ONCC News and Notes:
- Heavy IA in the Geographic Area already this morning; multiple aircraft and resources committed to new initial attack fires.
- 0630 No new large fires reported in the Geographic Area overnight (1800-0600), although ther has been approximately 900 lightning strikes in Northern California within the last 24 hours. Precipitation amounts for the 24 hours have ranged between 0 to .27 inch.
EVENING FOR ABUNDANT LIGHTNING WITH DRY FUELS FOR FIRE ZONES
285 AND 625 WHICH INCLUDES PORTIONS OF LAKE, HARNEY AND MODOC COUNTY EXCEPT FOR THE SURPRISE VALLEY- SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON DESERT INCLUDING THE BLM LAND IN EASTERN LAKE AND WESTERN HARNEY COUNTIES
- The Upper Applegate Road at Carberry Creek Campground and Elliot Creek Road.
- South end of Applegate Lake starting at Watkins Campground.
- Area west of and including Forest Service Road 1050, starting at the Oregon/California state border continuing south on FSR 1055 to its end.
- Area north and west of the south end of FSR 1055, continuing west along the Rogue River-Siskiyou and Klamath National Forest boundaries at the southern border of the Red Buttes Wilderness to Phantom Meadows.
- Area north and east from Phantom Meadows along the Fir Glade trail to the Oregon/California border; continuing east and south along the state borders to FSR 1035.
- Area east and south of FSR 1035 to the junction of FSR 1040 continuing along FSR 1040, area east and south to the Oregon/California state border at the junction of FSR 1050.
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 07:00 PM
Location Complex of 3 fires in CA; the Goff Fire near Seiad; the Hello & Lick Fires-2 mi. SW of Applegate
Incident Commander Norm Walker
Total Personnel 658
Size 4,208 acres
Percent Contained 38%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday August 30th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - The Fort Complex Fires are burning in brush, timber and timber litter.
Fire Behavior - Fire behavior is expected to be a spreading moderate surface fire.
Significant Events - Note that a smoke advisory has been issued by the Public Health & Community Development Department of Siskiyou County: please refer to http://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/ and look under Wildfire News and Smoke Hazard Information.
Outlook / Planned Actions - Continue to establish indirect line in areas that are safe for fire crews to work. Prepare for possible future burnout operations. Continue indirect attack on the Goff Fire. Continue direct and indirect attack as well as beginning mop-up on the Hello Fire. Continue mop-up and continue suppression repair on the Lick Fire.
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - All three Fort Complex Fires are burning in extreme terrain.
Remarks: A full suppression strategy continues on all fires. Branch I - Goff Fire: Minimal fire spread during this operational period. Fire continues to back towards indirect fire lines. Branch II - Hello Fire: The Hello Fire reached the indirect fire lines on the east side of the fire today and is expected to hold. Direct line construction continues on the SW corner of the fire. Mop-up continues where possible. Branch II - Lick Fire: Mop-up and suppression repair continue on the Lick Fire.
CA-BTU Mill Fire. 1,560 acres. 25% contained.
Date/Time Started: August 13, 2012 6:46 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Butte Unit
County: Tehama County
Location: Highway 32 in the Mill Creek drainage, northwest of Butte Meadows
Acres Burned: 1,560 acres
Containment 1,560 acres - 25% contained
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS, CDCR, California National Guard, CHP, Sheriff's Office, Silver Dollar Fairgrounds
Engines: 82 (23 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 34 (All CAL FIRE)
Airtankers: 1 air tanker
Helicopters: 3 helicopters
Dozers: 16 bulldozers (7 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 30 water tenders
CA-LNP Reading Fire. 27,777 acres. 32% contained.
Note: A Community Meeting will be held tonight, August 18, at 6:00 p.m. at the Old Station Volunteer Fire Department.
Summary: Containment lines on the north and west side of the fire are complete. Emphasis today is on the south and east sides of the fire. Crews hiked in to the east side to take advantage of very early morning weather conditions and reduced fire activity to make progress controlling the fire. In addition, helicopters are being used on the south and east sides to extinguish hot spots and support crews on the ground.
Air tankers were used to drop retardant on the eastern edge of the fire yesterday. This part of the fire contains spotty fuels, patches of timber, grass and brush. The use of retardant in this area will hasten the control of this fire and shorten the duration of firefighters exposure to smoke and physical injuries. Yesterday the airtankers dropped fugitive retardant. Fugitive retardants contain A coloring agent that is designed to fade rapidly following retardant application in order to minimize the visual impacts of the retardant. This type of retardant is effective in slowing the progress of the fire, but within several days is no longer visible on the ground. Retardant is just one of the many tools used by firefighters in containing this fire.
Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) is a fire fighting philosophy of "do least damage." If a fire crew was fighting a fire in your back yard, you would want them to use MIST tactics. First, they would only suppress the fire in ways that would provide for your family's safety and their own. Then they would cut down only necessary trees, use water rather than chemicals when possible, communicate clearly with each other so they did not waste time or resources, use tools that were the right size rather than too big or too small, spend only the money they needed to spend, and restore the site as much as possible. Suppression of the Reading Fire is being done using MIST tactics.
Smoke from other fires that are burning in northern California will also be present in the area. Due to smoke and firefighting equipment, driving in the area of the fire will be challenging today and over the weekend. Please be cautious when driving, watch for other vehicles, and drive slowly when visibility is low. Snag removal will continue today on the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway.
Roads: Visitors wanting to access Lassen National Volcanic Park from the north, can drive the Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway from the north entrance to Manzanita Lake. Visitors wanting to access the park from the south entrance, the road is open to Summit Lake. Visitors are encouraged to call ahead for current information.
Forest Campground Closures:
Butte Lake Campground
Lost Creek Campground
Summit Lake North Campground
Summit Lake South Campground
Trails: The park's most popular trails remain open. From the Southwest entrance, visitors can access the Bumpass Hell trail, Kings Creek Falls trail, Mill Creek Falls, and Brokeoff Mountain trail among others. Warner Valley offers visitors an opportunity to hike several trails including the trails to Devils Kitchen and Boiling Springs Lake, two of the park's hydrothermal areas. The Lassen Peak trail will be open to the summit Friday August 31 through Monday September 3. Visitors can enjoy a spectacular full moon hike up the peak on August 31. The trails around Manzanita Lake, Lily Pond, Crags Lake and Manzanita Creek are open in the northwest part of the park.
Flight Restriction: A Temporary Flight Restrictions, 2/8455, is in effect over the Reading Fire. Other TFRs exist in the immediate area.
For additional information, please visit:
Lassen National Forest website: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/lassen/alerts-notices
Lassen Volcanic National Park: www.nps.gov/lavo/index.htm or on Twitter@LassenNPS
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2012 approx. 05:09 PM
Location 14 miles south of Old Station
Command: Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley)
Start Date: July 23, 2012 Cause: Lightning
Acres: 27,777 NPS acres = 17,000 USFS acres = 10,698 Privately Owned Land 79
Percent Containment: 32%
Estimated Containment: August 21, 2012
Structures Damaged: 0
Estimated Cost-to-Date: $11,465,313
Total personnel assigned to the incident: 933
Hand Crews: 19
Total Personnel 933
Fuels Involved - The fire is burning in mixed conifer and red fir overstory with pine mat manzanita and a variable understory fuel loading of dead and down materials.
Fire Behavior - Modeate fire behavior last night was associated with the firing operations on the western perimeter. Remainder of the fire experienced minimal growth.
Significant Events - Crews continue to patrol from Hat Lake north towards Fantastic Lava Beds. Thunderstorms are in progress over the fire area.
Outlook / Planned Actions - On the southern perimeter crews will patrol and secure fireline. On the northern perimeter crews will continue holding, patrolling and mopping up completed burn operations. Eastern perimeter crews will scout line, complete indirect line and prepare for firing operations.
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
Remarks - The Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway continues to be closed for seven miles from Manzanita lake to Summit Lake. Summit Lake, Butte Lake, Lost Creek and Crags Campgrounds remain closed. Numerous trails remain closed in the Park including the PCT, from Corral Meadows to the north boundary, Paradise Meadows, Terrace Lakes, Painted Dunes, Cinder Cone, Twin Lakes, Cluster Lakes, Butte Lake, Widow Lake, and trails west of Snag Lake south to Juniper Lake and Horsehoe Lake. All USFS roads, trails, and the area south of Highway 44 and east of Highway 89 in the vicinity of Old Station remain closed.
CA-PNF Chips Fire. 44,343 acres. 34% contained.
In the Clear Creek drainage just east of Butt Lake dam, crews and dozers continue building new containment line on the east flank of the fire. Crews built line and installed water carrying hoses around three spot fires. The firefighting goal is to keep the fire away from Seneca, Canyon Dam, and the Big Meadows subdivision.
Overnight , crews conducted mop-up operations on the north perimeter from Humbug Road to the west shore of Butt Lake Reservoir.
On the west side of the fire, crews will continue to build fireline next to the fire's edge, working from north to south.
PG&E representatives are working closely with the fire management team, and are prepared to de-energize transmission lines as needed for firefighting efforts.
Roads: Motorists are encouraged to use caution on roads within the vicinity of the fire, particularly on Highway 70 and Highway 89 due to increased fire traffic. Travelers should check highway conditions regularly at 800-427-ROAD or http://www.dot.ca.gov/.
Smoke will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information athttp://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available athttp://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main.
Power Outages: To report and get updates on power outages please call PG&E's 24-hour emergency and customer service line: 1-800-743-5002.
Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuations - The community of Seneca remains under a mandatory evacuation. The Caribou Road from the junction of Highway 70 to Butt Lake Dam as well the Butt Lake Dam, Ohio Valley Road, Butt Lake Road, Humbug/Humboldt and all additional secondary roads West of Highway 89 between Canyon Dam and the Humbug/Humboldt Road are closed to all emergency traffic. Additional evacuations may be necessary depending on fire activity.
To register a cell phone with the Plumas County Emergency Notification System visithttp://countyofplumas.com/index.aspx nid=2163.
Voluntary Evacuations are now in place for Rush Creek, Canyon Dam, and Big Meadows. The Sheriff's Advisement for other communities along Highway 89 including Prattville, Almanor, and West Almanor and East Shore Residence (Hwy 147) remains in effect. Residents between Tobin and Twain on Highway 70 are under a Sheriff's Advisement to develop a family evacuation plan. This area includes Belden, Maggie's Trailer Park, and Little Haven. Planning to provide shelter arrangements for local residents will be based on the locations and extent of any new mandatory evacuations issued by the Sheriff's Office.
Closures: In the interest of firefighter and public safety, the Plumas and Lassen National Forests have expanded the original closure areas due to the fire's growth. The closures will remain in place until the area is safe for the public to enter. Please see the Forest Orders and closure maps on InciWeb (address above). Pacific Crest Trail hikers may bypass the affected area by hiking Highway 70/89 or catching a bus with Plumas Transit to Chester, CA (weekdays only).
Butt Valley Reservoir recreation facilities administered by PG&E (Ponderosa Flat Campground, Cool Springs Campground, Ray Adams Day Use Area and Boat Launch, as well as Yellow Creek Campground) are closed due to the fire. Gansner Bar, North Fork, and Queen Lily USFS campgrounds remain closed. The Little Grizzly dispersed camping area and High Lakes OHV area, are also closed.
Communities west of the fire area including Paradise, Jarbo Gap, and Concow are not threatened at this time.
Date started: July 29, 2012
Location: 2 miles Northwest of Belden, CA
Cause: Under Investigation
Water Tenders: 30
Helicopters: 5 Type 1, 3 Type 2, and 2 Type 3
Air Tankers: Available
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM
Location 2 miles NW of Belden, CA
Fire Behavior - Fire behavior was reduced again by higher humidity.
Significant Events - Crews made progress lining spots and slopovers overnight. A type 1 helicopter lost oil pressure and had a chip light warning. They had to shut down 1 engine and drop their bucket. They were followed back to Quincy where they landed safely.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Scouting for containment opportunities in Branch 1 on the western flank. Resources in Branch II will be putting in direct line in the Clear Creek area. In Branch III imporve contingency and mop-up. Construct direct line the Clear Creek area. Secure, mop up and improve fire lines in Branch IV.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme
Remarks: A public meeting was held last night in West Lake Almanor for residents of West Lake Almanor, Canyon Dam, Platteville and Big Meadows. A meeting is scheduled for tonight for East Lake Almanor and Peninsula at the Hamilton Fire Station. PG&E crews continue to restore damaged power poles feeding the Red Hill communication site. The communication site is currently operating off of emergency power. A voluntary evacuation for Rush Creek, Canyon Dam, Big Meadow, and Rocky Point remains in effect. A Sheriff's advisory is in effect for West Almanor, Almanor, and Prattville. Line to build increased due to reporting total line needed to go direct. The previously reported line to build was to finish the contingency lines. Total burned acres are at 44,343. Plumas NF burned acres 25,054, Lassen NF 17,003, SRA burned acres 4,191.
CA-NOD Rush Fire. 232,000 acres. 32% contained.
The fire is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northern California District (BLM-CA-NOD,) Eagle Lake Field Office, approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, California. The fire is burning near a major natural gas line and transfer station, and power transmission lines that supply the Reno area.
Summary: Firefighters will continue to conduct burning operations down to and along the Wendel Road today as well as along the north western edge of the fire along the Garate and Buckhorn Roads. Crews continue to scout for opportunities to contain fire spread along the eastern flank. Fire crews will hold and secure the divisions that have control lines, and continue to flank the northern and southern edges of the fire with dozers and hand crews. Mop-up of hot spots continues on the east and west edges of the fire.
Possible thunderstorm activity in the fire area is forecast for the fire area today. The fire has had significant growth from thunder cell downdrafts for several days. Extreme fire behavior and fire whirls continue to threaten and breach fire control lines. Live fuel moistures remain at a record low.
The fire remains within 1/2 mile of US Route (Highway) 395. The public needs to be aware for the need of possible intermittent closures of Highway 395 due to fire activity and public safety.
Area and Road Closures in Effect: On August 17, the BLM issued a closure order for public lands in the fire area to protect public health and safety. The closed area is bounded by Highway 395 on the west, the Sand Pass Road on the east, and the Wendel Road on the south. The new northern boundary for the public land closure is the Juniper Ridge, Tuledad, Stage Road, Marr Road, and Buckhorn Road extending to Nevada Highway 447 in Washoe County. Routes closed within this closure area include the Ramhorn Springs, Rye Patch Road, Buckhorn, Shinn Ranch, Stoney, Deep Cut, Smoke Creek, Skedaddle Ranch, Dry Valley, and Brubeck roads. The Ramhorn Springs Campground and the Dodge Reservoir Campground also is closed.
Travelers along the Highway 395 corridor, please use caution near the fire crews and equipment working in the fire area. Highway 395 may be closed due to fire activity. Please check for current road conditions with CalTrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi%20or%20800-427-7623.
Remarks: Fire officials remind residents and visitors that fire restrictions are in effect for public lands and national forests in northeast California. Campfires are permitted only in posted recreation sites. Chainsaws may not be used after 1:00pm daily. Follow on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/NorCalTeam2.
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Sunday August 12th, 2012 approx. 06:42 PM
Location 15 miles SE of Ravendale, California
Incident Commander Molhoek
Total Personnel 571
Size 232,000 acres
Percent Contained 32%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday August 22nd, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Grass, sagebrush, junipers (5 Brush - 2 Feet)
Fire Behavior - Extreme fire behavior, fire whirls, and short range spotting slowed or hampered control efforts. Fire conitinues spread rapidly to the northeast and southeast.
Significant Events: Dozers made good progress on all flanks of the fire except the northern and southern edge of the fire.Fire continues to spread rapidly to the northeast and southeast.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Firefighters will hold and secure divisions that have control lines and continue to flank the northern and southern side of the fire with dozers, helicopters, and fire crews.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - High
CA-NOD Nelson Fire. Approximately 1,000 acres. 40% contained.
OSCC News and Notes:
- SoCal IMT #3 was released from the Indian returning home. Team 3 should be back and available within 24 hrs.
- McGowans Type I ICMT #1 was released from the Chips, on August 17. Team #1 should be available on 8-19.
Administrative Unit: Bureau of Land Management - California Desert District
Date Started: August 10, 2012 1:01 pm
Acres Burned: 12,462 acres
Percent Contained: 70%
Date Started: August 10, 2012 @ 1:00 p.m.
Expected Containment: August 18, 2012
Expected Controlled: No time given
Estimated Cost To Date: $3,944,640
Hand crews 29 Engines 90 Helicopters 4 Dozers 21 Water Tenders 15
Total personnel assigned to fire: 1,178
Fire Situation: Southern California Incident Team 2 assumed command of the Jawbone Complex at 6:00 a.m. on August 12, 2012. There are two fires in the Jawbone Complex; the Rim fire is the largest at 10,478 acres and 70% contained. The Jawbone fire is 1,987 acres and 100% contained. Firefighters have made excellent progress during favorable weather conditions constructing direct fire lines as well as secondary contingency fire lines. Crews worked through the night on the Rim branch improving fire lines. Crews are ensuring that no fire is burning within 300 feet of the control lines.
Today, crews are focusing on completing fire line on the S/W portion of the Rim fire. Hand crews, dozers, engines and helicopters will be working to finalize line construction.
To provide for firefighter and public safety and protection of property
To keep local residents and the general public informed in a timely fashion
Fight fire aggressively while minimizing the impact of fire suppression
To protect cultural biological areas of concern
Advisories: The Pacific Crest Trail remains closed from Highway 58 North to the Sequoia National Forest boundary. Access into the Jawbone Recreational area may be limited to the fire activity and emergency response traffic.
Weather and Fire Behavior: The weather has been favorable the past 24 hours. The weather forecast calls for wind speeds up to 15 mph out of the west, temperatures in the 90's.Increased chance of thundershowers over the next three day
Summary: 6 fires totaling 22,828 acres - 95% contained.
Costs to Date: $6,400,000
Structures Threatened: 0 PRIM
Structures Destroyed: NONE
Evacuations: All evacuation orders have been lifted.
Remarks: Demobilization is ongoing.
Observed Fire Behavior: No appreciable fire behavior occurred on the fire today. Fire was limited to burn out of interior islands and isolated hot spots.
Planned Actions: Mop up and tactical patrol of all fire lines. Heavy demobilization of resources is expected.
Engines: 80 (50 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 41 (34 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 2 helicopters
Dozers: 6 bulldozers
Water tenders: 27 water tenders
Vallecito Fire: 519 acres 100% contained, located South-East of Julian
Wilson Fire: 11,669 acres 95% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian
Stewart Fire: 10,632 acres 100% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian
Cooper Fire: 3 acres 100% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian
Wynola Fire: 3 acres 100% contained, Hwy 79 at Wynola
Shoots Fire: less than 1 acre 100% contained, eastern San Diego Co.
Structures Threatened: 16 PRIM
Structures Destroyed: NONE
Significant Events: Re-enforcement of retardant line in Division A will be completed today. Hand line will be completed to natural barriers along the Stanislaus River. Direct line has been completed to natural barriers on Division Y. The Stanislaus River drainage continues to hold. Fire suppression repair of dozer lines continued as well as chipping of fuels generated by line construction along Hwy 4. Traffic on Hwy 4 is still a concern.
- LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations