Wildfires in Northern California: Where to Find Air Quality Updates, Evacuations, and Official Information

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Updated at 2:12 p.m. on August 22

The last: A spot fire from the Caldor blaze is burning on the north side of Highway 50 near Kyburz, meaning the blaze has officially crossed the highway. Highway 50 remains closed between Sly Park Rd. In Pollock Pines and Meyers due to the Caldor fire with no estimated reopening date.

More land burned this year than at the same time last year, setting the record for most area charred. The US Forest Service is closing nine national forests until September 6 due to limited firefighting resources.

The fires burning in northern California have seen extreme fire growth this season due to critical fuel conditions and will likely experience an extended fire season this year, according to Cal Fire.

Air quality in Sacramento is expected to be good on Sunday morning. Check out airnow.gov for the latest news in your area.

This article will be updated with the latest information on these fires when it becomes available. Sign up for emergency alerts in your county to be notified of warnings and evacuation orders.

Here are the fires we are tracking. Click for more information:

Here are some resources on how to prepare for wildfires and keep track of fire information:


Dixie Fire

The Dixie Fire began over the Cresta Dam in the Feather River Canyon on July 13. The fire is burning in Plumas County with evacuations in Plumas and Butte counties. As of July 22, there is also another fire north of Quincy called Fly Fire, which merged with the Dixie Fire on July 25.

Cal Fire and the US Forest Service will be holding live briefings every evening at 7 p.m. area on odd days.

Counties: Fire in Plumas and Butte counties, with evacuations in Butte, Plumas, Tehama and Lassen

Where to get information:

Area and containment

At 7 a.m. on August 22, the Dixie Fire was 37% contained and had burned 721,298 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


Caldor’s fire

This fire began on August 14 in the Eldorado National Forest near the Grizzly Flats area off Omo Ranch Road near Santiago Creek. Officials hold a live community briefing at 5 p.m. Sunday. You can watch it here.

Counties: Eldorado

Where to get information:

Area and containment

As of 8 a.m. on August 22, this fire had no containment and had burned 98,149 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


McFarland fire

The McFarland fire was started by lightning.

Counties: Trinity

Where to get information:

Area and containment

As of 7:30 a.m. on August 22, this fire was 66% under control and had burned 117,985 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


River complex

The fires at the River Complex were started by lightning on July 30.

Counties: Siskiyou

Where to get information:

Area and containment

By 9 a.m. on August 22, these fires were 10 percent under control and had burned 85,257 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


Monument fire

The fire at the monument was triggered by lightning on July 30.

Counties: Trinity

Where to get information:

Area and containment

By 9:05 a.m. on August 22, the fire was 16% under control and had burned 147,323 acres.


Antelope fire

The antelope fire may have been started by a lightning strike on August 2.

Counties: Siskiyou

Where to get information:

Area and containment

At 7:20 p.m. on August 21, the fire was 30% under control and had burned 66,021 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


Beckwourth Complex (Sugar Fire)

Officials from the Plumas National Forest Service now refer to the Dotta and Sugar fires as the Beckwourth complex.

Counties: Plumas, Lassen

Where to get information

Area and containment

At 2:40 p.m. on August 16, these fires were 98% under control and had burned 105,670 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


Larch fire

The Tamarack Fire is a lightning fire that burns near Markleeville and Pleasant Valley that began on July 4, but exploded in size on July 16. Residents can sign up to receive evacuation notifications at https://alpinecountyca.gov/204/Sheriff.

Counties: Alpine

Where to get information

Area and containment

As of 6 p.m. on August 18, this fire was 82 percent under control and burned 68,637 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


Lava fire

Counties: Siskiyou

Where to get information

Area and containment

By 8:30 a.m. on August 9, this fire was 85% under control and had burned 26,409 acres.

Evacuations

Here’s where you can find the latest information on evacuations:


Forest fire map


Fully contained fires

Salt fire

Frenchtown fire

River fire

  • Dates: August 3 to 13, 2021
  • Total area: 2,619
  • Structures destroyed: 142
  • Injuries: 4
  • Where to get information: Calibration fire incident page

Glen fire

  • Dates: August 11-21, 2021
  • Total area: 184
  • Structures destroyed: 10
  • Injuries: 0
  • Where to get information: Cal Fire Incident page

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