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- California Wildfires Today:
CA-OVD- Indian Fire; 13,500 acres, 85% contained. CA-OVD-000942 - The Indian Fire started on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at approximately 2:06 pm.
The management of the fire is under Unified Command between the Bureau of Land Management and US Forest Service. Incident commander, Mike Wakoski would like to thank the community of Lee Vining and the adjacent areas for their support and hospitality to Team 3 and all firefighters. We appreciate their patience and understanding during this incident.
Basic Information Incident Type - Wildfire Cause - Lightning Date of Origin - Wednesday August 08th, 2012 approx. 02:06 PM Location - Southeast of Mono Lake Incident Commander - Wakoski
Current Situation Total Personnel - 294 Size -13,500 acres Percent Contained 85% Estimated Containment Date: Wednesday August 15th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM Fuels Involved - 5 Brush (2 feet) Grass, sage brush, bitter brush Fire Behavior - Minimal fire spread Significant Events - US Forest Service Road 03N01 remains closed.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue fire suppression tactics in support of operational objectives, continue to establish and improve fire perimeter, mop up any remaining hot spots and begin implementation of suppression repair plan.
Growth Potential - Low
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
Remarks: The fire is burning in critical Sage Grouse Habitat within the Granite Mountain Wilderness and threatened nearby Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) power transmission lines. Recent changes in weather conditions have allowed crews to continue with direct attack. Intermittent thunderstorms are expected to continue for the next several days. Crews are continuing to work to reinforce control lines. Plans are being developed to provide for fire damage assessment and fire suppression repair. A significant demobilization of resources will begin in the next 24 to 48 hrs.
The Jawbone Complex started on Friday, August 10, 2012 at approximately 1:00pm. The fire is located 20 miles North of Mojave near the Sierra Crest and about 10 miles West of Highway 14.
Current Situation Total Personnel - 964 Size - 10,078 acres Percent Contained - 30% Estimated Containment Date: Friday August 17th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fire Behavior - Single and group tree torching.
Significant Events: Crews and dozers continued to work throughout the evening constructing fire line on both the Jawbone and Rim Fires. The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed from HWY 58 North to the Sequoia National Forest boundary. A soft closure of Jawbone Canyon Recreation Area will continue for several days.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue direct handline and dozer line construction. Continue contingency planning for structure protection for the residences in Back Canyon, Indian and Cottonwood Creeks.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - High Remarks: Evaluation of possible structure protection needs for residences in Back Canyon, Cottonwood Creek, Indian Creek, and Orejano Canyon will continue in cooperation with Kern County Fire Department.
Lanes Fires; CA-FKU-010166 138 acres, 100% contained. 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 Acres Burned: 138 acres.
Containment 138 acres - 100% contained
Injuries: 8 Total Fire Personnel: 321 Engines: 23 (18 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 14 (8 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 1
Conditions: Firefighters continue mop-up efforts amid hot and dry conditions. Significant progress was made on the fire line yesterday and over night. -----
Vallecito Lighting Complex; CA-MVU-8747 2,352, 5% contained.
Wilson Fire: 1,400 acres 5% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian'
Stewart Fire: 600 acres 0% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian'
Cooper Fire: 2 acres 100% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian.
Date/Time Started: August 12, 2012 8:00 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit County: San Diego County Location: Eastern San Diego County Containment 4 fires totaling 2,352 acres - 5% contained Threatened: Currently there are no structures threatened by any of these fires.
Total Fire Personnel: 565 (372 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 12 (6 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 22 (14 CAL FIRE) A
Aircraft: 4 air tankers, 5 helicopters
Dozers: 2 bulldozers
Water tenders: 13 water tenders
Conditions: Vallecito Fire: 350 acres 30% contained, located South-East of Julian.
Ramsey Fire; CA-STF-002954, 650 acres, 10% contained. The Ramsey Fire is burning in mixed conifer, duff and understory in the North Fork of the Stanislaus River Canyon on the Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest. The Fire has reached Hwy. 4 to the north and the highway will be closed intermittently from Cottage Springs Picknic Area to CalTrans Cabbage Patch Maintenance Yard, about a seven mile stretch. Fire will burn during the night in the areas of heavier ground fuels and will be impeded by rock outcroppings. A strike team has been dispatched to homes in the Ganns area and will maintain a watch throughout the night.
No other operations are scheduled to take place tonight. The South Central Sierra Interagency Type 2 Incident Management Team will asume command and control of the fire response at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow. The terrain is very steep and is a concern for firefighter safety.
Basic Information Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Suspected Escaped Campfire.
Date of Origin Saturday August 11th, 2012 approx. 02:45 PM
Location Calaveras Ranger District
Current Situation Total Personnel 393 Size 650 acres
Percent Contained 10% Estimated Containment Date Tuesday August 21st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Mixed conifer, duff and understory
Fire Behavior - The fire is chunking through ground in rocky areas and is not generally moving througn the crown of trees.
Outlook / Growth Potential - Moderate to high Terrain Difficulty - Steep river canyon and high temperatures make this very difficult terrain.
South Complex; CA-DVP-11569 453 acres, 70% contained. Progress in achieving containment objectives has been aided by favorable fire weather and more firefighters on the line.
The Pass Fire is 70% contained at 441 acres.
The South Fire is in patrol status, 95% contained at 12 acres.
Observed Fire Behavior: Fire was predominately creeping, heavier fuels were burning out, there were concerns with rollout in steep portions of the fire.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue working towards containment completion. -----
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Diego Unit
Location: San Diego County, Chihuahua Valley Road, Northwest of Warner Springs.
Acres Burned: 2,007 acres Containment 100% contained.
Total Fire Personnel: 611 (372 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 7 (3 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 11 (7 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 13
Conditions: Extreme temperatures, low humidity and potential thunderstorms will continue to pose challenges.
Basic Information Incident Type Wildfire Cause Under Investigation Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM Location 2 miles NW of Belden, CA Incident Commander Jerry Mcgowan
Current Situation Total Personnel 1,009 Size 36,743 acres Percent Contained 12% Estimated Containment Date Friday August 31st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM Fuels Involved - 10 Timber (litter and understory) low brush with numerous dead and down large, 1000 hour logs and standing snags. Fire Behavior - Heavy smoke coverage limited fire activity, Minimal spread throughout the last operational period.
Significant Events Crews made sigificant progress last night with burnout operations. Approximately 2.5 miles of burning were completed on the northeast side of the fire towards the Butt Valley Reservoir. Resources will continue to improve existing line in preparation for future firing operations. Resources will also continue to improve, hold and mopup in the Humbug Valley and in the Red Hill area.
CA-NOD Rush Fire. 50,000 acres, 5% contained.
Please check for current road conditions with CalTrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or 800-427-7623. Road closures within the fire area are being implemented today.
Concerns: Resource concerns in the area include critical habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife, and multiple cultural and historical sites, 4 Wilderness Study Area (WSA), and the Nobles Emigrant National Historic Trail. The fire is also impacting livestock grazing allotments and habitat for federal protected wild horses and burros. Fire managers are working closely with area resource protection staff to mitigate fire damage.
Weather: High pressure over Nevada and California will keep temperatures above normal with a forecast of hot and dry conditions through the week, and isolated thunderstorms will develop in the afternoon. These weather conditions will continue to create extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread such as firefighters witnessed in the fire area yesterday.
Basic Information Incident Type Wildfire Cause Lightning Date of Origin Sunday August 12th, 2012 approx. 06:42 PM Location 15 miles SE of Ravendale, California Incident Commander Molhoek
Total Personnel 70
Size 50,000 acres Percent Contained 5%
Fuels Involved - Grass, sagebrush, junipers (5 Brush - 2 Feet)
Fire Behavior - Observed fire behavior: 40 chains/hour with flame lengths of 16 feet. The fire will continue to make major runs throughout the day with increased flame lengths and rates of spread due to down drafts from thunderstorms.
Significant Events - The fire is spreading west and is approaching US Route-Highway 395 creating hazardous traffic conditions. Increased fire behavior from down drafts from thunderstorms pushed the fire with significant runs to the south, west, and east due to increased winds.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Firefighters will establish anchor points and point protection where appropriate. Growth Potential - Extreme Terrain Difficulty - High Remarks: Management of the fire transfers to NorCal Team 2 today at 6:00am.
CA-NOD Marr Fire. 230 acres, 90% contained.
8 miles East of Ravendale, ca
Significant Events: Completed dozer line
Remarks: Limited visability
Observed Fire Behavior: Interior burnout, smoldering
Planned Actions: Reinforce line, mopup.
CA-LNU Lake Fire. 1,666 acres, 100% contained.
The remaining crews are concentrating mainly on mopping up 300 feet from the perimeters edge of the fire.
The fires status has changed from a Type 3 Team to a Type 4 Team and base camp at Ambrose will be closed as of 1200 hours on 8-10-2012.
Highways 53 & 16.
Name: Lake Complex
County: Modac County
Location: 12 miles SW of Blue Mountain Lookout
Administrative Unit: Modoc National Forest
Status/Notes: 1,666 acres - 100% contained. Date Started: August 5, 2012 3:03 pm
Basic Information Incident Type Wildfire Cause Lightning Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 03:03 PM Location 12 miles SW of Blue MT LO Incident Commander Don Glenn / Amanda Callis
Current Situation Total Personnel 105 Size 1,666 acres Percent Contained 100% Estimated Containment Date Thursday August 09th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM Fuels Involved - Timber, Grass & Brush Fire Behavior - Minimal
Significant Events Declared contained, demob of excess resources initiated, transitioned to Type 4 Team on 8-10-12 at 0700. Ambrose base camp to be closed. Outlook / Planned Actions - Continue mop up
Growth Potential - Low
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
Remarks: Demob of resources expected after shift on 8/10/12
CA-LNP Reading Fire. 23,958 acres, 15% contained.
Current Situation Total Personnel 1,273 Size 23,958 acres Percent Contained 15% Estimated Containment Date Tuesday August 21st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - The fire is burning in mixed conifer and red fir overstory with pine mat manzanita and a variable understory fuel loading of dead and down materials.
Fire Behavior - Nighttime fire behavior showed actively burning heavy timber and brush fuels with low rates of spread and isolated single tree torching.
Closures: The Lassen Volcanic National Park Highway continues to be closed for seven miles from Manzanita lake to Summit Lake.
Basic Information Incident Type Wildfire Cause Lightning Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 07:00 PM Location 10 miles northeast of Happy Camp, CA Incident Commander Norm Walker
Current Situation Total Personnel 616 Size 1,787 acres Percent Contained 10% Fuels Involved - The Fort Complex Fires are burning in brush, timber and timber litter. Fire Behavior - Moderate surface fire spread with significant rollout. Single and multiple tree torching.
Public meetings: Scheduled at 6:00pm for August 13, 2012 at Seiad, California in Fire Station and August 14 at Ruch, Oregon in Upper Applegate Grange Hall.
Outlook / Planned Actions: Continue to establish indirect line in areas that are safe for fire crews to work. Prepare for possible future burnout operations. Growth Potential - The growth potential for these fires is high. Terrain Difficulty - The Fort Complex Fires are burning in extremely difficult terrain.
Remarks: Large Diameter snags and steep rugged terrain continue to hamper control efforts.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CAL TRANS, PG&E, Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation and dozens of local fire agencies.
Total Fire Personnel: 1,095 (721 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 134 (43 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 30 (All CAL FIRE)
Airtankers: 7 air tankers
Helicopters: 6 (3 CAL FIRE)
Dozers: 17 (7 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 15 water tenders
Remarks: ICP is located at the Lake County Fair Grounds in Lakeport. High tension transmission lines providing power to Lake & Mendocino Counties are currently running at 50%. Hot temperatures & peak demands are putting a strain on it's current capacity with the loss of 1 transmission line. The lose of a second transmission line would result in the implementation of rotating outages to all customer classes in Lake & Mendocino Counties. The State Heat Plan is being executed, which requires electricity. A major population class in both counties are the elderly, who are susceptible to the high temperatures. Record ERC's have been recorded. The fire is primarily a slope and fuel driven fire. Spotting continues to be a problem.
Observed Fire Behavior: Extreme fire behavior, rapid rate of spread, spotting
Planned Actions: Continue to improve existing line. Construct direct line. Continue with contingency dozer line.
Conditions: The Walker Fire and Wye Fire are two separate fires now being managed as one incident. Phone Numbers (707) 967-4207 (Wye Fire Call Center) Phone Numbers (707) 967-4208 (Wye Fire Call Center)
CA-MEU- Grade Fire 60 acres - 100% contained. Mendocino County Location: East side of Highway 101, south of Willits Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit
CA-BEU- Lonoak Fire 90 acres - 100% contained Name: Lonoak Fire County: San Benito County Location: Airline Hwy & Lonoak Rd, north of Bitterwater (San Benito County). Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit
- CA-YNP- Cascade, Yosemite WUI Fire 670 acres, 50% active.
- LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations