What we know Wednesday about North State wildfires: North Complex has destroyed 782 structures

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The death toll from the still-burning North Complex stands at 15 as no additional human remains were found Tuesday, authorities said.

Two people are still unaccounted for, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said in a Tuesday night news conference, adding that his office has some leads. 

He also said officials have identified three more of the individuals killed in the fire who were found in Berry Creek and Feather Falls.

Cal Fire officials said the number of structures destroyed is 782, up from 706 Tuesday morning. That includes 489 homes. 

Meanwhile, weather should continue to not be an issue for firefighters.

Temperatures in the area are expected to cool with highs in the Friday expected to be in the low 70s, the National Weather Service said.

The weekend also looks relatively cool with highs in the high 70s to low 80s.

Winds also will not be a major factor, according to the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, more than 16,600 firefighters were fighting 25 major wildfires or complexes in California as of Tuesday night, Cal Fire officials said.

Wildfires have burned over 3.2 million acres so far this year. Since Aug. 15, at least 25 people have died due to wildfires while 4,200 structures have been destroyed, fire officials said.

Slater/Devil Fires

  • Location: Siskiyou, Del Norte, Josephine (Oregon) counties
  • Size: 142,570 acres (Slater: 137,111; Devil: 5,459) (as of Tuesday)
  • Containment: 10%
  • Notes: 2 deaths reported; Klamath National Forest on Monday reported a new fire start on the Salmon Scott River Ranger District near Callahan estimated around 100 acres as of Tuesday night. Incident Management Team 10 will lend resources from the Slater Fire south zone. Happy Camp Area: The Slater Fire moved mostly very slowly Tuesday, but did put up a column of smoke along its northeast edge. Structure protection in the Highway 96 corridor upriver of Happy Camp continued, while a handful of firefighters built direct fireline along the eastern edge of the Devil Fire today. Mop-up continued today in Happy Camp, where firelines are secure. Most evacuation orders there have been changed to evacuation advisories, while Pacific Power was able to restore power to the town today, according to InciWeb. The Devil Fire “is currently understaffed” according to a U.S. Forest Service update.
  • Cost: $3.9 million (as of Wednesday)
  • U.S. Forest Service officials have combined the Slater and Devil fires in the far northwestern part of the state into one fire.
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/3koQAfg and https://bit.ly/2RxqSIN

Butte/Tehama/Glenn Complex

  • Location: Tehama, Glenn counties
  • Size: 19,609 acres (as of Monday)
  • Containment: 97%
  • Notes: 16 structures destroyed; the blaze includes multiple other smaller fires, according to state officials. Acreage was decreased because Elkhorn and Hopkins fires are no longer being counted in this complex.
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2RiSgtV
  • Cost: $53.3 million (as of Tuesday)

North Complex

  • Location: Butte, Plumas counties
  • Size: 273,335 acres; West Zone is 77,329 (as of  Tuesday)
  • Containment: 34%; West Zone is 20%
  • Notes: 15 deaths, 10 have been identified and their families have been notified; 2 missing; evacuations in place; includes the Bear and Claremont fires, according to state officials
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2RhRhKE and https://bit.ly/2FHnacS
  • Cost: $57.1 million (as of Wednesday)

August Complex

  • Location: Tehama, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Size: 794,801 acres (as of Tuesday night)
  • Containment: 30% 
  • Notes: 1 death and 11 injuries; 35 structures destroyed; merged fires include Elkhorn, Hopkins, Willow, Doe and Vinegar
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/3meMIPB and https://bit.ly/3hEFctz
  • Cost: $33.6 million (as of Wednesday)
  • Expected containment: Nov. 15, 2020

August Complex – West Zone

  • Location: Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity counties
  • Size: 35,398 as of Tuesday night, down from earlier estimate of 55,010 acres due to “reconciliation of acreage calculations” per Cal Fire 
  • Containment: 0% 
  • Notes: 0 deaths or injuries; 7 main structures, 11 minor structures destroyed; 13,926 structures threatened
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2RrrgbS and https://bit.ly/35C0LZH
  • Cost: $7 million (as of Wednesday)
  • Expected containment: Sept. 30, 2020

Red Salmon Complex

  • Location: Trinity and Humboldt counties, 14 miles northest of Willow Creek mainly in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area
  • Size: 95,210 acres (as of Wednesday)
  • Containment: 17%
  • Notes: Started by lightning July 27 and is now burning in timber and threatening several communities.
  • Cost: $61.6 million (as of Wednesday)
  • Expected containment: Sept. 30, 2020

Shackleford Fire

  • Location: Siskiyou County, southwest of Quartz Valley Reservation
  • Size: 50 acres (as of Wednesday)
  • Containment: 60%
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2ZrN8s7

Schoolhouse Fire

  • Location: Schoolhouse Gap and McAdams Creek roads, north of Fort Jones in Siskiyou County
  • Size: 45 acres (as of Wednesday)
  • Containment: 90%
  • Incident management page: https://bit.ly/2Rsej1u

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