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Saturday, June 2, 2018

October 2017 Fire Siege Wildfires were were caused by the "old normal," PG&E failing to safely operate its system.

CAL FIRE Investigators Determine Cause of Four Wildfires in Butte and Nevada Counties

2017 October Fire Siege Map
Sacramento – After extensive and thorough investigations, CAL FIRE investigators have determined that four Northern California wildfires in last year’s October Fire Siege were caused by trees coming into contact with power lines. The four fires, located in Butte and Nevada counties, are the first fire investigations from last October to be completed.
CAL FIRE investigators were dispatched to the fires last year and immediately began working to determine their origin and cause. The Department continues to investigate the remaining 2017 fires, both in October and December, and will release additional reports as they are completed.

The October 2017 Fire Siege involved more than 170 fires and charred more than
245,000 acres in Northern California. More than 11,000 firefighters from 17 states helped battle the blazes.

Below is a summary of the four completed investigations:
• The La Porte Fire, in Butte County, started in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 and burned a total of 8,417 acres, destroying 74 structures. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by tree branches falling onto PG&E power lines. CAL FIRE investigators determined there were no violations of state law related to the cause of this fire.

• The McCourtney Fire, in Nevada County, started the evening of Oct. 8 and burned a total of 76 acres, destroying 13 structures. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by a tree falling onto PG&E power lines. The investigation found evidence that PG&E allegedly failed to remove a tree from the proximity of a power line, in violation of the state Public Resources Code section 4293.

• The Lobo Fire, in Nevada County, started the evening of Oct. 8 and burned a total of 821 acres, destroying 47 structures. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by a tree contacting PG&E power lines. The investigation found evidence that Public Resources  Code section 4293, which requires adequate clearance between trees and power lines, was allegedly violated.

• The Honey Fire, in Butte County, started in the early morning hours of Oct. 9 and burned a total of 76 acres. There were no injuries to civilians or firefighters and no structures were destroyed. CAL FIRE has determined the fire was caused by an Oak branch contacting PG&E power lines. The investigation found evidence that Public Resources Code 4293, which requires adequate clearance between trees and power lines, was allegedly violated.
The McCourtney, Lobo, Honey investigations have been referred to the appropriate county District Attorney’s offices for review.
Californians are encouraged to remain vigilant and prepared for wildfire. For more information, visit www.readyforwildfire.org or www.fire.ca.gov

CONTACT: Scott McLean
Chief of Public Information
Phone: (530) 227-3571
@CALFIRE_PIO
RELEASE
DATE: May 25, 2018
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wildfire Awareness Week 2018 - San Bernardino



Wildfire Awareness Week 2018 - San Bernardino

Wildfire Awareness Week 2018 - San Bernardino Event - Español


Saturday, December 16, 2017

CAL FIRE San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit Open Burning Ban

CAL FIRE is suspending all burn permits for outdoor burning within the State Responsibility Area and in CAL FIRE Contract area’s of the following 3 counties: San Francisco - San Mateo - Santa Cruz



Ban on Open Burning
Preparation for Red Flag Warning


Felton – In preparation for the forecasted wind event this weekend, CAL FIRE is pre-positioning extra Fire Equipment and Personnel in the San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit. In addition, CAL FIRE is suspending all burn permits for outdoor burning within the State Responsibility Area and in CAL FIRE Contract area’s of the following 3 counties:

San Francisco - San Mateo - Santa Cruz


This suspension takes effect Friday, December 15, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. and bans all outdoor burning except for campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property with landowner permission. Campfires may be permitted if the campfire is maintained in such a manner as to prevent its spread to the wildland. A campfire permit can be obtained at local fire stations and online at PreventWildfireCA.org. It is anticipated that the suspension will be lifted on Tuesday December 19th.


The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the higher elevations of the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. This will involve Gusty North and Northeast winds, Low Humidity and Increased Fire danger. This watch is for the period of 10 pm, Friday to 10 am Sunday.


Even after the significant rainfall accumulation the region received during November, the past two weeks has been dry, warm and windy. This weather has created conditions which have effectively negated the moisture received last month. CAL FIRE reminds residents that burning during this ban and under these conditions could result in a citation. In addition, a person burning during these and other conditions can be held both financially and criminally responsible for any fire that escapes their control.


Keep in mind, now is the time to start planning your defensible space around your home for next year’s fire season.


For more information visit: www.PreventWildfireCA.org or www.fire.ca.gov.


Friday, December 15, 2017

NWS FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE - RED FLAG CONDITIONS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE 
North Bay Mountains - East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range - Santa Cruz Mountains - Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest - Mountains Of San Benito County And Interior Monterey CountyIncluding Pinnacles National Park  


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
 National Weather Service San Francisco CA
 200 AM PST Fri Dec 15 2017
 
 ...Gusty northerly winds will combine with very low humidity
 values Friday evening through Sunday morning...
 
 .A dry system moving in from the north late on Friday will
 produce a combination of gusty winds and low humidity values. Due
 to these factors and the recently long stretch of warm and dry
 conditions, a very elevated fire weather risk can be expected
 particularly for higher elevation locations.
 
 CAZ507-511-512-517-518-152200-
 /O.UPG.KMTR.FW.A.0005.171216T0600Z-171217T1800Z/
 /O.NEW.KMTR.FW.W.0009.171216T0600Z-171217T1800Z/
 North Bay Mountains-East Bay Hills and the Diablo Range-
 Santa Cruz Mountains-
 Santa Lucia Mountains and Los Padres National Forest-
 Mountains Of San Benito County And Interior Monterey County
 Including Pinnacles National Park-
 200 AM PST Fri Dec 15 2017
 
 ...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM
 PST SUNDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY...
 
 The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a Red
 Flag Warning, which is in effect from 10 PM this evening to 10 AM
 PST Sunday. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect. 
 
 * WIND...Northerly winds of 15 to 30 mph with local gusts over 
   50 mph. Strongest gusts will be over the North Bay Mountains 
   and East Bay Hills. 
 
 * HUMIDITY...Minimum humidity readings of 10 to 20% during the
   day. Nighttime maximum humidity readings will likely recover
   early in the night then drop of 25 to 35%.
 
 * HIGHEST THREAT...Elevations above 1000 ft, especially the North
   Mountains and East Bay Hills.
 
 * IMPACTS...Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. 
   Outdoor burning is not recommended.
 
 PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
 A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions
 are either occurring now...or will shortly. A combination of
 strong winds...low relative humidity...and warm temperatures can
 contribute to extreme fire behavior.

MORE INFO: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

#LODD #ThomasFire, Claims Life of CAL FIRE San Diego Unit Firefighter in Fillmore Area. #CAfire

#LODD #ThomasFire, 4th Largest Blaze in State’s History, Claims Life of Firefighter in Fillmore Area.

A Cal Fire engineer from the agency's CAL FIRE San Diego Unit has died in the Thomas Fire, which has burned 249,500 acres — about 390 square miles — in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on Thursday, officials said.

The blaze, which was 35 percent contained as of Thursday evening, has cost about $82 million so far, according to authorities.

"I am very saddened to report that a firefighter fatality has occurred on the Thomas Incident," Chief Ken Pimlott said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

The engineer, 32-year-old Cory Iverson of Cal Fire's San Diego unit, was killed battling the fire's east flank alongside his strike team in Fillmore, officials said.

New evacuations were issued for the Fillmore area on Thursday afternoon, and a community meeting was planned in the small Ventura County community at 7:30 p.m. at Fillmore Middle School, 543 A St.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

CA-LACF-CREEK FIRE - 2500 acres 0% - EVACUATIONS #CAfire

#CreekFire 

UPDATE BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Update Brush Fire; 10:38AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; #CreekFire All previously voluntary evacuations are now MANDATORY within the zone - North of the 210 Freeway from (eastern border) La Crescenta to (western border) Glenoaks Blvd off ramp / Sombrero Canyon. The LA Equestrian center is FULL to capacity and can't not receive any additional animals. Pierce College remains OPEN for large animals. If you are in the evacuation zone, please do NOT delay. Take critical items and safely depart the area. If you live in an area bordering the current evacuation zone, please ensure you are getting READY SET GO. This erratic fire will carry embers and create spot fires which we can not predict. Have your vehicle packed, animals secured and car facing out the driveway ready to depart. Follow www.lafd.org/alerts for the latest information. Both Sylmar Rec Center (13109 Borden Av) and Sunland Senior Center (8640 Fenwick St) remain open and can accept companion animals WITH owner. Small animal evacuation centers West Valley Animal Shelter (20655 Plummer Street, 91311) and East Valley Animal Shelter (14409 Vanowen St, 91405) remain open to receiving. ; FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

UPDATE BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Update Brush Fire; 9:31AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; 210 Freeway closed BOTH directions from Sunland on the East to the 5 Freeway on the West. The 118 FY interchange at the 210 also CLOSED. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes to the SOUTH only. The fire is located to the North.; FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

UPDATE BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Update Brush Fire; 8:50AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; #CREEKFIRE now at 4,000 acres. We have confirmed damage reports for an unknown number of homes with no report of civilian injuries. Red Flag Parking Restrictions are currently IN EFFECT until at least 8:00AM tomorrow when the conditions will be re-evaluated. Total of over 650 FFs from LAFD, LAcoFD and US Forest Service on scene working in Unified Command.; FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

UPDATE BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Update Brush Fire; 8:19AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; LAFD in midst of rescue operation for a Dozer operator in distress after a rollover. The firefighter is not trapped, is conscious, alert and talking with his rescuers. No Further Details. This dynamic brush fire is being driven by high winds and over 240 LAFD (alone plus all unified agencies) working relentlessly to battle both on ground and by air. Thus far, their dedicated efforts have prevented the loss of life. We have no reported injuries from any civilians. 105 patients are being voluntarily evacuated from Mountain View Convalescent Center on Fenton Ave in Sylmar. LAFD ambulances and MTA buses being used. Media Briefing at 8:30 in grass field across from Command Post at Hansen Dam. ; FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

UPDATE BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Update Brush Fire; 7:52AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; #CREEKFIRE MEDIA BRIEFING at 8:30 in grass field across from Command Post at Hansen Dam. Additional Large Animal Evacuation Center open at LA Equestrian Center 480 Riverside Dr, 91506 (https://goo.gl/maps/FBumXE2JM6k). ; FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

UPDATE BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Update Brush Fire; 7:09AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; Tujunga / Sunland; #CREEKFIRE Acreage estimated at 2,500 acres. Large animal evacuation center is Pierce College 6201 Winnetka Ave, 91371 (https://goo.gl/maps/GbVJUvjJnX22) Small animal evacuation centers at West Valley Animal Shelter 20655 Plummer Street 91311 (https://goo.gl/maps/EU6GNdvnVMA2) East Valley Animal Shelter 14409 Vanowen St (https://goo.gl/maps/yp29A75uw892); FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; Margaret Stewart

BRUSH FIRE 12/05/2017
Brush Fire; 6:34AM; 11350 N Riverwood Dr; https://goo.gl/maps/wSPx32YTUp22; Tujunga / Sunland; LAFD is in Unified Command with LACoFD, US Forestry Service, DOT, LAPD and LASD battling the #CreekFire. LAFD alone has over 210 firefighters on scene. Acreage not yet available. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS (video provided on twitter) are Kagel Canyon, Trailer park in Lopez Canyon, Arroyo St north of 210, Mobile home park top of Maclay, Pacoma Wash west of Sayre St, Eldridge/Sayre north VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS: Edlridge/Hubbard North (this is expected to become mandatory shortly), East of Vetrans Park to Pacoima Canyon, Between Sayre and Polk North of the 210, Between Polk and Bledsoe, Between Bledsoe and Roxford, Between Roxford and Glenoaks, Between Glenoaks and Filbert, Between Filbert to 5/14 Freeway. EVACUATION CENTERS OPEN ARE: Sylmar Rec Center, 13109 Borden Av. Sunland Senior Center, 8640 Fenwick St. Command Post is at Hansen Dam. LAFD Inc#0137; FS 24; Batt 12; Valley Bureau; Council District 7; BC10 BC11 BC12 BC14 BC15 BC17 BC5 BC701 BC711 BC712 CL1 CM3 CM42 DT1 DT2 DZ11 DZ12 E102 E103 E105 E11 E112 E12 E18 E2 E24 E26 E274 E29 E298 E3 E33 E35 E37 E39 E414 E420 E443 E472 E474 E475 E49 E5 E60 E61 E63 E66 E76 E77 E81 E8136 E8137 E8138 E8139 E8140 E85 E86 E87 E9 E90 E91 E95 E98 EM14 EM15 EM18 FR91 H5 H735 HE1 PI1 PI2 PI3 RA60 RA74 RA75 RA77 RA89 RA98 T74 T98 TP1 TP2 WT77 ; CH5; 12,14; Margaret Stewart

UPDATE 0900: 4,000 acres with 2,500 homes in the Sylmar area under mandatory evacuations.

UPDATE 0600: Fire at 2500+ acres. 2500 homes evacuated, No containment.
Fire has jumped Lopez Canyon.
All #LACoFD Contract Aircraft (Super Scoopers QB1 and QB2 + HeliTanker 731) to be airborne at approximately 0630.
CREEK FIRE BRANCH MAP

Monday, December 4, 2017

CA-VCFD-THOMAS FIRE - MANDATORY EVACUATION - FIRE MAP #CAFIRE

 Jim Bob Barnett took this photo last night from Ortega Hill in Summerland.

CA-VCFD-THOMAS FIRE  - MANDATORY EVACUATION #CAFIRE
Updated 13:0045,500 acres, 150 structures destroyed; 27,000 evacuated

Updated 10:00- Acreage is 45,500 with zero containment. 1000+ firefighters still battling the blaze. Erratic winds and fire behavior is expected throughout the day.


Updated acreage is now 31,000 acres
Updated acreage is now 10,000 acres

THOMAS FIRE - VENTURA COUNTY










EVACUATION SHELTERS

Ventura County Fairgrounds at Miners Building  – 10 W Harbor Blvd, Ventura, CA 93001
Nordhoff High School -1401 Maricopa Hwy, Ojai, CA 93023
Start Date: 12/4/17 @ 9:45 PM
Special Hazards: Powerlines Down, Highway/Interstate, Poison Oak/Poison Ivy, Steep Terrain, Snakes, Evacuation Problems, Animals, Livestock

Friday, November 10, 2017

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) extends daily aerial smoke detection patrols #CAfires

PG&E Extends Aerial Smoke Patrols to Spot Wildfires, Speed Response and Keep Communities Safe

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) extended its daily aerial smoke detection patrols in portions of its service area an additional two weeks.

November 10, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) extended its daily aerial smoke detection patrols in portions of its service area an additional two weeks. PG&E launched the patrols in June to assist the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE and local fire agencies with early fire detection and response during the highest-fire risk months. Early detection of smoke or fire allows fire agencies to quickly respond to accurate locations.

PG&E will continue operating fixed-wing aircraft to spot smoke along two routes, from Auburn to Auberry in the Central Sierra, and Vacaville to Solvang through Nov. 15. PG&E extended flights in these areas that have not received significant rain and remain dry.

“PG&E is focused on public safety and reducing the wildfire risk in California. In addition to the work we do every day on the ground to ensure our infrastructure is operating safely, our aerial patrols will continue to help fire agencies identify and respond to potential fires where dry conditions still exist,” said Pat Hogan, senior vice president of electric operations at PG&E.

All flights were previously scheduled to conclude on Oct. 31. The company uses fixed-wing aircraft to fly four routes and contributed funding to the Mendocino County Aerial Patrol Co-Operative for a fifth route over Mendocino County.

This is the fourth year of the program. From mid-June when the flights began through October 31, the patrols spotted a total of 218 fires and, in 21 instances, were the first to report the fire to CAL FIRE or the U.S. Forest Service. In 2017, nearly 3,350 hours of flight time have been recorded through October. The patrols flew during the last five hours of daylight, roughly from 3 p.m. until dusk – the time of day when wildfires are most likely to ignite because hot, dry weather is at its peak. Last year, fire spotters identified a total of 142 fires.

Tree Mortality Response


In addition to its daily aerial smoke patrols, PG&E is committed to reducing the risk of wildfire caused by the historic drought, bark beetle infestation and other environmental impacts as part of its tree mortality emergency response, including:
Increased foot and aerial patrols along power lines in high fire-risk areas to twice a year, and up to four times a year in some locations.
Conducted secondary patrols along 61 percent of miles of power lines in 2016 and expects to patrol 65 percent of miles of line a second time in 2017.
Removed approximately 236,000 additional dead or dying trees in 2016 and expects to remove approximately 150,000 additional dead trees in 2017

The U.S. Forest Service estimates that more than 100 million trees have died in California since 2010. Homeowners can reduce risk by removing dead trees on their property and properly maintaining healthy trees by pruning and watering as necessary.


Friday, November 3, 2017

CA-YNP Yosemite Fire Information

Yosemite Fire Fire Update Nov 3, 2017


Today Yosemite Fire began a prescription burn in the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias. As of 5pm the area treated consisted of 70 acres. This included 20 acres in unit 11 and the remaining 50 in unit 4. We are seeing a minor increase in fire behavior on the west hand line in unit 4 as it burns into the heavier dead and down fuels. There is currently moderate smoke production with smoke dispersal to the NE.

Tomorrow we are expecting the upcoming storm to bring significant rain and snow over Yosemite. This may be a "fire season ending event". With this, the Yosemite fires that are currently active may still smolder but will likely not produce much smoke. We expect to still see light, visible smoke on the Empire and Starr King fires.

Rain and snow will hamper prescribed fire efforts but will allow firefighters the ability to shift from wildfire management to prescribed fire management in the Mariposa Grove and to begin pile burning throughout the park. If conditions are too wet to do prescribed burning, fire crews will shift to thinning projects around developed and high risk areas.

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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