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last updated 21 Sept 2020

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As of September 21 there were 21 active fires in Northern California and 8 in Southern California.
An additional 7,800 fires have been contained since the beginning of the year.
Over 3.6 million acres have burned with 26 fatalities and 6,400 structures destroyed.
Three of the 4 largest fires in California history (since 1932) and 5 of the top 20 occurred in 2020.

California historically experiences some of the most devastating wildfires in the months of September and October.
From the begining of the year until September 12th there had been fires of over 100 acres in 47 of California's 58 counties. Only Alpine, Amador, Colusa, Del Norte, Inyo, Modoc, Orange, Placer, Sacramento, San Francisco, and Sutter had no fires over 100 acres.
Source: 2020 Statewide Fire Summary | CAL FIRE

The LA Times reported "From San Francisco to Yosemite, social media was filled with images of ominous red and orange skies and smoky air."
Ashes were falling all around the Sacramento Valley.
Air quality was listed as unhealthy starting on Labor Day Sept 7 for San Francisco, the East Bay and Peninsula, Redwood City, San Mateo, ... because of the Smoke. Street lights were left on all day in San Francisco.
See air quality below:

Northern California Map
The map shows just north central California but the data below includes the whole state. See Cal Fire's Active fire list for a map with all fires.
Complete North California Map

There is no official dividing line between Northern and Southern California. Typical demarkations run from south of Monterey thru Fresno to North of Kings Canyon National Forest.
See Cal Fire's Active fire list for the whole state.
See Counties North/South


Fires as of September 21 Northern California Fires
Name Start Date Counties Acres Containment
9/15
Active
August Complex (includes Doe Fire) 08/16/20 Mendocino and Humboldt 846,732 34%
SCU Lightning Complex 08/18/20 Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Stanislaus 396,624 98%
LNU Lightning Complex (includes
Hennessey, Gamble,
15-10, Spanish, Markley,
13-4, 11-16, Walbridge)
08/17/20 Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo and Solano 363,220 98%
North Complex Fire 08/18/20 Plumas, Butte and Yuba 294,301 64%
Creek Fire 09/04/20 Fresno and Madera 278,368 27%
SQF Complex Fire (Includes Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire) 08/21/20 Tulare 137,508 18%
CZU Fire 08/16/20 Santa Cruz and San Mateo 86,509 99%
Creek Fire 05/30/20 Contra Costa 220,225 18%
Fox Fire 09/11/20 Siskiyou 1,937 22%
Shackleford Fire 09/11/20 Siskiyou 50 50%
Slater Fire Siskiyou 148,667 22%
Devil Fire Siskiyou 7,458 18%
Schoolhouse Fire 09/09/20 Siskiyou 45 90%
Dolan Fire 08/19/20 Monterey 128,416 46%
Bullfrog Fire 09/12/20 Fresno 900 20%
Red Salmon Complex 07/27/20 Humboldt, Siskiyou, and Trinity 104,587 20%
Blue jay 07/24/20 Mariposa 4,427 40%
Wolf 08/11/20 Tuolumne 1,032 25%
Slink Fire 09/01/20 Mono 26,752 84%
W-5 Cold Springs 08/18/20 Lassen 84,817 98%
Fox 09/16/20 Siskiyou FI- Federal Incident
Feather Fire 07/20/20 Sierra FI
Contained by county | ≥ 1,000 acres
Salt Fire 08/18/20 Calaveras 1,789 100%
Walker Fire 06/16/20 Calaveras 1,455 100%
Numbers Fire 07/06/20 Douglas, NV 18,342 100%
Fork Fire 09/08/20 El Dorado 1,667 63%
Mineral Fire 07/13/20 Fresno 29,667 100%
Hills Fire 08/15/20 Fresno 2,121 100%
Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex
(Tehama/Glenn Zone)
08/19/20 Tehama and Glenn 19,609 100%
Bena Fire 07/01/20 Kern 2,900 100%
North Fire 08/02/20 Lassen 6,882 100%
Gold 7/20/20 Lassen 22,634 100%
Woodward Fire 08/18/20 Marin 4,929 97%
Oak Fire 09/07/20 Mendocino 1,100 100%
Pass Fire 06/28/20 Merced 2,192 100%
River Fire 08/16/20 Monterey 48,088 100%
Carmel Fire 08/18/20 Monterey 6,905 100%
Sheep Fire 08/22/20 Plumas 29,570 100%
Coyote Fire 07/15/20 San Benito 1,508 100%
India Fire 06/09/20 San Diego 1,100 100%
Crews Fire 07/05/20 Santa Clara 5,513 100%
Loyalton Fire 08/14/20 Sierra 47,029 100%
Quail Fire 06/06/20 Solano 1,837 100%
Butte/Tehama/Glenn Lightning Complex
(Tehama/Glenn Zone)
08/19/20 Tehama and Glenn 19,609 100%
Moc Fire 08/20/20 Tuolumne 2,857 100%
Willow Fire 09/09/20 Yuba 1,311 100%
Sources:
CAL FIRE
  2020 Fire season | CAL FIRE
  Cal Fire's Active fire list.
  Daily Wildfire Report
Air Quality Map | AirNow EPA   Cal Fire's twitter account | @CAL_FIRE
Forest Service Fire updates
California Fire Map: SF Chronicle
Willow Fire | CAL FIRE
Creek Fire - Wikipedia

See also Northern California Wildfires: Where To Find Updates On Air Quality, Evacuations, And Official Information - capradio.org


Southern California Fires
Name Start Date Counties Acres Containment
Active
Lake Fire 08/12/20 Los Angeles 31,089 96%
Bobcat Fire 09/06/20 Los Angeles 29,245 6%
Valley Fire 09/05/20 San Diego 17,665 79%
El Dorado Fire 09/05/20 San Bernardino and Riverside 17,598 44%
Pond Fire 08/01/20 San Luis Obispo 1,962 99%
Moraine Fire 08/21/20 Tulare 575 70%
Rattlesnake Fire 09/03/20 Tulare 2,078 0%
SQF Complex Fire (Includes Castle Fire and Shotgun Fire) 08/21/20 Tulare FI-Federal Incident
Apple Fire 07/31/20 Riverside FI
Contained >1,000 acres
Stagecoach Fire 08/03/20 Kern 7,760 100%
Interstate 5 Fire 05/03/20 Kings 2,060 100%
Ranch 2 Fire 08/13/20 Los Angeles 4,237 100%
Soledad Fire 07/05/20 Los Angeles 1,525 100%
Range Fire 05/27/20 San Luis Obispo 5,000 100%
Branch Fire 07/28/20 San Luis Obispo 3,022 100%
Soda Fire 06/10/20 San Luis Obispo 1,672 100%
Holser Fire 08/17/20 Ventura 3,000 100%

Air Quality:
On September 14th Air quality hit 503 near the California Oregon border.
Anything over 300 is considered hazardous by the EPA and their scale doesn't go above 500
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Real-time Air Quality Maps | PurpleAir
Air Quality Map | AirNow EPA
See Air quality Index
I left my car windows open a crack because of the 108° temperature and it was covered with ash from the fires in the morning.