Wednesday, August 19, 2009

News and Notes: California Fire Situation 08-19-09

National Fire Activity - National Preparedness Level 3

Initial attack activity: Light (82 new fires)
New large fires: 1 (*)
Large fires contained: 1
Uncontained large fires : ** 14
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2
Nationally, there are 101 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.

National Notes: A Type 1 Incident Management Team (Molumby) is assigned to the Terrace Mountain fire north of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.
Twenty smokejumpers are assigned to Fort St. John, British Columbia.

Type I IMT - National Rotation
* 2 hr. California
* 8 hr: Northwest
* 24 hr: Rocky Basin

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

Type I IMT - Regional Rotation
* 2 hr: Dietrich
* 8 hr: McGowan
* 24 hr: Opliger

Type II IMT - Local Rotation
* 2 hr: Woychak
* 8 hr: Wakoski


Southern California Area (PL 2)

LA BREA
CA-LPF-002631 88,661 acres [793 is SRA], 75% contained. Due to successful suppression actions there was very little fire activity last night. There was some slow fire spread in the southern part of the fire near the top of the Sierra Madre Ridge where active backing and flanking occurred along isolated sections. Total personnel are 1,505.

Northern California Area (PL 4)

New fires: 12
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 3
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1

WX: HOT SPELL CONTINUES TODAY- SISKIYOU COUNTY AND MODOC COUNTIES

The Lockheed Incident, CA-CZU is 7,243 acres with 80 percent containment. San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit, Cal Fire. Cal Fire IMT1 (Hutchinson). Four miles northwest of Boulder Creek, CA. Timber and brush. Moderate fire activity.

The Yuba Incident, CA-NEU, is 3,811 acres with 50 percent containment. Yuba, Nevada-Yuba Placer Unit, Cal Fire. Cal Fire IMT1 (Lewin). Three miles northeast of Dobbins, CA. Timber, chaparral and grass. Active fire behavior. Residences, powerhouse and transmission lines threatened. Incident commander Rob Lewin, a division chief with Cal Fire in San Luis Obispo, said conditions improved enough for the agency to lift voluntary evacuations on several roads in and around Dobbins.

The Elephant Incident, CA-PNF, is 220 acres with 60 percent containment. Plumas NF. IMT2 (Swartzlander). Twenty-five miles north of Oroville, CA. Timber. Moderate fire
activity.

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