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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

CA-MNF Mill #Wildfire 13,000 acres, 20% (Map)

  Mill Fire is burning in northwestern Colusa County on the Mendocino National Forest.

Update: 07/10/2012 1810 CA-MNF Mill Fire. 16,000 acres, 30% contained.
 CA-MNF Mill Fire. 13,000 acres, 20% contained.  Northern California Team 2 (NorCal2), a Type 2 Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the Mill Fire this morning. Fire continued to burn actively into the night with downslope winds and moderate humidity recovery. Short range spotting was observed where terrain and wind were in alignment.Continue structure protection within the communities of Fouts Springs and Stonyford. Maintain control lines in place continuing to secure and mop up. Initiate line construction where feasible utilizing direct and indirect tactics. Continue to scout areas for potential line construction along the South Flank of the fire.

 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.

Incident Type Wildfire
Cause: Under Investigation
Date of Origin: Saturday July 07th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Location: 10 miles west of Stonyford, CA Latitude: 39.32, Longitude: -122.71   
Incident Commander: Joe Molhoek

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 917
Size: 13,000 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

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