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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today July 14th 2012

 Light initial attack yesterday throughout California. No Current NWS Fire Weather Watches / Warnings Issued For Today. 

Weather: Another warm, dry day but cooler with higher humidity. Winds will generally be light and diurnally driven through the weekend. Things may change on Monday though as a low pressure system drops into Oregon. This will likely bring stronger Southwest winds in Monday afternoon possibly 10-15 mph. 
California Wildfires Location Map
July 14th 2012
OSCC GACC South Op's: Light initial attack today throughout the GACC In the last operational period several thousand lightning strikes were detected, mostly east side San Bernardino Mountains into Mohave Desert. All were wet. As of 7-13-12 0800 no large fires reported.

ONCC GACC North Op's: Light initial attack in the Geographic Area today; no new large fires reported.

CA-NEU Robbers Fire. 1,427 acres, 20% contained. 
Growth Potential High. 
 The fire is burning in heavy brush and timber in steep terrain where travel is slow and difficult, with limited turnouts, and bridges with weight limitations. Fuels are receptive and available to burn. Spotting continues on north and east sides of the fire. In addition we are experiencing increased frequency of town hall meetings and VIP visits to the incident.
 Continuing primary and contingency control line construction. Goal is to keep it out of American River Canyon.
 Grass Valley Air Attack Base provided 108,000 gallons of retardant 7-12.

 
Evacuations: 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
Today, the Red Cross moved the Evacuation Center to the Foresthill High School Gym.
Road Closures: Just Rd., Big Dipper Rd., Glory Mound Rd., Kings Hill Rd., Brushy Bear Rd., Brushy Creek Rd., Shirt Tail Canyon Rd.

Report on Conditions: The fire has 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


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: 1,300 acres
Containment 1,300 acres - 10% contained
Threatened: 170 residences
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, local numerous fire agencies, Placer County Sheriff, CHP, CalEMA, Placer County OES, BLM, CDCR
Total Fire Personnel: 1,626 personnel
Engines: 165 engines
Fire crews: 56 crews
Helicopters: 1 helicopter
Dozers: 19 bulldozers
Water tenders: 17 water tenders 


CA-SHF Flat Fire. 1,066 acres, 30% contained on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. 

 WildFire burning along Highway 299 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. Steep rocky terrain and burning rolling material. Dense smoke over fire area until afternoon limits air operations. Major recreation activity along the Trinity River corridor could be negatively affected. Transmission lines in the area.
 Direct and indirect line construction continues. Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (Whitcome) took command of the fire at 0600 hours July 13, 2012.

Report on Conditions:  The Flat Fire is now at 1,066 acres with a 30 percent containment. Fire at this time continues to spread upslope to the north and cross slope to the east. Traffic control continues to be in place in both directions. Motorists are advised that the highway could be closed due to fire, smoke, or rolling debris along the highway. Motorists are also advised to travel with extra caution due to smoke and emergency vehicles along the 299 corridor.

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

Current Situation
Total Personnel 395
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 - Moderate rate of spread with single and group tree torching and short range spotting.

Significant Events
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. Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (Whitcome) took command of the fire at 0600 hours July 13, 2012.

Outlook / Planned Actions
Continue line construction. 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 6 mph S
Temperature 98 degrees
Humidity 18%


CA-MNF Mill Fire. 25,578 acres, 50% contained. Mendocino National Forest - Continuing burnout operations. 
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Mill Fire Morning Update--July 14, 2012I
CA-MNF Mill Fire. 25,578 acres, 50% contained. 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. Potential switch in wind direction may impact burnout operations with a NW wind enhancing southerly movement of fire edge toward indirect control lines in Divisions N and T. Smoke generation from the firing operation expected to switch directions to the South moving into the Sacramento Valley. Local impacts from dispersion expected in local area.
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Mill Fire Evening Update--July 13, 2012 25,534 acres, 50% contained. 
Incident: Mill Fire Wildfire, Stonyford, California
Released: 4 hrs. ago
NorCal2 Type II InteragencyIncident Management Team
Mill Fire Update July 13,2012, 8:00 pm
The Mill Fire is in Unified Commandwith CAL FIRE and Northern California Incident Management Team 2.
Summary: Firefighters conducted successful burningoperations today and continue to make good progress. Burning operations will continue tonight asconditions permit. Steep, rugged terrainand fire behavior make it too dangerous for firefighters to go direct along theuncontained fire edge.

Road Closure: Beginning today, July 14 at 7:00am, Goat Mountain Roadwill be closed to everyone entering. This will be in effect for a minimum of two days. This closure is for firefighter and publicsafety. Fire crews will be working onthis narrow road and rolling rocks and debris may make travel dangerous.

Although the local air districts have lifted air qualityalerts, residents should still be aware of smoke impacts.

Time/Date Started:July 7, 2012
Location: MendocinoNational Forest, north and east of Letts Lake
Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Timber,brush
Size: 25,534acres
Injuries: 3
Containment: 50%
Structures Destroyed:5 outbuildings
Cost: $7,300,000
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Report on Conditions: The Flat Fire is now at 1,066 acres with a 30 percent containment. Fire at this time continues to spread upslope to the north and cross slope to the east. Traffic control continues to be in place in both directions. Motorists are advised that the highway could be closed due to fire, smoke, or rolling debris along the highway. Motorists are also advised to travel with extra caution due to smoke and emergency vehicles along the 299 corridor.

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

Current Situation
Total Personnel 395
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 - Moderate rate of spread with single and group tree torching and short range spotting

Significant Events - 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. Northern California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 (Whitcome) took command of the fire at 0600 hours July 13, 2012.

Outlook / Planned Actions - Continue line construction. 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 DifficultyExtreme

FORECAST WEATHER FOR JULY 14 Wind speed: 10 mph Temperature: 98 Wind Direction: south Relative Humidity: 18%
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 6 mph S
Temperature 98 degrees
Humidity 18%

Mendocino National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
825 N. Humboldt Avenue
Willows, CA 95988
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