Saturday, July 31, 2010

California Wildland Fire Updates: 07/30/2010 #CaFire

California Wildland Fires today: Situation Report - Saturday, July 31, 2010 – 0530 MDT
  National Fire Activity: National Preparedness Level 2
Initial attack activity: Light (152 new fires)
New large fires:
1 (*)
Large fires contained:
Uncontained large fires:
** 8
Area Command Teams committed:
NIMOs committed:
Type 1 IMTs committed:
Type 2 IMTs committed:
Nationally, there are 54 large fires being managed to achieve multiple objectives.
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression
strategy. **


  Southern California Geographic Area: Preparedness Level II
New fires: 18
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 3
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2

Crown IC: - Los Angeles County 62 % Contained 1398 Acres
Personnel: 1300 plus
Start Date: Thursday July 29th at 2:32 pm
Last Update: July 31st at 11:30am
Fire Fuels/activity: 20+ square miles, Chaparral. Active fire behavior. Numerous structures and major transmission lines threatened. Evacuations lifted. 
Additional Information: Four residential homes destroyed.
Last nights weather allowed fire crews on the ground to continue to strengthen control west flank lines of the fire. Conditions continue to be very fluid and may change quickly based on weather factors. The threat to the power lines has decreased significantly.
Road closures and access: Access is also now open from Elizabeth Lake Road to Godde Hill and Bouquet Canyon. Access will be limited to residents only. Access continues to be limited to residents only in the following area: Godde Hill Road from Elizabeth Lake Road to 60th Street West and Avenue N.

West Fire - Kern County (CA-KRN-021461) 1,658 acres, 85% contained.
Location: 4 miles S/SE from theTehachapi community. Lat: 35° 3´ 29" Long: 118° 25´ 33"
Structures Destroyed: 41 OUTB , 23 PRIM
Overhead Team Name: Zombro(CAL FIRE)/Stevens(KRN)
Total Personnel: 1,051
Fire activity: Moderate with occasional torching.
Significant Events: No significant fire growth. Completed re-entry of displaced residents.
Remarks: Potential for spotting via wind driven brands, dust devils, and torching continues. Diminished threat to the electrical infrastructure for the city of Tehachapi, wind generator farms, and to structures.
Observed Fire Behavior: Occasional torching through pinyon pine mortality areas (40%). Smoldering with pockets of activity in 1000 hour fuels.
Planned Actions: Continue with mop-up. Demobilize excess resources to support new fires and initial attack.

Bull Fire - Sequoia NF (CA-SQF-2701) 16,460 acres, 65% percent contained.
Location: Kernville, Ca - Lat: 35° 52´ 28" Long: 118° 27´ 9"
Overhead Team Name: Rocky W. Opliger Organization: Type 1 Team
Fire activity: Creeping and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened.
Structures Threatened: 30 PRIM
Structures Destroyed: 8 PRIM , 6 OUTB
Significant Events:
Remarks: There are still forest and road closures in effect.
Observed Fire Behavior: creeping and smoldering
Planned Actions: no night shift

Briggs Fire (CA-ANF-3201) FINAL - 530 acres, 100% contained.
Location: ACTON, Ca Latitude: 34° 26´ 17" Longitude: 118° 17´ 2"Overhead Team Name: Loring Buchwald
Costs to Date: $530,000
 Significant Events: Evacuations of campground in Soledad Canyon was lifted. Soledad Canyon Road is open. 100% containment as of 1800hrs. on 07/30/2010.
Observed Fire Behavior: Minimal
Planned Actions: Continue mop up and holding operations.

  Northern California Geographic Area: Preparedness Level: III

McDonald Fire, CA-NOD, is 10,677 acres and 75 percent contained.
Swartzlander's Team

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