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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

CA-SQF-Breckenridge Complex 29,383 acres 40%

 Incident Overview

 Cooler, moister weather last night aided crews in fire suppression efforts. Firefighters continue to make progress in line construction. Hand crews, engine crews, and air support are in place for structure protection for several structures that are in the area of the fire. Steep terrain continues to hamper firefighting efforts as the fire moves to the east onto the Sequoia National Forest.
The Breckenridge Complex Fires started September 10, 2011 in the early morning hours from a dry lightening storm. The Breckenridge Complex Fires started as three separate fires; the Spring Fire, the Cottonwood Fire, and the Milano Fire. The three fires have now burned together.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSaturday September 10th, 2011 approx. 12:00 AM
LocationHwy 178 and the Lower Kern River Canyon
GPS 35.395 latitude, -118.64 longitude
Incident CommanderCooper / Zombro

Current Situation

Total Personnel575
Size29,383 acres
Percent Contained40%
Estimated Containment DateSaturday September 17th, 2011 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
5 Brush (2 Feet) Grass, Light to Medium Brush.
Fire Behavior
Fire continues to stay active on the east flank burning onto the Sequoia National Forest. Fire had a few interior slope driven rus throughout the night. Significant runs have been observed as the fire continues to spot to the east.
Significant Events
Black line on Divisions A and Z


Planned Actions
Continue to line patrol and mop-up.
Growth Potential
Terrain Difficulty
Medium Steep inaccessible terrain continues to hamper crews on the east flank.
The South Central Sierra IMT took over command of the Breckenridge Complex at 0600 on September 12. The incident is in Unified Command with CAL-FIRE/KERN County Fire, USFS, and BLM. The three original fire have burned together and the fire continues to move east.

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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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