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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Scorpion Complex - Wildland Fires - 2900 acres, 10%

Scorpion Complex Modoc National Forest Incident Overview

Friday evening at around 6:15, four fires broke out almost simultaneously on the Modoc National Forest about 20 miles southeast of the city of Tulelake.

Named the Scorpion Complex, three of the four fires total just over 2900 acres. 
The smallest fire, Track, was only .1 acres and has been contained.
Of the remaining three fires, Scorpion is currently at 1587 acres, Mammoth has burned 1351 acres and Point is listed at 5 acres.
The fire was declared 10% contained at noon on Saturday. The causes of the fires are under investigation.

Incident commander Tyler Otterson, stated Saturday that aggressive suppression efforts are focused on perimeter containment of the fires to reduce the potential threat of spread. Mop-up operations will continue until the fires are declared controlled. As of noon on Saturday there have been no injuries and no evacuations have been ordered.

Cooperating and assisting agengies:BLM, Cal Fire, National Park Service, Burlington-Northern RR, PGE, Tulelake Fire

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Friday July 15th, 2011 approx. 06:45 PM
Location Scorpion Point 10 miles North of Tionesta
GPS 41.805 latitude, -121.363 longitude
Incident Commander Tyler Otterson

Current Situation
Total Personnel 225 - The following resources are committed to the Scorpion Complex: 200 personnel 20 engines 3 dozers 3 water tenders 2 helicopters 2 air tankers
Size 2,944 acres
Percent Contained 10%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday July 20th, 2011 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved 10 Timber ( litter and Understory )Timber, Brush and Juniper
Fire Behavior Short Duration fire runs, Fire behavior moderated overnight with some movement to the Northeast.
Outlook/Planned Actions Continue line construction; holding and patrol/mop up. Keep fire away from powerlines and assess structure threat as needed. Protect historic sites.
Concerns A .500 KV power line remains an area of concern and no structures are threatened.
Growth Potential High
Terrain Difficulty High
Current Weather   Cooler weather with higher humidity is expected over the weekend with a 10% chance of rain. Firefighters are preparing for potentially erratic winds from forecasted thunderstorms.
Wind Conditions 7-15 mph SW
Temperature 75 degrees

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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