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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today (Map)

California Wildfire Locations
Weather: No Current Fire Weather Watches or Warnings -  NWS Current Fire Weather Watches / Warnings

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
CA-MVU- Vallecito Lighting Complex; 9,325 acres, 15%
Location: Eastern San Diego County
$ 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.
Significant Events: Crews and dozers continued work throughout the shift constructing direct line on both the Jawbone and Rim Fires. A burn operation has assisted with the containment objectives for the day and is holding on the southern flank of the Rim Fire at this time. Contingency plans have been established and line construction has begun to meet those objectives. The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed from HWY 58 North to the Sequoia National Forest boundary. A soft closure of Jawbone Canyon Road access to recreational areas will continue for the next several operational periods.
Remarks: Contingency planning for protection of residences in Back Canyon, Cottonwood Creek, Indian Creek and Orejano Canyon are continuing. Jawbone Fire is 1987 acres at 80% containment. Rim Fire is 10204 acres at 24% containment. Box 24: Field Observers completed damage assessment of Wind Energy Facilities, confirming loss of 19 wind turbines and damage to an additional 9. Box 27: Contingency planning, favorable fire behavior conditions, and progress made in line construction have diminished but not completely alleviated threat to structures and residences in the communities listed.
Observed Fire Behavior: Isolated runs and single and cluster torching in the interior on Rim Fire.
Planned Actions: Continue direct handline and dozer line construction. Continue contingency planning for structure protection for the residences in Back Canyon, Indian Creek, Cottonwood Creek andOrejano Canyon.

CA-RRU- Buck Fire; 3,000 acres, 15% contained.
Overhead Team Name: EVERHART Type 3 IC
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
Remarks: Attmepting to mitigate structure threat
Observed Fire Behavior: Rapid rate of spread
Planned Actions: Structure defense, perimeter control.

CA-OVD- Indian Fire; 12,574 acres, 100% contained.
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.
Observed Fire Behavior: Smoldering in heavy fuels
Planned Actions: Continue to establish and improve fire perimeter, continuation of suppression repair plan

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.
$ Costs to Date: $400,000
Significant Events: significant progress in containment
Remarks: significant demob today and tomorrow morning
Observed Fire Behavior: smouldering
Planned Actions: continue line construction where needed, begin rehab in some areas
Summary:  Lightning strikes on Sunday ignited a wildfire approximately 2.5 miles NW of the Keys View Overlook in Joshua Tree National Park. The fire spread quickly in pinyon/juniper habitat mixed with Joshua trees and blackbrush. By Sunday evening the fire reached 150 acres in size. Initial atack on Sunday included air tankers and helo water drops along with hand crews. By Monday, the fire has grown to 269 acres and growth of the fire had slowed on the north side of the fire line, but steep rocky terrain hindered efforts to complete a line on the south side. On Tuesday, total personnel tasked to the fire numbered 150 with personnel from more than a half dozen federal, state, and local agencies fighting the fire. Containment is 35% with 90% containment projected for 1800 hours-----

CA-DVP-South Complex; 453 acres, 90%

Significant Events: 30 firefighters were pulled off the fireline late afternoon yesterday due to numerous thunderstorm cells in the area and lightning downstrikes near the fire.
Remarks: The Pass Fire is 90% contained at a size of 441 acres. The South fire is 100% contained at a size of 12 acres. Some precipitation was received on the fire on Monday.
Observed Fire Behavior: There are a few hot spots left on fire. Rollout is still a concern for firefighters.
Planned Actions: Firefighters will continue to work to complete containment objectives.

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.
CA-PNF Chips Fire. 37,481 acres, 20% contained.
 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.
 Fire Behavior: The fire did not significantly spread west or east during the night operations shift. Fire crews are making good progress with dozer lines along the west flank of the fire. The fire is active on the northwest flank. Firefighters continue to work with dozers to secure the southern edge of the fire, south along Smoke Creek Road. Today, fire crews will prep the western and north western edge flanks for burn out operations to secure these lines. Burn out operations will be completed as conditions permit.
Evacuations: There are voluntary evacuations of structures along eastern side of Highway 395. 
 Fire managers are working closely with area resource protection staff to mitigate fire damage.
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 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.
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
Current Situation
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


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