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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quick Look California Wildfires Today - 50 new fires on state and federal land.

No Red Flag Warnings or Watches
SOPS Weather: The ridge of high pressure over California will weaken bringing a slow cooling trend to most of the region through Friday. Maximum
temperatures over the warmer valley locations will be in the mid 90s today. Temperatures will warm slowly over most of the region Saturday
through early next week as the ridge of high pressure strengthens. Humidity will be very low with widespread single digits and teens above and
inland from the marine layer through early next week. The marine layer will remain at around 2,000 feet deep through early next week. A 10 to
20 mph onshore breeze will develop each afternoon through early next week. No shower or thunderstorm activity is anticipated over the region
through early next week. END/Shameson
NOPS Weather: Isolated to scattered showers or thunderstorms will occur mainly over the eastern half of North Ops today, including the eastern Sacramento Valley. There is also a rather small chance we will also see isolated late afternoon/evening thunderstorms over the western mountains from about Alder Springs to the Trinity Alps. The small low and monsoon moisture causing all the action will be slowly moving eastward today and this evening. Most thunderstorms are expected to have some rain, even locally heavy at times. Tuesday will see drier, more stable SW flow over the region with cooler temperatures. Wednesday through Friday will be noticeably cooler with the warmest inland valleys mostly in the lower to mid 90s. Some areas will also have poor to moderate humidity recovery later this week as well.

Active California Wildland Fires
Amador Lightning Complex: 79 acres - 30% contained.
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 7:45 pm
Date/Time Started: July 22, 2012 11:30 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit
County: Amador and El Dorado Counties
Location: across Amador and El Dorado counties
Acres Burned: 79 acres
Containment 16 fires totaling 79 acres - 30% contained
Cause: Lightning
Total Fire Personnel: 304
Engines: 17
Fire crews: 12
Airtankers: 1
Helicopters: 4
Dozers: 2
Water tenders: 9
Conditions: The Amador-El Dorado Unit of CAL FIRE experienced extreme lightning activity Sunday July 22, 2012 and Monday July 23, 2012. There were 1848 lightning strikes in a 12 hour period beginning at 8 p.m. on July 22. Currently there are 16 fires between El Dorado and Amador County with 30% containment. Total acres for all 16 fires is 79 acres.
Grizzly Fire - 7 acres and 60% contained
Farnham, Iowa and Fresh Fire(s) - 4 acres and 60% contained
Pony Fire - 1 acre and 0% contained
Dove, Roades, and Scott Fire(s) - 3 acres and 50% contained
Electra Fire - 28 acres and 35% contained
Omo #1, Omo #2, Ridge Fire(s) - 4 acres and 60% contained
Coyoteville Fire - 13 acres and 60% contained
Mountain and Schools Fire(s) - 2 acres and 60% contained
Scott Fire - 5 acres and 60% contained
Black Oak Fire- 10 acres and 60% contained Access is difficult and slow, with steep terrain and heavy, dense vegetation. Expected containment is July 26, 2012.--------------------------------------------
Northern Region Lightning:  50 new fires on state and federal land.
 Largest fire is 10 acres 

Name: Northern Region Lightning
County: Multiple Counties
Location: Areas of northern California (State and Federal Lands)
Administrative Unit: Multiple CAL FIRE Units
Status/Notes: Approximately 2,400 lightning strikes in the past 24 hours.
over 50 new fires on state and federal land. Largest fire is 10 acres.--------------------------------------------
Gopher Fire: 75 acres - 100% contained  
Name: Gopher Fire
County: Calaveras County
Location: Gopher Ridge, South of Highway 4, Copperopolis, Ca.
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
Status/Notes: 75 acres - 100% contained
Date Started: July 23, 2012 10:49 am
Last update: July 23, 2012 2:00 pm


2012 Lightning TNF
Incident Overview
Over 500 lightning strikes early Monday morning ignited over 20 fires. All are small - most under an acre and in remote areas. Forest Service Air Attack plane flew again Monday afternoon and continues to identify additional smokes. Approximately 150 Forest Service firefighters are working to contain these fires. Calfire and Pike Fire Department are also assisting. Additional thunderstorms are predicted for Monday evening. Some heavy but scattered precipitation accompanied the lightning. Crews will continue to work on some of these fires throughout the evening. Additional fires are expected to pop up for the next several days.
11 Fires on the American River District - east of Foresthill - 3 along Deadwood Ridge, northeast of Foresthill (2 controlled); 1 near Sailor Flat; one near Sugarloaf Mt - near Sugar Pine Reservoir; one near Big/Little Oak Flat; three on the north side of the North Fork American River near Devils Peak/Helester Point/Snow Mountain, and one in the Texas Hill area.
8 Fires on the Sierraville and Truckee Districts - One near Anderson Peak, along the summit, south of I-80; two in Antelope Valley, north east of Sierraville, (both out); 2 near Webber Peak, (one controlled); one in Dark Canyon, east of Sierraville (controlled); one in Merrill Canyon (controlled); and one in the Sagehen Basin, northeast of Truckee (out).
4 Fires on the Yuba River District - one south of Bullards Bar Reservoir Dam (controlled); one north of Pike (expect containment tonight); one near Wild Plum; and one near Tuttle Lake north of Interstate 80.


Forrest Fire: 520 acres - 100% contained
Last Updated: July 24, 2012 7:15 am FINAL
Date/Time Started: July 21, 2012 10:13 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
County: Yolo County
Location: Forest Ave & Hwy 16, at Guinda, south of Rumsey Canyon
Acres Burned: 520 acres
Containment 520 acres - 100% contained
Threatened: No further threat
Injuries: 4 minor injuries
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Capay Valley Fire Protection District, Yocha Dehe Fire Department, numerous local fire departments from Yolo County, BLM, US Forest Service, Yolo County Sheriff, California Highway Patrol, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Total Fire Personnel: 57
Engines: 1
Fire crews: 1
Helicopters: 1
Conditions: Crews will continue mop-up and patrol today.
Mill Fire  29,502 acres, 100% Contained 
Fouts Springs and Goat Mountain Roads opened this evening to residents only. A reduced number of Firefighters and support personnel remain in the area working on fire line repair. Crews continue to patrol, assess and rehabilitate the fire area.
Voluntary evacuations and advisories for the Lakeview Loop, the west side of the Stonyford-Lodoga Road between Stonyford and Goat Mountain, and Century Ranch have been lifted.
The Stonyford Work Center is open from 8:00am to 4:30pm Tuesday through Saturday.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Saturday July 07th, 2012 approx. 03:00 PM
Location 10 miles west of Stonyford, CA
Incident Commander Kipp Morrill
Current Situation
Total Personnel 83
Size 29,502 acres
Percent Contained 100%
Estimated Containment Date Wednesday July 18th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Heavy mixed brush and timber.
Fire Behavior -As the days grow hotter and the humidity decreases, residents will continue to see smoke within the fire lines. This is normal after a fire, and residents can rest assured that crews will be vigilant about responses to any smoke and visible fire.
Significant Events - The Mill Fire has low potential for growth.

California Fire News 2012 

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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