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5100 Firefighters Battle 11 California Wildfires

Major fires are in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Kern and Fresno Counties


Nasa image showing Southern California from Space 7/3/2016

More than 5,100 firefighters are battling 11 wildfires throughout California. A weak low pressure trough will be over Northern California, with a deeper trough dropping in from the north today.

The trough will then remain overhead through next weekend, CalFire said. Thunderstorm activity will be well east today and tomorrow, but there will be a few afternoon cumulus over the higher terrain. A cooling trend will bring afternoon temperatures in inland areas down to near normal by today or tomorrow; and there may be a few days with slightly below normal temperatures from Tuesday through next Sunday. In Southern California, a quiet weather pattern is expected this week as a pair of weak troughs move into the Pacific Northwest.

The troughs will maintain a dry southwesterly flow with onshore flows. This wind orientation will keep temperatures near normal and monsoon moisture deflected well to the east.

Firefighters advise California residents to use extreme caution and make sure there is no threat to wildfire in the immediate area. California has a zero tolerance toward the use and sale of illegal fireworks. For a full fireworks safety guide, go to

Fires of Interest:

**CAL FIRE Incidents**

Curry Fire, Fresno County

Curry Mountain and Hwy 198, 7 miles southwest of Coalinga

· 2,944 acres grass, brush, 90% contained

Deer Fire, Kern County

Hwy 223 and Deertrail Rd., 6 miles east of Arvin

· 1,785 acres grass, brush, 60% contained

· CAL FIRE Type I Incident Management Team 1 assigned

· All Evacuations lifted

Appaloosa Fire, Calaveras County

Appaloosa Rd. and Pinto Dr., 5 miles southwest of Angels Camp

· 425 acres grass, brush, 25% contained

Colyear, Tehama County

Colyear Springs Rd, 7 miles west of Red Bank

· 464 acres brush and oak woodland, 100% contained

**Unified Command Incidents**

Trailhead Fire, Placer and El Dorado Counties (more info...)

Near Todd Valley, Foresthill

· 5,444 acres brush and slash, 25% contained

· In Unified Command between CAL FIRE and US Forest Service

· Evacuation orders remain in effect

· Fire continues to move east up Otter Creek and Missouri Canyon and the Middle Fork of the American River

Erskine Fire, Kern County

Lake Isabella area

Unified Command: Kern County Fire, USFS and Bureau of Land Management

· 48,019 acres, 95% Contained

Sherpa Fire, Santa Barbara County

West of Goleta

Unified Command: USFS and Santa Barbara County Fire

· 7,474 acres, 96% Contained

San Gabriel Complex, Los Angeles County

North of Duarte and Azusa

Unified Command: USFS & LA County Fire

· 5,399 acres, 96% contained

· Two separate fires: Fish Fire (4,253 acres/96%) and Reservoir Fire (1,146 acres/96%)

**Federal Incidents**

Pine, Ventura County

San Guillermo Mountain, 6 miles Southwest of Stauffer

· 1,634 acres brush, timber, 0% contained

Firefighters battle the Appaloosa Fire

Marina Fire, Mono County

Near Lee Vining

US Forest Service - Inyo National Forest

· 654 acres, 95% contained

· CAL FIRE ground resources assisting

Pony Fire, Siskiyou County

15 miles southwest of Happy Camp

US Forest Service - Klamath National Forest

· 2,858 acres, 80% contained


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