Monday, June 3, 2013

Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co 30,274 acres, 94% contained. [NEW UPDATE]

Update 06/09 0730 Powerhouse Fire OSCC CA-ANF-002297 Fire is 30,274 acres, 95% contained.
It is anticipated that the incident will be transferred to a Type III incident command team on 6/10/2013 at 1800 hrs.

Update 06/08 1900 Powerhouse Fire OSCC CA-ANF-002297 Fire is 30,274 acres, 94% contained.

Update 06/08 1530 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 OSCC - A scheduled transition to a Type 3 organization at 1800 Monday. Close out with the ANF is scheduled for Tuesday.
Monday morning will be last meal served (breakfast). Tahoe H.S. & Redding H.S. were demob today and en route home.

Update 06/08 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 Inciweb -
Power House Fire Incident Overview
Residents have been allowed back into all of the communities affected by the fire. Proof of residency is required to gain access behind the road closures.
A portion of Pine Canyon Road is still closed and could affect residents' access in that area.
Future fire growth is expected to be minimal.
Crews continue to complete line construction, patrol and mop-up.
Demobilization of excess resources has increased as fire activity has decreased.
Assessment of suppression repair needs has been completed.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Thursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
Location Northwest of Green Valley
Incident Commander Joseph, Tripp, Veneris

Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,166
Size 30,274 acres
Percent Contained 90%
Estimated Containment Date Monday June 10th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Heavy, old-growth brush (Chaparral) that transitions to light desert scrub.
Fire Behavior - There were smokes observed in the interior of the burn area, mainly in unburned islands within the fire area.
Significant Events - The Sawmill Contingency dozer line was completed from Forsythe Canyon to Sandberg, the hand work is approximately half completed. The following roads remain closed: Lake Hughes Road at Dry Gulch Road and Sawmill Mountain Road at Lake Hughes Road. The following roads are open to residents only: Munz Ranch Road at Lancaster Road, San Francisquito Canyon Road at Dry Gulch Road, Elizabeth Lake Road at San Francisquito Canyon Road, 110th Street West at Avenue K, 205th Street West at Lancaster Road, Pine Canyon Road at Three Points, Dry Gulch Road at San Francisquito Canyon Road.
Outlook/Planned Actions Crews will continue to patrol and cool hot spots 300 feet in from the perimeter. Construct and improve containment line as conditions allow. Haul trash, excess supplies, and equipment back to base. Structure protection groups are to patrol and cool hot spots 500 feet around structures.
Growth Potential 
 - Medium
Terrain Difficulty - High
Remarks
Record high temperatures were recorded Friday, and are expected to continue through Saturday, before trending downward. The predicted wind shift produced mild winds on Friday and the containment lines held. Mop up has been completed, and the lines secured, in the State Responsibility Area (SRA). Therefore CALFIRE will be withdrawing from Unified Command at 0600 hrs on 6/08/2013.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 10-25 G35 mph SW
Temperature 106 degrees
Humidity 8%
The Powerhouse call center number for fire information has been changed to 626-574-5208 starting 6/5/13. - The call centers new hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm starting 6/6/13.
There are no more Press Conferences planned for the Powerhouse fire.

Update 06/08 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 Vegetation, Northwest of Green Valley, Los Angeles County. Unified Command with USFS-Angeles NF and Los Angeles County Fire. USFS IMT # 5 (Joseph) in command. Cal Fire will be withdrawing from Unified Command as of 0600 hrs. today. All mop up was completed and lines secured in the State Responsibility area (SRA).

Update 06/07 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297  North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co
30,274 acres, 84% contained. Fire crews are working closely with the resource advisors to perform fire suppression repair. Service to all residential customers is expected to be restored within the next 24 hours.

Update 06/06 1730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 
Inciweb Powerhouse Incident Overview  - Link

The Powerhouse call center number for fire information has been changed to 626-574-5208 starting 6/5/13. The call centers new hours are from 8 am to 4:30 pm starting 6/6/13.
There are no more Press Conferences planned for the Powerhouse fire.

  • Residents have been allowed back into all of the communities affected by the fire. Proof of residencey is required to gain accesss behind the road closures.
  • A portion of Pine Canyon Road is still closed and could affect residents' access in that area.
  • Future fire growth is expected to be minimal.
  • Crews continue to complete line construction, patrol and mop-up.
  • Demobilzed of excess resources has increased as fire activity has decreased.
  • Assessment of suppression repair needs has been completed.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Thursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
Location Northwest of Green Valley
Incident Commander Joseph, Tripp, Veneris
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,533
Size 30,274 acres
Percent Contained 83%
Estimated Containment Date Monday June 10th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Big, old brush (Chaparral) that transitions to light desert scrub.
Fire Behavior - There were several smokes observed in the interior of the burn area. There was isolated open flame spotted in the heavier fuels, on North aspects and in the drainages; however these were well inside the containment lines.
Significant Events:  
Additional road closures were relaxed today. 
Road Closures: The following roads remain closed: Lake Hughes Road at Dry Gulch and Sawmill Mountain Road at Lake Hughes Road. The following roads are open to residents only: Munz Ranch Road at Lancaster Road, San Francisquito Canyon Road at Dry Gulch, Elizabeth Lake Road at San Francisquito Canyon Road, 110th Street West at Avenue K, 205th Street West at Lancaster Road, Pine Canyon Road at Three Points, Dry Gulch Road at San Francisquito Canyon Road.
Outlook/Planned ActionsFirefighters will continue to patrol and cool hot spots 300 feet in from the perimeter and around structures, and will improve and construct line as conditions allow.
Growth Potential - Medium
Terrain DifficultyHigh
Remarks - Crews used infrared (IR) coordinates and maps locate and extinguish hot spots within 300 feet of the containment lines. The incident was downsized by approximately 400 personnel today. The demobilization of excess resources will continue, commensurate with the incident needs. Fire suppression repair is being performed.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 15-20 G35 mph N
Temperature 97 degrees
Humidity 12%
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Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297  North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co
30, 274 acres, 83% contained.

OSCC Update 06/06 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co
30, 274 acres, 83% contained.
Update 06/06 1230 : 53 structures were destroyed including 24 homes and 29 structures (mostly outbuildings). 3 homes & 1 outbuilding damaged.

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST AREA CLOSURE ORDER: Areas Of The Santa Clara Mojave Rivers Ranger District [MAP]

Structure Damage Count: Structures Threatened: 353
16 Homes Destroyed 24 Outbuildings Destroyed 3 Homes Damaged.


OSCC Update 06/06 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297  North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co
30, 274 acres, 78% contained.
The fire continues to back down towards the indirect lines in the Cottonwood Campground area.  There were several smokes observed with occasional open flames in the heavier fuels inside the containment lines


OSCC Update 06/05 1730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 
North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co
32,032 acres, 70% contained.
The fire continued to back down towards the indirect lines in the Cottonwood Campground area.  There were several smokes observed with an occasional flare up in the heavier fuels will inside the containment lines. 
Ridge Route Road remains closed at Lake Hughes Road. Pine Canyon Road also remains closed from Three Points to Lake Hughes Road. 

Powerhouse Fire Evacuation UPDATE (Tuesday June 5th 0800) - Incident Update June 5 2013 8am Incident Update for June 5 2013 8am (Docx 888 kb)

POWERHOUSE FIRE
Incident Update
Location: Angeles National Forest, Hughes Lake, Elizabeth Lake, and Green Valley
County: Los Angeles County
Start Date & Report Time: May 30, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. Cause: Under Investigation
Acres: 32,032 

Containment: 65% Expected Containment: June 10, 2013
Structures Threatened: 353 Residences Destroyed: 16
Residences Damaged: 3 

Resources: Fire Engines: 175 Fire Crews: 62
Bulldozers: 26 Air Tankers: 6 Helicopters: 12 Water Tenders: 33
Total Personnel: 2,077 Injuries: 4 Estimated Cost: $11,600,000

Current Situation: Significant progress was made on the fire yesterday and last night. Crews continue to make good progress towards meeting control objectives. Due to aggressive fire suppression efforts, fire activity has diminished, allowing demobilization of excess resources. There are still closures in some areas allowing firefighters to complete firefighting and mop up efforts. Mop up and patrol of the fire line is required 200 feet from the perimeter, so motorists are asked to stay on the lookout for crews.

Damage Assessment: Assessments have begun to determine the damage caused by fire suppression operations and the necessary fire line repair. Areas requiring suppression repair are being identified and repair efforts will begin with specialized teams. The cooperating agencies have been active in restoring power lines, utilities, and roads affected by the fire. In addition, the damage inspection teams will continue to locate damaged structures.

Training: Wildland firefighting requires special skills and the most highly qualified firefighters spend a substantial amount of time mentoring and training new hires and talented firefighters. Many certifications require firefighters to attend classes on their own time and obtain training record sign off from experienced training officers and firefighting specialists. On this fire, a number of trainees have been assigned and are currently being evaluated.


Tuesday June 5th 0800 -  Residents have been allowed back into the communities of Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes. Minimal fire growth is expected today.


OSCC Update 06/04 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co.
32,032 acres 65% contained.
Fire spread is expected to be minimal over most of the fire area today.  Fire spotting over the Elizabeth Lake Canyon near Cottonwood Campground still remains a threat.  Structure protection remains in place.  Fuels in the Elizabeth Lake Canyon area have not burned since 1928; therefore the fuels are unusually heavy and are holding heat.  Historical low fuel moisture for this time of year is hampering firefighting efforts.

Powerhouse Fire Evacuation UPDATE (Tuesday June 5th 0800) - Residents have been allowed back into the communities of Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes.
Minimal fire growth is expected today.
The evacuation order for the Fairmont area of Antelope Acres will be lifted at noon today.

: 30,000+ 40% is advising all residents affected to boil drinking water.

POWERHOUSE FIRE PERIMETERS AND HOT SPOT LOCATION MAP - MODIS
destroyed 6 homes in Lake Hughes neighborhood June 2nd Pic credit:ABC7HD tweet


Incident Overview 06/04 2130 Incident Overview

There are no more Press Conferences planned for the Powerhouse fire.
Residents have been allowed back into all of the communities affected by the fire. Proof of residencey is required to gain accesss behind the road closures.
Future fire growth is expected to be minimal.
Crews continue to complete line construction, patrol and mop-up.
Excess fire resources are being demobilzed so they can be ready to respond to other incidents.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginThursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
LocationNorthwest of Green Valley
Incident CommanderJoseph, Richards, Veneris

Current Situation

Total Personnel2,114
Size32,032 acres
Percent Contained65%
Estimated Containment DateMonday June 10th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Big old Chaparral that transitions to light desert scrub.
Fire Behavior
The fire continued to back down towards indirect lines around the perimeter. There were occasional flare-ups well inside the containment lines. The fire continue to burn previously unburned fuels around the perimeter of a large interior island. The heavy fuels in the Elizabeth Lake Canyon area held significant heat but did not threaten the fire line.
Significant Events
Evacuations were lifted today at noon for residents of the Fairmont area of Antelope Acres. Ridge Route Road remains closed at Lake Hughes Road. Pine Canyon Road also remains closed from Three Points to Lake Hughes Road. The following roads remain open to residents only; Spunky Canyon Road at Bouquet Canyon, Munz Ranch Road at Lancaster Road, San Francisquito Canyon Road at Dry Gulch Motorway, 110th Street West Avenue at Avenue K, Elizabeth Canyon Road at 90th Street West, 205th Street West at Lancaster Road.

Outlook

Planned Actions
Crews will continue to patrol and mop-up 200 feet in from the perimeter. They will also improve and construct line as conditions allowed.
Growth Potential
Medium
Terrain Difficulty
High
Remarks
Crews continue to make good progress toward meeting control objectives. With the progress made and the lines holding; significant demobilization of excess resources has begun. The cooperating agencies have been active in restoring infrastructure affected by the fire. The damaged and destroyed structures information has been updated to reflect the confirmation work performed by the Damage Inspection Teams. They will continue to follow up on leads over the next several operational periods.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions15-20 G40 mph SW
Temperature65 degrees
Humidity35%

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Incident Overview 06/04 0730 A Press Conference will be held at base camp in Palmdade at 4:00 p.m. to provide a Fire Update.

Residents have been allowed back into the communities of Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes.
Minimal fire growth is expected today.


Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginThursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
LocationNorthwest of Green Valley
Incident CommanderJoseph, Richards, Veneris

Current Situation

Total Personnel2,034
Size32,032 acres
Percent Contained60%
Estimated Containment DateMonday June 10th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Big old Chaparral that transitions to light desert scrub.
Fire Behavior
The fire continued to back down towards indirect lines with occasional flare-ups well inside the containment lines. Some flanking fire has been observed in the Sawtooth Mountain area.
Significant Events
Command of the fire transitioned from Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team One (Walker, IC) to California Interagency Management Team Five (Joseph, IC) at 1800 hours on 6/3/2013.

Outlook

Planned Actions
Crews will continue to strengthen established fire lines in the southern portion of the fire. Hand crews supported by air resources will continue to take advantage of opportunities to go direct on the west side of the fire.
Growth Potential
Medium
Terrain Difficulty
High
Remarks
Residents have been allowed to return to the communities of Green Valley, Leona Valley, Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes. Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake Canyon Roads remain closed. The incident has been managed under Unified Command. CAL FIRE Incident Commander Phil Veneris has participated since 6/2/2013.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions12-17 G22 mph W
Temperature86 degrees
Humidity20-30%

OSCC Update 06/04 0730 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297
North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co.
San Francisquito Canyon, south of Lake Elizabeth Road
Angeles NF is in Unified Command with Los Angeles County Fire and CAL FIRE.
USFS IMT # 5 (Joseph) 32,032 acres, 60% contained.
The fire continued to back down towards indirect lines with occasional flare-ups.
Fire spread is expected to be minimal over most of fire area
Powerhouse Fire Evacuation UPDATE (Monday June 3rd, 2013 09:46 p.m. PDT)
Most Evacuations Rescinded
Road Closures: Antelope Acres from Lancaster Road to Hwy 138 (Avenue D), between 170th and 190th Street, closed due to fire equipment. 
The following areas are open to residents only: 

  • The Lake Hughes Community is closed to non-residents and in process of being re-populated. 
  • The Lake Elizabeth community is closed to non-residents and in process of being re-populated. 
  • Residential area at the intersection of Munz Ranch Road and the California Aqua duct is closed to non-residents and in process of being re-populated. 
  • Areas north of South Portal and west of San Francisquito Canyon Road are closed to non-residents and in process of being re-populated .
OSCC Update 06/03 2030 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297
North west of Green Valley, Los Angeles Co.
San Francisquito Canyon, south of Lake Elizabeth Road
Angeles NF is in Unified Command with Los Angeles County Fire and CAL FIRE.
USFS IMT # 5 (Joseph) assumed command at 1800 hours tonight.
32,008 acres, 60% contained.
Fire exhibited moderate to rapid rates of spread
Residents have been allowed to return to Green Valley, Leona Valley, Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes, but Lake Hughes Canyon Road remains closed.
Update 06/03 1900 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 Updated 32,008 w/ 60% contained. Fire spread has moderated and is expected to continue through the night.
Majority of active fire is along Elizabeth Cyn, Hughes Lake Rd, N/West to Sawtooth Mtn, to Shake Canyon.
Official 1600 hrs IMT Briefing 

Authorities: Most Fire Evacuees Can Return Home


OSCC Update 06/03 1200 Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297, North West of Green Valley Los Angeles Co. Fire is in Unified Command:  Angeles National Forest, SoCal T/2 IMT#1 (Walker), Los Angeles County Fire (Tripp), CALFIRE (Veneris).
California IMT#5  (Joseph) is being mobilized and will assume command June 3rd, 1800 hours tonight.
29,585 acres, 40% contained. Fire activity somewhat moderate overnight with increased humidity.

Powerhouse Fire Current Situation
Total Personnel 2,185
Size 29,584 acres
Percent Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Monday June 10th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved heavy old brush and chapperal
Fire Behavior Fire continued to burn in alignment with slope, winds however fire behavior was somewhat because of moderate humidity. Short range spotting and active backing and flanking fire.
Significant Events
Crews made major progress on the fire north of the aqueduct and were able to build direct line and use roads to contain this portion of the fire.
Evacuation order is in place for large portions of fire area. Power lines and the communities of Green Valley, Lake Hughes, Elizabeth Lake. Critical watershed and T&E species continued to be impacted. Hikers on the PCT are being rerouted to the desert.
The communities of Lake Hughes is under mandatory evacuations and Elisabeth Lake is under a voluntary evacuation order from the Sheriffs. 1000 + structures threatened.
Evacuations remain in place along Lake Hughes Road including two youth probation camps and Cottonwood campground.
Lake Hughes Road has been closed from Cottonwood campground on the North to Lake Castaic on the South.
Check with Palmdale Sheriffs Dept. for more detailed information regarding any evacuations at (661) 272-2400.

A Red Cross evacuation center is located at Marie
Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. W. Palmdale, 93551 for residence. Red Cross will identify any new animal evacuation centers. Small animals Lancaster Animal Shelter, 5210 W Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93536 or Castaic Animal Shelter, 31044, Charlie Canyon Rd, Castaic, CA 913536.
Red Cross Phone (310)445-9900
Road Closures: San Fransciquito Canyon Road remains under a hard closure. Bouquet Canyon Road is under a soft closure open to residence only. Elisabeth Lake Road is under a soft closure open to residence only.
Resources: 
Dozers: 7
Engines: 93
Helicopters: 8
Air Tankers: 8 including DC10
Water Tenders: 12


* Please Note a media press conference will be held 4:00 p.m.daily at base camp to provide an update.(until further notice)

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