NW California Wildfires 8/22/2023

Over a week into a regional lightning bust across the Klamath and Siskiyou Mountains, the passage of Tropical Storm Hilary brought a mix of rain and wind to NW California. The Gasquet area missed out on the rain, but got strong NE winds on the backside of a low pressure system which cleared out after the hurricane. These winds drove major growth on the Smith Complex, and this report shows fire perimeters as of about midnight on 8/21-8/22/23. – Zeke Lunder

Today’s YouTube video:

Smith Complex Maps:

YELLOW perimeter line to WHITE perimeter line represents approximately 24 hours fire growth. BLUE line is the Wild Frontier Alert Wildfire cameras and the direction of their viewsheds. See the map key in the upper left corner for additional details.