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California Statewide Fire Summary Monday, August 27, 2012

Posted: August 27, 2012 12:21 p.m.
Updated: August 27, 2012 12:21 p.m.

Despite gusty winds Sunday afternoon in Northern California, firefighters continued to make steady progress containing wildfires. Nearly 8,300 firefighters are working on the 8 major wildfires still burning in northern California. Additional resources and personnel have been mobilized from throughout the state to assist with new fires or rapid growth on existing fires, due to the predicted weather conditions. Coordination continues between Federal, State and Local fire agencies to respond to existing fires and any new incidents.

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for northeastern California and northwest Nevada from noon through 9 p.m. Tuesday evening. Gusty winds of over 35 mph and very low relative humidity have created critical fire weather conditions in these areas. Portions of Northern California will see slightly lower temperatures today with lighter winds. However, a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Tuesday in most of northwest California. This Fire Weather Watch could be upgraded to a Red Flag Warning as the weather system develops into northern California later today. These predicted weather conditions have the potential to significantly impact existing fires that are not 100% controlled as well as any new fires that start.

The Fire danger in northern California remains elevated over the next few days. Higher temperatures are anticipated mid-week in Southern California which will increase the fire danger throughout the state. During Red Flag Warnings and periods of high fire danger, CAL FIRE asks that residents avoid using powered equipment for mowing or weed eating on dry grass since a simple spark from a mower blade can spark a wildfire. For more fire safety tips during Red Flag Warnings:


Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties Community of Manton & Shingletown

* 27,676 acres - 85% contained

* 300 residences threatened

North Pass Fire, Mendocino County Mendocino Pass Rd, northeast of Covelo

* 31,650 acres - 32% contained

* CAL FIRE is now in unified command with the US Forest Service

**Federal & Local Fires**

Chips Fire, Plumas County

US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest

20 miles northwest of Quincy

* 68,582- 65% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting

Barry Point Fire, State of Oregon & Modoc County

US Forest Service – Fremont-Winema National Forest

West of Goose lake, along the Oregon & California Border

* 93,071 acres - 95% contained

* 38,394 acres have burned into California

* CAL FIRE is assisting

Fort Complex, Siskiyou County

US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest

10 Miles northwest of Happy Camp

* 11,712 acres - 15% 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

15 miles southeast of Ravendale

*318,400 acres- 69% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting

Bagley Complex, Shasta County

US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest

7 miles west of Big Bend CA

* 24,413 - 20% contained

* CAL FIRE is assisting

For the latest on CAL FIRE’s incidents visit or follow us on twitter @CAL_FIRE. For a look at the statewide fire map: For fires burning on federal land visit

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