Anvil Fire and NW California Fires – 9/22/2023

The Anvil Fire has been active, with drier, windier conditions over the past couple days. This fire has been burning for nearly a month just inland of Port Orford, Oregon. It spread slowly for the first several weeks, but over the past week, it has seen major growth in most directions. We look at the geography of the fire, discuss the firefighting strategies, and review detailed maps of its recent movements.

We also look at recent fire spread of fires in NW California, check on the Pearch Fire’s progress toward Butler Flat, and look at the ‘indirect’ firefighting strategy being used on the SRF Lightning Complex, near Orleans, California.

Hop here to all of the 2023 Wildfire Videos.

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Cover photo by Aja Conrad, Pearch Fire, near Somes Bar, California