Environment & Science

California wildfires: July Complex Fire threatens over 1,000 structures

The July Complex Fire is currently 13 percent contained.
The July Complex Fire is currently 13 percent contained.
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Several wildfires continued to burn across Northern California Friday. A cluster of fires that were sparked by lightning in Siskiyou County, the July Complex Fire, grew from 8, 144 acres on Thursday to a little over 10,000 acres on Friday, according to officials.

A storm passing through the area July 29 carried little moisture and over 955 lightning strikes were recorded. The storm resulted in 26 fires.

The White Fire and the Log Fire are the two main fires within the July Complex Fire.

“Right now the White Fire is 7, 809 acres and the Log Fire is 2,272 acres, so the total acreage on the Complex Fire is a little over 10,000 acres,” Robert Hadley, a California Incident Management spokesperson, told KPCC.

No structures have been reported destroyed or damaged, but 1,251 structures near the Log Fire are considered to be threatened.

“The Log Fire, even though it is smaller, it is closer to the communities and is threatening the most structures,” said Hadley. “Right now we have some containment lines on it, the lines on the north end are holding. On the south end of it we have been building a containment line, but the fire has become really active [Thursday], and it’s doing that again [Friday]."

Two areas are under an evacuation advisory. Hadley said that an evacuation call could come at any time if the fire were to breach containment lines.

Authorities say that the White Fire has the potential to turn into a large wildfire.


The Eiler Fire in Shasta County, which has burned 31,722 acres and has destroyed eight homes and one commercial building, is at 45 percent containment, according to authorities.


The Bald Fire, also in Shasta County, has reached 95 percent containment as of Friday.