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Monday, August 13, 2012

Quick look: California Wildfires Today

News and Notes: LODD: Steep Corner, Idaho Fire Death: Tree Kills US Forest Service Firefighter  We regret to advise you that a U.S. Forest Service Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Firefighter was killed by a falling snag while working on the Steep Corner Fire Sunday.
 She was tragically struck and killed in the Line of Duty when one tree fell and crashed into another tree, causing it to fall in a domino effect. 

National Preparedness Level 4 (PL-4)

Weather Watches and Warnings: 
SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS TODAYActual/Future/Unknown/Possible
SOUTHEASTERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-MARIPOSA MADERA AND FRESNO COUNTY FOOTHILLS-TULARE COUNTY FOOTHILLS-
Alert sent at 10:30 PDT on 2012-08-13
DESERT THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE AGAIN TODAYActual/Future/Unknown/Possible
INDIAN WELLS VALLEY-SOUTHEASTERN KERN COUNTY DESERT-
Alert sent at 10:30 PDT on 2012-08-13
AFTERNOON AND EVENING THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLEActual/Future/Unknown/Possible
KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS-SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE TO KINGS CANYON-TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS-
Alert sent at 10:30 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 AM MST /5 AM PDT/ WEDNESDAYActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY AZ-WEST CENTRAL DESERTS-NORTHWEST MARICOPA COUNTY-GREATER PHOENIX AREA-YUMA/MARTINEZ LAKE AND VICINITY-SOUTHWEST DESERTS-SOUTHWEST MARICOPA COUNTY-NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL PINAL COUNTY-LOWER COLORADO RIVER VALLEY CA-RIVERSIDE COUNTY/EASTERN DESERTS-IMPERIAL COUNTY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... EHRENBERG... PARKER... QUARTZSITE... SALOME... BUCKEYE... NEW RIVER... WICKENBURG... MESA... PHOENIX... FORTUNA FOOTHILLS... YUMA... TACNA... WELLTON... GILA BEND... APACHE JUNCTION... CASA GRANDE... FLORENCE... BLYTHE... CHIRIACO SUMMIT... DESERT CENTER... BRAWLEY... CALEXICO... EL CENTRO
Alert sent at 04:59 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
WEST CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-EAST CENTRAL SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-SOUTHWESTERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-SOUTHEASTERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY-
Alert sent at 03:51 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
SANTA YNEZ VALLEY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SANTA YNEZ...SOLVANG
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MOUNTAINS-VENTURA COUNTY MOUNTAINS-LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS EXCLUDING THE SANTA MONICA RANGE-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... SAN MARCOS PASS... SAN RAFAEL WILDERNESS AREA... DICK SMITH WILDERNESS AREA... LOCKWOOD VALLEY... MOUNT PINOS... ACTON... MOUNT WILSON... SANDBERG
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS RECREATIONAL AREA-INCLUDING THE CITY OF... TOPANGA
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
VENTURA COUNTY INTERIOR VALLEYS-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... SANTA PAULA... FILLMORE... OJAI... PIRU
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
SANTA CLARITA VALLEY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... SANTA CLARITA... NEWHALL... VALENCIA
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PDT THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN GABRIEL VALLEY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... PASADENA... SAN GABRIEL... POMONA
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IN EFFECT LATE LATE THIS MORNING THROUGH EARLY EVENING FOR PORTIONS OF THE MOUNTAINS AND VALLEYS OF SOUTHWESTERN CALIFORNIAActual/Immediate/Severe/Observed
LOS ANGELES COUNTY SAN FERNANDO VALLEY-INCLUDING THE CITIES OF... WOODLAND HILLS... NORTHRIDGE... BURBANK... UNIVERSAL CITY
Update sent at 03:48 PDT on 2012-08-13
FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR THE MOUNTAINS... ADJACENT DESERTS... AND PORTIONS OF THE INLAND EMPIRE FOR LATE MORNING THROUGH EARLY EVENINGActual/Future/Severe/Possible
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN DIEGO CA
Alert sent at 03:23 PDT on 2012-08-13
CONTINUED HOT AND HUMID THROUGH THIS EVENINGActual/Immediate/Severe/Likely
COACHELLA VALLEY-SAN DIEGO COUNTY DESERTS-
Update sent at 03:20 PDT on 2012-08-13

California Wildland Fires Today:


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Vallecito Lightning Compex: 220 acres and 0% contained.
Date/Time Started: August 12, 2012 8:00 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit
County: San Diego County
Location: Mason Valley Truck Trail, southeast of Julian.



CA-JTP- Quail fire; 300 acres, 25% contained.
 CA-JTP-11722 - Hwy 190 and Saline Valley Rd.  

CA-DVP- South Complex;  442 acres, 45% contained.
CA-DVP-11569

CA-FKU- Lanes Fire; 138 acres, 85% contained.
CA-FKU-010166 Firefighters continue mop-up efforts amid hot and dry conditions. Significant progress was made on the fire line yesterday and over night.
Date/Time Started: August 11, 2012 12:30 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Fresno-Kings Unit
County: Fresno County
Location: Hwy 168 & Lodge Rd, southeast of Auberry
Injuries: 8
Total Fire Personnel: 321
Engines: 23 (18 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 14 (8 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 1

CA-OVD- Indian Fire; 13,500 acres, 70% contained.
CA-OVD-0942 - southeast of Mono Lake,

CA-CDD- Jawbone Complex; 8,124 acres, 30% contained.
 CA-CDD-11542 - Jawbone 905 acres, 55% contained. Rim 6219 acres, 17% contained.
 CA-STF- Ramsey Fire; 396 acres, 20% contained. 
 CA-STF-002954

CA-MVU-Chihuahua 2 Fire;  2,007 acres, 100% contained.
 CA-MVU-8547,  Extreme temperatures, low humidity and potential thunderstorms will continue to pose challenges.
Date/Time Started: August 9, 2012 1:13 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit
County: San Diego County
Location: Chihuahua Valley Road, Northwest of Warner Springs
Acres Burned: 2,007 acres
Containment 2,007 acres - 100% contained
Injuries: 2
Total Fire Personnel: 611 (372 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 7 (3 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 11 (7 CAL FIRE)
Airtankers: 6
Helicopters: 5
Dozers: 2
Water tenders: 13
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CA-SQF-Piute Complex; 1,783 acres, 95% contained.
CA-SQF-2476, 12 miles south of Lake Isabella
Isolated hot spots on both fires, fire spread stopped last night.

CA-STF- Wheats Fire; 260 acres 100% contained.
CA-STF-2863, south east of Spicer Reservoir

ONCC

 0800 CA IMT1 Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley) has been ordered for the CA-LNP Reading Fire. They will be replacing NorCal Team 1 (Whitcome), who will have been out on various assignments for 14 days. Transfer of command is Monday 8/13/12.

CA-MEU- Grade Fire:  60 acres and 100% contained. 
Name: Grade Fire
County: Mendocino County
Location: East side of Highway 101, south of Willits
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit
Date Started: August 12, 2012 1:11 pm
Last update: August 12, 2012 9:30 am 


CA-LNU Walker Fire 300 acres, 0% contained.
Grass, Brush, timber, rapid rate of spread with torching and spotting.
Date/Time Started: August 12, 2012 3:49 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
County: Lake County
Location: Highway 20 east of Walker Ridge Road
Acres Burned: 2000 acres
Containment 2000 acres - 30% contained
Structures Destroyed: 0
Evacuations: Wilbur Hot Springs Area
Injuries: 1 Firefighter Injury
Cause: under investigation
Total Fire Personnel: 100
Conditions: The fire is burning on the north side of Hwy 20. Current threat to Wilbur Hot Springs, PG & E 150 KV powerlines and Colusa watershed.


CA-NOD Rush Fire 800 acres, 0% contained.
 Growth potential is high.

CA-NOD Marr Fire 350 acres, 10% contained,
Thunderstorms predicted for today, fire spread dependant on erratic winds some roads in area that may be used for barriers .

CA-PNF Chips Fire. 35,233 acres, 12% contained. 
 The communities along the Hwy 89 corridor remain threatened. Smoke from the fire is impacting the North Sacramento Valley and the Lake Almanor Basin area producing poor air quality. Private timber lands, associated plantations and the Butt Lake Reservoir are currently being impacted by fire activity. Critical infrastructure, including the Red Hill communications site which services critical communications for various emergency services and related agencies. PG&E power lines in the fire area continue to be impacted by fire activity and smoke.
Date started: July 29, 2012
Number of Personnel: 1,040
Location: 2 miles Northwest of Belden, CA
Crews: 14
Size: 31,720 acres
Engines: 89
Percent Contained: 12%
Dozers: 28
Estimated Containment Date: August 31, 2012
Water Tenders: 30
Cause: Under Investigation
Helicopters: 6 Type 1, 2 Type 2, and 2 Type 3
Cost to Date: $13,800,000
Air Tankers: Not available at night
Structures Threatened: 600 Residence; 4 Commercial;
36 Outbuildings
Injuries to Date: 7

CA-LNP Reading Fire. 20,642 acres, 10% contained.
 The main park highway continues to be closed for seven miles from Manzanita Lake to Summit Lake. Summit Lake, Butte Lake, Lost Creek, and Crags campgrounds remain closed. Numerous trails remain closed in the park including: PCT from Corral Meadows to the north boundary, Paradise Meadows, Terrace Lakes, Painted Dunes, Cinder Cone, Twin Lakes, Cluster Lakes, Butte Lake, Widow Lake, Snag Lake south to Juniper Lake and Horseshoe Lake. All USFS roads, trails, and the area south of Highway 44 and east of Highway 89 in the vicinity of Old Station remain closed.

CA-KNF Fort Complex. 1,787 acres, 10% contained.
 Topography is making access difficult with steep terrain and snags from the 1987 burn. The geographical distances between the incidents make logistics difficult. There are smoke impacts to the Applegate Lake recreation area and the Klamath River community with concern for public health. Late successional reserve (LSR)and T&E species in the Seiad/Baker Botanical area are threatened as well as a critical archeological site. Social concerns also include maintaining tribal relations

CA-LNU Wye Fire 5000 acres, 25% contained.
Very dry fuels, low Rh with poor recovery, high temperatures. Rapid rates of spread with extreme fire behavior. Coordination will be required with PG&E air resources to re-energize compromised power lines. Fire is having an economic effect on Lake County tourism. Resources needed to support firing/holding operations on Branch 3 (Walker Branch). Branch 2, currently unstaffed, and a wind-change to a northerly flow will threaten the City of Clearlake. 2 Miles of unsecured line with a direct threat to the City of Clearlake.
Date/Time Started: August 12, 2012 3:52 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
County: Lake County
Location: Highway 20 and Highway 53 Intersection, east of Clearlake Oaks
Acres Burned: 3,000 acres
Containment 3,000 acres - 25% contained
Structures Destroyed: 3
Threatened: 480 homes in Long Valley & Spring Valley area.
Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations in place for Long Valley & Spring Valley area.
Injuries: 1 civilian
Cause: under investigation
Total Fire Personnel: 324
Engines: 45
Fire crews: 7
Airtankers: 4
Helicopters: 3
Dozers: 7
Conditions: The fire is burning on both sides of Hwy 20. Firefighters made progress throughout the night putting in containment lines. There are still homes threatened in the Long Valley and Spring Valley area. Additional firefighters will be arriving this morning from throughout the state. Hwy 20 is closed between Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 53. Check with CHP or Caltrans for the latest road closures.

CA-YNP- Cascade, Yosemite WUI Fire 518 acres, 50% active.

 - LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations -
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