Monday, September 21, 2015

California wildfires update -- Sept 21st

There is some news on the two wildfires that I have been following for the last week, the Valley and Butte fires. According to the California Statewide Fire Summary for September 21st, the Valley Fire (Lake County) has burned 75,781 acres, 1,050 residences have been destroyed, and is at 70 percent containment. The Butte Fire (Amador and Calaveras Counties) has burned 70,760 acres, destroyed 545 residences, and is at 74 percent containment.

CAL FIRE has issued these news releases on three civilian casualities in the Valley Fire. According to the Butte Fire incident page from CAL FIRE, there have been two casualties due to the Butte Fire, I believe that these are civilian casualities. My sincere condolances go to the families and friends of those who died in these fires.

CAL FIRE's incident page for the Valley Fire may be found here.

Meanwhile, The Tassajara Fire (Monterey County) was first reported on Saturday, September 19th. To date, 1,086 acres has burned with 30 percent containment. There has been on civilian casuality and one residence has been destroyed, that of a firefighter. Evacuations remain in place. Airtankers and helicopters are working the fire. Bill Gabbert of Wildfire Today is covering the Tassajara Fire here (with maps and a video). The San Francisco Zen Center has created a webpage with updates on the Tassajara Fire that may be found here.

Daniel Berlant, the CAL FIRE Chief of Public Information has a twitter account where you may find updates.

I'd like to again take this opportunity to thank all the wildland firefighters in the air, on the ground, your support staff, and your families who miss their loved ones. Your hard work and sacrifice is appreicated. Let's take a moment to offer our thoughts and meditations. Thank-you

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