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Updated July 30 at 7:31 p.m

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a state of emergency in Siskiyou County, where the McKinney fire has displaced nearly 2,000 people from their homes since Friday afternoon.

As of Saturday afternoon, the fire has grown to around 30,000 acres. Two other fires – China 2 and Evans – have also forced the evacuation of more than 200 residents. You can find an evacuation map here.

Thunderstorms are forecast in the Sierra this weekend through early next week, with a possible lightning and debris flow risk for the Sierra’s fire scars. The Sacramento National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning over the Dixie Fire scar through 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

In Mariposa County, firefighters continue to gain ground as the Oak Fire burned near Yosemite National Park and officials continue to cancel evacuations. Up to 3,000 people were evacuated on Sunday, but that number has fallen below 900.

Mariposa County Sheriff Jeremy Briese said in a community briefing Thursday night that some fire-hit areas suffered “total devastation”. The fire destroyed 182 buildings, including 116 houses. Another 200 buildings are at risk, up from more than 2,000 before the fire.

Officials were able to reopen Highway 140 to Yosemite last week. Although many evacuation orders have been lifted, some remain. You can find an evacuation map here.

Miriam Allen was one of the evacuees. She resided at Mariposa Elementary School with her husband and their 10-year-old grandchild, who is visiting from Oregon. Allen says she saw the fire before leaving her home on Friday.

“It was interesting to watch these big blazes and trees because you could hear them popping, especially the pines because of the resin,” she said Tuesday. “So I saw a tree, literally the top part came off and it was on fire.”

Firefighters were making progress on the Washburn fire burning in the park, which was 97% contained as of Saturday morning.

Visit airnow.gov for the latest air quality forecasts for your area.

This post will be updated with the latest information on these fires as it becomes available. Sign up for emergency alerts in your county to be notified of evacuation alerts and orders.

Here are the fires we follow. Click here to get more information:

Here are some resources for preparing for barrel fires and following fire information:


McKinney fire

counties: Siskiyou

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

By 3:10 p.m. on July 30, this fire was 0% contained and had burned 30,000 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

oak fire

counties: butterfly

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

By 7:00 p.m. on July 30, this fire was 59% contained and had burned 19,244 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Writhing Fire

counties: Yuba

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

By 7:00 p.m. on July 26, this fire was 100% contained and had burned 82 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Washburn fire

counties: Mariposa (Yosemite National Park)

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

At 7:35 am on July 30, this fire was 97% contained and had burned 4,886 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Electra fire

counties: Amador, Calaveras

Where to get information

Cultivation area and containment

By 7 a.m. July 28, this fire was 100% contained and had burned 4,478 acres.

evacuations

Here you will find current information on the evacuation:

Fully contained fires

rice fire

  • Dates: June 28 – July 11
  • Total area: 904 hectares

Sandra Feuer

  • Dates: June 30 – July 3
  • Total area: 34 hectares

Nelson Fire

  • Dates: June 30 – July 1
  • Total area: 250


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