The Carr Fire: 131,896 Acres and Growing [Maps]
All of the most destructive wildfires in California history have occurred since 1991. Half of the top ten have occurred since 2015. In a press conference Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown called the increasing number and severity of the blazes, “the new normal.”
Some of the Carr Fire damage was caused by tornado-like winds that were created by the wildfire as it grew. Below is a graphic that shows that explains what is believed to have happened.
The Plan:Firefighters are mopping up around the City of Redding (Branch I). Barring the unexpected, the fire should be nearly gone in this area.
Branch II, the southwest of the fire: According to Cal Fire, winds from the north in the evening and after dark may cause large growth overnight. But, firefighters may be able to do backburning in the daytime to control the direction and spread of the flames.
Branch III, the west end of the fire: “Low relative humidity and an unstable atmosphere have increased fire behavior,” according to Cal Fire. Residents around Lewiston were concerned by large columns of smoke and increased air attacks. Firefighters were doing backburns and aircraft were strengthening dozer lines by dropping retardant in the area as the Carr Fire backed down towards the town.
The Carr Fire from Lewiston Late Yesterday:
Branch IV, the north side of the fire: Like yesterday, firefighters are concerned about torching in the trees and fire running from treetop to treetop.
The Weather:Red Flag weather conditions with winds from the north-northwest and low humidity will have firefighters struggling to keep spotting and torching from spreading this deadly fire. Temperatures will be in the nineties and even higher in areas. Winds from the north will start early gusting up to 30 mph and then could push the flames quickly up drainages in the afternoon. The dangerous conditions will last through Saturday evening.
Both last night and today
Expect hazy conditions around the fire especially to the east but the area to the west over Lewiston could be clear.
The Roads:Highway 299, the major east-west route, remains closed in both directions. Caltrans District 2 reported August 1 that they do not know when 299 will reopen. Not only is the roadway currently under the jurisdiction of fire authorities but, even after Caltrans regains control repair and full opening could take months.
For more on roads in the area, see this Cal Fire site.
- Operations Map –to see details either zoom or click on the map and download a pdf.
- KMZ Map–Zoom for detail or for 3D imagery, click on the map and download a file that connects with your Google Earth program.
- Northcoast Horticulture Supply is working with Pay It Forward Humboldt to collect donations for the Carr fire.
McKinleyville 1580 Nursery Way
Arcata 639 6th St
Eureka 852 W Wabash Ave
Fortuna 126 Dinsmore Dr
Note: “Pay It Forward Humboldt has asked us to collect gift cards and N95 respiratory masks only at this time. We’ve tried to be specific about what’s needed at this point in time in our social media because folks tend to drop off random and sometimes heavy items that are not useful until folks can set up temporary housing. Once they have the donation centers set up over the next days/weeks, they will be accepting clothes, household donations and larger items.”
Redwood Acres Fairground is accepting evacuees for free camping.
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