Gold Fire in northern California grows to 21,000 acres

Friday most of the spread was to the southeast

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Revised at 9:34 a.m. PDT July 25, 2020.

Gold Fire California wildfire
The red line was the perimeter at 10:26 p.m. PDT July 24, 2020. The white line was the approximate perimeter 24 hours before.

Friday, on the fifth day since it started, the Gold Fire chewed through another 2,000 acres to bring the total up to 21,000. Most of the growth was to the southeast but the prediction from fire personnel is that on Saturday it will be pushed to the east and southeast toward Ash Valley and Coyote Flat Draw. Red Flag Warning weather conditions are expected on Tuesday and Wednesday which could increase fire activity. Evacuations are in effect.

The outlook from the Incident Management Team, CAL FIRE #4 led by Dave Russell, is that the fire might be contained July 30 at 30,000 acres.

(To see all articles on Wildfire Today about the Gold Fire including the most recent, CLICK HERE.)

Measured from the northwest to the southeast, the Gold Fire is 13 miles long. The estimated costs to date are $6.6 million.

Resources on the fire include 24 hand crews, 12 helicopters, 144 fire engines, 37 dozers, and 25 water tenders for a total of 1,489 personnel.

Hog Fire briefing social distancing
This is the 7 a.m. operational period briefing for firefighters, not on the Gold Fire but the Hog Fire in the same CAL FIRE unit 40 miles to the south. Obviously social distancing is being practiced. CAL FIRE photo.

The article was edited to modify the containment date.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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