California Statewide Fire Summary
September 24, 2020
September 24, 2020
Please note this mornings update has been revised to reflect updated information for the Top 20 fact sheets located at the bottom of this document.
Crews continue to battle 26 major wildfires in California. With over 18,200 firefighters on the front lines, crews continue to gain ground on these fires. Yesterday, firefighters responded to 23 new initial attack wildfires across the State, all of which were quickly contained.
Since the beginning of the year, there have been well over 8,000 wildfires that have burned over 3.6 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California's fire activity elevated, there have been 26 fatalities and over 6,700 structures destroyed.
Cooler weather in Northern California and seasonal temperatures in Southern California continue today. Wetting rain is expected in very northwestern California, as well as a chance of showers over the Coastal and Shasta Mountain. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect beginning Saturday morning through a large portion of Northern California for gusty winds and low humidity, bringing critical fire weather conditions. This pattern will remain through Monday, effecting areas including but not limited to the East Bay Hills, North Bay, Sacramento Valley and Sierra Foothills. A significant warming trend is expected to begin this weekend and into next week throughout the state.
Do you know what a Fire Weather Watch means in the forecast? Or a Red Flag Warning? A Fire Weather Watch most often precipitates a Red Flag Warning and tells you that critical fire weather is on the way. Gusty winds and low humidity are the most common reason for issuing the watches and warnings. Click here to learn more about this and what CAL FIRE does to prepare.
Fires of Interest:
LNU Lightning Complex, multiple North Bay counties (more info...)
Napa, Lake, Sonoma, Colusa, Solano, and Yolo Counties
*363,220 acres, 98% contained
*While no growth is expected, fire suppression repair work is ongoing.
SCU Lightning Complex, multiple Easy Bay counties (more info...)
Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara San Joaquin, Merced, and Stanislaus Counties
*396,624 acres, 98% contained