California firefighters have made “good progress” in Orange County, where the state’s two most recent forest fires – the Silverado and Blue Ridge – are burning, according to the latest report from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) on Thursday.
All evacuation orders and warnings for the Silverado and Blue Ridge fires have been lifted, while some roadblocks remain in place.
Smoke counseling for the area affected by both fires was extended to Friday, and the South Coaast AQMD (Air Quality Management District) tweeted on Thursday.
Cal Fire noted Thursday: “Winds have decreased significantly throughout the state; however, the high pressure will continue to bring warm and dry conditions for the coming week. In some areas, there will be locally breezy winds, especially in the mountains and canyons.
“Even in cooler weather, California has not received significant rainfall, which means that the risk of fire continues to increase. The public is urged not to lower their vigilance,” warned Cal Fire.
Firefighters continue to fight 22 wildfires in California, as of Thursday. Here are the latest updates on some of the current fires across the state.
location: District of Orange.
Size: 13,390 acres.
Containment: 51 percent.
The area of the Silverado fire remained unchanged, while containment has nearly doubled since Wednesday.
“Decreasing winds and increased humidity have stopped the fire growth. Crews will clean up and patrol tonight to contain hot spots that could threaten the fire’s perimeter,” said Cal Fire’s latest report Thursday.
Roadblocks remain in place for Highway 133 northbound from I-5 to Highway 241 and for Highway 241 northbound from Alton Parkway to Highway 261.
AIR QUALITY ADVICE UPDATED (Thursday, October 29):
The smoke consultation for #SilveradoFire #BlueRidgeFire has been extended until Friday, October 30th: https://t.co/Y158Op74tv pic.twitter.com/oHT1BCr9Ch
– South Coast AQMD (@SouthCoastAQMD) October 29, 2020
Blue ridge fire
location: District of Orange.
Size: 14,334 acres.
Containment: 39 percent.
Blue Ridge Fire also did not grow further, while containment almost doubled from Wednesday due to lower winds and higher humidity. No roadblocks are in place, Cal Fire noted on Thursday.
Location: Counties of Fresno and Madera.
Size: 379,571 acres.
Containment: 70 percent.
The northeastern edge of the Creek fire remains the most active, while the areas southwest of the fire were expected to be the most affected by the smoke, including the North Fork and Prather areas and surrounding communities, according to the latest report Thursday from the National Wildfire Coordination Group’s (NWCG) Incident Information Management System.
“Heavy fuel loading and extremely low relative humidity will result in active fire behavior. Significant smoke is expected… as the terrain related wind patterns from slope to slope and valley to valley prevail, nighttime inversions will allow smoke to accumulate throughout the weekend,” NWCG stated on Thursday.
“In DIV [Division] M, where the fire was most active, it will continue to burn and spread most if there is a possibility of burning slopes where fuel and slope are matched,” warned the NWCG.
#CreekFire Maps for October 29. #FireYear2020 pic.twitter.com/vCSsPGmZl9
– Sierra National Forest (@Sierra_NF) October 29, 2020
Blue Jay Fire
Location: County of Mariposa.
Size: 6,915 acres.
Containment: 50 percent.
The Blue Jay fire, located in the wilderness area of Yosemite National Park, burned mainly in its northern part, with smoke spreading eastward, according to Thursday’s latest NWCG report.
The fire “creeps and smoulders through compact debris and dung, heavy fuel on the forest floor and in pockets of accumulated dead and fallen logs, with some isolated single tree flares and short distances along the active perimeter. The smoke rises to tree level and spreads,” the NWCG noted.
Location: County Tulare.
Size: 7,241 acres.
Containment: 40 percent.
The Rattlesnake Fire, which has been burning in the southeastern part of Sequoia National Park since August, recorded growth without any increase in containment since Wednesday. However, “there are no current threats to life or property,” the NWCG noted on Thursday.
“The fire is burning in steep, inaccessible terrain with sparse fuel on the ground and pockets of dead and felled trees. Smoke from regional forest fires in California can affect the area and impair visibility,” warned the NWCG.
Other forest fires
Slater/Devil fires in Siskiyou district: 156,832 acres, 85 percent contained
Fire in SQF complex in Tulare district: 170,071 acres, 75 percent contained.
Fire in Humboldt County’s Red Salmon Complex: 144,139 acres, 78 percent contained.
Devilfire in Siskiyou County: 8,885 acres, 67 percent contained.
For the latest updated information on these and other fires in the state, please visit the Cal Fire website.