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Updated at 8:32 p.m. on August 24

The last: Cal Fire Chief Thom Porter said more than three times the average number of acres had already burned this year, and firefighters are in the middle of a “marathon” responding to major fires in the state .

“Many areas are burning, fires are burning in a way no one has seen before,” Porter said Monday. “Yeah, I keep saying it, you keep hearing it, but it’s absolutely true. Mother Nature is in control and we are doing everything we can to save your lives and property. “

Lower humidity allowed combustion conditions in the Dixie Fire to remain active most of the night, primarily in heavy fuels. Considerably
drier conditions were observed with relative humidity recoveries in the range of 50 to 60% for most areas.

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. This point fire increased a bit on Sunday, but no other point fire was found north of the highway. Porter said the Caldor is now the top priority for resources across the country.

Highway 50 remains closed between Sly Park Rd. In Pollock Pines and Meyers due to the Caldor fire. Officials said Sunday night they did not anticipate the highway would reopen or evacuations to be lifted anytime soon.

Air quality in Sacramento is expected to be good as of Tuesday morning, but is poor near the Caldor fire and around the Tahoe Basin. 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: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama

Where to get information:

Area and containment

As of 7 p.m. on August 24, the Dixie fire was 43% contained and had burned 733,475 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. Authorities are holding 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 7:00 p.m. on August 24, this fire was 11% under control and had burned 122,980 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 7:00 p.m. on August 24, this fire was 71% under control and had burned 118,624 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 7 p.m. on August 24, these fires were 10% under control and had burned 87,803 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 7:00 p.m. on August 24, the fire was 20 percent under control and had burned 152,125 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 5:34 p.m. on August 24, the fire was 40% under control and had burned 69,700 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

By 9:10 a.m. on August 23, 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 23, 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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