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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CA-BDF-Panorama Fire heat sends firefighters to hospital

 Final Update: Panorama Fire CA-BDF-10130 San Bernardino County Waterman Canyon, N. of City of San Bernardino. 75 acres, 70% contained. Voluntary evacuations lifted. On Monday there were four firefighter heat-related injuries.

Evacuations: Voluntary evacuations have been lifted for residents in Waterman Canyon.
Closures: SR18 has been re-opened, but southbound traffic is reduced to one lane.

Basic Information
Name: Panorama Fire
Incident Type: Wildfire - Brush
Date of Origin: Monday July 09th, 2012 approx. 01:54 PM
Location: Waterman Canyon, San Bernardino County, State Highway 18 in Waterman Canyon near Panorama Point. 34.2 latitude, -117.283 longitude
Incident Commander: Unified Command BDF, SBFD
Administrative Unit: San Bernardino National Forest
Weather: Triple digit Temps and single digits humidity predicted.
Terrain: Very Steep, rugged
Cause: The cause of the fire is under investigation. If you have any information please call the San Bernardino City Fire Department at 909-384-5777. 

Summary: The Panorama Fire started at 1:54 pm on Monday July 9th. It burned 75 acres above State Highway 18 in Waterman Canyon near Panorama Point. It is currently at 70% containment. Today firefighters will be completing and improving containment lines and mopping up hotspots within the interior of the burn. On Monday there were four firefighter heat-related injuries."Firefighters did an excellent job today, considering the high temperatures and low humidity in Southern California today. We want to remind the public to be extra cautious, and report any suspicious activity," District Ranger Gabe Garcia said in a press release Monday.
The blaze scorched the same area as the devastating 1980 Panorama Fire, which destroyed more than 300 homes. 
Current Situation
Total Personnel: Demob in progress <100, 3 hand crews, 4 engines, 2 water tenders, 1 helicopter, air tankers available. The U.S. Forest Service, San Bernardino City Fire Department, San Bernardino County Fire Department and other fire agencies responded, sending 263 firefighters to the blaze, the forest service site reported on Monday.
Size: 75 acres
Percent Contained: 70%
Estimated Containment Date: Tuesday July 10th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: chaparral
Significant Events: On Monday there were four firefighter heat-related injuries.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Firefighters are working to create fireline around the fire perimeter and knocking down hotspots within the fire interior.
Growth Potential: Forward rate of spread stopped.
Terrain Difficulty: steep and rugged
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 5 mph SW
Temperature 102 degrees
Humidity 15%

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