This year the fire season began mid-August in Santa Cruz where approximately 2,000 people were displaced under mandatory evacuations as fire consumed over 4,000 acres. At the end of August on into September several fires broke out in both Northern and Southern California counties. Affected counties include Los Angeles County (Morris and Station Fires), Mariposa County (Big Meadow Fire), Placer County (Auburn Fire), and San Bernadino County (Oak Glen and Pendleton Fires). Resources are updated as information becomes available.
The three major fires so far this season in Santa Cruz County, Mariposa County, and Placer County have consumed almost 8,000 acres. Even as these fires come under control the devastation to communities is yet to be determined. No doubt there will be much need related to health, housing, and environmental impact.
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection maintains a website, blog, and Twitter feed for up-to-date information on tracking the fires.
Three fires in Los Angeles County and San Bernadino County have burned more than 140,000 acres combined. With the total loss of homes and businesses yet to be seen, no doubt many communities will be in need of assistance to begin the process of recovery.