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Friday, July 13, 2012

CA-MNF Mill Fire. 23,414 acres, 45% Significant growth yesterday

     Summary: The Mill Fire is burning in northwestern Colusa County on the Mendocino National Forest.  Northern California Team 2 (NorCal2), a Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Mill Fire this morning.
       The fire showed significant growth yesterday, driven by hot, dry, conditions. Growth was predominately to the east and north. Fire behavior including active torching, crown runs, and spotting up to one half mile in advance of the main fire. 
     Accessibility issues to construct direct line due to steep terrain, heavy vegetation, and fire behavior with high rates of spread with spotting. DIV T is a narrow, razorback ridge, without road access. Dozer line in place but only a single blade width in places due to terrain limitations.
     Complex burning and holding operations require the use of Type 1 crews with support from aviation assets. 
    PG&E has repaired power lines in the Fouts Springs area and plans to reenergize them today.
    Smoke: Firing operations will continue today on the southern and eastern flanks of the fire. Crews used aerial (helicopter plastic sphere dispenser) and hand ignition techniques to burn out fuels and stengthen containment lines. Fire continued to back down the slope and run uphill where slope and wind direction aligned throughout the day. Minimal fire activity occurred along the fire's northern edge.
     Firing operations on the north and east flanks of the fire were successful on Thursday. Crews secured fire lines where burn out operations occurred and completed preparations for additional burn out to the south. Structure protection is in place during burn out operations.
     Air Quality: Smoke generation from the firing operation will move into the Sacramento Valley similar to dispersion patterns on Thursday. 
    Mill Wildfire Location, Hot Spot and Perimeter Map

    Name: Mill Fire
    County: Colusa County
    Location: 10 miles west of Stonyford, Mendocino National Forest
    Administrative Unit: Mendoncino National Forest / CAL FIRE
    Status/Notes: 23,414 acres - 45% contained
    As of 7/11/2012 CAL FIRE has entered into Unified Command with the Forest Service.
    Date Started: July 7, 2012 3:00 pm
    Phone Numbers (530) 963-3128 (Mill Fire Fire Information)

    California Fire News 2012 


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