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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Flat Fire: CA-SHF Flat Fire, 1712 acres, 70% contained.

Update: 7-15-12 1830hrs - CA-SHF Flat Fire. 1712 acres, 70% contained. Some Demob occurring.

Flat Fire Location, Perimeter, and Hot Spot Map
Road Closures: Hwy 299 remains open to 1-way controlled traffic. Motorists are advised that the highway is open with one-way controlled traffic with a Pilot Car through the fire area. Motorists are further advised that the highway could close at times due to fire activity. Motorists are advised to use caution while driving through the area due to limited visibility from smoke and emergency crews working in the area.

Summary: Fire Fire behavior increased yesterday afternoon as local winds moved the smoke out of the fire area. The main fire continues to slowly spread upslope and up canyon to the north and east cross slope. Today crews will be lighting low intensity burnout operatins of remaining interior fuels to help strengthen ridgetop firelines in Divisions B and Z. Fire from the low intensity burnout operations will continue to back slowly downhill towards the main fire. These operations will result in increased smoke production in the Trinity River drainage and may impact communities along the river. Highway 299 continues to have traffic control with a pilot car due to rolling rocks and burning debris.

Problems /Concerns: Steep rocky terrain and burning rolling material. Interior fire is burning above Highway 299 which is a major route for commerce, recreation, and commuters. Traffic control is in place but could be closed due to fire, smoke, and rolling debris along highway. Major recreation activity along the Trinity River corridor could be negatively affected. Transmission lines and domestic water supply in the area.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Administrative Unit: Shasta-Trinity National Forest 
Date Started: July 11, 2012 5:03 pm 
Last update: July 12, 2012 12:15 pm 
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Wednesday July 11th, 2012 approx. 05:03 PM
Location Highway 299, two miles west of Del Loma, 
near the Hayden Flat Campground, Northwest of Del Loma  
Incident Commander Paul Whitcome

Current Situation
Total Personnel 630
Size 1,556 acres
Percent Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday July 18th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM

Fuels Involved: Timber with Hardwood litter and grass
Fire Behavior: Backing, flanking and short uphill runs with moderate rates of spread, single group tree torching and short range spotting up to 1/4 mile.

Significant Events: Highway 299 continues to have traffic control with pilot car due to rolling rocks and burning debris. A eight acre slopover occurred last evening along Division Z when the main fire made an uphill run towards the ridgetop fireline.

Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue improving direct and indirect line construction. Continue structure protection and mop up around community of Del Loma and isolated private residences in Division A. Continue burnout of remaining interior fuels to strengthen ridgetop firelines in Division's B and Z.

Growth Potential: High
Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Remarks: A firefighter had an allergic reaction to a bee sting and was treated and released.

Current Weather
Wind Conditions 2 mph NE
Temperature 57 degrees
Humidity 70%


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