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Friday, July 20, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today

Large MODIS Fire Map
This map depicts fire activity as detected by MODIS over the last 6, 12 and 24 hours since 7 AM MDT on 7/20/2012

Weather: No Current Fire Weather Watches or Warnings
 NWS Current Fire Weather Watches / Warnings


CA-NOD Spanish Fire: 1,169 acres and 75% contained as of 0600 this morning. Active fire behavior until midnight, then high humidity recovery helped moderate fire behavior. Line construction and improvement continuing today.

CA-NEU Robbers Fire: 2,650 acres, 100% contained. All areas of the fire have been re- populated.
 Line improvement and heavy mop-up continues.  Fire line repair is underway in all areas of the fire.  Firefighters continue fire suppression efforts, strengthening fire lines. Smoke may be visible as unburned areas of brush, within containment lines, periodically burn.
Evacuations: All evacuations are lifted, however the roads remain closed except to residents with valid ID. 
 The Evacuation Shelter at Foresthill High School is now closed.
Road Closures: At 10 am this morning, all road closures will be open to residents with valid ID. 
Residents of the Foresthill Communities are requested to not travel west into the canyon on Yankee Jims Road until further notice, due to continuing fireline and road rehabilitation. 
 Basic Incident Information:
Last Updated: July 20, 2012 8:45 am
Date/Time Started: July 11, 2012 3:24 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: 2,650 acres
Containment 2,650 acres - 90% contained
Full containment expected on July 21, 2012.
Structures Destroyed: 1 residence & 4 outbuildings
Threatened: 170 residences
Injuries: 12
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Placer County Sheriff, Placer County OES, Placer County Animal Control, California National Guard, CHP, CalEMA, BLM, CDCR, State Parks, and BOR.
Total Fire Personnel: 912 personnel
Engines: 46 engines
Fire crews: 22 crews
Helicopters: 15 helicopters
Dozers: 7 bulldozers
Water tenders: 18 water tenders
Conditions: Favorable weather conditions continue to aid firefighters in strengthening and holding fire lines. Unburned areas of brush, within containment lines, may continue to periodically burn.
Significant Events: Mop up continues in Indian Creek drainage. Crews made significant progress on the southeast and northeast sides of the fire. Containment percentages have gone up and fire lines are holding.
 Demobilization will continue today , Extended mop up and suppression repair.
Observed Fire Behavior: Decrease in temperatures and increase in humidities moderated fire behavior. In isolated areas, reburns are occurring in the locations where the initial fire did not consume the entire fuel bed. Fingers and islands are still a potential threat to existing control lines
Planned Actions: Crews will continue to strengthen control lines along Indian Creek and below Haymes Mine. Mop up and patrol will continue. Improvement of Refuge Creek road will continue. The fire line suppression repair plan will be in affect on the west, south, and east sides of the fire. Crews will working with allied agencies to implement the re-population plan.
Phone Numbers (530) 823-4083 (Robbers Fire Information Line)

CA-MNF Mill Fire: 29,052 acres, 100% contained. Mop-up and suppression repair will continue. MILL CA-MNF-001109 


Euclid Fire 
CA-RRU- Euclid Fire is now 75% contained. Full containement still expected by 5:00 p.m. 7/20/2012. 
Name: Euclid Fire 
County: Riverside County 
Location: Hwy 71 north of Hwy 91, Prado Basin Area 
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire 
Status/Notes: 60 acres - 40% contained 
Date Started: July 18, 2012 2:55 pm 

CA-KRN- Sand Fire: 1428 acres, 95% contained. Full containment expected today, after Sunday July 22, this fire will no 

longer be staffed with fire personnel unless significant events occur.
Name: Sand - CA-KRN-22306 

Location:  Kern County, WB Hwy 58 X Sand Canyon, East of Tehachapi.
 Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM
Observed Fire Behavior: Creeping, with occasional
 roll out. Line contruction progress abated need for evacuation.
Planned Actions: Complete line construction in Waterfall Canyon and mop up

CA-KNP- Woods Creek Fire: 325 acres, 90% contained. In Cedar Grove, Sequoia-Kings N. P. CA-KNP-0072 Woods Creek Drainage 8 miles ENE of Roads End in Cedar Grove.
Cost to date: $150,000
Observed Fire Behavior: Minimal smoke and fire behavior.
Planned Actions: Hold, monitor and control.

CA-SLU- Calf Fire 3 miles E/O Santa Margarita of Hwy 58 Fire has burned 640 acres - 100% contained.  Firefighters continue to strenghten containment lines around the fire. Mop-up and patrol continue. Demobilization of resources continues.
Parkhill Road, between Hwy 58 and Seven Oaks Rd has been reopened.

Other Comments: NICC National Preparedness Level is reduced to 3 (PL3).


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