Cal Fire

On this week's Thursday Night Talk, Yana Valachovic spoke with three regional scientists to help us understand what is really going on with wildfire in California. The Carr, Mendocino Complex, Wine Country, Ferguson and Thomas Fires have burned homes in unexpected places, taken many lives, filled our skies with smoke, and for many leads to the question of what can be done?  Together they explored whether or not this is the “new normal” and what we can do to become better fire adapted.

Cal Fire Mendocino Unit

**Update Wednesday 6:50 PM: Fire has grown to 300,086 acres  with 47% containment. 116 residences have been destroyed.

**Update Tuesday morning: Numbers released today reveal that the Mendocino Complex fires have grown to 290,692 acres and containment has increased to 34 percent. 

**Update: Cal Fire reports that both the Ranch and River Fires have collectively become the largest wildfire recorded in California as the fires burned 283,800 acres by Monday night. It remains at 30 percent containment. 

Cal Fire's Charlie Blankenheim said firefighters mad some progress and were able to open up Highway 20 and Highway 29 on Monday. Blankenheim said there was more progress on some parts of the River Fire. 

Carr, Mendocino Complex and Garner Complex Fire Update

Jul 30, 2018
Caltrans District 2

Carr Fire 

**Update at 3 PM: Fire has grown to 110,154 acres and is 27% contained.

Repopulation notice: Cal Fire reports that some evacuation orders are lifted for the Carr Fire in Shasta and Trinity Counties.

UPDATE: Cal Fire announces a Carr Fire Community Meeting tomorrow (Monday, July 30) at 4 p.m. in Redding Civic Auditorium, 700 Auditorium Drive. Information is available at (530) 225-2510.

Wildfires continue around the state; however, the Carr Fire on both sides of SR-299 and stretching into west Redding is the fiercest. Cal Fire reported Sunday morning that the fire has now grown to 89,194 acres and still is only 5 percent contained.

There are a total of 3,388 fire personnel on the scene battling the massive blaze that has destroyed 517 structures and is threatening 5,012.

The death toll from the fire has now grown to five.

“Erratic winds and hot dry conditions resulted in greater growth and increased fire behavior during night operations,” Cal Fire reports, adding that a Red Flag Warning and heat advisory are in effect throughout Monday. Winds, high temperatures and dry vegetation continue to have the potential to fuel fire growth.

“Crews will continue to assess the number of damaged structures as conditions allow. As more damaged structures are located the numbers will adjust accordingly.”

Evacuation Centers now available:

Shasta College
11555 Old Oregon Trail, Redding

Simpson College
2211 College View Drive, Redding

Cross Point Community Church
2960 Hartnell Ave.,Redding

Trinity High School

321 Victory Lane, Weaverville

For additional information, phone the Carr Fire line at (530) 225-2510, and for evacuation information, visit

The Carr Fire in Shasta County continues to grow from west Redding and west through Whiskeytown and French Gulch.  As of now 80,906 acres have burned and it’s 5 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. There are 3,410 fire personnel battling the fire which is active in all directions. Road closures include areas of SR-299 and SR-273 in the fire perimeter areas.

For additional information including about evacuations, you can phone the Carr Fire line at (530) 225-2510, and you can visit

Carr Fire Update

Jul 28, 2018

The Carr Fire in Shasta County continues to engulf areas between west Redding and French Gulch. At the time of Cal Fire’s update issued Friday night, 48,312 acres have burned. Five-hundred structures have been destroyed and 75 damaged. There are 4,978 structures threatened.

Carr Fire Evacuation Areas, Centers and Map of Fire

Jul 27, 2018
Cal Fire Shasta-Trinity Unit

Cal Fire held a press conference at 4 p.m. and officials with the agency as well as the Shasta County Sheriff's Office, the Redding Police Department, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service and the California Office of Emergency Services discussed evacuation efforts. 

Redding Police Department Chief Roger Moore urged residents to heed fire evacuation warnings and to not delay action to leave areas threatened by the Carr Fire. 

Carr Fire Reaches West Redding

Jul 27, 2018
Caltrans District 2



 **Update 8:10 a.m. : Cal Fire reports 65 structures destroyed and 55 damaged. 

**Update 6:40 a.m. : Cal Fire has reported that the Carr Fire is now at 44,450 acres and three percent contained.  

**Accoring to KRCR TV, two fatalities have been confirmed-a contracted dozer operator and a Redding firefighter. 

Communities in West Redding are now under evacuation orders as the Carr Fire spreads on both sides of State Route 299. Cal Fire reports that the fire became very active yesterday and that firefighters aggressively worked to build containment lines. Extreme fire behavior and unfavorable weather conditions made it more difficult for containment efforts. 

Carr Fire Grows to 20,000 Acres

Jul 26, 2018
California Highway Patrol-Redding

**UPDATE 6:40 a.m. : Cal Fire lists new mandatory evacuations in Swasey to Lower Springs, Lower Springs to State Route 299, Victoria Drive and all roads coming off Victoria. 

Fire Updates in Northern California and Southern Oregon

Jul 24, 2018
Caltrans District 2

According to Cal Fire, the Carr Fire near Whiskeytown has prompted an evacuation order for French Gulch and Whiskey Creek Road north of State Route 299. An evacuation order was also in place for those west of Trinity Mountain Road to the base of Buckhorn Summit. There is an evacuation center at Weaverville Elementary School and another at Shasta High School for residents east of Trinity Mountain Road.

Klamathon Fire at 55 Percent Contained

Jul 11, 2018
Cal Fire-Siskiyou Unit

UPDATE at 8:15 a.m.: Cal Fire via Twitter reports that the Klamathon Fire is now 60 percent contained and still at 36,500 acres. Evacuations are in effect. Check out their update here


The Klamathon Fire is spreading across the California-Oregon border, but Cal Fire reports that it is now 55 percent contained. The fire has scorched over 36,000 acres and destroyed 82 structures so far. Three firefighters were injured and one person has died. Cal Fire’s incident report says that over a thousand structures remain threatened.