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Friday, July 21, 2017

CA-YNP Yosemite National Park Remains Open - Yosemite Valley cannot be accessed from Merced via Highway 140.

Yosemite National Park Remains Open

Yosemite Valley accessible via Highways 140, 120, and 41

Yosemite National Park remains open with all hotels, lodges, stores and campgrounds that have opened for the season are fully open and operational. All entrances to Yosemite National Park are open. Visitors can get to Yosemite Valley via Highway 140 from Mariposa, Highway 41 from Fresno, Highway 120 West from Groveland, and Highway 120 East from Lee Vining and US Route 395.

Yosemite Valley cannot be accessed from Merced via Highway 140. For more information, visit

Interested in visiting Yosemite this weekend? There are rooms in Yosemite Valley available for Saturday and Sunday at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Half Dome Village. For more information on lodging, visit or call 888-413-8869.

“We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Cal Fire and all of the other agencies who have been working to suppress the Detwiler Fire,” stated Acting Superintendent Chip Jenkins. “Yosemite National Park and our employees are grateful for their hard work and dedication to fight this fire. We are always proud to work with Cal Fire and all of our sister agencies to help support our gateway communities.”

Air quality in Yosemite Valley and throughout the park has been impacted by smoke from the Detwiler Fire. Visitors coming to Yosemite who are sensitive to smoke or suffer from respiratory problems are encouraged to minimize outdoor activities. For updated information on air quality in Yosemite National Park, visit

For updated 24-hour road and weather conditions for Yosemite National Park, please call 209-372-0200 and press 1. Updated information is also available on the park’s website at

Photo Credit: Yosemite National Park is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

CA-BLM Long Valley Fire 83,733 Acres 57% Crews beginning suppression repair

Long Valley Fire Update
July 19, 2017 0800
Acres Burned: 83,733
Containment: 57%
Fire Started: July 11, 2017
Cause: Under Investigation
Engines: 47
Helicopters: 9
Dozers: 13
Water Tenders: 15
Crews: 25
Total Resources: 896

Doyle, CA, July 19, 2017 – Firefighters worked around the clock securing the containment lines around the fire. Today the focus is on extinguishing hot spots, patrolling the fire perimeter and beginning suppression repair. The spike camp at Sutcliffe will be closed at the end of shift today.Crews 

Suppression repair for the fire will begin on the southeast flank and work northwest working congruently with the Resource Advisors. The focus remains in protecting habitat for the Sage Grouse, Mule Deer, Carson Wandering Skipper butterfly, and the cultural resources in the fire area.

Some unburned islands of vegetation continue to smolder and smoke may be visible from within the burn area. Fire crews are monitoring the fire area.
Please continue to watch for fire vehicles travelling around in the area as crews finish the job of extinguishing the fire and working on suppression repair.
From today on, there will be one update per day.

Contact: Fire Information (831) 265-4193
Information is also available at please reference Long Valley Fire

Basic Information
Current as of 7/18/2017, 9:23:59 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Tuesday July 11th, 2017 approx. 01:30 PM
Location About two miles north of Doyle, California. About 50 miles north of Reno, Nevada.
Incident Commander Bureau of Land Management
Incident Description Wildfire Burning Grass And Sagebrush.

Current Situation
Total Personnel 896
Size 83,733 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 57%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday July 23rd, 2017 approx. 06:00 AM
Fuels Involved
grass and sagebrush
Significant Events
Fire has been fuels and wind driven and very active with short range spotting

Planned Actions
Fire fighters are holding, strengthening and constructing direct and indirect lines. Extensive air support utilizing water scooping aircraft, retardant tankers, and rotor wing aircraft occurred.

Projected Incident Activity
Fire activity expected to increase in the Dry Valley area with afternoon winds.
Fire progression slowed today and firefighters made excellent progress constructing direct and indirect line with heavy aerial support.

Current Weather
Weather Concerns
An area of low pressure near the Pacific Northwest will bring gusty southwest winds and low humidity with poor overnight recovery tonight and Tuesday leading to a critical fire weather period. The dry air mass will remain in the region through mid week with temperatures in the high 80s. and the Red Flag warning in effect.

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Northern California District
Bureau of Land Management
6640 Lockheed Dr
Redding, CA, CA 96002
Long Valley Fire Information
Phone: 831 265 4193
Hours: M-F 7 am to 10 pm
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CA-MMU Detwiler Fire - 45,724 acres - 7% Mariposa County With Evacuation Orders


Detwiler Fire Incident Information:
Last Updated:July 19, 2017 8:00 am
Date/Time Started:July 16, 2017 3:56 pm
Administrative Unit:CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
County:Mariposa County
Location:Detwiler Rd and Hunters Valley Rd, 2 miles east of Lake McClure
Acres Burned - Containment:45,724 acres - 7% contained
Structures Threatened:1,500
Structures Destroyed:8 destroyed and 1 damaged
Evacuations:Evacuation Orders- SOUTH COUNTY are in effect for the following areas: Mount Bullion Ridge Road from HWY 49N to HWY 140 and ALL feeder roads; Old Toll Road between Corbett Creek Road and HWY 49N, including Corbett Creek Road.; Mount Gaines Road to No.9 Road including No.9 Road; HWY 140 from Hornitos Rd. to Hwy 49S and ALL feeder roads both sides. Yaqui Gulch Rd. from HWY 140 to Old HWY ALL feeder roads on both sides. Old HWY from 49S to School House Rd. and ALL feeder roads on both sides. Buckeye Rd. to Benhur Rd. both sides of the road and feeder roads. Benhur from Buckeye to Hwy 49S. Mariposa Town HWY 140 from 49N to East Whitlock Rd. and ALL feeder roads. East Whitlock Rd from HWY 140 to Mosher Rd. and All feeder roads to the West. Hornitos Rd. from HWY 140 to Mount Gaines Rd. and ALL feeder roads. Including the community of Whispering Oaks. West Whitlock from 49N to Mosher Rd. and ALL feeder roads and all areas north of the Merced River
Evacuation Warnings-North County are HWY 49N from Schilling Rd. to HWY 132 including ALL feeder roads. Main Street Coulterville. Dogtown Rd. from Greeley Hill Rd. to Texas Hill Rd. and All of Texas Hill Rd. Schilling Rd from HWY 49N to Texas Hill Rd.
NORTH COUNTY All of the Coulterville and Greeley Hill area SOUTH COUNTY Hwy 49s from Ben Hur Rd to Indian Peak Rd- including all feeder roads Ashworth to Silver Lane including all feeder roads Silver Bar to Ashworth- including all feeder roads Indian Peak to Oak Grove Rd- including all feeder roads Oak Grove Rd from Miwuk Rd to Oak Grove School Rd-including all feeder roads Allred Rd from 49S to Morningstar Lane- including all feeder roads Morningstar Lane to Carlton Rd- including all feeder roads Carlton Rd to Silva Rd- including all feeder roads Silva Rd to Hwy 49 South- including all feeder roads Bear Valley Rd- All homes from Exchequer Rd to Hornitos Rd Hornitos Town Area
Red Cross Evacuation Shelter located at EV Free Church, 50443 School Road, Oakhurst, CA Sierra Vista Presbyterian, 39696 HWY 41, Oakhurst, CA Red Cross Evacuation Shelter located at Cesar Chavez Middle School, 161 Plainsburg Road, Planada CA
Small animals: EV Free Church 50443 School House Road, Oakhurst, CA. And Cesar Chavez Middle School, 161 Plainsburg Road, Planada, CA . (559)-433-9663 Large animals: Mariposa County Animal Control (209)-966-3614
Road Closures:HWY-49 at HWY-132 (Coulterville Rd.) – Restricted access to locals with addresses in La Grange, Coulterville, or Greely Hill only; Bear Valley Rd. at Exchequer Rd.; Hornitos Rd. from Mount Gaines to HWY 140.; HWY-49N from Hwy 140 to HWY 132.; Mt. Gains Rd. at No.9 Rd.; Hwy 49 at Aqua Fria.; Hwy 140 at Aqua Fria. HWY 140 from Triangle Rd. to School House Rd. 49S from HWY 140 to Triangle Rd.
Cooperating Agencies:Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, CAL OES, Red Cross, PG&E, CHP, Mariposa County Public Works, CALTRANS, Bureau of Land Management, Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Mariposa County Fire, California Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Total Fire Personnel:2,208
Total Fire Engines:217
Total Fire Crews:35
Total Airtankers:9
Total Helicopters:11
Total Dozers:35
Total Water Tenders:26
Conditions:Today, firefighters experienced extreme and aggressive fire behavior with active crowning, short- range spotting and uphill runs. The communities of Hunters Valley, Bear Valley, Catheys Valley, Mormon Bar, The Town of Mariposa , Mount Bullion, Yaqui Gulch/Aqua Fria areas and Hornitos continue to be threatened. The fire encroaches on culturally and historically sensitive areas.
Traffic along HWY 149, 49N and 49S will be impacted as a result of road closures. The fire continues to threaten power lines to the south of the incident, which supply power to Yosemite National Park. Firefighters on the ground as well as aircraft are actively working to contain and suppress the fire.
We ask for the public to heed all evacuation orders and warnings. For information about how to prepare for evacuation please visit:
Phone Numbers(844) MMU-FIRE (Fire Information Line )  
Phone Numbers(559) 706-8828 (Media Line )  
Phone Numbers(562) 619-7467 (Media Line )  

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

LODD: CAL FIRE Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya, 22 Died after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg

California Firefighter Fatality Notification

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: 
California inmate firefighter Frank Anaya has died from injuries he sustained July 5 in a chainsaw accident while battling a wildfire in Lakeside.

Name: Frank Anaya
Rank: Inmate Firefighter
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Part-Time
Date of Incident: 07/05/2017
Time of Incident: 1330hrs
Date of Death: 07/11/2017
Fire Department: CAL FIRE
Address: PO Box 944246, 1416 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460
Fire Department Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

Incident Description: Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya was treated on scene and taken to the hospital in critical condition on July 5, 2017, after suffering a chainsaw injury to the leg while working a fire near Lakeside, California. Fire crews were clearing brush and working with air crews to successfully defend a threatened mobile home park when the injury occurred. Despite all efforts by medical personnel, Inmate Firefighter Anaya passed away on July 11, 2017.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Interstate 8-Business and Los Coches Road.

Photo credit: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Tribute is being paid to Inmate Firefighter Frank Anaya at

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

LODD: Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros, a crewmember on Engine 312 of the Six Rivers National Forest

California Firefighter Fatality Notification

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Name: William "Bill" Jaros
Rank: Fire Engine Operator
Age: 38
Gender: Male
Status: Wildland Full-Time
Years of Service: 12
Date of Incident: 07/08/2017
Time of Incident: 1315hrs
Date of Death: 07/08/2017

Fire Department: Six Rivers National Forest - Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area
Address: 1330 Bayshore Way, Eureka, CA 95501
Fire Department Chief: Acting Forest Supervisor Michael Green

Incident Description: Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros, a crewmember on Engine 312 of the Six Rivers National Forest’s Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area, was on a conditioning hike with several crewmembers when he became ill and collapsed. Immediate life-saving efforts were initiated by his fellow crewmembers; however, they were unable to revive him. The cause of death is under investigation through the Del Norte County Coroner’s office. Conditioning hikes, such as the one Engine 312 crewmembers were participating, are part of the continuing preparedness routine for firefighters.

Incident Location: Vicinity of 100 Fire House RD, Gasquet, CA 95543

Tribute is being paid to Fire Engine Operator William "Bill" Jaros at

Monday, June 5, 2017


Monday, June 5, 2017
Firefighter Kelly Wong
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is saddened to announce the on duty passing of Firefighter Kelly Wong.
Firefighter Wong, 29, fell from an LAFD aerial ladder while participating in a training exercise Downtown on the morning of Saturday, June 3. Fellow firefighters and paramedics rendered immediate medical attention and transported him in critical condition to a local trauma center. 
Despite the heroic efforts of doctors and nurses at the hospital, Firefighter Wong succumbed to his injuries early Monday morning.
He was a two year veteran of the LAFD and was assigned to Fire Station 92 in Rancho Park at the time of his passing. He was scheduled to transfer to Fire Station 9 serving Downtown and Skid Row on June 12 and was working at that station at the time of the accident.
Firefighter Wong graduated from the LAFD Recruit Academy on Terminal Island in August 2015, earning accolades as the top academic performer in his class. 
“I join the men and women of the LAFD in mourning Firefighter Wong's sudden passing,” said LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas. “It is always a tragedy to lose one of our own, especially an accomplished individual who was still at the beginning of what was certainly going to be a promising career."
A brief procession from LA County USC Hospital to the Coroner’s office is scheduled to being at 10:00 AM.
Firefighter Wong is survived by his wife Danielle, his infant son Colton, his mother Ann, his mother-in-law and father-in-law Barbara and Michael Quinlan and his sisters-in-law Nicole and Stephanie.
The LAFD, in conjunction with state safety agencies, are conducting an investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragedy. Additional information regarding memorial services for Firefighter Wong will be released in the coming days.

The LAFD will not be holding a press conference. Fire Chief Terrazas will make himself available to media who attend the short procession.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CA-CZU Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Prescribed Fire

Henry Cowell State Park – Fuel Reduction Prescribed Fire 

California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit

FELTON –  The California Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) and CAL FIRE are planning to ignite a 9 acre prescribed burn near the observation platform at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park on Wednesday, May 31st.

 The project is being conducted in accordance with a Smoke Management Permit issued by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. 

 This burn is being conducted to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire and to maintain rare Ponderosa Pine Sandhills Parkland habitat, which relies on fire to maintain a healthy ecosystem. It is the continuation of a prescribed burn conducted in the same area last year.

 The Henry Cowell Observation Platform Prescribed Burn also affords important training opportunities to wildland firefighters for the approaching fire season. Drivers on Graham Hill Road and nearby residents should expect to see smoke on the 31st and it should be no cause for alarm.

 The Henry Cowell area has been the scene of numerous human caused fires over the past 5 years. The expansion of this project, in addition to environmental enhancement, provides additional fire protection for nearby residential areas.

 As the state enters the dry season when wildfires are regularly encountered, CAL FIRE recommends the public take extra care when working with fire and to be alert and report any fires that they observe escaping control. So far, this month, the San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit has responded to seven wildland fires in the unit. 

For more information about how you can protect your home and property from wildfire, visit

CONTACT: Sarah Collamer
RELEASE DATE: May 30, 2017

Monday, May 8, 2017

Suspected arsonist arrested in series of Highway 18 fires

One of three spot fires just below the Crestline Bride set by an alleged arsonist on Monday evening, May 1. (Photo courtesy of San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department)

Sunday, May 07, 2017
By Douglas W. Motley

A 27-year-old Cedar Glen man was taken into custody late Monday in connection with three arson fires that broke out around 8:07 p.m. Monday, May 1. The three spot fires, reportedly ignited by a flare gun, burned approximately seven acres of dense brush alongside Highway 18 just below the Crestline Bridge.
According to a news release from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Station, multiple witnesses reported a male subject, later identified as Benjamin Andrew Baptiste, attempting to start a fire just below the Highway 138 cut off below Crestline. Numerous 911 calls from motorists were received reporting Baptiste was armed with a firearm and carrying an axe. Baptiste also was reported to be throwing rocks at a passing vehicle.
Baptiste reportedly ran down the highway, fled over the side and headed down toward Lower Bonnie Canyon, below the highway, where he lit an additional fire in dense brush below the highway. Highway 18 was closed to all traffic from the Cliffhanger to Sierra Way for several hours while law enforcement officers scoured the area for the suspected arsonist’s whereabouts.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff’s Department, CHP, San Bernardino Police Department, Cal Fire and the U.S. Forest Service, along with K9s from the Sheriff’s Department and Montclair Police Department, participated in the search. A perimeter was established as Sheriff’s and CHP helicopters used FLIR thermal imaging systems to search for the suspect in the dense brush.
Baptiste was subsequently located on the side of the highway near Mormon Road around 10:22 p.m. and taken into custody without incident. He was treated by paramedics for multiple lacerations from the brush and burns to his hands and arms and then transported to the Sheriff’s West Valley Detention Center, where he was booked on multiple counts of arson.
According to scanner reports, progress on containing the blazes was slow due to difficulty in accessing the rugged terrain where the fires were burning. At least a dozen fire engines from Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and County Fire, assisted by a hand crew from Glen Helen, worked throughout the night and early morning hours to gain control of flare-ups that kept occurring in perimeter areas.
The Sheriff’s Department is requesting that anyone who may have witnessed the suspect or who have any other information regarding the investigation to contact Deputy Brian Butts at the Twin Peaks Sheriff ‘s Station at (909) 336-0600.

Friday, April 21, 2017

CA-CZU Ice Cream Grade – Empire Grade Fuel Reduction

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit

Ice Cream Grade – Empire Grade Fuel Reduction

FELTON – The Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) San Mateo – Santa Cruz Unit, in cooperation with the City of Santa Cruz Water Department and several private property owners is nearing completion of the first phase of hazardous fuel reduction along Ice Cream Grade and Empire Grade Roads in the Bonny Doon area of northern Santa Cruz County.

accumulations of brush and small diameter trees weakened after 5 years of extreme drought, were removed to lessen fire intensity and rate of spread in the event of a wildfire. This work was conducted on a mix of City Watershed lands and privately owned parcels and will improve emergency ingress/egress, help to protect homes in the area and improve our ability to defend the Laguna Creek watershed from a high intensity wildfire.

The Laguna Creek watershed is an 
important source of water for the City of Santa Cruz.
The project is being implemented under CAL FIRE’s Vegetation Management Program and was funded, in part, by the State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fee. Additional work is planned to occur along each of the roadways as funding and crew availability allows.

The project is located near the 2008 Martin Fire which serves as a reminder of the damaging wildfires our area is prone to each fire season. CAL FIRE urges residents to take precautions now to make their homes more defendable by removing excessive underbrush and thinning trees before the onset of fire season.

The work completed along Ice Cream Grade and Empire Grade Roads is similar to what residents should strive for on their own property, especially near homes and along access routes such as driveways. 

For more information about how you can protect your home and property from wildfire,
visit and download the new Ready For Wildfire App.

More Information Contact: Andrew Hubbs 831-335-6794
RELEASE DATE: April 21, 2017 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cal Fire is on the scene of a grass fire burning 1,500 to 2,000 acres at Highway 33 and Lost Hills Road in Coalinga that is threatening about 40 structures, Fresno County fire spokesman Jeremiah Wittwer said.

The first report came in around 3:42 p.m. stating 4 to 5 acres were on fire, said Capt. Tim Gehret. The Jayne fire has since grown due to 15 to 20 mph winds, he said.

Several fire teams have been called to the area, including three air tankers.

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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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