Sunday, June 2, 2013

Powerhouse Fire 29,585 acres, 40% contained. , [UPDATED NEW MAP]

POWERHOUSE FIRE - CA-LPF-POWERHOUSE - CA-ANF-002297
New Updates At http://calfire.blogspot.com/2013/06/powerhouse-fire-current-situation-29584.html
Crews battling through the night
Powerhouse fire - Credit LACoFDPIO
Evacuation order is in place for large portions of fire area.
POWERHOUSE WILDFIRE MODIS LOCATION & PERIMETER MAP [STREET]
POWERHOUSE WILDFIRE MODIS LOCATION & PERIMETER MAP [STREET]
MODIS POWERHOUSE FIRE IMAGE MAP
POWERHOUSE FIRE HOT SPOT PERIMETER TOPO MAP
POWERHOUSE FIRE HOT SPOT PERIMETER STREET MAP
Update 6-3-13 0800: 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.
Fire activity somewhat moderate overnight with increased humidity.
Update 6-2-13 2345: Current Situation
Total Personnel 975
Size 25,000 acres
Percent Contained 20%
Estimated Containment Date Monday June 10th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved heavy old brush and chapperal
Fire Behavior Rapid rates of spread with a high resistance to control efforts. Fire Exhibited moderate to long range spotting in receptive fuels and winds from the NE. Burned actively throughout the night with poor humidity recovery.
Significant Events 
* Please Note a media press conference will be held 4:00 p.m.daily at base camp to provide an update.(until further notice)
Fire was able to come into alignment with slope, winds, low RH and critically dry fuels making extreme head runs on all open divisions with long range spotting and very active backing and flanking fire.
Fire exhibited extreme rates of spread and became established across the aqueduct and Lancaster road. 
Evacuations: The rapid and unpredictable fire has made evacuations difficult. 
Evacuation order is in place for large portions of fire area. 
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.
A Red Cross evacuation center is located at Marie
Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. W. Palmdale, 93551 for residents. 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
More Information: Check with Palmdale Sheriffs Dept. for more detailed information regarding any evacuations at (661) 272-2400.
Concerns Power lines and the communities of Green Valley, Lake Hughes, Elizabeth Lake. Critical watershed and T&E species continued to be impacted.
Road Closures: Lake Hughes Road has been closed from Cottonwood campground on the North to Lake Castaic on the South.
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
Outlook
Planned Actions A Type 2 Incident Management Team is currently managing the Fire. A Type 1 Incident Management Team is scheduled to take command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. June 3, 2013
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High - Rugged and Steep
Remarks 
This wildfire is burning in steep rugged terrain. Powerlines are located within the vicinity.
Current Weather
Grass Mtn RAWS MGMTC1 Current WX Temp: 60°F Dew Point: 29 Humidity: 31% Wind South Speed: 17 mph Gust 23 mph
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Update 6-2-13 2300: Demobbing all initial resources from last night & today incl 12 Strike Teams starting 0600 in morning
Update 6-2-13 2200:  Update 6-2-13 2200: 22,242 with 20% contained. Aircraft back over the fire starting with AA at 0500  and follow us at @Calfirenews
Update 6-2-13 2000 OSCC: 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, 0600 hours.
22,000 acres, 20% contained

View PowerHouse Fire in a larger map
New Map LAC:  Google map of the permitter of the fire. Fire moving N-NE area.
 

COMMS: "ALL HANDS ON STRUCTURE BRANCH PROTECTION YOU DID GREAT WORK LAST NIGHT & TODAY IT WAS APPRECIATED"
Update 6-2-13 1500:  25,000 acres, 20% contained, 2100 firefighters, 6 houses burned, structure protection ongoing, 20-25 MPH winds 9 Air Tankers working including 1 VLAT 10 copters, Active fire pushing northeast aligned with wind/topo, Fire is heading to Grass Mountain Fairmont area.
Update 6-2-13 Noon: Press Conference is scheduled today at 4pm at the Incident Command Post at Pelona Vista Park in Palmdale. 

ALERT: Civilian traffic is hampering the response of emergency vehicles entering and leaving the lake communities. Please avoid Lake Elizabeth Rd and surrounding roads.

Expect heavy emergency vehicle traffic in the those areas. Avoid the areas if possible so emergency crews and have easier access into the fire areas.
CHP & LASD are now enforcing a hard closure on Lake Elizabeth at Bouquet Canyon Rd. 

Incident Command Post is at Pelona Vista Park on Tierra Subida Ave in Palmdale. Staging area is at Highland High School on 25th St W. Evacuation Center is at Marie Kerr Park, 39700 30th St. W..

Update 6-2 0900 19,500 acres, 20% contained Fire is threatening 1000+ structures 5 Structures Destroyed, 10 Structures Damaged
Update 6-2-13 Sunday, June 2, 2013 – 08:00 am

Acton, CA – The Powerhouse fire grew to more than 19,000 acres late yesterday evening. 
Despite efforts by firefighters, fifteen structures were damaged. Five of those fifteen structures were destroyed. The communities of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake were evacuated and firefighters continued to battle the blaze through the night concentrating on defending as many structures as possible in these and other areas. Over 1,000 structures remain threatened today.

 Three night flying helicopters joined the battle and a Forest Service Air Attack. Air Attacks are in small air planes that fly above the helicopters and direct them where to attack the fire. Two of the night flying helicopters were from the Los Angles County Fire Department and the third was from the Los Angeles City Fire Department. Earlier in the day, a Forest Service contract VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker-DC-10) joined the fight and tried to stop the fire along a ridge just south of the communities of Elizabeth Lake and Lake Hughes.

The fire conditions turned extreme yesterday afternoon as high temperatures, hot winds, very dry fuels and atmospheric instability all combined to allow the fire to move rapidly through steep and inaccessible canyons where firefighters could not safety construct fire line.

Damage assessment teams will be working in the Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake communities to gather information about the fire impacts in these area.

For more fire information, go to www.inciweb.org or follow the fire on twitter @lacofdpio

Evacuations:
• The Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth communities are under mandatory evacuation. A Red 
Cross shelter has been set up at Marie Kerr Park in Palmdale: 626-536-1152, 661-433-9710.
Closures:
• PCT is closed in the fire area. Please check PCTA.org or inciweb.org for updates.
• Lake Hughes road has been closed from Elizabeth Lake road to Lake Castaic.
• San Francisquito Canyon road is closed above the Power House and below Green Valley.
Power House Fire Summary:
Size: 19,500 acres
Containment: 20%
Date Started: 05/30/2013
Cause: Under Investigation
Structures Threatened: 1,000+
Resources: 147 engines, 28 water tenders,
Injuries to Date: 3 minor
Impacts: Damage to structures and evacuations 
of local communities. Transmission lines are 
threatened. Pelona Vista Park is closed; the PCT 
is closed in the fire area.
Total Personnel: 2,109
22 dozers, 50 hand-crews, 12 helicopters, 
and 8 air tankers

POWERHOUSE FIRE INFORMATION 
(626) 574-5200 or 574-5204 8AM – 9 PM
PCT Reroute Now Burned Over


Current Weather 1145: Grass Mtn RAWS 1146 Temp: 75°F DP: 45°F Humidity: 34% Wind South Speed 13 mph Gusts: 21mph
Power House Fire Thermal MODIS Hot Spot and Perimeter Map 6-2-13
Power House Fire Thermal MODIS Hot Spot and Perimeter Map 6-2-13
Powerhouse Fire Jumps to 19,500 Acres, Burns 5 Structures; 3 Firefighters Injured when Fire was able to come into alignment with slope, winds, low RH and critically dry fuels making extreme head runs on all open divisions with long range spotting and very active backing and flanking fire. Fire spotted and became well developed north of Lake Hughes Road.

EVACUATIONS: Evacuation orders were expected to remain in effect at least through Saturday night for the following areas: the Forest Service's Cottonwood Campground, L.A. County's Camp Mendenhall juvenile detention center and areas along Lake Hughes Road, Judy said. Other evacuations remained for areas north of South Portal Road and west of San Francisquito Canyon Road.

A Red Cross evacuation center was set up at the Marie Kerr Park's recreation center at 2723-A Rancho Vista Boulevard in Palmdale. An evacuation center for large animals has been set up at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds at 2551 West Avenue H in Lancaster.

Powerhouse Fire CA-ANF-002297 IR Update 6-2 0400
North West of Green Valley Los Angeles Co. Fire is in unified command (USFS Angeles National Forest, SOCAL T/2 IMT#1 (Walker) and Los Angeles County Fire) SOCAL T/1 IMT#5 (Carlton Joseph) is being mobilized to the fire with an in brief scheduled for 18:00 hrs 06-02-2013

Fire has burned 19,500 acres, 20% contained
Fire is threatening 1000+ structures including homes,
businesses, commercial property and out buildings.
Fire continues to be pushed towards 500kv power transmission lines
and other distribution lines. Communities of Hughes Lakes, Elizabeth Lakes
are being impacted.

Fire North of Elizabeth Lake in the area of Myrick Canyon could jump the Aqueduct.

Critical watershed and T&E species continued to be impacted.
Hikers on the PCT are being rerouted into the desert.
Green Valley, Cottonwood Campground and a youth probation camp
all remain threatened. Long range spotting and high intensity head fire runs
through developed sites caused damage.

Damage assessment teams will begin to assess the communities of Hughes Lake
and Elizabeth lake. SRA lands North of Elizabeth Lake are threatened.
Longer range planning and indirect lines will be implemented today
with the continued use of the VLAT and other aerial assets.
Evacuations will continue and law enforcement will provide road blocks
and security for the fire area.

Incident Overview
Fire was able to come intoalignment with slope, winds, low RH and critically dry fuels making extreme head runs on all open divisions with long range spotting and very active backing and flanking fire. Fire spotted and became well developed north of Lake Hughes Road.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginThursday May 30th, 2013 approx. 03:30 PM
LocationNorthwest of Greenvalley
Incident CommanderNorm Walker, Type 2 Team

Current Situation

Total Personnel975
Size19,500 acres
Percent Contained20%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday June 05th, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
heavy brush and chapperal
Fire Behavior
Rapid rates of spread with a high resistance to control efforts. Fire Exhibited moderate to long range spotting in receptive fuels and winds from the NE. Burned actively throughout the night with poor humidity recovery.
Significant Events
Fire was able to come into alignment with slope, winds, low RH and critically dry fuels making extreme head runs on all open divisions with long range spotting and very active backing and flanking fire. Fire spotted and became well developed north of Lake Hughes Road.
The communities of Lake Hughes is under mandatory evacuations and Elisabeth Lake is under a voluntary evacuation order from the Sheriffs. 1000 + homes 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 detaled information regarding any evacuations at (661) 272-2400.
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.
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
Dozers: 7
Engines: 93
Helicopters: 8
Air Tankers: 8 including DC10
Water Tenders: 12

Outlook

Planned Actions
A Type 2 Incident Management Team is currently managing the Fire.
Growth Potential
High
Terrain Difficulty
High - Rugged and Steep
Remarks
*Estimated Containment is June 5, 2013. This wildfire is burning in steep rugged terrain. Powerlines are located within the vicinity.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions5-10 G15 mph SW
Temperaturenear 95 degrees
Humidity6-10%
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