Friday, September 14, 2012

California wildfires today: 09-14-12

 California Fire Weather: 
NWS Current Fire Weather Watches / Warnings

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE - FIRE WEATHER WATCH
 INCREASED WINDS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.. .UPPER LEVEL TROUGH SKIRTING CLOSE ENOUGH TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO INCREASE WINDS NEAR AND EAST OF THE SIERRA CASCADE CREST SATURDAY. HUMIDITY MAY INCREASE SLIGHTLY SATURDAY, BUT SHOULD STAY IN THE LOW TO MID TEENS. 
WHERE: BURNEY BASIN AND NORTHEAST PLATEAU IN SHASTA COUNTY INCLUDINGNORTHWEST LASSEN NF NORTH OF LASSEN NP - FIRE WEATHER ZONE 214
WHEN: FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY EVENING
* AFFECTED AREA: FIRE WEATHER ZONE 214 BURNEY BASIN AND NORTHEAST PLATEAU IN SHASTA COUNTY INCLUDING NORTHWEST LASSEN NF NORTH OF LASSEN NP. 
* WINDS: WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 35 MPH. 
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY: AS LOW AS 10 TO 15 PERCENT. 
* IMPACTS: HUMIDITY MAY BE NEAR THRESHOLDS AS IT CLIMBS A LITTLE DUE TO COOLER TEMPERATURES, BUT WIND CONDITIONS HAVE GOOD CHANCE TO REACH CRITERIA. HOWEVER WITH FUEL CONDITIONS AT CRITICAL LEVELS, WINDS MAY NEGATE ANY MINIMAL HUMIDITY INCREASES ESPECIALLY ON FINE FUELS.
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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE - RED FLAG WARNING
WHERE: SISKIYOU COUNTY FROM THE CASCADE MOUNTAINS EAST AND SOUTH TO MTSHASTA - MODOC COUNTY EXCEPT FOR THE SURPRISE VALLEY - 
WHEN: WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM PDT THIS EVENING.  * AFFECTED AREA: FIRE ZONES 285 AND 284 
* WIND...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 25 MPH. 
* HUMIDITY...MINIMUM HUMIDITIES OF 7 TO 12 PERCENT.
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National Fire Situation
National Preparedness Level 3 
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (117 new fires) 
New large fires:  6 (*) 
Large fires contained:  7 
Uncontained large fires: ** 33 
Area Command Teams committed: 1 
NIMOs committed: 0 
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 15 
 ** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression 
strategy. 

California wildfires today
California Wildfire Locations, Perimeters and Hot-spots
OSCC - South Ops
No significant activity, light Initial attack

ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 15
New large fires: 1
Uncontained large fires: 5
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2
NOPS has moved to MACS Mode 2 effective 0900 on 9/14.


CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 46,011 acres. 95%.
 No changes over night. Focus today is on fire repair logistics Road and area closures in effect.
IC: Shasta-Trinity NF. IMT 2 (Cooper). IMT is also managing the Ward fire.
Location: Four miles west of Big Bend, CA.
Fuels: Timber, logging slash and brush.
Fire Behavior: Backing fire.
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CA-NOD Likely Fire. 9,838 acres. 95%.
 Low relative humidity, high temps and SW winds will test lines today. The fire will be returned to local control on 9/15. Reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping.
IC: Northern California District, BLM. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Truett) back to the local unit will occur tomorrow. 
Location: Three miles south of Likely, CA.
Fuels: Timber, juniper, brush and grass.
Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering with occasional torching.
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CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 41,983 acrs. 97%. 
Demobilization of resources off the fire continues.
Location: Mendocino NF. Twenty-five miles northeast of Covelo, CA.
Fuels: Timber and logging slash.
Fire Behavior: The fire is creeping and smoldering through unburned islands. 
Road and area closures in effect. 
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CA-MEU Scotts Fire. 4,618 acres. 95%.
Transition to t3 incident management team on 9/15.
IC: Mendocino Unit, Cal Fire. Cal Fire IMT 1 (Hoffman). No further information received.
Location: Eight miles east of Ukiah, CA.
Fuels: Chaparral and grass.
Fire Behavior: Mop up and patrol.-----

CA-LMU Cheney Fire. 230 acres. 40%. 
The fire is burning in timber and grass understory. Mop up is under way as crews work to contain the fire.

IC: Lassen-Modoc Unit, Cal Fire.
Location:  One mile southwest of Susanville, CA.
Fuels: Timber and grass.
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with short-range spotting.
Concerns: Structures threatened.

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LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations
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