California Wildfires

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California Wildfires

Every year there are several wildfires in California. Some information regarding those that occurred in 2007 has been furnished in the article. The opinions of the experts about the Southern California fires have also been included.

Wildfires in 2007

The Angora Fire took place in El Dorado county at a location, west of South Lake Tahoe. About, 3,100 acres were burnt. Overall, 254 residential and 75 commercial structures were destroyed. 35 residences were damaged.

The Fletcher Fire occurred at a location 20 miles North West of Davis Creek at 07/10/07 at 13:15 hours. A total of 8,121 acres were burnt. Of these 2207 acres were on Modoc NF land and 4,399 were private. Timber and grass were the fuels involved.

Lick Fire happened in Santa Clara county at Henry Coe State park, east of Gilroy. 47,760 acres were burnt. 4 residences and 20 outbuildings were destroyed.

Tar Fire took place in Fresno county 9 miles southwest of Avenal. About 5,644 acres were burnt.

Elk Complex Wildland Fire occurred in Happy Camp Ranger district due to lightning. The fuels were mature heavy timber. It also involved huge quantities of dead fuels and snags.

Moonlight Wildland fire happened at Moonlight Valley T27N R10E Sec 3 due to fuels like heavy timber and slash.

White fire took place in Kern county at Twin Oakes, 20 miles northwest of Rosamond. About 12,400 acres were burnt. 13 residences and 18 outbuildings were destroyed. 1 outbuilding was damaged.

Butler 2 Wildland fire took place due to grass, brush, and timber. It was northwest of Big Bear Lake. 3 outbuildings in Camp Whittle were destroyed.

Goldledge Wildland Fire occurred 10 miles north of Kernville. Annual grass, low shrubs, chaparral, and chamise were the fuels at low heights. The fire burnt into Jeffrey pine, live oak, and mixed conifer forest.

North Wildland Fire started on 2:30 p.m. on September 2, and was under control by September 8. Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger district was the location of this fire. Brush, grass, chaparral, and light timber were the fuels responsible for it.

Zaca Fire took place in Santa Barbara at a location, 15 miles northeast of Buellton. 240,207 acres were burnt. 1 outbuilding was destroyed.

The China-Back Complex Wildland Fire began due to severe lightning from thunderstorms. It happened 12 miles west of Yreka. Timber was the fuel involved.

Inyo Complex Wildland Fire took place at Independence and Big Pine. Mountain mahogany, timber, brush, and grass were the fuels responsible for the fire.

Active Fires in 2007

Poomacha Fire began on October 23. Overall, 49,410 acres were burnt. Grass, chaparral, brush, and timber were the fuels involved. Isolated interior burning took place at scattered locations. There was some smoldering in logs and snags. 138 homes, 1 commercial structure, and 78 outbuildings were annihilated.

The Ranch Fire took place, west of Castaic, and North and East of Fillmore. Oak woodland and heavy chaparral were the fuels due to which it took place.

The Santiago Fire burned almost 28,400 acres. There was damage to eight residential structures and twelve outbuildings as well as destruction of fifteen residential structures and nine outbuildings.

Fires in 2006

In the year 2006, there were 26 wildfires in California. These were:

  • Bar complex fires
  • Emerald fire
  • Horse fire
  • Mt. Pinos complex fires
  • Pinnacles fire
  • San Rafael complex fire
  • Uncles complex fire
  • Boulder complex fire
  • Esperanza fire
  • Hunter fire
  • Orleans complex fires
  • Plunge fire
  • Sawtooth complex fire
  • Westside fire
  • Canyon fire
  • Goodale fire
  • Kingsley complex fire
  • Pedro fire
  • Quail fire
  • Shekell fire
  • Day fire
  • Happy camp complex fire
  • Millard complex fire
  • Perkins fire
  • Sage fire
  • Sierra fire

In the year 2005, the California fires were designated as:

  • 36 fire
  • Manton fire
  • Thurman fire
  • Yorba Linda fire
  • Blaisdell fire
  • Paradise fire
  • Topanga fire
  • Border 50 fire
  • Soboba fire
  • Volcan fire
  • Harding fire
  • San Timoteo fire
  • Woodhouse fire

Fires in Southern California

Devastating wildfires swept through Southern California in 2007. Experts say that such fires would increase all over the state due to drying of forests and shift of weather patterns. Studies indicate that hot drought conditions have fanned the flames. The fires extend from Malibu to the Mexican border. When the fires struck, there was less than 10 percent moisture in the vegetation. Climate and forestry experts do not associate the fires in Southern California to global warming.

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