Wildfire In Northern California: Loyalton Fire Grows, Red Flag Warnings Continue

Aug 16, 2020

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Editor's note: This post is no longer being updated. Get current updates on active fires burning in Northern California from CapRadio's live blog, or use this guide to track information from local fire agencies.

Updated 8:08 p.m.

The Loyalton Fire in Sierra County is now estimated at 29,828 acres and is 0% contained. As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, there were mandatory evacuations in portions of Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra counties.

The fire started Friday evening east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbrith. According to the U.S. Forest Service, the fire behavior is extreme and smoke is visible throughout the Sierra Valley and North Reno. 

On Saturday, the National Weather Service in Reno issued a tornado warning for Southeastern Lassen County. This may have been the first ever fire tornado warning. Tornado threats have since decreased, but the NWS is warning civilians to stay away from the area. 

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of Northern California through Monday afternoon for thunderstorms and abundant lightning.

Western Nevada is also facing a Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms, which may start new fires, with possible lightning and gusty winds up to 50 mph. 

The Elk Fire west of Willows in Glenn County is 727 acres and 40% contained. All evacuations have been lifted.