Friday, July 31, 2009

News and Notes: California Fire Situation 07-31-09

Type I IMT - National Rotation
* 2 hr: California
* 8 hr: Southern
* 24 hr: Southwest

Type II IMT - Regional Rotation
* 2 hr: NC
* 8 hr: SC

Type I IMT - Regional Rotation
* 2 hr McGowan
* 8 hr: Molumby
* 24 hr: Pincha Tulley

Type II IMT - Local Rotation
* 2 hr: Swarztlander
* 8 hr: Molhoek

Southern California Area (PL 2)
New fires: 18
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1
Knight, Stanislaus NF. IMT2 (Johnson). Ten miles north of Twain Harte, CA. Timber and brush. Active fire behavior. Residences threatened.

Southern California GACC - OSCC - News and Notes:
07/30/09 1000 - Wildcat CA-YNP-2968 Fire is 300 acres 0% MMA burning on the north side of the Toulumne River between Return Creek and Register Creek. Fire behavior was moderate to high intensity and experienced short uphill runs in brush and timber with windy conditions. Incident is a wildland fire that is managed for resource benefits

07/30/09 1000 - Knight, CA-STF-002207, Incident is Unified Command (Johnson-USFS / Millar-CALFIRE). The fire is 1643 acres with 10% containment and is located south of the Middle Fork of Stanislaus River, Tuolumne County. Anticipate completion of constructed contingency lines today. A significant firing operation is being planned to start once all the line construction is completed. The projected final acreage is about 6132 acres. Total personnel assigned 1,016

Northern California GACC - ONCC - News and Notes:
07/30/09 1800 - Lightning has resulted in several starts today. The activity continues through this evening.
7/29/09 1725 - New starts across the GACC today, approximately 20 fires have been reported following 2 days of lightning activity. Lightning remains in the forecast for the next two days. Fire danger indicies continue to climb above the 90th percentiles toward record levels, indicating an increase in control issues and demand for resurces to staff incidents.

National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Moderate (206 new fires)
New large fires: 9 (*)
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires : ** 20
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 0
Type 2 IMTs committed: 8
Nationally, there are 63 large fires being managed with minimal or no resource
commitment that are not shown on today’s report.
** Uncontained large fires do not include confine/contain and
resource benefit incidents. **
Link to Geographic Area daily reports.


  1. why can't I find anything about the fire that occurred July 30, 2009 up near Prather and Auberry on Lodge Road and Whispering Springs

  2. Possibly the "Lodge" Fire - The "Lodge" fire broke out around 1 p.m. near Whispering Springs and Lodge, near Sierra High School.

    Six engines were sent out to fight the 30 acre blaze; fortunately no one was injured in the fire and no structures were damaged.

    Though the fire is listed as being 100% contained, crews remain on the fire line Friday, patrolling the burn, extinguishing all smoldering vegetation and reinforcing the containment line around the fire.

    Meanwhile, Cal Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire and are hoping for the public's help in doing so.

    Anyone with information regarding the blaze is being urged to call 1-800-852-7799. - We do not cover every fire too many and not enough help.


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