Wednesday, July 30, 2008

National Fire News Report ~ 7/30/08

National Preparedness Level 4

(On a scale from 1 to 5)

Current hours for the National Fire Information Center are
(MST) 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday
208-387-5050
This report will be updated daily.

July 30, 2008

The BTU Lightning Complex in California was contained at 59,440 acres. The Lime Complex, Panther Fire, Ukonom Complex, Yolla Bolly Complex, and Telegraph Fire remain active in California.

Nationally, there are 28 fires and complexes burning 483,199 acres. Six new large fires were in Texas, California, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, and Nevada.

On June 26 a firefighter was fatally injured on the Panther fire near Happy Camp, California. The firefighting community extends condolences to the family and friends of the fallen firefighter.

Australia and New Zealand are providing 44 fire specialists and managers to assist with fire suppression operations in California.

Two MAFFS C-130 air tankers from the 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, North Carolina are supporting the State of California at McClellan Airpark in Sacramento, California. The Mission Commander is LTC Charles Davis, 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Weather Discussion: Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho will be windy today. Wet and dry thunderstorms are predicted for Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado. Central and northern Texas to Oklahoma will be hot and dry.

Source: National Interagency Coordination Center


Daily statistics 7/30/08

Number of new large fires

6

States currently reporting large fires:

Number of active large fires

28 fires and complexes
40 total fires


California (12)
Florida (1)
Idaho (1)
Montana (4)
Nevada (1)
North Carolina (1)
Oklahoma (1)
Texas (4)
Utah (1)
Virginia (1)
Washington (1)
Wyoming (2)

Acres from active fires

483,199

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) fires

2

Number of Wildland Fire Use (WFU) acres

2,353

Fires contained since 7/29/08

2

Year-to-date large fires contained

564

Year-to-date statistics

2008 (1/1/08 - 7/30/08)

Fires: 53,464

Acres: 3,561,315

2007 (1/1/07 - 7/30/07)

Fires: 57,072

Acres: 5,004,002

2006 (1/1/06 - 7/30/06)

Fires: 70,387

Acres: 5,475,000

2005 (1/1/05 - 7/30/05)

Fires: 37,856

Acres: 4,536,573

2004 (1/1/04 - 7/30/04)

Fires: 47,405

Acres: 5,471,198

2003 (1/1/03 - 7/30/03)

Fires: 35,608

Acres: 1,777,061

2002 (1/1/02 - 7/30/02)

Fires: 52,555

Acres: 4,023,159

2001 (1/1/01 - 7/30/01)

Fires: 49,708

Acres: 1,531,921

2000 (1/1/00 - 7/30/00)

Fires: 60,081

Acres: 3,384,080

5-year average

2003 - 2008

Fires: 53,237

Acres: 4,809,618

10-year average

1998 - 2008

Fires: 52,153

Acres: 3,730,568

Current Wildland Fires

California

Fires: 12

Acres: 413,672

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 1

American River Complex (Tahoe National Forest): 20,541 acres at 95 percent contained. This complex is 11 miles northeast of Foresthill. Fire activity was minimal.
Information: Call (530) 367-6223 or visit the web site.
Bear Wallow Complex (Klamath National Forest): 9,054 acres at zero percent contained. This complex of two fires is 13 miles southeast of Happy Camp. Residences are threatened and voluntary evacuations are in effect. Some trails are also closed.
Information: Call (707) 467-1512 or visit the web site.
Blue 2 (Six Rivers National Forest): 5,915 acres at 30 percent contained. This fire is 12 miles east of Klamath. Cultural and communication sites are threatened. Trails and roads are closed.
Information: Call (707) 457-3974 or visit the web site.
BTU Lightning Complex (Butte Unit, Cal Fire): The complex was contained at 59,440 acres.
Information: Call (530) 538-7826 or visit the web site.
Canyon Complex (Plumas National Forest): 37,800 acres at 90 percent contained. This complex of six fires is 16 miles northeast of Paradise. Residences and power lines are threatened. Evacuations are in order.
Information: Call (530) 283-7882 or visit the web site.
Iron and Alps Complex (Shasta-Trinity National Forest): 79,154 acres at 78 percent contained. This complex of four fires is one mile north of Junction City. Some residences and power lines remain threatened. Evacuations for Corral Bottom were lifted.
Information: Call (530) 623-6415 or visit the web site.
Lime Complex (Shasta-Trinity National Forest): 60,561 acres at 75 percent contained. This complex of two fires is 14 miles west of Hayfork. Residences, ranches, and youth camps remain threatened. Evacuations and road closures are in effect.
Information: Call (530) 226-2500 ext. 2 or visit the web site.
Panther (Klamath National Forest): 2,056 acres at zero percent contained. This fire is 14 miles southwest of Happy Camp. Active fire behavior was reported. Structures are threatened.
NEW Rich (Plumas National Forest): 200 acres at zero percent contained. This fire is 20 miles west of Quincy. Extreme fire behavior was reported. Residences were evacuated.
Siskiyou Complex (Klamath National Forest): 55,872 acres at 46 percent contained. This complex of two fires is 18 miles southwest of Happy Camp. Structures and cultural sites are threatened.
Information: Call (530) 627-3532 or visit the web site.
Telegraph (Merced-Mariposa Unit, Cal Fire): 32,063 acres at 20 percent contained. This fire is five miles north of Mariposa. Communites, communication facilities, power lines, and water supply systems are threatened. Evacuations and road closures are in effect.
Information: Call (209) 966-4784 or (209) 966-4785 or visit the web site. Evacuation Hotline: (209) 966-1133 (recorded)
Yolla Bolly Complex (Mendocino National Forest): 72,367 acres at 30 percent contained. This complex of three fires is 47 miles southwest of Redding. Residences and cultural sites are threatened.
Information: Call (530) 934-1278 or visit the web site.
Ukonom Complex (Six Rivers National Forest): 38,089 acres at 30 percent contained. This complex is 10 miles east of Orleans. Moderate fire activity was reported. Structures, cultural sites, and a telecommunication facility are threatened. Roads are closed.
Information: Call (530) 627-3532 or visit the web site.

Florida

Fires: 1

Acres: 156

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Lake Charles 29 (National Forests in Florida): 156 acres at 95 percent contained. This fire is 18 miles northeast of Ocala.

Idaho

Fires: 0

Acres: 0

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 250

New WFU: 0


Flag Knoll (Caribou-Targhee National Forest): 250 acres. This fire is 13 miles south of Swan Valley. This wildland fire use is being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives.

Montana

Fires: 4

Acres: 6,533

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

Parmenter (Kootenai National Forest): 130 acres at 80 percent contained. This fire started on private land two miles west of Libby.
Information: Call (406) 283-7675 or visit the web site.
Harley (Lewis and clark National Forest): 167 acres at 44 percent contained. This fire is three miles west of Neihart. Residences are threatened and evacuations are in effect.
Cascade (Custer National Forest): 5,936 acres at five percent contained. This fire is 10 miles west of Red Lodge. Communities are threatened and evacuations are in place.
Information: Call (406) 446-2103 or visit the web site.
NEW Duck (Charles M Russell National Wildlife Refuge): 300 acres at 45 percent contained. This fire is 25 miles southwest of Fort Peck. Moderate fire activity was reported.

Nevada

Fires: 1

Acres: 800

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

NEW Gooseberry (Carson City Field Office, Bureau of Land Management): 800 acres at zero percent contained. This fire is located 10 miles southeast of Doyle. Extreme fire activity was reported. Residences are threatened.

North Carolina

Fires: 1

Acres: 40,704

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

Evans Road (North Carolina Division of Forest Resources): 40,704 acres at 80 percent contained. This fire is located seven miles south of Creswell. Residences are threatened.
Information: Call 919-218-3179.

Oklahoma

Fires: 1

Acres: 3,600

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

McMillen (Central and Western Office, Oklahoma Department of Forestry): 3,600 acres at 95 percent contained. This fire was previously reported as the Ravia Fire. It is located six miles northwest of Tishomingo. Structures are threatened.

Texas

Fires: 4

Acres: 3,975

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

NEW Red River Fire (Texas Forest Service): 950 acres at 50 percent contained. This fire is 22 miles northwest of Quanah. Active fire behavior was reported.
Bradley Ranch (Texas Forest Service): 1,400 acres at 95 percent contained. This fire started on private land twenty miles west of Wichita Falls.
Highway 62 (Texas Forest Service): 425 acres at 95 percent contained. This fire started on private land 16 miles southeast of Wellington.
Rock Creek (Texas Forest Service): 1,200 acres at 90 percent contained. This fire is 18 miles southeast of Vernon. Active fire behavior was reported.

Utah

Fires: 1

Acres: 246

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

NEW Bridal Falls (Uinta National Forest): 246 acres at 80 percent contained. This fire is located nine miles southwest of Pleasant Grove.

Virginia

Fires: 1

Acres: 4,664

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 0

South One (Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge): 4,664 acres at 95 percent contained. This fire is located 12 miles southeast of Suffolk. Precipitation fell on the fire yesterday.

Washington

Fires: 1

Acres: 7,729

New fires: 0

Fires contained: 1

Cold Springs (Gifford Pinchot National Forest): 7,729 acres at 98 percent contained. This fire is 40 miles northwest of Goldendale.
Information: Call (509) 395-2670 or visit the web site.
262 (Mid Columbia National Wildlife Refuge): The fire was contained at 6,054 acres.

Wyoming

Fires: 1

Acres: 1,120

New fires: 1

Fires contained: 0

WFU Fires: 1

Acres: 2,103

New WFU: 0


NEW New Fork (Bridger-Teton National Forest): 1,120 acres at zero percent contained. This fire is 15 miles north of Pinedale. Active fire behavior was reported. Structures are threatened.

Gunbarrel (Shoshone National Forest): 2,103 acres. This fire is 40 miles west of Cody. This wildland fire use is being managed to accomplish natural resource objectives.

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