The national news has, per usual, been making it sound to most of the country like all of California is on fire, and between the 4,000 convicted felons now fighting the fires and the thousands of square miles scorched, we may as well write the state off as a loss in 2015. But big progress was made over the last week on the Rocky Fire, letting the Clear Lake region finally get some relief from smoke and evacuations. That fire is now 90 percent contained according to CalFire, and was kept to 25,000 acres, meaning that it did not rage as out of control as the next-door Rocky Fire which topped out at 69,400 acres.
The big ones they're now focusing on are the Fork Complex Fire actually a conflagration of 40 different fires all started by lightning on July 30 in Shasta-Trinity National Forest up north, in Trinity County which is now at 35,000 acres and is 52 percent contained; and the Rough Fire, east of Fresno in the Sierra National Forest near Kings Canyon National Park, which was also ignited by lightning, on July 31. That fire has reached 21,000 acres as of Tuesday, forcing the closure of a number of campgrounds and the evacuation of the Black Rock Reservoir region.
As KQED reports, "Lightning sparked the fire more than two weeks ago, but it took a turn with this weekend’s hot weather." The fire is burning on steep and rough terrain as seen in the video above from KFSN, and it is zero percent contained.
So far it has not threatened any buildings, but it is affecting air quality in Fresno County.
A small fire also broke out on Sunday in Los Angeles County, just west of Lancaster, called the Warm Fire, which has burned 300 acres and is 75 percent contained.
As the AP noted yesterday, 200 active-duty military personnel have now been called in to join the firefight, which extends into Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
See information on all the current wildfires here, via CalFire.