Saturday, September 19, 2009

CA-RRU- Vail IC - Wildland Fire - 217 acres, 100% 15 homes lost.

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Final Update: 1300hrs -VAIL CA-RRU-82718 217 acres, 100% containment. 15 homes have been destroyed. Fire was determined to be caused by a overheated vehicle catalytic converter.

Update:
0600hrs - 348 acres with 60% containment. 5 acre spot fire about 1/2 mile north of the main fire has been located this am.


Fire is mapped at 348 acres, the forward spread of the fire has been stopped. Full containment is expected by 0800 tomorrow morning. 12 structures were lost to the fire. We are still trying to confirm the type of structures.

Evacuations:
Evacuating residents in the area of Vail Lake north to Sage Road. 50-100 residents were evacuated through the Early Warning Notification System (REVERSE 9-1-1) Two evacuation centers opened and staffed by the Red Cross, at the following locations. 1. Temecula community center 30875 Rancho Vista Rd. 2. Rancho California RV Resort Hwy 79 X Hwy 371

Road Closures: Hard road closures are in effect for Hwy 79 from Jerry Hal Rd to Woodchuck Rd. and SR3 to Sundance Meadows. These closures will remain in effect throughout the night and will be evaluated tomorrow morning.

Update: 20:30 - Fire is mapped at 348 acres, the forward spread of the fire has been stopped. Full containment is expected by 0800 tomorrow morning. 12 structures were lost to the fire. We are still trying to confirm the type of structures.
Update: 20:15 - 348 acres 50% contained.
Update: 19:35 -The fire is still holding at 217 acres and 12 structures involved
Update: 19:15 - IC estimates the size at 200 acres
Update: RRU Official Link http://bit.ly/1IX05v
Update: 1800 hrs - Hard Road closures in place on Hwy 79 S at Anza Road & North to Hwy 371.
Update: CA-RRU-Vail Hwy 371 near Vail lake Large column showing, 2 structures involved. Evacuations- Rapid ROS-potential for 400 to 600 acres

Incident Name: Vail Incident Number: CARRU-82718
Date Reported: 09/19/2009 Time Reported: 3:52 PM
Incident Type: Wildland Fire
Incident Location: Hy 79 S X Vail Lake City: Vail Lake Area
Size/Type of Fuel/etc.: Cause: Under Investigation
Loss: $0 (STR): $0 (Contents): $0 Vehicle(s): $0
Save: $0 (STR): $0 (Contents): $0 Cost to Date: $0
Injuries:
Fatalities: 0 Critical: 0 Moderate: 0 Minor: 0 Non-Injury: 0
Transported Ground AMB: 0 Air AMB: 0
Containment Time: Control Time:
Resources Assigned
Engines: 18 Breathing Supp.: 0 Helicopters: 2
Truck Co: 0 Squad: 0 Air Attack: 1
Firefighters: 115 RVC Medics: 0 Air Tankers: 2
Overhead Personnel: 12 AMB's: 1 Fire Crews: 1
Haz. Mat: No Co. Health: No County OES: Yes Fire Prev.: Yes Water Tenders: 2
Electrical Co: No Gas Co: No Water Co: No Bulldozers: 2
Red Cross: No Chaplain: No Displaced Persons: No Adult: 0 Child: 0
Misc. Equip: Sheriff's Office: Yes CHP: Yes Office: San Diego
Cooperating Agencies: American Medical Response, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Diego, California Highway Patrol – San Diego, MVU/CAL FIRE (San Diego), March ARB, Riverside County Fire Dept, Riverside County OES, Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, Temecula PD (RSO), USFS – Cleveland
Supplemental
Comments: Firefighters are on scene of a wildland fire in the area of SR 79 South and Vail Lake. The fire is approximately 10 acres with structures involved. Riverside County Sheriff's are evacuating residents in the area of Vail Lake north to Sage Road. Fire Captain and Public Information Officer Fernando Herrera is at the scene and can be reached at 760-250-9881. Updates will be posted as infomation becomes available. Please refer to the CHP website at www.chp.ca.gov under "Traffic Information" on updates regarding road closures in place on Hy 79 S at Anza Road and North to Hy 371.
Problems:
Evacuations: Yes Evacuation Comments:
Information Center: 760-250-9881 OR:
Prepared By: Jody Hagemann Prepared Date/Time: 09/19/2009 1552
Fire PIO Capt. Fernando Herrera at the scene 760-250-9881

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