By Tillie Fong
Fourteen wildfires are burning in California, with more than 8,300 firefighters battling the blazes, the California Department of Fire and Forestry officials reported this weekend.
Winds from the south, with speeds of up to 25 mph and gusts as much as 35 mph, will provide the greatest challenge in the northeast portion of the state Sunday afternoon, as they will likely fan the flames of several wildfires, increase the fire potential in other areas, and hamper current firefighting efforts, CalFire said.
As of Sunday morning, CalFire listed the status of the wildfires in the state:
The Rim Fire, near Yosemite National Park in Tuolumne County, is the largest - 133,980 acres and counting, with 4,500 residences being threatened. It is currently ranked as the 15th largest fire in California recorded history, and is only 7 percent contained. Evacuations are in effect.
The American Fire, northeast of Foresthill in Placer County, is now up to 24,135 acres and 78 percent contained.
The Aspen fire, near Huntington Lake in Fresno County, came in at 22,791 acres and 95 percent contained.
The Orleans Complex fire, six miles southeast of Somes Bar in Siskiyou County, has burned 20,770 acres, and is 39 percent contained.
The Salmon River Complex, one mile west of Sawyers Bar, also in Siskiyou County, reached 14,547 acres and is 95 percent contained.
The Spring Peak Fire , 15 miles northeast of Mono Lake in Mono County,, consumed 14,200 acres and is 98 percent contained. This fire is burning mostly in Nevada, but it did cross into California near Bodie State Park.
The Corral Complex, burning 11,552 acres east of the Hoopa Indian Reservation in Humboldt County, is at zero percent containment.
The Deer Fire, located 10 miles east of Los Molinos in Tehama County, is up to 10,270 acres, and only 21 percent contained.
The Mission Fire, on the Fort Hunter Liggett Military Installation in Monterey County, is at 4,500 acres and 98 percent contained.
The Fish Fire, 25 miles northeast of Springville, Tulare County has burned 1,000 acres and is only 5 percent contained.
The Hough Complex, near Taylorsville in Plumas County is 100 percent contained at 513 acres.
The Gobblers Fire, 6 miles south of Wrightwood, San Bernardino County has consumed 392 acres and is 83 percent contained.
The Little Fire, off of Hwy 74 near Lake Hemet in Riverside County, which started on Saturday is currently at 50 acres. It is 10 percent contained.
The Empire Fire, near Georgetown in El Dorado County Saturday, grew to 38 acres. Officials predict 100 percent containment today.