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Sunday, August 2, 2015

From The Secret list: U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Captain David Ruhl Killed By Entrapment In Fire

FROG FIRE LODD Modoc National Forest 

Line-of-Duty Fatality U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Captain David Ruhl 

All,
That Fire Captain killed at the wildfire in Northern California was scouting the area when he became trapped by the wind-stoked wildfire conditions.

U.S. Forest Service Firefighter Captain David Ruhl was driving down a Modoc National Forest road in a vehicle Thursday when the fire suddenly grew and trapped him as he was trying to develop a plan of attack.

Captain Ruhl, of Rapid City, South Dakota, had been on temporary assignment since June in California, where he was an assistant fire management officer for the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National. He had volunteered for the California assignment.

While details are still incomplete, it appears that Captain Ruhl was one of several firefighters exploring the area when the small fire suddenly expanded. Crews fighting the now growing fire had lost communication with Ruhl on Thursday evening. His body was recovered yesterday.

The fire is now (Saturday) about 100 miles south of the Oregon border, had burned 2.8 square miles and was 5 percent contained. Erratic winds were challenging fire-containment efforts and moving the fire in all directions. Gusty winds are expected this evening, when lightning storms are also forecast,since 2011.

As stated yesterday, Ruhl was the engine Captain for the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest, where he supervised a crew that would be responsible for sizing up and suppressing new wildfires. He also oversaw crews as they contained prescribed burns intentionally set to control forest and prairie growth.

From The Secret list: Firefighterclosecalls.com


Inciweb Report: 

Line-of-Duty Fatality Confirmed

Incident: Frog Fire Wildfire
Released: 1 day ago
It is with great sadness we must confirm a Forest Service firefighter lost his life yesterday while responding to the Frog Fire northwest of Adin, California. The deceased is David “Dave” Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Search and rescue was conducted throughout the night until the firefighter was found this morning.
Dave was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14. Dave’s permanent position is Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.
The Forest Service is investigating this line-of-duty death.
“This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking,” said Forest Supervisor, Amanda McAdams. “Please keep the family and all of our Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The Frog Fire southeast of Lava Camp on the Big Valley Ranger District started yesterday afternoon, exhibiting active fire behavior and growing to more than 800 acres by this evening with active spotting ahead of the fire front.
Northern California Team 1 is expected to take over management of the fire tomorrow morning.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

CA-TUU Advance Fire near Advance, Tulare County

Advance Fire CA-TUU Advance Fire near Advance, Tulare County

Updates:
08/01/2015: 86 acres - 55% containment,  The fire experienced minimal fire behavior overnight but firefighters will continue to remain on scene as they continue to mop up and begin suppression repair efforts within the fire area.
Total Fire Personnel: 150
Total Fire Engines: 10
Total Fire crews: 6
Total Water Tenders: 1

Location: 5 miles north of the community of Three Rivers near Advance, Tulare County
GPS: Long/Lat: -118.9009/36.49845
Injuries: 4 minor
Online Scanner: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/20200/web

CA-SHU Rail Fire, Trinity County Evacuations in the Post Mountain area.

Rail Fire; CA- SHU- Rail, CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit / Shasta-Trinity National Forest

Evacuations: Evacuation advisory in the area of Hwy 3 and the community of Hayfork. The  Fairgrounds are accepting large animals and livestock.

Roads closed: Highway 36 to Post Mountain Road and Highway 3 to Highway 36 to Hyampom Road.

Update 08/01/2015 0945: 800 acres - 10% contained. The Blue Fire and the Rail Fire have both crossed Highway 36.

Update 07/31/2015 1945: Per AA240 (Barker/Rail AA) forward progress toward Hayfork has been stopped.

Date/Time Started: July 30, 2015 10:00 pm
Location: Rail Canyon and Hwy 3, south of Hayfork, Trinity County
Structure Threats: Yes
Online Scanner: http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/7047/web


CA-MMU Creek Fire: Vegetation Fire, Merced County, DPA/SRA

CREEK FIRE: CA-MMU-014907, Vegetation Fire, Merced County, DPA/SRA

Daily Updates: 
08/01/2015 0740: 1000 Acres, 90% Contained
Location: Hwy 152 X San Luis Creek - West of Santa Nella on State DPA/SRA
Start Time: 07/31/2015 2157
ROS: Moderate Rate of Spread
IA Wx: 70 degrees, 40% RH, wind W @ 12 mph
Concerns/problems: Threat to KV lines

CA-TCU Big Creek Fire Tuolumne County, DPA, FRA Threat to commercial timber, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power

Big Creek Fire: CA-TCU-007806, Tuolumne County, DPA, FRA 

25 structures were evacuated. Threat to structures on Sprague Road and Hells Hollow Road, evacuations in progress 
Road closure on Highway 120 

Daily Updates: 
Update 08/01/15 0900: 204 Acres, timber, 45% Contained
25 structures were evacuated. Crews are working to gain containment.
Threat to commercial timber, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, PG&E infrastructure,
and Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River drainage.
Extended driving times and remoteness of incident hampers fire containment.

07/31/2015 1810: 204 acres, timber, 45% contained.
25 structures were evacuated. Crews are working to gain containment.

07/31/2015 0800: 204 acres, timber, 34% contained.

07/30/2015 1900: 204 acres, timber, 5% contained.
25 structures were evacuated. Crews are working to gain containment.
Threat to commercial timber, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, PG&E infrastructure,
and Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River drainage.

07/30/2015 0830: 150 acres, timber, 5% contained, evacuations in progress
Road closure on Highway 120

07/29/2015 1830:
10 acres, timber, 0% contained, VLAT requested by IC

Start Time: 1630
Location: Sprague Rd E x Highway 120 east of the community of Groveland, Tuolumne County. State DPA, FRA.
IA ROC: Dangerous Rate of Spread.
IA Wx: 96 degrees,14% RH, wind NW @ 8, increase with gusts to 12 
Structure threats: Yes, Threat to structures on Sprague Road and Hells Hollow Road 25 structures were evacuated. 
Problems/Concerns: Threat to commercial timber, Hetch Hetchy Water and Power, PG&E infrastructure, and Tuolumne Wild and Scenic River drainage

CA-SQF- Cabin Fire Tulare County, Golden Trout Wilderness area, FRA

Cabin Fire: CA-SQF-002313, Tulare County, Golden Trout Wilderness area, FRA

Trails within the fire area have been closed by Forest Order.Wilderness Permits are being examined to confirm permittees have been contacted or evacuated.Fire is in a no retardant and no mechanical equipment zone. A 6-hour hike is required for ground resources to reach fire.

Updates: 
08/01/2015 0810: 2,619 acres, 0% Rain allowed firefighters to begin line construction in an effort to get ahead of anticipated growth. Crews were able to use chainsaws along the Summit Trail to the west of the fire to improve the trail for use as primary containment lines.

Fire officials plan to stop the spread of the fire to the north by utilizing the area where the Lion Fire burned in 2011, along Pecks Canyon as a holding line. To the south, the area burned by the Soda Fire in 2014, should limit the fire spread along Mountaineer Creek.
Contingency planning is ongoing to address structure defense and resident evacuations if communities near the perimeter become threatened.
CIIMT-1 (McGowan) transitioned with IMT-3 (Villa) yesterday and assumed command of the fire today at 6 AM

The fire had minimal growth yesterday due to rain. The increase in acres is largely due to more accurate infrared mapping that occurred early this morning. Recent rains have reduced the amount of smoke.
07/31/2015 1810: 2,000 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber
No structure threats. CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) in briefed at 1000 hrs this morning and will assume command at 0600 August 1, 2015.
Fire is in a no retardant and no mechanical equipment zone.

07/31/2015 0800: 1,900 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber
No structure threats.
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) has been mobed with a tentative inbrief at 1000 today at Springville Ranger Station.
Fire is in a no retardant and no mechanical equipment zone.
A 6 hour hike is required for ground resources to reach fire.
Approximately 22 youth campers voluntarily evacuated from their out camp at Lion Meadows back to their main camp.

07/30/2015 1900: 800 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber
No structure threats.
CA Interagency IMT Team 1 (McGowan) has been mobed with a tentative inbrief at 1000 tomorrow at Springville Ranger Station.
Nine campers were evacuated by helicopter from Pecks Cabin, private property within wilderness area, back to Peppermint Helibase.
Reduction in acreage is due to improved visibility.

07/29/2015 1830: 180-200 Acres, 0% contained, heavy timber

Location: Golden Trout Wilderness area, FRA
Start Time: 07/29/2015 1529
Wx: 90 degrees, 16%RH, wind SE 2mph, gusts to 15mph

Structure threats: No
Structures Destroyed: 0
Problems & Concerns: Fire is in a no retardant zone.
A 6 hour hike is required for ground resources to reach fire.

Injuries: 0
Estimated Containment Date: unknown
Total Personnel Assigned: 295
Cause: unknown

Current Situation:







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Sequoia National Forest Closure: Friday the Sequoia National Forest released a closure order for a portion of the Golden Trout Wilderness. To view the news release, closure order and map, please visit: sequoia national forest alerts-notices or click here for downloadable pdf



Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks remains fully open with no closures.



Air Quality:



Smoke from several fires burning in California is contributing to the overall poor air quality throughout the central valley yesterday. For the latest information on smoke, click here for Daily Air Quality Status and Forecast provided by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.



Yesterday, Sequoia National Park visitors reported seeing and smelling smoke from the Cabin and Willow Fires in Giant Forest, Moro Rock and Ash Mountain. The park also received reports from the community of Three Rivers click here for air quality within the parks.



Information on how to limit your exposure to smoke can be found on the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control Districts website http://valleyair.org/wildfires.htm



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Red Flag Warning for scattered dry lightning storms from 1400 hours today through 2300 Sunday.

National Weather Service Red Flag Warning for scattered dry lightning storms from 1400 hours today through 2300 Sunday.

RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS AREOCCURRING OR IMMINENT.

NWS Fire Weather Map
NWS Fire Weather Map

The National Weather Service Medford has now issued a Red Flag Warning for scattered dry lightning storms from 1400 hours today through 2300 Sunday. The fire weather watch originally issued for Sunday has now been upgraded. The area affected includes central Siskiyou county. http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/firewx/cafw/rfwwarningsbycwa.php?pil=XXXRFWMFR

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING..

.AN UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE TO PUMP MID
LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY OVER OUR AREA THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVING OVER THE AREA
AS WELL. THE RESULT WILL BE A PERSISTENT THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS.
THE LOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY DRY SO ANY STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE DRY AND PRODUCE LITTLE IF ANY RAIN AT THE GROUND. THE GREATEST
THREAT FOR STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS,
HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN MANY LOCATIONS.

CAZ280-281-284-020000-
/O.CAN.KMFR.FW.A.0010.150802T2100Z-150803T0800Z/
/O.EXT.KMFR.FW.W.0015.150801T2100Z-150803T0600Z/
WESTERN KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST-
CENTRAL SISKIYOU COUNTY INCLUDING SHASTA VALLEY-
SISKIYOU COUNTY FROM THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS EAST AND SOUTH TO MT
SHASTA-
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY..
...THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED..

THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR SUNDAY HAS BEEN
UPGRADED.

* THUNDERSTORMS: SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED OVER
  MUCH OF FIRE WEATHER ZONES 280, 281, AND 284 THIS WEEKEND.
  STORMS MAY BECOME ISOLATED AT NIGHT...HOWEVER THEY WILL REMAIN
  DRY.

* IMPACTS: DRY THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN NUMEROUS NEW STARTS.
  LOW HUMIDITIES...HOT TEMPERATURES...AND DRY THUNDERSTORMS WITH
  GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE
  BEHAVIOR ON EXISTING FIRES AND NEW FIRE STARTS.

* TIMING: THE GREATEST THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DURING THE
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS, HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE
  OVERNIGHT AS WELL.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN NORTHERN CA...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 280. .. 281
  AND 284.

* COUNTIES AFFECTED: SISKIYOU.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING..

.AN UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE TO PUMP MID
LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY OVER OUR AREA THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVING OVER THE AREA
AS WELL. THE RESULT WILL BE A PERSISTENT THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS.
THE LOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY DRY SO ANY STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE DRY AND PRODUCE LITTLE IF ANY RAIN AT THE GROUND. THE GREATEST
THREAT FOR STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS,
HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN MANY LOCATIONS.

CAZ285-020000-
/O.UPG.KMFR.FW.A.0010.150802T2100Z-150803T0800Z/
/O.EXB.KMFR.FW.W.0015.150801T2100Z-150803T0600Z/
MODOC COUNTY EXCEPT FOR THE SURPRISE VALLEY-
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM
PDT SUNDAY..

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEDFORD HAS ISSUED A RED FLAG
WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM
PDT SUNDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR SUNDAY HAS BEEN
UPGRADED.

* THUNDERSTORMS: SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED OVER
  MUCH OF FIRE WEATHER ZONE 285 THIS WEEKEND. STORMS MAY BECOME
  ISOLATED AT NIGHT...HOWEVER THEY WILL REMAIN DRY.

* IMPACTS: DRY THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN NUMEROUS NEW STARTS.
  LOW HUMIDITIES...HOT TEMPERATURES...AND DRY THUNDERSTORMS WITH
  GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE
  BEHAVIOR ON EXISTING FIRES AND NEW FIRE STARTS.

* TIMING: THE GREATEST THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DURING THE
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS, HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE
  OVERNIGHT AS WELL.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN NORTHERN CA FIRE ZONE...285.

* COUNTIES AFFECTED: MODOC.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.




URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING..

.AN UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE TO PUMP MID
LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY OVER OUR AREA THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVING OVER THE AREA
AS WELL. THE RESULT WILL BE A PERSISTENT THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS.
THE LOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY DRY SO ANY STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE DRY AND PRODUCE LITTLE IF ANY RAIN AT THE GROUND. THE GREATEST
THREAT FOR STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS,
HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN MANY LOCATIONS.

ORZ615>617-619-620-020000-
/O.EXT.KMFR.FW.W.0015.150801T2100Z-150803T0600Z/
SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON COAST-UMPQUA BASIN-UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST-
WESTERN ROGUE RIVER-SISKIYOU NATIONAL FOREST-
WESTERN ROGUE BASIN INCLUDING THE ILLINOIS VALLEY-
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY..

THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY.

* THUNDERSTORMS: ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ARE
  POSSIBLE FROM LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING.
  THUNDERSTORMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE SCATTERED IN THE MOUNTAINS
  WITH ISOLATED STORMS IN THE VALLEYS.

* IMPACTS: DRY THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN NUMEROUS NEW STARTS.
  LOW HUMIDITIES...HOT TEMPERATURES...AND DRY THUNDERSTORMS WITH
  GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE
  BEHAVIOR ON EXISTING FIRES AND NEW FIRE STARTS.

* TIMING: THE GREATEST THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DURING THE
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS, HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE
  OVERNIGHT AS WELL.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN SOUTHWEST OR...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 615. ..
  616. ..617. ..619 AND 620.

* COUNTIES AFFECTED: COOS...CURRY...DOUGLAS...JOSEPHINE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.




URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING..

.AN UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE TO PUMP MID
LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY OVER OUR AREA THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVING OVER THE AREA
AS WELL. THE RESULT WILL BE A PERSISTENT THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS.
THE LOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY DRY SO ANY STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE DRY AND PRODUCE LITTLE IF ANY RAIN AT THE GROUND. THE GREATEST
THREAT FOR STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS,
HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN MANY LOCATIONS.

ORZ621-623-020000-
/O.CAN.KMFR.FW.A.0010.150802T2100Z-150803T0800Z/
/O.EXT.KMFR.FW.W.0015.150801T1800Z-150803T0600Z/
SISKIYOU MOUNTAINS-SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES-
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY..
...THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED..

THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR SUNDAY HAS BEEN
UPGRADED.

* THUNDERSTORMS: SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED OVER
  MUCH OF FIRE WEATHER ZONES 621 AND 623 THIS WEEKEND. STORMS MAY
  BECOME ISOLATED AT NIGHT...HOWEVER THEY WILL REMAIN DRY.

* IMPACTS: DRY THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN NUMEROUS NEW STARTS.
  LOW HUMIDITIES...HOT TEMPERATURES...AND DRY THUNDERSTORMS WITH
  GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE
  BEHAVIOR ON EXISTING FIRES AND NEW FIRE STARTS.

* TIMING: THE GREATEST THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DURING THE
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS, HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE
  OVERNIGHT AS WELL.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN SOUTHWEST OR...FIRE WEATHER ZONES 621 AND
  623.

* COUNTIES AFFECTED: JOSEPHINE...JACKSON...KLAMATH...SISKIYOU.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.



URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING..

.AN UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE TO PUMP MID
LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY OVER OUR AREA THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVING OVER THE AREA
AS WELL. THE RESULT WILL BE A PERSISTENT THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS.
THE LOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY DRY SO ANY STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE DRY AND PRODUCE LITTLE IF ANY RAIN AT THE GROUND. THE GREATEST
THREAT FOR STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS,
HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN MANY LOCATIONS.

ORZ622-020000-
/O.CAN.KMFR.FW.A.0010.150802T2100Z-150803T0800Z/
/O.EXT.KMFR.FW.W.0015.150801T2100Z-150803T0600Z/
EASTERN ROGUE VALLEY-
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY..
...THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED..

THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
11 PM PDT SUNDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR SUNDAY HAS BEEN
UPGRADED.

* THUNDERSTORMS: SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED OVER THE
  HIGHER TERRAIN OF FIRE WEATHER ZONE 622 THIS WEEKEND WITH
  ISOLATED STORMS OVER THE VALLEYS. WHILE STORMS MAY DECREASE IN
  COVERAGE AT NIGHT, THEY WILL REMAIN DRY.

* IMPACTS: DRY THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN NUMEROUS NEW STARTS.
  LOW HUMIDITIES...HOT TEMPERATURES...AND DRY THUNDERSTORMS WITH
  GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE
  BEHAVIOR ON EXISTING FIRES AND NEW FIRE STARTS.

* TIMING: THE GREATEST THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DURING THE
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS, HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE
  OVERNIGHT AS WELL.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN SOUTHWEST OR...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 622.

* COUNTIES AFFECTED: JACKSON.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.




URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...ISOLATED TO SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS EXPECTED THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING..

.AN UPPER TROUGH WILL REMAIN OFFSHORE AND CONTINUE TO PUMP MID
LEVEL MOISTURE AND INSTABILITY OVER OUR AREA THROUGH SUNDAY
EVENING. THERE WILL BE SEVERAL DISTURBANCES MOVING OVER THE AREA
AS WELL. THE RESULT WILL BE A PERSISTENT THREAT OF THUNDERSTORMS.
THE LOW LEVELS WILL REMAIN VERY DRY SO ANY STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
BE DRY AND PRODUCE LITTLE IF ANY RAIN AT THE GROUND. THE GREATEST
THREAT FOR STORMS WILL BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS,
HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE OVERNIGHT IN MANY LOCATIONS.

ORZ624-020000-
/O.CAN.KMFR.FW.A.0010.150802T2100Z-150803T0800Z/
/O.EXT.KMFR.FW.W.0015.150801T2100Z-150803T1200Z/
KLAMATH BASIN AND THE FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST-
342 AM PDT SAT AUG 1 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
5 AM PDT MONDAY..
...THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH HAS BEEN UPGRADED..

THE RED FLAG WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
5 AM PDT MONDAY. THE FIRE WEATHER WATCH FOR SUNDAY HAS BEEN
UPGRADED.

* THUNDERSTORMS: SCATTERED DRY THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED OVER
  MUCH OF FIRE WEATHER ZONE 624 THIS WEEKEND. STORMS MAY BECOME
  ISOLATED AT NIGHT...HOWEVER THEY WILL REMAIN DRY.

* IMPACTS: DRY THUNDERSTORMS MAY RESULT IN NUMEROUS NEW STARTS.
  LOW HUMIDITIES...HOT TEMPERATURES...AND DRY THUNDERSTORMS WITH
  GUSTY AND ERRATIC OUTFLOW WINDS WILL CREATE EXTREME FIRE
  BEHAVIOR ON EXISTING FIRES AND NEW FIRE STARTS.

* TIMING: THE GREATEST THREAT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DURING THE
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS, HOWEVER, STORMS MAY CONTINUE
  OVERNIGHT AS WELL.

* AFFECTED AREA: IN SOUTH CENTRAL OR...FIRE WEATHER ZONE 624.

* COUNTIES AFFECTED: KLAMATH...LAKE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT EXTREME FIRE CONDITIONS ARE
OCCURRING OR IMMINENT.

LODD: USFS Firefighter Dies While Responding To Modoc County Frog Fire

Line-of-Duty Fatality Confirmed

Release Date: Jul 31, 2015  
It is with great sadness we must confirm a Forest Service firefighter lost his life yesterday while responding to the Frog Fire northwest of Adin, California. The deceased is David “Dave” Ruhl of Rapid City, South Dakota.
Search and rescue was conducted throughout the night until the firefighter was found this morning.
Dave was on temporary assignment to the Big Valley Ranger District of the Modoc National Forest as an Assistant Fire Management Officer since June 14. Dave’s permanent position is Engine Captain on the Mystic Ranger District of the Black Hills National Forest in Rapid City.
The Forest Service is investigating this line-of-duty death.
“This loss of life is tragic and heartbreaking,” said Forest Supervisor, Amanda McAdams. “Please keep the family and all of our Forest Service employees in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
The Frog Fire southeast of Lava Camp on the Big Valley Ranger District started yesterday afternoon, exhibiting active fire behavior and growing to more than 800 acres by this evening with active spotting ahead of the fire front.
Northern California Team 1 is expected to take over management of the fire tomorrow morning.
Additional detailed information on the Frog Fire will be available on Inciweb athttp://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4427/
Ruhl is survived by his wife, Erin, and their two children.


Friday, July 31, 2015

CA-SHU Barker Fire Trinity County, Mandatory evacuations

Barker Fire: CA-SHU Barker Fire, Trinity County

 Firefighters continue to battle a wildland fire burning in the brush and timber in Trinity County. 

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations for Barker Creek Rd. An Evacuation Shelter has been set up at the Solid Rock Christian Church, 66 Tule Creek Rd. Hayfork. Road Closures : Highway 3 and Barker Creek Road. 

Update 08/01/2015 0845900 acres, 5% contained. Located northeast of Hayfork. Threat to residences; mandatory evacuations in place for the Barker Creek area. There is a potential threat of lightning in the area today. 
Total Fire Personnel: 248 
Total Fire Engines: 30 
Total Fire crews: 5 
Total Helicopters: 1 
Total Dozers: 11 
Total Water Tenders: 10 
Update 07/31/2015 1445: 70 acres, 0% contained.
Evacuations underway for Hayfork. Group torching observed and spotting 1/3mi ahead.

Date/Time Started: July 31, 2015 12:34 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit
Location: Barker Valley North of Highway 3, 5 miles NE of Hayfork,
Trinity County.
GPS: Long/Lat: -123.0779/40.6000 

IA ROS: Moderate to rapid spread rate.
IA Concerns: Threat to commercial timber lands.
Fuels:
 Burning in brush and timber  Short range spotting.
Special Hazards: Future structure threat, threat to commercial timber
IA Resources: AA 240, Ishi Crew 5, 2 ST Charlie's, 4Golfs and 4 additional dozers.
Cause: Under Investigation
Phone Numbers (530) 225-2510 (Fire Information Line)

CA-MNF Estel Fire: Yuki Wilderness Mendocino National Forest

Estel Fire CA-MNF Estel Fire Mendocino National Forest

Burning in timber and brush in the Yuki Wilderness.
The Forest has 8 other fires reported.

Updates :
08/01/2015 0930: 32 acres, 20% contained. 

07/31/2015 1330: 
45 acres, 0% contained. Burning in timber and brush in the Yuki Wilderness.

Location: Yuki Wilderness Mendocino National Forest - The ancient forests of the Yuki Wilderness consist of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, Shasta red fir, white fir, and incense cedar.

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