Firefighters continue to make progress on the 13 large wildfires that are burning across the state. Saturday, Aug. 21, CAL FIRE responded to 13 new initial attack wildfires, all of which were contained. Currently, there are more than 13,000 firefighters on the frontlines across California. While firefighters continue their battle on the current major wildfires, CAL FIRE and fire departments across the state remain prepared for more wildfires due to the current weather and drought conditions.
In Northern California, weather conditions are likely to bring increasing southwest-west-northwest winds, with gusts up to 30 to 40 mph in the Northern Sierra and far eastside. These increasing winds, combined with critically flammable fuels, will lead to heightened fire danger across the region. Temperatures will remain normal through the early part of the week, then be above normal later in the week. In Southern California, below normal temperatures along with humidity above critical levels will keep the potential for new large fires low through early next week.
Are you prepared if a wildfire should occur in your area? Making a quick and safe evacuation is critical to protecting your life and your family. To learn ways to be prepared, visit www.ReadyForWildfire.org.
Unified Command fires of note include the Dixie and Caldor fires.
The Dixie Fire in Butte, Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Shasta counties, was 37 percent contained as of Saturday, Aug. 21 with more than 721,000 acres burned and over 1,200 structures destroyed. More than 16,000 structures are threatened and evacuation orders and warnings are in place for multiple communities.
The Caldor Fire in El Dorado County, south of Grizzly Flats in the El Dorado National Forest, was at zero containment with over 98,000 acres burned and forcing the closure of Highway 50 in both directions from Pollock Pines to Meyers. Over 325 structures were destroyed and another 15,000 threatened with evacuation orders and warnings remaining in place.