp. Campgrounds and residences are threatened. Information: Call (530) 493-1518.

TGU Lightning Complex (Tehama-Glenn Unit, Cal Fire): 22,907 acres at 65 percent contained. This complex of three fires is in Tehama county. Information: Call (530) 528-5193 or visit the Website.

Ukonom Complex (Six Rivers National Forest): 5,884 acres at two percent contained. This complex of three fires is three miles southwest of Somes Bar. Structures are threatened. Information: Call (707) 441-3623 or visit the Website.

Whiskeytown Complex (Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, National Park Service): 6,559 acres at 30 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 12 miles west of Redding. Power lines, communication towers, and recreation areas are threatened. Information: Call 530-242-3438 or visit the Website.

Yolla Bolly Complex (Mendocino National Forest): 3,900 acres at five percent contained. This complex of 17 fires is 24 miles southwest of Chico. The Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness area is closed. Information: Visit the Website.

Yuba River Complex (Tahoe National Forest): 3,579 acres at 61 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 13 miles northeast of Nevada City. Several communities, hydroelectric facilities, and recreation sites are threatened. Information: Call (530) 478-6101.

Here is the Accuweather.com NW Weather Report:

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Special thanks to: Accuweather.com



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