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News and Notes:
LODD: San Jose Captain Jose Martinez
It is with a heavy heart that the San Jose Fire Department announces the passing of Captain Jose Martinez on August 10th, 2012 after a courageous fight with cancer. The aggressive cancer took our brother in a very short time. He was 41 years old. He is survived by his wife Melissa, son Jonah Miguel (8) and twin girls Sofia Maria and Olivia Eleanor—just 3 weeks old.
- Opligers Type I ICMT#4 has been mobilized the Chips fire,
- Coopers Central Coast Type 2 ICMT assigned to the Ramsey Fire
$ Costs to Date: $805,000
Structures Threatened: 400 PRIM
Significant Events: Extreme weather contributed to new fires and critical fire spread.
Observed Fire Behavior: Fire spread continues to make flanking slope runs when fuels, weather and topography are in alignment.
Planned Actions: Perimeter control as access allows.
CA-STF- Ramsey Fire; 1,000 acres, 15% contained.
Location: 8 miles east of Dorrington
$ Costs to Date: $750,000
Structures Threatened: 15 PRIM
Structures Destroyed: 0
Observed Fire Behavior: Portions of the fire established itself in areas of heavier fuels alined with the slope and made several moderate spreads to the top of the slope with spotting across the highway.
Planned Actions: Continue line construction and aerial attack.
CA-CDD- Jawbone Complex; 12,191 acres, 45% contained.
CA-RRU- Buck Fire; 3,000 acres, 15% contained.
Location: COMMUNITY OF SAGE GPS: Latitude: 33° 33´ 23" Longitude: 116° 54´ 40"
$ Costs to Date: $500,000
Structures Threatened: 200 PRIM
Structures Destroyed: 3 PRIM
Significant Events: EVACUATION OF RESIDENCE IN THE FIRE AREA. EVACUATION CENTER OPENED AT THE TEMECULA COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTER AT 30875 RANCHO VISTA ROAD x MARGARITA ROAD.
Remarks: Attmepting to mitigate structure threat
Observed Fire Behavior: Rapid rate of spread
Planned Actions: Structure defense, perimeter control.
Location: Southeast of Mono Lake
$ Costs to Date: $2,900,000
Significant Events: USFS Road 03N01 remains closed
Remarks: The fire burned in critical Sage Grouse Habitat within the Granite Mountain Wilderness, and
threatened nearby 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. Fire damage assessment and fire suppression repair plans have been implemented. A significant demobilization of resources will continue in the next 24-48 hours.
CA-PNF- Plumas Lightning 2 acres, 100%
Lightning starting at 2:00 pm on Tuesday, August 14 touched off 2 small fires on the eastern half of the Plumas National Forest as of 8:45 pm. The Tower Fire is located east of Tower Rock on Grizzly Ridge at T25N, R11E, Sec 28. A helicopter, 7 smoke jumpers, an engine and several others responded to the 2 acre fire burning about 2/3s of the way up Grizzly Ridge. It is close to being contained. The Feather Fire is west of the Middle Fork Feather River at T23N, R12E, Sec 31. Crews on scene contained the 1/10 acre ( a single tree burning on top) at 7:30 pm. Lookouts are reporting water dogs (water vapor that looks like a smoke plume) in the area of Rinehart Meadows. Fire fighters and air recon will continue patroling in areas where other strikes.
CA-JTP- Quail fire; 275 acres, 60% contained.
Location: JUNIPER FLATS
$ Costs to Date: $400,000
Significant Events: significant progress in containment
Remarks: significant demob today and tomorrow morning
CA-DVP-South Complex; 453 acres, 90%
CA-STF- Wheats; 260 acres, 100%
Planned Actions: Continued mop-up
- CAL FIRE ICT 5 (Flores) has been activated for the CA-BTU Lassen (Mill Creek) Fire.
- Moderate initial attack in the Geographic Area today (0600-1800). One new large fire reported - the CA-BTU Lassen (Mill Creek) Fire.
- IMT1 CA Team 5 (Joseph) has been ordered for CA-ID Mustang Fire.
Crews completed indirect fire line east from the Humbug Road to the Butt Valley Reservoir. Several spot fires occurred along the Caribou Road. Suppression efforts will continue to extinguish spots. Resources in the Humbug Valley continue to patrol, hold, and mop up existing fire line . Resources provided perimeter protection for communities along developed areas including Hwy 89 corridor and the community of Seneca. Crews continue to assess and construct containment line in the Butt Reservoir area. Initial attack responsibilities remain in effect in the delegated areas.
CA-NOD Rush Fire. 96,239 acres, 40% contained.
Fire behavior potential remains at 40 chains per hr, flame lengths of 16 feet. Fire is continuing to make major runs throughout the day; increased fire behavior is due to down drafts from thunderstorms. The fire has make significant runs to the south, west, and east due to increased winds. Dozers made good headway on the west and east side of the fire, with burnout operations. VLAT drops assisted in reduced fire spread on the south end of the fire as well.
Location: The fire is located on Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Northern California District (BLM-CA-NOD,) Eagle Lake Field Office, approximately 15 miles southeast of Ravendale, California. The fire is currently within � mile of US Route (Highway) 395. The fire is burning near a major natural gas line and transfer station, and power transmission lines that supply the Reno area. Aggressive fire suppression around the line is ongoing.
Evacuations: There are voluntary evacuations of structures along eastern side of Highway 395.
Road Closures: Travelers along the Highway 395 corridor, please use caution near the fire crews and equipment working in the fire area. Highway 395 may be closed due to fire activity. Please check for current road conditions with CalTrans at http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-bin/roads.cgi or 800-427-7623.
Area and Road Closures in Effect: The closure area is bounded by Highway 395 on the west, the Sand Pass Road on the east, the Ramhorn Springs Road on the north, and the Wendel Road on the south. Routes closed within this area include the Ramhorn Springs, Shinn Ranch, Stoney, Deep Cut, Smoke Creek, Skedaddle Ranch, Dry Valley, and Brubeck roads. The Ramhorn Springs Campground also is closed.
Resource concerns: Include vital habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife, and multiple cultural and historical sites, 4 Wilderness Study Areas (WSA), and the Noble Emigrant National Historic Trail. The fire is also impacting livestock grazing allotments and habitat for federal protected wild horses and burros.
Remarks: Fire officials remind residents and visitors that fire restrictions are in effect for public lands and national forests in northeast California. Campfires are permitted only in posted recreation sites. Chainsaws may not be used after 1:00pm daily.
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Sunday August 12th, 2012 approx. 06:42 PM
Location 15 miles SE of Ravendale, California
Incident Commander Molhoek
Total Personnel 138
Size 96,239 acres
Percent Contained 40%
Estimated Containment Date Sunday August 19th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Grass, sagebrush, junipers (5 Brush - 2 Feet)
Fire Behavior - Active fire potential remains high due to Energy Release Component (ERC) at record highs. Fire is expected to burn 25 chains per hour with flame lengths of 10 feet.
Significant Events - Dozers made good progress on all flanks of the fire except the northern edge of the fire. No severe winds were experienced on the fire yesterday.
Outlook/Planned Actions - Firefighters will hold and secure divisions that have control lines and continue to flank the northern side of the fire with dozers, helicopters, and fire crews.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty -High
Remarks: Forecast thunderstorm activity will influence the success of the current fire suppression strategy. The Rush Fire is burning in the 5 Springs, Skedaddle, and Twin Peaks Wilderness Study Areas and a small portion of Nevada. COOPERATING & ASSISTING AGENCIES: Tuscarora Gas Line Co., Nevada Energy, COGEN Power Plant, Lassen County Sheriff, Lassen County Office of Emergency Services, Californa Highway Patrol, Caltrans, local fire departments, local government, BLM, Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Forest Service, private contractors, and the State of California.
CA-NOD Marr Fire. 230 acres, 100% contained.
Last report unless significant activity occurs.
CA-LNU Wye Fire. 7,934 acres, 70% contained.
Location: Off Hwy 20 east of Clearlake Oaks (Lake County) Significant fire activity in Branch III, with torching, spotting, and rapid rates of spread within control lines. Branch I and II structure threat mitigated. Firing operation continues in Branch III. Branch I and II are continuing to mop up and improve existing control lines .
CA-LNF Reading Fire. 23,958 acres, 23% contained.
Aggressive backing was observed on all flanks today, including group tree torching and short-range spotting on the northeast flank of the fire. Crews successfully implemented fire operations northwest of Badger Mountain. Crews continued direct line construction on the southeast perimeter and continued to patrol and mop up on the southwestern perimeter northwest of Dersch Meadows.
CA-KNF Fort Complex. 3,116 acres, 20% contained.
direct suppression strategy continues on all fires. Branch I - Goff Fire: Work continues to secure the south end of the fire and protect structures in Ft. Goff and the Seiad Valley. Indirect line construction continues along Ft. Goff and Portugese Creeks. Branch II - Hello Fire: Direct line construction continues on the SW portion of the fire. Indirect line construction continues on the SE portion of the fire. Branch II - Lick Fire: This fire is approaching containment. Heavy mop up continues.
CA-BTU Lassen (Mill Creek) Fire. 1000 acres, 10% contained.
Located in the Mill Creek canyon 10 miles NW of Butte Creek Meadows, CA near the Lassen Trail. The fire made significant runs out of the Mill Creek drainage with torching and spotting.
- LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations