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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires July 14th 2012 P.M.

 Robbers Fire: CA-NEU-Robbers #Wildfire  1,950 acres - 20% contained
Evacuations: Evacuations and structure protection continues., Evacuations remain in effect for homes off Yankee Jims Canyon & Shirttail Canyon area, as well as parts of Iowa Hill.

The following streets are evacuated: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Ln., Macy Creek, Adelin, Blind Doe, Mountain Lion, Spring Garden Rd, Log Cabin Ln, Pine Mountain Rd, Small Hope Mine Ln, Owl Creek Rd and parts of Shirttail Canyon 

Road Closures: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Rd., Shirt Tail Canyon Rd. 

 Incident Information:
Date/Time Started: July 11, 2012 3:25 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit
County: Placer County
Location: Shirt Tail Canyon Rd and Yankee Jims Rd, northwest of Foresthill
Acres Burned: 1,427 acres
Containment 1,427 acres - 20% contained
Structures Destroyed: 1 outbuilding
Threatened: 170 residences
Injuries: 8
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, local numerous fire agencies, Placer County Sheriff, CHP, CalEMA, Placer County OES, BLM, CDCR
Total Fire Personnel: 1,963 personnel
Engines: 165 engines
Fire crews: 55 crews
Airtankers: 2 air tankers
Helicopters: 14 helicopter
Dozers: 19 bulldozers
Water tenders: 17 water tenders 
Conditions: Yesterday, the fire made active runs in both the northeast and southeast section of the fire and has burned up to Brushy Creek in the Yankee Jims area. With winds coming out of the south, the fire has been burning towards the northeast.

Phone Numbers (530) 823-4083 (Robbers Fire Information Line)

Mill Fire: CA-MNF Mill Fire. 26,728 acres, 55% contained.
Continuing burnout operations on Divisions T and N. Mill Fire is burning in northwestern Colusa County on the Mendocino National Forest.
Burnout operations started yesterday and will continue today along the south and southeast flanks fo the fire. Firefighters will continue to mop up and secure containment lines on the west and southwest sides of the fire, patrol the north flank, and construct additional containment lines to the south.
Residences Threatened by area: Fouts Springs: 25; Board Camp Spring: 18; Stony Ford: 60; Century Ranch: 300

Basic Incident Information:
Name: Mill Fire
  Incident Type Wildfire
County: Colusa County
Location: 10 miles west of Stonyford, Mendocino National Forest
Administrative Unit: Mendoncino National Forest / CAL FIRE 
Incident Commander Joe Molhoek
As of 7/11/2012 CAL FIRE has entered into Unified Command with the Forest Service.
Date Started: July 7, 2012 3:00 pm
Last update: July 14, 2012 6:45 pm
Cause Under Investigation
Phone Numbers (530) 963-3128 (Mill Fire Fire Information)  

Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,664
Size 25,578 acres
Percent Contained 50%
Estimated Containment Date Friday July 20th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved The fire is burning in timber (litter and understory) and heavy mixed brush.
Fire Behavior: The main fire continued to back downhill toward indirect control lines.
Significant Events: Firing operations will continue on the southeast flank of the fire working toward completing containment lines. Crews completed indirect line prep; a hose lay supported by pumps is in place to assist with critical holding points along a razor back ridge top. Aircraft were used to check main fires advance and prep ridges with water drops. The north flank of the fire has been mopped up a minimum of 300 feet and continue to be patrolled and secured by resources. Completed firing operations from last night's operations are in the process of being mopped up and secured.

Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue burnout operations on the southeast end of the fire during the morning hours to continue burnout operations, weather permitting. Continued mop up of burnout will continue to further secure and hold lines. Continued patrol and mop up along the north flank of the fire is planned.
Growth Potential : Mill Fire has high potential for growth.
Terrain Difficulty: The difficulty of the terrain is high.

Flat Fire: CA-SHF Flat Fire,  1,200 acres, 50% contained.
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: The Flat Fire continues to burn within the Trinity River Management Unit of the Shasta Trinity National Forest in the community of Del Loma. A Northern California Interagency Incident Management is in command of the fire. Structure Protection continues to be in place around the community of Del Loma and some isolated structures in the area. Crews are working 24 hours a day to construct fireline to contain this fire and protect structures. 
Location: Hwy 299, near the Hayden Flat Campground, Northwest of Del Loma
Administrative Unit: Shasta-Trinity National Forest
Date Started: July 11, 2012 5:03 pm
Last update: July 12, 2012 12:15 pm

Basic Information
Name: Flat Fire 
Incident Type Wildfire
County: Trinity County 
Location Highway 299, two miles west of Del Loma
Date of Origin Wednesday July 11th, 2012 approx. 05:03 PM
Cause Under Investigation
Incident Commander Paul Whitcome

Current Situation
Total Personnel 398
Size 1,066 acres
Percent Contained 30%
Estimated Containment Date Friday July 20th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved: Timber with Hardwood litter and grass
Fire Behavior: Valley smoke and light winds are limiting fire behavior to moderate rate of spread with single and group tree torching and short range spotting. Backing and flanking fire occurred during the night.

Significant Events
Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (Whitcome) took command of the fire at 0600 hours July 13, 2012.
 The fire continues to affect Highway 299 in the Del Loma area. The road is open with one-way traffic control with a pilot car. Full closure may be required at any from time to time as needed for firefighter and public safety

Outlook/Planned Actions
Continue direct and indirect line construction. Continue structure protection around the community of Del Loma and isolated private residences. If conditions are favorable, initiate burnout of remaining fuels in Division Z to secure indirect ridge top fireline.
Growth Potential: High
Terrain Difficulty: Extreme

Weather Forecast: Wind speed: 10 mph Temperature: 98 Wind Direction: south Relative Humidity: 18%
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 2 mph NE
Temperature 59 degrees
Humidity 54%

Chantilly Fire: CA-RFD-Chantilly Fire 60 acres, 50+%
CAL FIRE is assisting the City Of Redding with the Chantilly Fire, Chantilly Lane and Kenyon Drive (Shasta County).vegetation fire that broke out this afternoon in south Redding has burned 60 acres and was 50 percent contained as of 3:40 p.m.
 Some 60 homes had been threatened, said Redding battalion chief Steven Reilly, but flames burned only one outbuilding.
 The two-alarm vegetation fire was reported about 2:25 p.m. off Chantilly Lane near Kenyon Drive in south Redding. Flames were spreading rapidly and the fire grew to 35 acres by 3:15 p.m.
 Redding police are asking people to stay away from the Country Heights subdivision and make way for fire crews.

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