West Coast Wildfires, September 2020
10 Sep 2020
Numerous wildfires are blazing across the West Coast of the U.S. Wildfires have burned more than 3 million acres of land in California this fire season, destroyed over 7,000 structures, and killed 26 people. Wildfires initially broke out in California mid-August during an intense heatwave, including the fires in the SCU Lightening Complex, which have burned 396,624 acres, and the LNU Complex, which have burned 363,220 acres. The August Complex fires in the Mendocino National Forest, now designated as the largest wildfire complex in the state’s history, have burned 938,044 of land. The fire complex started on August 17 and is 43% contained. Currently, Santa Anna winds are stroking old and new fires across the state. The Creek fire, burning in the Sierra National Forest in Fresno and Madero Counties, has burned 305,240 acres since September 4 and is 44% contained. The North Complex has burned 308,995 acres and damaged or destroyed over 2,000 structures. The Bobcat fire, burning in the Angeles National Forest, has burned 114,200 acres since its start on September 6th. Both the Zogg fire and the Glass fires broke out on September 27th. The Zogg fire has already burned more than 40,000 acres in Shasta and Tehama counties. The Glass fire has burned more than 36,236 acres in Napa and Sonoma counties, destroying homes and wineries in the famed region. The entire town of Calistoga is currently under evacuation orders.
Large wildfires are currently burning in Oregon as well. Earlier in the month fires destroyed much of the communities of Detroit and Blue River in the Cascades, and Talent and Phoenix in southwest Oregon. The Beachie Creek Fire has burned 192,838 acres and is 52% contained. The Lionshead Fire near Warm Springs has burned 204,340 acres and is 28% contained. The Riverside Fire in Clackamas County has burned 138,09 acres and is 34% contained. The Holiday Farm Fire in Lane County has burned 173,094 acres and is 45% contained.
For more information on wildfires in California, visit CAL FIRE at https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/
For Oregon, visit the Department of Forestry at https://www.oregon.gov/odf/fire/Pages/firestats.aspx
For Washington, visit the Washington State Department of Natural Resources at https://www.dnr.wa.gov/Wildfires
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