The situation in Doyle, CA got worse before it got better. The danger has mostly passed as fire containment rose. The fire did, however, double back on this town and cause more trouble. There are multiple properties for sale in Doyle with realtors doing updates ever 15 minutes. The forecast for the next four days as of July 20, yesterday, is sunny during the day but smoke overnight while mostly clear.
Any reporting of the news from any source is subject to change. I take this particular fire personally because Ruth & I went through Doyle twice very recently. What’s below can now be classified as history.
The Sugar Fire began in the Doyle area early in July, 2021. It doubled in size on July 9 due to strong winds. Many structures have been totally destroyed in this town about 50 miles north of Reno, NV in California close to Highway 395. The Sugar Fire rapidly became the largest fire incident in the State of California so far this 2021 season. By July 12, 130 square miles had been affected according to theatlantic.com.
As of July 18, 3 days ago, wind, low humidity, and high air temperatures made Sugar the first megafire of this unusually dry season with lots of destruction. By then the Sugar Fire had affected 100,000 acres but was 82% contained according to The LA Times. This blaze got so ferocious that it generated its own lightning. By last Friday, July 16, the Sugar Fire had been classified as the first megafire of this season that still has a long way to go.
This fire that completely closed Highway 395 for a time came back to haunt Doyle. “It’s like, alive,” said one resident from her front porch. Media reports say that California continues to broil and burn as lots of property in and near Doyle is put up for sale. Vegetation in the area is at record-dry levels.
And this is not the only fire in the area. The Tamarack Fire is just south of Lake Tahoe. It, like the Sugar Fire, was caused by lightning and has the capacity to grow larger than it already is. Another called the Dixie Fire has closed State Route 70 at State Route 191 near the town of Paradise in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. Paradise almost completely disappeared in 2018’s Camp Fire. Almost 19,000 buildings were destroyed. A 4th fire happened near Yosemite National Park. Called the River Fire, it raged for a week but became 86% contained. The Bootleg Fire, much further north near Oregon, for a while became the largest forest fire in America. The fire danger will be ongoing as this devastating fire season continues.
I hope that Doyle doesn’t become another Paradise.