CAL FIRE says strong winds caused them to increase staffing and fire equipment throughout the state.

High winds and low humidity over much of the state may continue for the next few days. Winds in some areas are expected to have gusts in excess of 60 mph.  This weather event will significantly increase the wildfire threat in wind prone areas including the Sierras, the East Bay Hills, the Central Coast, and throughout Southern California

“The recent devastating wildland fire in Reno, Nevada is a reminder that fires can burn during the winter months even when temperatures are low. With the strong winds forecasted the fire danger will increase in many areas and we will have extra firefighters on duty so that we can respond to any new wildfires that may ignite.”
– Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director

Many communities and watershed areas may be affected by fast moving wildfires. The increased staffing includes the county fire departments of Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Kern and Orange, who CAL FIRE contracts with for fire protection of State Responsibility Areas.

Residents are encouraged to exercise extreme caution when in or near the wildland or open areas to prevent a fire.  It is important that everyone monitor the weather and be on the lookout for fires. If fires occur in the area be prepared to follow all instructions of fire and law enforcement officials if an evacuation is ordered.  Winds of the forecast velocity can cause conditions to change rapidly and the public is encouraged to review “Ready, Set, Go” procedures at  Each person and family should insure that they are “Set” for a potential emergency situation and prepared to activate the “Go” (evacuation) portion in a calm and safe manner.

Strong Winds Fanning Flames in California 1Tuolumne County:

Mountain Fire

Northeast of Sonora near Bald Mountain Rd.

* 50 acres, 0% containment

* Structures Threatened

Ridgewood Fire

Near Phoenix Lake area

* 2-3 acres, 0% containment

Calaveras County:

Dutch Creek Fire

1.5 miles from Blue Mountain

* Unknown acreage, 0% containment

Blue Mountain Fire

Blue Mountain Lookout Rd., southeast of West Point

* Timber fire

* 100 acres – 0% contained

East Fire

10 miles east of West Point

* 100 acres, 0% contained

El Dorado County

Sciaroni Fire

Sciaroni Rd in the Grizzly Flat area

*80 acres

Kirk Fire (previously Stinson Fire)

Stinson Rd in the Omo Ranch area

*5 acres, 90% contained

Creek Fire

Off Park Creek Rd and Old Carson Rd in Pollock Pines.

*2 acres – 80% contained

Onyx Fire

Sly Park and Onyx Rd area

*3-5 acres – 80% contained

Groovy Fire

Off Hwy 50 and Plum Creek Rd.

*44 acres – 60% contained

Grizzly Fire

Grizzly Flat Rd. and Sweeny Rd.

*Spot fire – 100% contained

Boondock Fire

Near Slug Gulch in the Fairplay area.

100% contained

One additional fire in Amador County which is a Federal incident on the El Dorado National Forest.

Nevada County

Chalk Fire

10 miles east of Nevada City

* 20 acres, 100% contained