Fires in California continue to cause destruction on Friday, August 10. With the hot summer weather continuing, and a few thunderstorms periodically causing lightning strikes and winds that further fuel fires, you’ll want to track what is happening in your region. The Ferguson Fire, Carr Fire, Mendocino Complex Fire, and Holy Fire are causing issues and requiring evacuations, along with other fires that crop up unexpectedly. Since the fall, thousands of people in California have lost their homes and others have lost their lives from the fires. Read on to learn all the details about the current fires in California as of Friday, August 10, with a roundup of maps of the larger fires around the state, their containment levels, and where they are located. News is constantly changing, so call your local officials if you are concerned about evacuations near you. (If you are interested in reading about Forrest Gordon Clark, who was arrested in connection with the Holy Fire, see Heavy’s story here.)
Interactive Maps of California Fires
This map below is an interactive map of some of the bigger fires in California, constantly being updated, provided by CAL FIRE and Google. Fires in red are active and fires in black are contained. Read the next section for details about the fires listed on the map.
The California Governor’s office has another active fire map for comparison, which is embedded below. This map periodically is made available only to those with a login, so if it’s not available when you’re reading this story, it might be released to the public again later. The map was updated on August 9.
Below is another active fire map from Google’s Crisis Map. Zoom in to see areas of interest.
Next are more specific details on the fires for August 10. The details are extensive, so if you are looking for a specific fire, search for the name so you can find it faster, or just scroll down and look at the fires, listed in alphabetical order.
List of Active Fires in California as of August 10
Here are the active fires and updates about them, per CAL FIRE, as of August 10. Most of these are in alphabetical order, but newer fires not yet listed on the CAL FIRE map may be included in a separate section at the end.
The Carr Fire is off Highway 299 and Carr Powerhouse Road in Whiskeytown (Shasta County.) You can see an interactive map above. Both the acreage and the containment have increased slightly in the last day. Today it is 181,496 acres and 51 percent contained, according to CAL FIRE. There are 1,077 residences that were destroyed, 22 commercial structures, and 500 outbuildings. 528 structures are still threatened by the fire. The fire was caused by a vehicle’s mechanical failure.
8/10 Friday #CarrFire. See “Legend” and “Map tips” links (upper left corner) to get the most benefit from the map. Open online map: …read more