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California Statewide Fire Summary Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Posted: August 29, 2012 9:54 a.m.
Updated: August 29, 2012 9:54 a.m.

As we head into the long Labor Day weekend over 8,100 firefighters remain on the firelines battling the 6 remaining large wildfires in northern California. Firefighters will be getting a break in the weather today in the north but significant fire activity is still possible on several of these well-established wildfires. Coordination continues between Federal, State and Local fire agencies to assist with existing fires and to respond to any new incidents.

The National Weather Service cancelled the Red Flag Warning for northern and central California. Dry conditions will remain as these regions recover from the low humidity and winds that occurred over the last few days. Temperatures will rise slightly as this weather system moves east. The weather should provide firefighters with favorable conditions in many areas as efforts continue to contain these major fires.

Southern California will see weather changes over the next few days as a high pressure system develops to the east and a monsoonal flow develops. This weather pattern could create thunder storms from the Southern Sierras all the way to San Diego. As Thunderstorms occur they create very gusty and erratic winds and often produce lightning. Firefighters will continue to monitor the weather and increased fire threat statewide.

The fire danger in California remains elevated. During periods of high fire danger, CAL FIRE asks that residents living or recreating in or near the wildlands use extreme caution to avoid starting a new fire. It’s important that everyone plan for a fire safe Labor Day Weekend. As a reminder, a statewide burn ban remains in effect for all state responsibility areas. For information on the burn ban please visit:

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties

Community of Manton & Shingletown

* 27,676 acres - 96% contained

North Pass Fire, Mendocino County

Mendocino Pass Rd, northeast of Covelo

* 32,675 acres – 35% 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
* 74,125 - 87% contained
* CAL FIRE is assisting

Fort Complex, Siskiyou County
US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest
10 Miles northwest of Happy Camp
* 17,173 acres - 25% contained

Rush Fire, Lassen County
Bureau of Land Management
15 miles southeast of Ravendale
*315,577 acres- 82% contained
* CAL FIRE is assisting

Bagley Complex, Shasta County
US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest
7 miles west of Big Bend CA
* 31,321 - 24% contained
* CAL FIRE is assisting


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