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California Statewide Fire Summary Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Posted: August 21, 2012 10:04 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2012 10:04 a.m.

California firefighters continue to battle over a dozen wildfires across the state. Over 9,000 CAL FIRE, local and federal firefighters are on the frontlines working to extinguish the fires, as they continue to threaten thousands of homes. CAL FIRE has seen a large increase in fire activity this year, with nearly 1,400 more wildfires than last year for the same time period.

In northern California a cooling trend will occur, returning temperatures to seasonal normal, but afternoon winds will begin to pick up with gusts of 25-35 mph. The gusty winds will pose a challenge for firefighters, as they work towards containment of the current fires. Today is expected to be the windiest day of the week. In Southern California the fire danger is elevated in the Western Mountains above Los Angeles County due to scattered thunderstorms with possible dry lightning. Fire danger in California remains extreme and the public is asked to be extra careful outdoors to help prevent wildfires.

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties

Community of Manton & Shingletown

*19,627 acres - 35% contained
* Evacuation orders in effect

* Over 3,000 of residences threatened

SHU Lightning Fire, Shasta County

Buckhorn Ranch, off Fern Rd. near Whitmore

* 204 acres - 90% contained
* Expected containment Wednesday, August 22

Pass Fire, Mendocino County

Mendocino Pass Rd, northeast of Covelo

*6,415 acres - 10% contained

Mill Fire, Tehama/Butte Counties

Hwy 32, 10 miles northwest of Butte Meadows

1,660 acres - 65% contained
* Expected containment Thursday, August 23

**Federal & Local Fires**
Chips Fire, Plumas County
US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest
20 miles northwest of Quincy
* 50,860 acres - 37% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting

Reading Fire, Shasta County
National Park Service – Lassen Volcanic National Park
14 miles south of Old Station
* 27,887acres - 79% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting

Nelson Fire, Modoc County
Bureau of Land Management
2 miles northeast of Likely
* 3,750 acres - 85% contained

Barry Point Fire, State of Oregon & Modoc County
US Forest Service – Fremont-Winema National Forest
West of Goose lake, along the Oregon & California Border
* 93,231acres - 51% contained

* 38,367 acres have burned into California

* CAL FIRE is assisting

Jawbone Complex, Kern County
Bureau of Land Management
west of Jawbone Recreation Area, north of Mojave
* 12,018 acres - 98% contained

Fort Complex, Siskiyou County
US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest
10 Miles northwest of Happy Camp
* 5,632 acres - 41% contained

Ramsey Fire, Calaveras County
US Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest
Hwy 4, 11 miles East of Dorrington
* 1,137 acres - 95% contained

Rush Fire, Lassen County
Bureau of Land Management
Southwest of Applegate
*285,188 acres- 50% contained
* CAL FIRE is assisting

Bagley Complex, Shasta County
US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
7 miles west of Big Bend CA
* 3,770 - 0% contained

For the latest on CAL FIRE’s incidents visit or follow us on twitter @CAL_FIRE. For fires burning on federal land visit

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