Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 650+ Acres - 0%

Apache Wildland Fire

High winds, smoke and steep terrain have made accessing fire difficult. Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds and a heavy marine layer limiting visibility.

IA: Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers reported as a burning stump now about 650 Acres
Current sizeup: 650 Acres - 0% containment - Potential for 3000 acres
Location: San Jacinto Wilderness, San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County -Apache Peak 5000 feet on the eastern most ridge of mountains over looking the desert.
IC: Apache IC - Espinoza
Resources: 170 personnel on fire, 1 engine, 9 handcrews, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers.
Aircraft were grounded early this morning due to fog, but should fly when weather clears.
CAL FRE has mobilized 1 AA, 1AT, and 1 COP committed
Planned actions: Due to steep roadless terrain, 9 handcrews will hike into fire this morning.
Fuels: Light to Heavy brush, steep roadless terrain.
Fire is being wind-driven, with ridge top winds in the area measuring approximately 35 mph.
GACC-South Ops 4-30 1100hrs:CA BDF-005147 Apache - Joseph's SO CAL type II team has also just been Mobilized to this incident.

Fire is 650 + acres 0% percent containment. This fire is burning near Apache Peak in San Jacinto Wilderness area of the San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County . This fire began last night and remained quite small, but it is growing and suppression action commencing this early this morning. Incidents is located near Apache Peak , on the eastern most ridge of mountains over looking the desert. Fire is being wind-driven, with ridge top winds in the area measuring approximately 35 mph. It is burning in a mix of timber and brush. Eight CDF Handcrews are ready to be flown into the fire. We have diverted aircraft from the Santa Anita Fire (in Sierra Madre) for this new fire.

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