Monday, September 29, 2008

CA-LPF-Chalk - Wildland Fire - 1,708 acres - 5%

Los Padres National Forest Wildland Fire growing

Chalk Fire Update: 08-30-08 - 08:30 hrs - South Ops OSCC News and Notes:
(CA-LPF-2754) is 5% contained after burning 1,708 acres. People are advised to evacuate the Dempsey Flat area and the Beiar Property. There is a large volume of dead and down material in the fire fuel bed of Oak woodland and pockets of timber. There is no prior recorded fire history in this area.

Chalk Fire
Update: 08-29-08 - 19:00 hrs - South Ops OSCC News and Notes:
(CA-LPF-2754) has burned 1,708 acres and is 5% contained. There is potential for fire spread in all directions with frequent spotting up to a 1/8 mile. Access to the fire is a concern with steep rugged terrain. The fire is burning in the Ventana Wilderness and evacuation orders are in place. Rollout significantly contributes to downhill spread.

Chalk Fire Update: 08-29-08 - 12:15 hrs - South Ops OSCC News and Notes:
(CA-LPF-2754), The fire continued to be very active last night with spotting and intense uphill runs on the northeast side.
Crews worked through the night constructing control lines. The fire has a high potential to move extremely quickly and erratically and the terrain is very steep.
Today crews will continue to construct hand line to keep the fire north of Prewitt Ridge, west of Del Venturi Road, south of the San Vicente Trail to San Antonio Trail and east of Highway 1. Crews will be supported by helicopters and air tankers.

Evacuations: Update: 08-30-08 - 08:30 hrs - People are advised to evacuate the Dempsey Flat area and the Beiar Property.
The Monterey County Sheriff issued Mandatory Evacuation Order for the immediate fire area south of Chalk Peak and South Coast Ridge Road. Approximately 7 homes, 1 commercial property and 4 outbuildings are within the evacuation area. An Evacuation Advisory is in place for the Lucia, Mill Creek, Hare Creek and Limeklin State Park. The advisory warns residents to be prepared to evacuate should an order be issued.
Highway, Road and Area Closures:
Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and South Coast Ridge Road are closed. Highway 1 is open.

Editors thoughts: Looks to be going big...All the way out to highway 1?

California Fire news - Chalk Fire perimeter topo mapChalk Fire perimeter topographic map
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Chalk Fire perimeter location map
Chalk Fire perimeter location map
Los Padres National Forest Wildland Fire
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Chalk Fire perimeter satellite mapChalk Fire perimeter satellite map
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HMS 2008-09-28 454 (GMT); Thermal MODIS 2008-09-29 550 (GMT); Fire Perimeters 2008-09-26; Sit Reports 2008-09-28

Evacuations - Evacuations were called for 3 parcels of private land within the national forest, in the area of Prewitt Ridge, Alms Ridge and Mill Creek for a total of 20 residences. It appears that most of the residents have chosen not to evacuate. As a precautionary measure, 3 National Forest Campgrounds southwest of the fire have been advised to evacuate. Other rural residences and private inholdings may need to be evacuated.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildland Fire
Cause: Under Investigation
Date of Origin: Saturday September 27th, 2008 aprox 07:30 PM
Location: Los padres National forest - 22 miles west of King City / 2 miles east of Highway 1, Monterey Road both sides of Coast Ridge Trail south of Nacimiento Ferguson Road.
Incident Commander - Mike Kremke - USFS - Currently transitioning to
Commander Jim Smith (USFS), of Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team 7. The Incident Command Post is at Ft. Hunter Liggett. which will be taking command of the Chalk Fire.
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 518+
Size: 925 acres
Percent Contained: 5%
Fuels Involved: Oak and brush. Large volume of dead and down material in fire fuel bed. No prior recorded fire history in area of involvement.
Fire Behavior: Short range crown fires observed. Spotting ahead of the fire up to 300 feet.
Significant Events:
Planed Actions: Continue to hold and burn out the South Coast Ridge Road. Burn out dozer line constructed from Highway 1 from Prewitt Ridge west to Highway 1.
Growth Potential: High
Terrain Difficulty: Extreme (steep, rugged)

Current Wind Conditions 5-7 mph S
Current Temperature 73 degrees
Current Humidity 20 %

Partial committed resources list:

Engines: 36 - Charlie Strike teams: CNF, BEU, TNF, ANF-1610C, BDF-6609C.
Crews: 20
Hand crews: ST9394G from SLU, Kern Valley IHC, El Cariso IHC, Vandenberg IHC, Fulton IHC, Springville RHC, 3 crews from Gabilan Camp(Some food?)
Hotshot crews: CNF Laguna, BDF Del Rosa , LPF, ANF Bear Divide,
Dozers: 7 - CFP Dozers- 7755, 7756, 7757, 7758
Helicopters: 9 - Copter 531, C-406
Air Tankers: 8 - HT 720, , T-55, T-10, T-23, T-25, T-910,

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