Thursday, August 26, 2010

Morning Report - California Wildland Fires Quick Look

Critical Fire Weather pattern for most of the west today with Red Flag Warnings for wind, RH and dry lightning. Cooler temperatures are forecasted for this weekend and should moderate wildland fire behavior and growth.

SBNF Lightning Fires - Lightning from thunderstorms across the San Bernardino National Forest on August 26, sparked several small lightning fires.
There is no immediate threat to residents in the local mountain communities and no road closures due to these incidents.
All fires are less than 1 acre in size and may be confined to a single tree or small area of ground fire.

Hawk Complex - RRU - 62 acres - 100% containment. Riverside County
Located in Southwest portion of Riverside County
This was made up of 4 fires.
Vail Fire - 25 acres
Skinner Fire - 35 acres
Kenyon Fire - 1 acre
Waldo Fire - 1 acre
Hawk Complex Fire Information:  (951) 940-6985

Curry Fire - SCU - 375 acres is 90% contained. Full containment today.
located on Curry Canyon Rd, east of Clayton (Contra Costa County). - CalFire- Link

Summit Fire (5 acres) and another un-named fire (10-15 acres)
located on the west side of the WEST FIRE.

Indian Fire CA-LNU - 363 acres, 90% contained. 
Located in Lake County, North end of Indian Valley Reservoir

Mesa Fire - CA-CNF-2665 - 90 acres, 43% contained

Post Fire - KRN - 1,000 Acres, 63%
Located in Mt. Pinos Ranger District, Los Padres National Forest, Kern County, California
Unified Command: California Inter-agency Incident Management Team 4 and Kern County Fire Department - Inciweb- Link

Blackburn Fire (CA-KRN-024656) 125 acres, 100% contained.

Pozo Fire - SLU - 1,151 acres is now 100% contained. (CA-LPF-006481)
This incident transitioned to a Type 3 Organization (Nunez, IC) today at 0600 hrs.Fire is located near the community of Pozo in northeastern San Luis Obispo County is now 100 percent contained. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Turkey Flat, Friis, Navajo, La Panza and Navajo Flat recreation areas were impacted by the fire and will remain closed until further notice.
The fire burned in dormant brush, hardwood slash, grass, brush and oaks. Ninety percent of the area affected by the Pozo Incident also burned during the Highway 58 Fire in 1996.
One hundred seventy-five personnel remain assigned to the Incident. Also on hand are one helicopter, one fixed wing aircraft, five dozers, nine water tenders, three crews and 13 engines. By the end of today, the majority of these resources will be released.
Further information contact Los Padres Field Ranger Helen Tarbet at (805) 550-1002

Sheep Fire - 2425 acresWUF

The Sheep Fire in Kings Canyon National Park has grown to 2425 acres based upon an infrared (IR) mapping mission August 24. The fire is visible in Cedar Grove. However, there are currently no threats to life or property. The park and the Sequoia National Forest are in unified command of the fire.
Fire growth has been predominately along the southern and western flanks.
Resources include the parks' Crew 91, Helicopter 552, Engine 51 (Grant Grove), and Engine 72 (Ash Mountain). Sequoia National Forest's resources include Crew 20 and Crew 2.
Additionally, three helicopters have been ordered to complete water drops along the western flank. This is in an effort to slow the fire's western growth and reduce smoke impacts. Cooler temperatures are forecasted for this weekend and should moderate fire growth.
Indirect fireline (away from the fire's edge) has been constructed on the forest to tie in the fire's western and northern edge to keep fire out of Lightning Creek drainage. Several spot fires over the Lookout Peak Ridge fireline have been handled by crews.
Inciweb - Link

Vernon Fire - YNP -160 acres. 0% - YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA

Natural Cause Wildfire

Location: The Vernon Fire is in Yosemite National Park wilderness, on the north side Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. It is approximately 3 miles north of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and 1/2 mile south of Lake Vernon. (CA)

Resources Committed
Five firefighters are assigned to the Vernon fire. Fire monitoring crews were rotated out with a fresh Yosemite crew inserted August 20, 2010. YNP Info - Link

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