Wednesday, May 12, 2021



Highway 16 Complex Fire Evening Report

Photo taken at Sand Creek Road in Arbuckle. The 16 Complex burns at the ridge of the Rumsey Canyon. (Staff Photo)

The Highway 16 Complex Fire continues to burn towards the north and threatens the Cortina Indian Rancheria and the area near the junction of Highway 20 and Highway 16.

With the fire surrounding the Cortina Indian Rancheria, efforts are being made to protect structures and cultural values in the Cortina Rancheria and fire area.

A total of 23 residences, 1 commercial property and 7 outbuildings are under threat.

Firefighters are working aggressively to build and strengthen containment lines and have made significant progress in constructing a fire line and determining strategic locations to access the fire.

Local Fire Crews at the ’16 Complex Fire’. (a Matthew Henderson Photo) Please click the photo for more breathtaking photos of the fire taken by Matthew Henderson.

As of 10:52 p.m. on Thursday, the fire has scorched an estimated 10,000 acres and will continue to grow throughout the evening due to southern winds, with 13 mph gusts.

Cal Fire estimates the fire can possibly grow to 15,000 acres before containment.

The fire is fueled by a combination of dry grass, brush, and oak trees in steep, rugged terrain.

An evacuation is in effect for the Cortina Rancheria.

Cooperating agencies include: Cal Fire, Cal Trans, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Highway Patrol, Colusa and Yolo County fire and law enforcement agencies, Department of Fish and Game, California Emergency Management Agency, the Bureau of Land Management and the California National Guard.

Fire crews battle the blaze near the Cache Creek Bridge at teh 16 Complex Fire. (Photo by Richard Lau)

A total of 1,268 personnel are currently working on containing the fire, which currently stands at 20% containment.

The 16 Complex fires are a combination of two fires that are burning four miles apart along Highway 16 near Rumsey.

The fire started on September 4, 2012 at approximately 3:49 p.m.; cause of the fire is unknown and is under active investigation at this time.

The fire has a current estimated cost of $1,856,346.

Yocha Dehe Fire Crews laying hose. (A Matthew Henderson Photo). Please click here for more daytime photos of the Highway 16 Complex Fire.

Cal Fire has estimated containment before September 10, 2012.

This is the third fire in two months Colusa County has experienced.

The Sites Complex fire started on  July 8, located at the Sites Lodoga Road, just west of Maxwell with five fires scorching a total of 4,185 acres.

The Wye & Walker Ridge fire started on August 12th, located at Highway 20 east of Highway 53 and Clearlake Oaks, where the two fires scorched a total of 7,934 acres. Destroying two homes and one out building.

Both the Sites Complex and the Wye/Walker Ridge fire are fully contained and are still under investigation for cause.


Downloadable Resource: View the Map of the Highway 16 Complex Fire.


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