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California Statewide Fire Summary Thursday, August 30, 2012

Posted: August 30, 2012 10:52 a.m.
Updated: August 30, 2012 10:52 a.m.

With Labor Day Weekend just days away, almost 8,000 firefighters remain on the firelines battling the 6 remaining large wildfires in northern California. Firefighters have been aided by milder weather and containment percentages continue to rise on several of the fires. Significant fire activity is still possible on the larger well established fires with limited containment as conditions remain warm and dry. Statewide coordination continues between Federal, State and Local fire agencies to assist with existing fires and to respond to any new incidents.

Northern California will see slightly higher temperatures and very little wind over the next few days. Dry conditions still remain in the inland areas as these regions recover from low humidity and drying winds that occurred earlier in the week. The Southern part of the state will see a high pressure system develop to the east and while moisture continues to be pulled up from Mexico. This monsoonal flow is causing thunderstorms to develop over the mountains and deserts. The thunderstorms create gusty and erratic winds and could be accompanied by lightning and rain. There are several inland and desert areas under a flash flood warning through this evening. Firefighters will continue to monitor the weather, fire activity and fire threat statewide.

The fire danger in California remains elevated as fires continue to actively burn in the northern part of the state. 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 the Labor Day weekend with fire safety in mind. A statewide burn ban remains in effect for all state responsibility areas. For more information on the burn ban please visit: . In addition, many recreational areas impacted by wildfires remain closed. If you are planning to visit one of the National Forests within California, please contact the Forest Area Office directly to obtain current information on their closures and fire restrictions.

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Ponderosa Fire, Tehama/Shasta Counties

Community of Manton & Shingletown

* 27,676 acres - 99% contained

North Pass Fire, Mendocino County

Mendocino Pass Rd, northeast of Covelo

* 34,119 acres – 28% contained

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

**Federal & Local Fires**
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 now in unified command with the US Forest Service

Chips Fire, Plumas County
US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest
20 miles northwest of Quincy
* 74,125 - 91% contained
* CAL FIRE is assisting

Fort Complex, Siskiyou County
US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest
10 Miles northwest of Happy Camp
* 18,148 acres - 25% contained

Rush Fire, Lassen County
Bureau of Land Management
15 miles southeast of Ravendale
*315,577 acres- 96% contained
* CAL FIRE is assisting


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