Wildfire Outbreak Causes Home Damage in Western U.S.

Wildfire Outbreak Causes Home Damage in Western U.S.

Updated 10/7/20: The Guardian published an article detailing historic wildfire activity that continues to impact portions of California.

California wildfires spawn first ‘gigafire’ in modern history

 

 

Updated 10/1/20: FOX News published a report offering updates on wildfire activity that has destroyed structures in Northern California.

Live Coverage: California wildfires fueled by hot, dry weather

 

Updated 8/13/20: The Weather Channel published a report detailing the newly formed Lake Fire, which has burned homes in Southern California.

‘Explosive’ Southern California Wildfire Destroys Structures, Prompts Evacuations

Approximate location containing structural damage:

California
– Lake Hughes (Los Angeles County, 93532)

Updated 8/13/20: As major wildfire activity continues across the Western U.S., please see below for an updated approximate listing of events that have been responsible for structural damage (according to media outlets) since the outbreak began in June.

California
Apple Fire (33,424 acres; 60% containment)
August 1 – Present

  • Cherry Valley (Riverside County, 92223)/Morongo Valley (San Bernardino County, 92256)
  • 4 houses, 8 outbuildings destroyed; 4 houses, 2 outbuildings damaged

Media: https://weather.com/news/news/2020-08-03-southern-california-wildfire-apple-fire-riverside-san-bernardino-evacuations 

Coyote Fire (1,508 acres; 100% containment)
July 15-18

  • West of Panoche – Panoche Road (San Benito County, 95043)
  • 1 house/barn/5 outbuildings destroyed

Media: https://benitolink.com/coyote-fire-continues-burning-near-panoche-valley/

Crews Fire (5,513 acres; 100% containment)

July 5-13

  • Gilroy (Santa Clara County, 95020, 95021)
    *Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle (North of Gilroy)
  • 3 structures destroyed

Media: https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/crews-fully-contain-park-fire-in-morgan-hill-343-acres-burned/

Lake Fire (10,000 acres; 0% containment)
August 12 – Present

  • Lake Hughes (Los Angeles County, 93532)
    *Lake Huges Road and Prospect Road
  • 3 houses destroyed (2000 block of Pine Canyon Road)

Media: https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/california-wildfires/california-wildfiire-lake-hughes-brush-lake-fire/2411991

Mineral Fire (29,667 acres; 100% containment)
July 13-26

  • Mineral Spring Rd./Highway 198 – West of Coalinga (Fresno County, 93210)
  • 7 structures destroyed

Media: https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/crews-fully-contain-park-fire-in-morgan-hill-343-acres-burned/

Niland Fire (total acreage unknown; 100% containment)
June 28-29

  • Niland (Imperial County, 92257)
    *Impacted homes located across Highway 111
  • Approximately 37 homes destroyed

Media: https://www.thedesertreview.com/news/niland-picks-up-the-pieces/article_ff53d0ae-bd56-11ea-9de0-53a0bffa9898.html

Park Fire (343 acres; 100% containment)
July 4-6

  • Morgan Hill/Anderson Lake Area (Santa Clara County, 95037, 95038)
    *East Dunne Avenue and Finley Ridge Road (East of Morgan Hill)
  • Several outbuildings damaged (total number unknown)

Media: https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/crews-fully-contain-park-fire-in-morgan-hill-343-acres-burned/

Power Fire (108 acres; 100% containment)
July 11-15

  • Kerckhoff Lake/Madera Foothills Area (Madera County, 93602)
    *Road 222 and Road 235 (South of North Fork, 93643)
  • 1 home/outbuilding destroyed

CAL Fire: https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/7/11/power-fire/

Nevada
Numbers Fire (18,380 acres; 100% containment)
July 6-14

  • Gardnerville Area (Douglas County, 89410)
  • 3 homes/40 outbuildings destroyed

Media: https://mynews4.com/news/local/agencies-respond-to-multiple-fires-along-us-395-south-of-gardnerville

Poeville Fire (3,010 acres; 100%)
June 26 – ?

  • Northwest Reno (Washoe County, 89506)
  • 1 home/10 structures destroyed

Media: https://www.kolotv.com/2020/06/27/crews-on-scene-of-half-acre-peavine-fire/

Oregon
Wickiup Road Fire (101 acres; 80% containment)
July 24 – Present

  • Southeast of Prineville (Crook County, 97754)
  • 1 cabin/mobile home destroyed

Media: https://www.mycentraloregon.com/2020/07/28/wickiup-road-fire-update-july-27-800-a-m/

Utah
6400 Fire (255 acres; 100% containment)
August 10-11

  • Fruitland (Duchesne County, 84027)
    *Highway 40 (Across from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)
  • 1 home destroyed; 2 homes damaged

Media: https://www.ksl.com/article/50005231/wildfire-updates-6400-fire-near-fruitland-100-contained

Big Summit Fire (8,461 acres; 100% containment)
July 13-22

  • Started near Panaca, NV (Lincoln County, 89042); spread across state line into Utah, near Hamlin Valley (Iron County, 84753)
  • 1 cabin destroyed (Hamlin Valley)

Media: https://www.ksl.com/article/50000379/wildfire-updates-firefighters-gain-100-containment-on-3-more-fires

Canal Fire (78,065 acres; 100% containment)
June 26 – ?

  • Leamington (Millard County, 84638)
  • Fool Creek (Millard County, 84640)
  • 2 homes destroyed; 2 homes/30 structures damaged

Media: https://mynews4.com/news/local/agencies-respond-to-multiple-fires-along-us-395-south-of-gardnerville

Knolls Fire (12,979 acres; 100% containment)
June 28 – July 4

  • Saratoga Springs (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
  • 1 home destroyed/12 damaged

Media: https://www.sltrib.com/news/2020/07/04/crews-fully-contain/

Traverse Fire (500 acres; 100% containment)
June 27-29

  • Lehi (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
  • Minor home damage (total number unknown)

Media: https://kutv.com/news/local/at-least-40-lehi-and-draper-residents-evacuated-by-traverse-mountain-fire

Lund Fire (837 acres; 100% containment)
July 4

  • East of Beryl (Iron County, 84714)
  • 1 structure destroyed

Media: https://kutv.com/news/local/at-least-40-lehi-and-draper-residents-evacuated-by-traverse-mountain-fire

Turkey Farm Road Fire (11,993 acres; 100% containment)
July 13-20

  • 3 miles west of Washington City (Washington County, 84780)
  • 1 outbuilding destroyed

Media: https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/turkey-farm-road-fire-reaches-nearly-12000-acres-no-evacuations-in-place/

Veyo West Fire (2,618 acres; 100% containment)
July 13-23

  • 1 mile west of Veyo (Washington County, 84782)
  • 1 home/6 outbuildings destroyed

Media: https://www.abc4.com/news/southern-utah/turkey-farm-road-fire-reaches-nearly-12000-acres-no-evacuations-in-place/

Updated 7/16/20: KSBW 8 published a report detailing the Coyote Fire, which ignited in San Benito County and has destroyed several buildings near Panoche.

Fire Burning Near Panoche in San Benito County Destroys Several Buildings

Updated 7/14/20: The Salt Lake Tribune issued a report offering the latest updates on the Veyo Fire, which has damaged at least one home in Washington County, Utah.

Wildfire in Washington County Expands to Nearly 4,000 Acres; Some Evacuation Orders Lifted

Updated 7/13/20: ABC 30 Action News issued a report detailing a new wildfire located in the foothills of Madera County, Calif. The blaze has so far burned two structures.

6 Firefighters Injured Battling Power Fire in Madera Co., Blaze 60% Contained

Updated 7/9/20: KOLO ABC 8 published a report providing updates on the Numbers Fire, which has destroyed homes in Douglas County, Nev., since igniting on July 6, 2020.

Numbers Fire Now 17,318 Acres, 20% Contained

Updated 7/6/20: Continued wildfire activity in the Western U.S. has produced new events that have been responsible for home damage in California and Nevada.

Sources:
KPIX CBS 5 (Evacuations Continue as Hundreds Battle 2 Wildfires Outside Gilroy, Morgan Hill)

CBS 5 News Now Las Vegas (Brown fire causes evacuation in Lund; Monarch fire still growing)

ABC 7 San Francisco (Crews Fire burns 2,000 acres near Gilroy, 20% percent contained)

Additional Resource:

CAL Fire Active Incident Map

Updated 7/2/20: ABC News published a report offering updates on continued wildfire activity that has directly impacted multiple Western states.

Heat wave expands across the country, flash flooding and wildfire danger continues

Additional Resource:

AZ Central (Arizona wildfires: Bighorn Fire at 118,000 acres, 54% containment as others wrap up)

Previous Arizona wildfire reporting

 

Updated 7/16/20: KSBW 8 published a report detailing the Coyote Fire, which ignited in San Benito County and has destroyed several buildings near Panoche.

Fire Burning Near Panoche in San Benito County Destroys Several Buildings

Approximate active events responsible for structural damage:

California
Power Fire (108 acres; 100% containment)
– Kerckhoff Lake/Madera Foothills Area (Madera County, 93602)
*Road 222 and Road 235 (South of North Fork, 93643)
– 1 home, 1 outbuilding destroyed

Utah
Turkey Farm Road Fire (11,993 acres; 25% containment)
– 3 miles west of Washington City (Washington County, 84780)
– 1 outbuilding destroyed

Veyo West Fire (2,618 acres; 20% containment)
– 1 mile west of Veyo (Washington County, 84782)
– 1 home, 6 outbuildings destroyed

Updated 7/14/20: The Salt Lake Tribune issued a report offering the latest updates on the Veyo Fire, which has damaged at least one home in Washington County, Utah.

Wildfire in Washington County Expands to Nearly 4,000 Acres; Some Evacuation Orders Lifted

California
Crews Fire (5,513 acres; 100% containment)
– Gilroy (Santa Clara County, 95020, 95021)
*Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle (North of Gilroy)
– 3 structures destroyed

Power Fire (108 acres; 80% containment)
– Kerckhoff Lake/Madera Foothills Area (Madera County, 93602)
*Road 222 and Road 235 (South of North Fork, 93643)
– 1 home, 1 outbuilding destroyed

Nevada
Numbers Fire (18,342 acres; 88% containment)
– Gardnerville Area (89410)
– 3 homes, 40 outbuildings destroyed

Updated 7/13/20: ABC 30 Action News issued a report detailing a new wildfire located in the foothills of Madera County, Calif. The blaze has so far burned two structures.

6 Firefighters Injured Battling Power Fire in Madera Co., Blaze 60% Contained

Approximate active events responsible for home damage:

California
Crews Fire (5,513 acres; 96% containment)

– Gilroy (Santa Clara County, 95020, 95021)
*Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle (North of Gilroy)
– 3 structures destroyed

Power Fire (108 acres; 60% containment)
– Kerckhoff Lake/Madera Foothills Area  (Madera County, 93602)
*Road 222 and Road 235 (South of North Fork, 93643)
– 1 home, 1 outbuilding destroyed

Nevada
Numbers Fire (18,342 acres; 88% containment)
– Gardnerville Area (89410)
– 3 homes, 40 outbuildings destroyed

Updated 7/9/20: KOLO ABC 8 published a report providing updates on the Numbers Fire, which has destroyed homes in Douglas County, Nev., since igniting on July 6, 2020.

Numbers Fire Now 17,318 Acres, 20% Contained

Approximate existing events responsible for home damage:

California
Crews Fire (5,400 acres; 80% containment)

– Gilroy (Santa Clara County, 95020, 95021)
*Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle (North of Gilroy)
– 3 structures destroyed

Park Fire (1,649 acres; 100% containment)
– Morgan Hill/Anderson Lake Area (Santa Clara County, 95037, 95038)
*East Dunne Avenue and Finley Ridge Road (East of Morgan Hill)
– Several outbuildings damaged (total number unknown)

Nevada
Numbers Fire (18,290 acres; 20% containment)
– Gardnerville Area (89410)
– 3 homes, 40 outbuildings destroyed

Utah

Lund Fire (837 acres; 100% containment)
*East of Beryl (Iron County, 84714)
– 1 structure damaged

Updated 7/6/20: 
Continued wildfire activity in the Western U.S. has produced new events that have been responsible for home damage in California and Nevada.

Sources:
KPIX CBS 5 (Evacuations Continue as Hundreds Battle 2 Wildfires Outside Gilroy, Morgan Hill)

CBS 5 News Now Las Vegas (Brown fire causes evacuation in Lund; Monarch fire still growing)

ABC 7 San Francisco (Crews Fire burns 2,000 acres near Gilroy, 20% percent contained)

Additional Resource:

CAL Fire Active Incident Map

Approximate existing events responsible for home damage:

California
Crews Fire (2,000 acres; 20% containment)

– Gilroy (Santa Clara County, 95020, 95021)
*Crews Road and Oak Spring Circle (North of Gilroy)
– 2 structures destroyed

Park Fire (343 acres; 80% containment)
– Morgan Hill/Anderson Lake Area (Santa Clara County, 95037, 95038)
*East Dunne Avenue and Finley Ridge Road (East of Morgan Hill)
– Several outbuildings damaged (total number unknown)

Utah
Lund Fire (837 acres; 100% containment)
*East of Beryl (Iron County, 84714)
– 1 structure damaged

Updated 7/2/20: ABC News published a report offering updates on continued wildfire activity that has directly impacted multiple Western states.

Heat wave expands across the country, flash flooding and wildfire danger continues

Additional Resource:

AZ Central (Arizona wildfires: Bighorn Fire at 118,000 acres, 54% containment as others wrap up)

Previous Arizona wildfire reporting

Approximate existing events responsible for home damage:

California
Niland Fire (100% containment)
– Niland (Imperial County, 92257)
– Approximately 40 homes destroyed

Nevada
Poeville Fire (3,010 acres; 98% containment)
– Northwest Reno (Washoe County, 89506)
– 8 structures destroyed (1 home)

Utah
Canal Fire (69,178 acres; 20% containment)
– Leamington (Millard County, 84638)
– Fool Creek (Millard County, 84640)
– 2 homes destroyed; 32 structures damaged (2 homes)

Knolls Fire (12,500 acres; 97% containment)
– Saratoga Springs (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
– 12 homes damaged; 1 home destroyed

Traverse Mountain Fire (500 acres; 100% containment)
– Lehi (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
– Minor home damage (total number unknown)

Updated 7/2/20: ABC News published a report offering updates on continued wildfire activity that has directly impacted multiple Western states.

Heat wave expands across the country, flash flooding and wildfire danger continues

Additional Resource:

AZ Central (Arizona wildfires: Bighorn Fire at 118,000 acres, 54% containment as others wrap up)

Previous Arizona wildfire reporting

Approximate existing events responsible for home damage:

California
Niland Fire (100% containment)
– Niland (Imperial County, 92257)
– Approximately 40 homes destroyed

Nevada
Poeville Fire (3,010 acres; 98% containment)
– Northwest Reno (Washoe County, 89506)
– 8 structures destroyed (1 home)

Utah
Canal Fire (69,178 acres; 20% containment)
– Leamington (Millard County, 84638)
– Fool Creek (Millard County, 84640)
– 2 homes destroyed; 32 structures damaged (2 homes)

Knolls Fire (12,500 acres; 97% containment)
– Saratoga Springs (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
– 12 homes damaged; 1 home destroyed

Traverse Mountain Fire (500 acres; 100% containment)
– Lehi (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
– Minor home damage (total number unknown)

 

Disaster Alert
June 30, 2020

Source: The Weather Channel

Additional Resources:

California Media Coverage (Niland Fire)
The Press Democrat
The Weather Channel

Nevada Media Coverage (Poeville Fire)
KOLO ABC 8
Reno Gazette Journal

Utah Media Coverage
KSL.com
ABC4.com
ABC4.com (Knolls Fire)
FOX 13 Salt Lake City (Traverse Mountain Fire)
FOX 13 Salt Lake City (Canal Fire)

NOTE: This has not yet been declared a FEMA Major Disaster.

Approximate locations sustaining home damage:

California
Niland Fire (containment data not available)
– Niland (Imperial County, 92257)
– Approximately 40 homes destroyed

Nevada
Poeville Fire (3,010 acres; 70% containment)
– Northwest Reno (Washoe County, 89506)
– 8 structures destroyed (1 home*)
*Address identified as 175 Heindel Road, Reno, NV 89506

Utah
Canal Fire (66,000 acres; 10% containment)

– Leamington (Millard County, 84638)
– Fool Creek (Millard County, 84640)
–  2 homes destroyed; 32 structures damaged (2 homes)
*Evacuation orders lifted 6/30
Media Coverage:

Knolls Fire (12,500 acres; 31% containment)
– Saratoga Springs (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
– 12 homes damaged; 18 fences burned; 1 shed destroyed
*Evacuation orders lifted 6/29 (warning remains in effect)

Traverse Mountain Fire (500 acres; 26% containment)
– Lehi (Utah County, 84005, 84043, 84045)
– Minor home damage (total homes damaged unknown
*Evacuation orders lifted 6/28

At a Glance

  • Much of Utah was under a red flag warning.
  • Winds up to 50 mph pushed the Knolls Fire toward Saratoga Springs.
  • One home was destroyed and 12 were damaged, city officials said.
  • Several other wildfires were burning in the state, and in neighboring states.

More than 13,000 residents were forced from their homes after a fast-moving fire broke out south of Saratoga Springs, Utah.

Meanwhile, fires also led to evacuations in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona on Monday.

A volatile combination of strong winds, low humidity and an expanding drought is in play over the central and southern Rockies, High Plains and Great Basin, according to weather.com senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman.

Utah

The so-called Knolls Fire near Saratoga Springs began soon after 1 p.m. MDT Sunday in an area known as the Knolls on the western shore of Utah Lake. Gusty winds quickly drove the fire north, KSTU-TV reported.

Some gusts reached 50 mph, according to KUTV, and fire officials had to call off air operations because of the wind.

Officials ordered the residents of 3,100 homes to evacuate. The 13,000 residents make up about one-third of Saratoga Springs’ population. They were given the all-clear at 12:30 p.m. MDT Monday to return home, city officials said.

The fire quickly consumed more than 15.6 square miles and was 25% contained Monday afternoon, according to Utah Fire Info.

Saratoga Springs officials said 12 homes were damaged and one outside the city limits was destroyed. Damage occurred at nine properties and a shed was lost. Eighteen fences burned.

For full report, please click the source link above.