The McFarland Fire was started by lightning on July 29th near McFarland Ridge, south of Highway 36 near Wildwood, California. The fire is currently mapped at 122,653 acres with 98% containment.
The fire made an over-40,000 acre run from August 16th to August 17th, primarily to the east/southeast of its origin point towards Platina, California. This push resulted in evacuation orders and evacuation warnings in the Platina area that has since been lifted. A damage assessment team has identified 24 residential structures and 22 other structures destroyed, and 1 residential structure damaged. The damage assessment is complete. To view the McFarland Fire structure status map please visit: https://arcg.is/1Pu8GW
Forest Closure in Effect
The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has announced a temporary closure of nine National Forests for public and firefighter safety that includes the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This closure will be effective through September 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., and may be reassessed as conditions change. The full closure order and closure map are available at https://go.usa.gov/xF7EM
The fire is burning in Shasta County, Trinity County and Tehama County. California Interagency Incident Management Team 11 will be transitioning out of management of the incident effective 6:00 p.m., 09/01/21 and returning it to the Shasta Trinity National Forest.
BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE (BAER) ASSESSMENT Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first post-fire damaging events. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources.
McFarland Post-Fire BAER Information website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7847/
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