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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Quick Look California Wildfires Today 8-28-12



National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (80 new fires)
New large fires: 1 (*)
Large fires contained: 3
Uncontained large fires: ** 20
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 7
 ** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.

National Fire Map: Current Large Wildfires
National Large Incident Map
California Fire Weather: Strong winds and low relative humidity will produce critical fire weather conditions across northern California and northern Nevada.

RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 5 AM PDT WEDNESDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR WESTERN LASSEN... EASTERN PLUMAS... EASTERN SIERRA... AND EASTERN NEVADA COUNTIES
WESTERN LASSEN-EASTERN PLUMAS-EASTERN SIERRA-EASTERN NEVADA COUNTIES-
Update sent at 06:32 PDT on 2012-08-28
RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR MONO AND EASTERN ALPINE COUNTIES
MONO-EASTERN ALPINE COUNTIES-
Update sent at 06:32 PDT on 2012-08-28
RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR GREATER LAKE TAHOE AND THE WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT-
Update sent at 06:32 PDT on 2012-08-28
National: Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will form over the eastern Great Basin, the Southwest and the central Rockies. 
 In the East, Hurricane Isaac will approach the Louisiana and Mississippi coasts, bringing strong winds, thunderstorms and heavy rain to the Gulf coast region. Mild, dry conditions will continue over much of the Plains, Midwest and New England.
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California Wildfires Locations, Perimeters and Hot-spot Map
California Wildfires Today
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Northern California Area (PL 5)
New fires: 3 
New large fires: 0 
Uncontained large fires: 8 
NIMOs committed: 1 
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2 
Daily Resource Drawdown Levels*
Federal
State
T1 Crews
3
2
Engines
2
2
Helicopters
1
3
Smokejumpers
1
n/a
None
0
Moderate
1
Significant
2
Critical
3
*as of 1030 each day. See CA Mob Guide for additional information
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CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 28,771 acres. 24% contained.
(Shasta-Trinity National Forest) The fire burned actively below the inversion with some spotting observed. Significant SW winds are predicted for today. IMT 1 (McGowan) will take command of the fire on 8/29 at 0600.
Burnt Area:24,413 Acres (10% increase from yesterday)
Location:Shasta County, CA (7 miles west of Big Bend,CA)
Cause:Lightning
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 2
Team Leader:Paul Whitcome
Containment Status:22% contained)
Expected Containment:05-SEP-12
Fuels:Fuel Models 5, 9, 10, 13. Fire area has conifer, brush, hardwood stands, logging slash and pine plantations. High live to dead ratio in brush exists and conifer stands have a heavy loading of dead/dowExtreme 7600000.00 2547PRIM

Information: Call 800-923-7316
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CA-KNF Fort Complex Fire. 13,883 acres. 25% contained.
(Klamath National Forest)This complex of three fires is 10 miles northwest of Happy Camp. Structures are threatened. Road and trail closures are in effect. The fire continues to approach Seiad Valley. A 12 hour evacuation warning was issued on 8/27. The rollout of burrning materials on steep slopes and uphill runs continue to be control problems. 
Burnt Area:13,883 Acres (22% increase from yesterday)
Location:Siskiyou County, CA (10 Miles N.W. of Happy Camp, CA)
Cause:Lightning
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 2
Team Leader:Goff - Kleinman /Lick&Hello
Containment Status:25% contained)
Expected Containment:31-OCT-12
Fuels:There are some areas of FM4 along the ridge tops. Extreme 14718143.00 1099PRIM

Information: Call 530-493-1514
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CA-TGU Ponderosa Fire. 27,676 acres. 96% contained.
(Tehama-Glenn Unit, Cal Fire)A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1200 today through 0500 Wednesday for winds and low relative humidity. No significant fire behavior was observed on 8/27. This fire is two miles east of Manton.
Burnt Area:27,676 Acres
Location:Tehama & Shasta County, CA (2 MILES EAST OF MANTON)
Cause:Lightning
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 1
Team Leader:KASLIN
Containment Status:89% contained)
Expected Containment:28-AUG-12
Fuels:The fire area consists of a brush model (FM 4) comprising manzanita, white thorn and live oak in drainages. The majority of the fire area is closed timber with moderate to heavy fuel loading (FM 9 & High 22798084.00 3750PRIM
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CA-PNF Chips Fire. 73,193 acres. 71% contained.
(Plumas National Forest) Fire continued to burn within the containment lines with low relative humidity and poor humidity recovery. Fire behavior was moderate with slow rates of spread primarily in surface fuels. Mandatory Evacuation remain in effect for the communities of Canyon Dam, Big Meadows and Seneca, with an advisement for Prattville. Rush Creek Rd.from Hwy 70 is open to residents only.
Burnt Area:73,193 Acres (7% increase from yesterday)
Location:Plumas County, CA (20 miles NW of Quincy, CA)
Cause:Under Investigation
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 1
Team Leader:Rocky W. Opliger
Containment Status:71% contained)
Expected Containment:31-AUG-12
Fuels:low brush with numerous dead and down 1000 hour logs and standing snags. FM10 is most representative of the fuels and the observed fire behavior. Extreme 37878874.00 3031PRIM
Information: Call 530-283-3593
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CA-NOD Rush Fire. 318,400 acres. 74% contained.
(Northern California District, Bureau of Land Management)
Crews will continue to hold existing containment lines and mop up. Suppression repair will continue on contained divisions. Minimal fire behavior, with only creeping and smoldering, was observed.
This fire is 15 miles southeast of Ravendale. Structures are threatened.
Burnt Area:317,616 Acres
Location:Lassen County, CA (15 miles SE of Ravendale, ca)
Cause:Lightning
Incident Team Type:IMT Type 1
Team Leader:Doug Turman
Containment Status:60% contained)
Expected Containment:28-AUG-12
Fuels:5 Brush (2 Feet)grass, sagebrush, junipers High 7635100.00 1654COMM
Information: Call 530-710-8568 or visit the fire info website.
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CA-MNF North Pass. 35,270 acres. 34% contained.
(Mendocino National Forest)Fire activity moderated on 8/27 on Division Y and the fire is holding on Anthony Ridge. Areas to the east of Division C continue to burn actively to the north and northeast with actve fire behavior with short and intermediate range spotting. Structures near Round Valley Indian Reservation, Covelo, and Bauer Subdivision continue to be threatened.
This fire is 25 miles northeast of Covelo. Structures and communication sites are threatened. Eevacuations and area closures are in effect.
Burnt Area:31,656 Acres
Location:Mendocino County, CA (Northeast of Covelo)
Cause:Lightning
Incident Team Type:IMT Type D
Team Leader:Wakoski/Brown
Containment Status:34% contained)
Expected Containment:07-SEP-12
Fuels:9- Closed stands of long needled pine Extreme 12000000.00 3374PRIM
Information: Call 707-983-6318
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