Nearly 9,000 firefighters working on large California fires

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Numerous fires are burning in northern California and Oregon as of Saturday, Aug. 1, and the Modoc National Forest reported Friday that a firefighter from South Dakota lost his life while responding to the Frog Fire northwest of Adin, Calif.

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Throughout California, CAL FIRE reported that nearly 9,000 firefighters were battling 24 large fires as of Saturday morning after thousands of lightning strikes were recorded since Thursday.

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. on Friday issued the following statement regarding the death of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter David “Dave” Ruhl:

“Anne and I were saddened to learn of the tragic death of U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Dave Ruhl, who left his home state to help protect one of California’s majestic forests. Firefighter Ruhl will be remembered for his service and bravery and we extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and colleagues with the U.S. Forest Service.”

Ruhl, 38, of Rapid City, South Dakota, served in the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota. He died July 30, 2015, while on assignment at the Frog Fire burning in the Modoc National Forest outside Alturas.

Ruhl is survived by his wife, Erin, and their two children. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 14 years and previously served in the U.S. Coast Guard.

In honor of Firefighter Ruhl, Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff.

Following list of the most significant fires in California as released by CAL FIRE Saturday morning:

CAL FIRE incidents (

• Rocky Fire, Lake & Yolo County, east of Lower Lake, 22,500 acres, 5% contained. Evacuations in effect.

• Creek Fire, Merced County, off Hwy 152 & San Luis Creek, west of Santa Nella, 1,000 acres – 5% contained.

• Barker Fire, Trinity County, Barker Valley North of Highway 3, 5 miles northeast of Hayfork, 900 acres – 5% contained. Evacuations in effect.

• Fires throughout Mendocino County, 6 fires totaling 50 acres. All but one contained.

• Fires throughout Humboldt County, more than 70 fires totaling 900 acres – 5% contained.

• Advance Fire, Tulare County, north of Three Rivers, 86 acres – 55% contained.

• Swedes Fire, Butte County, north of Bangor, 400 acres – 80% contained.

• China Fire, Shasta County, China Gulch near Happy Valley, southwest of Redding, 2 fires for a total of 212 acres – 95% contained.

• Big Creek Fire, Tuolumne County off Hwy 120 and Sprague Rd near Groveland, 204 acres – 45% contained.

• Lowell Fire, Nevada County, You Bet area, west of Alta, 2,303 acres – 75% contained.

• Wragg Fire, Napa and Solano counties, off Hwy 128 near Lake Berryessa, 8,051 acres – 92% contained. Full containment expected Aug. 3

• Queen Fire, Humboldt County, off Hwy 169, 5 miles southeast of Pecwan, 158 acres – 90% contained.

 Unified command incidents

• Willow Fire, Madera County, US Forest Service - Shasta-Trinity National Forest/CAL FIRE, southeast of Bass Lake, 5,116 acres – 50% contained. Evacuations in effect.

• Rail Fire, Trinity County, US Forest Service - Sierra National Forest/CAL FIRE, Rail Canyon and Hwy 3, south of Hayfork, 800 acres - 10% contained. Evacuations in progress.

Federal incidents (

• Fork Complex, Trinity County, US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest, south of Hyampom, 4,000 acres. CAL FIRE is assisting.

• River Complex, Trinity County, US Forest Service – Shasta-Trinity National Forest, New River Drainage, near Denny, 1,800 acres.

• Frog Fire, Modoc County, US Forest Service – Modoc National Forest, Southwest of Lava Campground, 1,850 acres – 5% contained.

• Mad River Complex, Trinity County, US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest, near Ruth Lake, 1,500 acres.

• Etsel Fire, Mendocino County, US Forest Service – Mendocino National Forest, Etsel Ridge, 14 miles east of Covelo, 32 acres – 20% contained.

• Cabin Fire, Tulare County, US Forest Service - Sequoia National Forest, 8 miles northeast of Camp Nelson, 2,619 acres.

• Cutca Fire, San Diego County, US Forest Service - Cleveland National Forest, Palomar Mountain, 167 acres – 90% contained

• Pines Fire, Los Angeles County, US Forest Service – Angeles National Forest, near Big Pines, northwest of Wrightwood, 200 acres – 85% contained.

• Lake Fire, San Bernardino County, US Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest, south of Big Bear Lake, 31,359 acres – 98% contained.

• Washington Fire, Alpine County, US Forest Service – Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, south of Markleeville, 17,790 acres – 99% contained.