Estimate seven to ten new lightning fires. All fires are staffed.
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Today marks 4 years since one of the worst wildland firefighting tragedies occurred in our Geographic Area - the "Iron 44" helicopter crash.
On August 5, 2008, a helicopter crash on the Buckhorn Fire, Shasta-Trinity NF claimed the lives of 9 firefighters: Grayback crewmembers Shawn Blazer, Scott Charleson, Matthew Hammer, Edrik Gomez, Bryan Rich, Stephen Renno, and David Steele, pilot Roark Schwanenberg, and USFS pilot inspector Jim Ramage. For more information, visithttp://www.wlfalwaysremember.org/incident-lists/202-iron-44.html
August 5, 1949 – Mann Gulch Fire
On August 5, 1949, a wildfire in Mann Gulch, Helena NF (MT) killed 12 Missoula Smokejumpers and 1 Fire Guard when the fire ran up a SW slope. The tragedy led to the study of fire behavior and the creation of wildland fire research centers in MT and CA. For more information, visit http://www.wlfalwaysremember.org/incident-lists/230-mann-gulch.html
Weather: URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGERED FLAG WARNING - FIRE WEATHER - THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND WESTERN NEVADA TODAY
RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING
FOR THUNDERSTORMS AND STRONG OUTFLOW WINDS FOR EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY - THE SURPRISE VALLEY AND NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY.
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA - EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY - NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY 654 AM PDT SUN AUG 5 2012
GUSTY WEST WINDS ALONG THE SIERRA FRONT FROM RENO AND CARSON CITY TO SUSANVLLE LATE THIS AFTERNOON WILL BE CAPABLE OF PUSHING ANY HOLDOVER FIRES FOR A FEW HOURS.
AFFECTED AREA: FIRE ZONE 270 SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA - FIRE ZONE 278 EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY AND FIRE ZONE 458 NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY.
URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
California Wildfires Today:
CA-SLU- Piute Complex Vegetation Fire, 400 acres 0% contained.
ICP USFS camp 9, North of Kernville proper
Values at risk: Water Shed, recreation, and timber.
CA-SQF - Clear Wildfire 400 acres, no containment is estimated at this time.
- It was initially sized up to be 2 to 5 acres in brush and grass moving at a moderate to rapid rate of spread. As of 5:30 pm it is estimated to be 300 acres in size.
- Firefighters are actively fighting the fire, with ground and air resources.
- No containment is estimated at this time.
- Structure protection will be in place for the community of Valley View.
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Saturday August 04th, 2012 approx. 12:30 PM
Location 12 Miles South of Lake Isabella
Incident Commander Steve Griffin
Size - 400 acres
Fuels Involved - 5 Brush (2 Feet) GRASS, BRUSH AND TIMBER IN THE HIGHER COUNTRY
Fire Behavior - Short Runs with Spotting
Outlook / Planned Actions - Continue direct line construction
Growth Potential - Medium growth potential
Terrain Difficulty - High difficulty of terrain
Remarks - LIGHTNING FIRES STARTED TO OCCURE AT 0700 THIS MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF 8 FIRES. THE LARGEST 2 ARE THE CLEAR FIRE AND THE HEALD FIRE AT, OTHER FIRES RANGE IN SIZE FROM .1 AC TO 15 ACRES.
Central Sierra (Coopers) Type 2 IMT In Brief 0900 Kernville Dist. Office
ICP - USFS camp 9, North of Kernville proper
Values at risk - Water Shed, recreation, and timber.
FKU- Ridge 10 acres, 0 % Contained SRA
Mod to Rapid Rate of Spread
Values at risk: No Threat to communities, power lines, valued resources
FKU- Creek 5 acres, 0 % Contained
Jacalitos Creek x Dead Man Canyon, South of Coalinga SRA
Slow Rate of Spread
Unable to make access with Engines
Hiking crews in with air support
Values at risk: No threat to communities, power lines or valued resources
CA-RRU-075254, , Riverside County, Tenaja Road and Via Volcano, Northwest of Murrieta
Structures Destroyed: 1
Cause: Equipment use
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Diego, Los Angeles County Fire Dept, March ARB, Murrieta Fire Protection District,
Total Fire Personnel: 327
Fire crews: 11
Water tenders: 4
Conditions: Day assignment is on scene working toward constructing containment lines and patroling fire area for hot spots.
Update 8/5/2012 8:45 a.m. : Fire remains 95% contained and 355 acres. 2 engines and 1 fire crew assigned today.
Ten miles of indirect hand line and seven miles of indirect dozer line have been completed.
Crews are doing everything they can to safely suppress the fire as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Threatened critical infrastructure including the Red Hill Communications site which services critical communications for various emergency services and related agencies continues to be threatened; fuels treatment around this key comm site is limited
NorCal Team 2 (Joe Molhoek, Incident Commander) continues to manage the Salt Creek Fire. Fire line has been established completely around the Salt Creek Fire, meaning it is 100% "contained". The public will continue to see smoke from the fire. Isolated pockets of unburned vegetation may ignite, producing columns of smoke visible from surrounding areas. Firefighters and equipment will remain on the fire to mop up and strengthen and secure fire lines. When there is no longer a foreseeable threat of the fire escaping the containment lines, the fire will be called "controlled".
Fire suppression repair has been initiated and additional needs continue to be identified with the local Forest Resource Advisors. A significant lightning and thunderstorm event is predicted through Sunday afternoon which may bring strong down drafts and erratic winds. Firefighters are prepared for potential increased initial attack due to the predicted lightning activity. For additional fire information, visit http://www.inciweb.org/.
Fire Investigators are interested in your help. If you have any information about the cause of the fire, please call the tip line at 530-226-2766.
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Wednesday August 01st, 2012 approx. 01:38 PM
Location Along I-5 in the Salt Creek & Gilman Road area
Incident Commander Joe Molhoek
Phone: 530 242 5546
Hours: 8 am to 8 pm
Total Personnel 526
Size 980 acres
Percent Contained 100%
Estimated Containment Date Saturday August 04th, 2012 approx. 06:00 PM
Fuels Involved - Hardwood litter with mixed conifer and chapparal.
Fire Behavior - Fire behavior is creeping and smoldering.
Significant Events - In all divisions, fire crews continue to patrol. Suppression resources remain available to assist the Shasta Trinity National Forest with initial attack of any new fires.
Outlook / Planned Actions - Actions planned include continued mop-up 300 feet and patrol in all Divisions. Resources will be available to the Shasta Trinity National Forest to assist and respond for initial attack of any new fires.
Growth Potential - Low
Terrain Difficulty - High
Remarks - The Shasta Trinity National Forest Type 3 organization will shadow today. There will be a transition meeting with NorCal Team 2 and the Type 3 organization at 2 p.m. today.
Wind Conditions 20 mph SE
Temperature 70 degrees
CA-CZU- Las Cumbres Fire, 7 acres - 100% contained
County: Santa Cruz County
Location: Off Deer Creek Rd in Las Cumbres, west of Los Gatos
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit
Date Started: August 4, 2012 7:17 am