Wednesday, April 30, 2008

CA-BDF-Apache - Wilderness fire - 700 Acres - 0%

Apache Wildland Fire Update

Picture of Apache fire as a small stump spot fire
Now fire exceeds 700 acres
Credit:
Bobby Wisnouckas, a PCT hiker, who was first to discover the fire.

Picture of Apache fire - Hiking away after discovery
Credit:
Bobby Wisnouckas, a PCT hiker, who was first to discover the fire.

Bobby Wisnouckas and fellow hiker, Steffie, tried to shovel sand on the fire, but the winds were too strong at that altitude and the fire quickly moved to the grass and then to the logs downhill from the stump

Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire is reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers as a burning stump and is now about 700 Acres.
Rapid ROS, 40 mph winds, smoke, heavy downed timber, moving into brush.
The high ROS and steep terrain have made accessing fire difficult. A hotshot crew and 4 strike teams of CalFire crews (8 crews) are working the fire in very steep terrain today.
Aircraft have been grounded due to high winds and a heavy marine layer limiting visibility.

IA: Tuesday afternoon, April 29 Apache Fire is reported by Two Pacific Crest trail hikers as a burning stump and is now about 700 Acres
Current sizeup: 700 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 - Chris Fogle
Resources: 170 personnel on fire, 1 engine, 1 Hot Shot crew, 8 handcrews, 1 air attack, 1 lead plane, 4 air tankers and 2 helitankers. 7 overhead (3 FS, 2 CalFire, 1 BLM, 1 BIA)
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.
Resource needs: 12 hours;
air resources: 3 T1 helos, 4 T2 helos, 1 T3 high performance helo, 4 T1 ATs
ground resources: 15 T1 crews, 1 T1 engine, 2 STs of T3 engines
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 1200hrs:CA BDF-005147 CA BDF-005147 Apache . Joseph's – SO CAL type II team is being Mobilized to this incident and tentatively transitioning by 1800 todays date.
Fire is 700 + acres 0% percent containment with a potiental to burn another 2000 to 5000 acres . Fire continues to burn at rapid rates of spread in heavy down logs and timber moving into grass and brush and is a threatening Agua Caliente Reservation, the San Jacinto wilderness, and the Santa Rosa-San Jacinto National Monument. This incident is in deep and inaccessible terrain, with high winds over fire, and is inaccessible to resources due to steep terrain, aircraft have been grounded due to high winds over fire 25 mph plus. fog at lower elevations also grounding aircraft.

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