Thursday, August 1, 2013

CA-SRF-Butler Fire 21,105 acres, 39% contained.Expected containment: 09/15/13.NIMO.(Quisenberry). [MAP] #CaFire.

CA-SRF-Butler Fire Wildland Fire

As of August 25, 2013 at 6:00pm, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department has lifted the Evacuation Advisory for the Sawyers Bar, Idlewild, and MuleBridge area.
 The Evacuation Advisory for the area along State Highway 93 (Salmon River Road) between Butler Flat and Forks of Salmon has also been lifted.
Roads:  North Fork/Sawyers Bar Road is open to the public although motorists are urged to drive with extreme caution. Highway 93 between Forks of Salmon and Somes Bar is open to the public with one-way controlled traffic. Motorist should expect delays at times and this road is also subject to temporary closures as conditions dictate.

Evacuation advisory posted includes the Forks of Salmon community. Point protection of structures in the fire area is continuing. Expansion of the structure defense corridor has been moved south as needed along the Salmon River Road.

Update 9/1 0900:  ALL FURTHER UPDATES AT FORKS COMPLEX http://calfire.blogspot.com/2013/09/ca-knf-forks-complex-includes-ca-srf.html
 NOW includes CA-SRF- & CA-KNF- 36,146 acres, 45% contained. 

Update 8/26 0900:  21,105 acres, 39% contained.  Expected containment: 09/15/2013. Quesinberry, NIMO. A marine layer kept overnight fire behavior to a minimum with creeping and smoldering within interior pockets. A strategic operations plan has been developed that identifies management action points and modeled fire behavior. Strategic operations plan report points to a long term fire event as the fire burns within indirect containment lines.
Update 8/25 1900:  21,105 acres, 39% contained. Expected containment 09/15/2013. IMT 1 (Quesinberry). Rain overnight reduced fire behavior to creeping and smoldering throughout much of the day. Some heat was observed in the interior portions of the fire as heavier fuels continued to consume. Portions of the fire received up to 1/2 inch of rain overnight and some showers through the day
Update 8/25 0900:  20,770 acres, 39% contained. Expected containment 09/15/2013. IMT 1 (Quesinberry). Burn operations in the early portion of the operational period were successful. A moist front moving into the fire area kept fire behavior limited to creeping and smoldering in the latter half of the period. Good progress was made on the west side of the fire south of Orleans Mountain Lookout to secure the line with ground and aerial ignition operations. A Forest issued area closure is in effect that incorporates the fire. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the fire area for possible thunderstorm activity through 1700 8/25.
Update 8/23 1900: 20,596 acres, 39% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. NIMO (Quisenberry). A marine layer limited fire behavior during the morning hours. Once the layer receded, the fire became active moving along interior edges and interior islands. Firefighters continued to mopping up the spot fire and slopover south of Orleans Mountain. Burning operations were conducted in this area to secure a short portion of the line and close the gap. Firefighters continue monitor the fire as it moves towards indirect containment lines on the southern portion of the fire.
Update 8/23 0900: 20,496 acres, 35% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. NIMO (Quesinberry). Fire behavior was minimal through the night as RH recovery was influenced by a deep marine layer push into the drainages. The spot fire south of Orleans Mountain was held to 12 acres. The fire continues to spread to indirect containment lines. Firefighters continue to prep and burn out as necessary to keep fire within indirect containment lines.
Update 8/22 0900: 19,538 acres, 35% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. NIMO (Quisenberry). Fire behavior was moderated by measureable precipitation from passing thunderstorms. Fire continues to spread towards indirect containment lines. Spot fire has been contained and mop up will continue today to secure. Salmon River Road remains closed to public use.
Update 8/21 1900: 19,538 acres, 35% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. NIMO (Quisenberry). Cloud cover moderated fire behavior during first part of operational period, but thunderstorms created outflow winds that increased fire behavior later in the shift. Some measurable precipitation occurred. A spot fire was reported by night shift south of Orleans Mountain and day shift resources made good progress to contain the spot.
Update 8/21 0900: 18,361 acres, 30% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. NIMO (Quisenberry). Fire burned actively through the night with some spotting issues early in the operational period. Line construction continues on Cold Spring Road. Indirect fireline on Hoteling Ridge continues to be prepared for firing operations. Mop and patrol continues on secured firelines.
Update 8/20 1900: 18,361 acres, 30% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. Quisenberry, NIMO. Active fire behavior occurred today after the inversion lifted at 1130 hours. Surface fire runs with isolated single tree torching produced spot fires 1/4 mile. Smoke shaded the western half of the fire today, keeping fire behavior to a moderate surface fire.
Update 8/20 0900: 18,361 acres, 30% contained. Expected containment 9/15/2013. Quisenberry, NIMO. An inversion settled in to the drainage bottoms at sunset, minimizing fire behavior. Ridge tops remained clear and fire behavior was active for the first half of last night's operational shift. A dry unstable air mass is over the fire area and increased fire behavior is predicted today.
Update 8/19 0900: 16,776 acres, 25% contained. Quesinberry, NIMO. Estimated containment: 09/15/2013. Minimal fire activity was observed throughout the night. Approximately 1 mile of burning was completed. A strategic operations plan has been developed that identifies management action points and modeled fire behavior. Strategic operations plan report points to a long term fire event as the fire burns within indirect containment lines.
Update 8/18 1900: 15,900 acres, 25% contained. Quesinberry, NIMO. Estimated containment: 09/15/2013. Increased fire activity during last half of operational period resulted in active flanking and forward spread up to 1/4 mile. Voluntary evacuation remains in effect for isolated residences near the community of Forks of Salmon. The Salmon River Road remains closed to public use in the fire area. Expansion of the structure defense corridor is being moved south as needed along the Hwy 93 corridor and areas in and around Know-nothing Creek drainage.
Update 8/18 0900: 15,878 acres, 25% contained. Quesinberry, NIMO. Estimated containment: 09/15/2013. Increased fire activity during last half of operational period resulting in active flanking and forward spread up to ¼ mile.
CA-SRF-Butler Fire Wildland Fire
CA-SRF-Butler Fire Wildland Fire
Update 8/17 0900: 14,869 acres, 24% contained. Estimated containment 9/15/2013. Command has been transitioned to Incident Commander Quesinberry - NIMO. Minimal fire activity was observed throughout the night. In lower drainages, higher humidity limited fire spread to smoldering and creeping and isolated jackpots burning in heavy fuels. Dry fuels continue to be receptive to spot fires during the burning period; spotting has been observed quarter to half mile ahead of the main fire.
Update 8/16 0900: 14,723 acres, 24% contained. The fire made runs northwest towards the ridge top above Butler Creek. Firing operations continued to contain the fire at the ridge. Point protection of structures in the fire area is continuing. Expansion of the structure defense corridor has been moved south as needed along the Salmon River Road.
Update 8/15 1900: 13,388 acres, 22% contained. Poor RH recovery at higher elevations provided active fire behavior throughout last night's operational period. This lead to isolated single and group tree torching and active flanking on the fire's edge. Lower drainages had higher humidity recovery and fire spread was limited to creeping and smoldering. Point protection of structures in the fire area continues. Salmon River Road remains closed to the public use in the fire area.
Update 8/14 1900: 12,100 acres, 22% contained.  Estimated containment, 09/15/2013. Dry fuels continue to be receptive to spot fires during the burning period. Spotting has been observed one quarter to one half mile ahead of the main fire. Large fuels burning under canopy are preconditioning fuels for short crown runs. Air operations are limited due to smoke inversion that lifts late in the afternoon. Smoke from nearby fires is settling in around the Butler Fire, impacting air quality and visibility.
Update 8/13 1900: 10,590 acres, 22% contained.  Estimated containment: 09/15/2013. Due to the slop overs in Division B, a decision point was reached resulting in an evacuation advisory for the community of the Forks of Salmon.  Day resources continued to evaluate opportunities to contain slop overs in McNeal Creek.  Poor visibility snags, and steep terrain hampered containment efforts along the line.  Point protection of structures in the fire area continues and will expand south as needed along the Hwy 93 corridor.
Update 8/13 0900:  10,270 acres, 20% contained. The Salmon River Road remains closed to public use in the fire area. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District and Siskiyou County Air Resource Board have issued air quality and health advisories in both Humboldt and Siskiyou Counties. An evacuation advisory remains in effect for residences along HWY 93 from Butler Flat to north of the Forks of Salmon. The new evacuation advisory posted last night includes the Forks of Salmon community. Steep terrain, rolling material, snags and inaccessible areas hamper the ability to construct direct line construction.
Update 8/12 1900:  9,580 acres, 20% contained. Steep terrain, rolling material, snags and inaccessible areas hamper the ability to construct direct line construction. Dry fuels continue to be receptive to spot fires; spotting has been observed quarter to half mile ahead of the main fire. Air operations are limited due to smoke inversion that lifts late in the afternoon.
Update 8/10 0900: 8,204 acres, 14% contained. Structure protection continues in Butler Flat, Nordheimer and other structures along the Salmon River Road. Good progress continues on indirect control lines. Road crews opened HWY 93 to fire traffic only, relieving some logistical problems. Fire continues to flank and spread laterally into Butler, Lewis, Hammel and Nordheimer Creeks, however slow rates of spread were observed due to cooler weather and higher humidity. Good progress continues on indirect control lines.
Update 8/9 1900:  7,845 acres, 14% contained. Fire continues to flank and spread laterally into Butler, Lewis, Hammel and Nordheimer Creeks, however slow rates of spread were observed due to cooler weather and higher humidity. Good progress continues on indirect control lines. Mop up continues around structures at Butler Flat, Nordheimer and other structures along the Salmon River Road. Salmon River Road remains closed, but road crews were able to open the road to fire traffic only, relieving logistical problems.
Update 8/9 0900:  7,498 acres, 8% contained. Short range spotting is occurring across narrow canyons. Smoke inversion continues to impact air operations during the burning period. The spot fire detected yesterday on the northeast side of the Salmon River has been lined and contained. Good progress continues on indirect control lines.
Update 8/8 1600:  6,305 acres, 8% contained. The fire continues to back in to Hammel, Butler, Lewis and Nordheimer Creeks. Snags are present from previous fires, contributing to increase in time needed to prep lines for firing operations. Road closures continue on Salmon River Road. Power and water systems in Butler Flat have been affected by rock fall.
Update 8/8 0600:  6,248 acres, 8 % contained. Fire continues to spread into Hammel and Butler Creeks. Fire has spotted into Nordheimer Creek drainage.
Update 8/7 0600:  4,852 acres, 8% contained. Fire continued to back downslope with roll out creating spot fires downslope of the main fire. Isolated torching was observed today with continued surface fire activity around uncontrolled fireline.
Update 8/6 1600:  4,007 acres, 4% contained. Fire will continue to spread in all directions until checked by completed containment lines. Hotter and dryer conditions will begin to dissipate tonight as instability moves into the area giving way to cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity.
Update 8/6 0600: 2,800 acres 5% contained.
Update 8/5 0600: 2,449 acres 5% contained.
ButlerCA-SRF-001388Type: WFStart: 07/31/2013 2052Cause: UPriority:
Overhead Team Name: Matt JohnsonOrganization: Type 2 TeamLocal:GACC:
Size:
950 ACRES
% Cnt/MMA:
3 %
Est Contain:
NR
Latitude:
41° 20´ 0"
Longitude:
123° 22´ 32"
Location: 10 miles east of Somes Bar$$ Costs to Date: $1,400,000
Structures Threatened: 10 OUTB , 21 PRIMStructures Destroyed: NONE
Resources Committed:Total Personnel: 505Report Date: Aug 04, 2013 0600
AgencyCRW1CRW2HEL1HEL2HEL3ENGSOVHD
BIA0000002
FWS0000001
LGR00000122
NPS0000002
PRI04201010
ST60000108
USFS811311420
Significant Events: The fire continued to back into Grant and Lewis Creek drainages, consuming more of the bottom of Lewis Creek drainage. Structure defense and preparation continued on residences along the river east to Nordheimer and initiated on structures within the Nordheimer Creek drainage. Point protection was initiated around structures where needed throughout the night. Drop point 9 has been closed along with the adjacent portion of Hwy 93 to Grant Creek drainage due to frequent roll out and rock fall.
Remarks: A road closure continues on Hwy 93 from Oak Bottom campground to Nordheimer Flat. The North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District issued a health advisory for the communities of Hoopa, Willow Creek, Orleans, Forks of Salmon, Burnt Ranch, and Karuk Tribe. Preparations are being made to move ICP from Hoopa to Aikens Camp.
Observed Fire Behavior: The fire activity remained moderated due to good overnight humidity recovery. Roll out continued to occur within the Lewis and Grant Creek drainages initiating the potential for short runs during the burning period.
Planned Actions: Provide point protection for structures along Hwy 93 corridor and within the Nordheimer Creek drainage. In Division A/E, construct line along Nordheimer Ridge from DP1 to DP3. In Division H/K/T construct control and re-establish old control lines from the 2006 Somes Fire and 1977 Hog Fire. In Division W/Z provide for structure defense, point protection and construct control line from DP8 to forest road 11N09.

Update 8/4 0600: 950 acres 3% containedUpdate 8/3 1600 945 acres 3% contained. At risk are residential structures in Butler Flat, along the Salmon RIver Road to Nordheimer Campground along Nordheimer Creek, culturally sensitive areas fish & endangered wildlife habitat, and the Salmon River watershed.
Update 8/3 0900 851 acres, 0% contained. Smoke inversions are limiting air operations until late in the day.
Update 8/2 0900: 400 acres, 0% contained. Residential structures in Butler Flat and along river corridor remained threatened. Salmon River road remains closed.
Update 1800: 400 acres, 0% containment. Salmon River Road remains closed. NORCAL Team 2 assumed command at 1800 hours
Update 1600: 250 acres, 0% contained, multiple spot fires. Fire has spotted across Salmon River and established in Morehouse Creek. Salmon River Road closed.
Update 1300: Highway 93 is currently closed approximately 10 miles east of Somes Bar due to the Butler Fire.

Location:  Six Rivers National Forest Near Forks of Salmon.

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