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CA-CDD- Jawbone Complex; 12462 acres, 70% contained.
CA-CDD-11542, Costs to Date: $3,628,204
Significant Events: Crews and dozers continued work throughout the shift holding and mop up of the constructed line on the Jawbone and Rim Fires. Continued construction of direct and indirect contingency line. 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 the incident has been completed. Jawbone Fire is 1987 acres at 100% containment. Rim Fire is 10478 acres at 70% containment. 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: Slowly backing and creeping on the southern flanks with some isolated torching of the Rim Fire.
Planned Actions: Rim Fire: continue direct line construction hold and mop up. Jawbone Fire: patrol status. Suppression repair planning has begun.
CA-STF- Ramsey Fire; 1,150 acres, 30% contained.
CA-STF-002954,Costs to Date: $2,000,000
Location: 8 miles east of Dorrington
Structures Threatened: 16 Primary
CA-MVU- Vallecito Lighting Complex; 15,525 acres, 60% contained.
Costs to Date: $3,757,482
Road closures: In place for San Felipe and Montezuma Road, County Highway S22 and Palm Canyon Drive.
Last Updated: August 16, 2012 6:30 am
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
Acres Burned: 6 fires totaling 15,525 acres
Containment 6 fires totaling 15,525 acres - 60% contained
Threatened: 400 structures
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Cal EMA, USFS, BLM, CDCR, CCC, San Diego County Sheriff's Office, CA State Parks, CAL TRANS, San Diego Animal Control, San Diego Humane Society, American Red Cross, San Diego County Public Works, CHP, San Diego County Fire/Rescue Operational Area Fire Depts.
Total Fire Personnel: 1,454 (984 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 77 (56 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 48 (36 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 5 helicopters
Dozers: 8 bulldozers (6 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 28 water tenders Vallecito Lighting Complex; Individual Fires
Vallecito Fire: 519 acres 100% contained, located South-East of Julian
Wilson Fire: 8,000 acres 65% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian
Stewart Fire: 7,000 acres 50% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian
Cooper Fire: 3 acres 100% contained, located near Scissors crossing North-East of Julian
Wynola Fire: 3 acres 100% contained, Hwy 79 at Wynola
Shoots Fire: less than 1 acre 100% contained, eastern San Diego Co.
CA-RRU-080142, Costs to Date: $1,500,000. Firefighters continue to make good progress towards containment. Significant Events: Evacuations lifted for residents.
Road Closures: Stanley Rd, Checkmate Rd, Reed Valley Rd, and Garrett Rd open to residents with proper identification.
Date/Time Started: August 14, 2012 12:56 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Riverside Unit / Riverside County Fire
County: Riverside County
Location: Sage Rd between Lewis Valley Rd & Buck Rd in Aguanga
Acres Burned: 2,681 acres
Containment 2,681 acres - 60% contained
Full containment expected on August 18
Structures Destroyed: 4 structures destroyed
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Riverside County Sheriff Dept., USFS, Riverside County Animal Control, CCC, CDCR, American Red Cross, US Forest Service, AMR Ambulance, and dozens of local fire agencies.
Total Fire Personnel: 985 (792 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 105 engines (65 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 39 fire crews (33 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 6 helicopters (2 CAL FIRE)
Dozers: 12 bulldozers (9 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 14 water tenders
Location: JUNIPER FLATS
Structures Threatened: None
Plumas NF Lightning: Approximately 120 lightning strikes have been received along the escarpment on the east side of the Plumas NF as of 1700hrs. More are likely. Four fires have been reported, 3 of which are 1/10th of an acre. They are:
1) Castantia - (T25N,R17,S33) 10-50 acres with lots of smoke
2) Ferris - (T26N,R15E,S30) 1/10th acre
3) Siegfreid - (T25N,R14E,S17) 1/10th acre
4) Lake Road - (T23N,R16E,S24) Sierra VAlley Volunteers called the fire in and were responded with Forest Service. 1/10th acre
-----CA-NOD Rush Fire. 140,949 acres, 25% contained.
Threats to Hwy 395 continue and voluntary evacuations are still in place. Live fuel moistures are at 34% and ERCs at record levels. Monsoonal moisture continues to track into the fire area with severe out-flows but no rainfall. Aircraft used today, 2 MAFFS with lead, 3 SEATS, S2, and P2V. One barn was destroyed on the northern end of the fire.
CA-BTU- Mill Fire; 1,025 acres - 15% contained.
Canyon winds pushing the fire to the northeast. DIV C terrain is rocky and steep limiting the use of dozers for direct attack. The use of Crews is critical in order to accomplish containment objectives. Due extremely high ERC's and spotting potential, fire growth for DIV C is high. Spotting, roll out, and reburn potential exist through out the fire. Spotting potential across Mill Creek drainage is high. Terrain and access is very difficult and injury potential is a concern. Aircraft is needed to support direct attack strategies. High temperatures are influencing suppression activities. Minor spotting in DIV L. Crews made good progress constructing direct line in DIV M. Construction of secondary contingency lines have begun.
Last Updated: August 16, 2012 7:00 am
Date/Time Started: August 13, 2012 6:46 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Butte Unit
County: Tehama County
Location: Highway 32 in the Mill Creek drainage, northwest of Butte Meadows
Acres Burned: 1,025 acres
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sierra Pacific Industries
Total Fire Personnel: 722 (544 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 60 (28 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 20 (All CAL FIRE)
Airtankers: 1 air tanker
Helicopters: 3 helicopters
Dozers: 12 bulldozers (5 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 14 water tenders
CA-LNU- Wye(Y) Fire; 7,934 acres - 80% contained.
Hunting: Due to fire conditions and fire fighter safety, hunting has been restricted 10 miles north and south of Hwy 20, between Hwy 53 and Hwy 16.
Date/Time Started: August 12, 2012 3:52 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
County: Lake and Colusa Counties
Location: Highway 20 east of Highway 53 and Clearlake Oaks
Acres Burned: 7,934 acres
Containment 7,934 acres - 80% contained
Structures Destroyed: 2 structures & 1 outbuilding destroyed and 2 damaged.
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, CHP, CALTRANS, PG&E, Red Cross, Bureau of Land Management, CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation and dozens of local fire agencies.
Total Fire Personnel: 972 (734 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 103 (53 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 26 CAL FIRE
Dozers: 10 (7 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 8
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE Incident Management Team 4
Phone Numbers (707) 967-4207 (Wye Fire Call Center)
Phone Numbers (707) 967-4208 (Wye Fire Call Center)
CA-LNF Reading Fire. 25,242 acres, 25% contained.
Crews completed firing operations on the western perimeter last night, and all lines were successfully held. Patrol and mop up of the rest of the fire continued. The moderate fire behavior last night was associated with the firing operations on the western perimeter; the remainder of the fire experienced minimal growth.
Summary: Firefighting efforts continue to be focused on protecting structures and controlling the growth of the fire. Favorable weather conditions and management tactics utilizing current resources, have allowed crews to make increased progress on this fire and keep the perimeter as small as possible.
Burning objectives have been met on the west and northwest side of the fire, with 25% of the containment line around the fire completed. Today's objectives in those areas will be patrol the fire, hold the line that we have, and mop up within the fire perimeter. Hot, dry conditions are predicted for the next few days and fire crews will be vigilant on continuing suppression tactics.
Minimal fire spread over the northwest portion of the fire may occur from short range spotting over the next few days.
What can you do to help in the firefighting efforts Prepare your home, stay aware of the situation, and help your friends and neighbors where you can.
The Lassen National Forest and Lassen Volcanic National Park are working together and providing a coordinated response to the fire.
Minimum Impact Suppression Tactics (MIST) is a fire fighting philosophy of "do least damage." If a fire crew was fighting a fire in your back yard, you would want them to use MIST tactics. First, they would only suppress the fire in ways that would provide for your family's safety and their own. Then they would cut down only necessary trees, use water rather than chemicals when possible, communicate clearly with each other so they did not waste time or resources, use tools that were the right size rather than too big or too small, spend only the money they needed to spend, and restore the site as much as possible. Suppression of the Reading Fire is being done using MIST tactics.
Smoke: Will continue to pose health concerns for the public. Residents are encouraged to visit the "Protect Yourself from Smoke" website for smoke protection information athttp://www.cdc.gov/Features/Wildfires/. Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available athttp://airnow.gov/index.cfm action=airnow.main.
Park Closures: - The Lassen Volcanic National 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 the PCT, from Corral Meadows to the north boundary, Paradise Meadows, Terrace Lakes, Painted Dunes, Cinder Cone, Twin Lakes, Cluster Lakes, Butte Lake, Widow Lake, and trails west of Snag Lake south to Juniper Lake and Horsehoe 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.
Summit Lake North
Summit Lake South
Road Closures: The Lassen National Volcanic Park Highway is closed just past Manzanita Lake to Summit Lake. Park visitors can still access the Park at the north entrance to Manzanita Lake and the Loomis Museum and the south entrance in Mineral. Visitors have access to the Park Highway up as far as Summit Lake.
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2012 approx. 05:09 PM
Location: 14 miles south of Old Station, CA.
Start Date & Report Time: July 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM
Acres: 25,242 NPS acres = 16,191 USFS acres = 8,973 Private Property = 78
Percent Containment: 25%
Estimated Containment: August 21, 2012
Hand Crews: 26
Structures Damaged: 0
Estimated Cost-to-Date: $9,766,261
Total personnel assigned to the incident: 1,067
For additional information please call the Reading Fire Information phone line at 877-384-7026 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m
Total Personnel 1,067
Size 25,242 acres
Percent Contained 25%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday August 21st, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - 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 - Aggressive backing was observed on all flanks today including group tree tourching and short range spotting on the northest flank of the fire.
Outlook / Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
CA-NEU- Salmon Fire; 108 acres - 100% contained
County: El Dorado County
Location: Salmon Falls Road, south of Pilot Hill
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit
Date Started: August 15, 2012 3:00 pm
Last update: August 16, 2012 8:00 am
CA-PNF Chips Fire; 42,964 acres, 20% contained.
The spot fire below the Butt Valley Reservoir Dam continued to burn overnight. It remains a significant concern and crews and supervisors continue to scout and plan suppression tactics in the area between Butt Valley Reservoir Dam and Seneca.
Despite lingering smoke yesterday afternoon, helicopter pilots were still able to fly six hours of missions dropping water on various areas of the fire. With smoke expected to clear earlier in the day, air operations anticipate additional opportunities today.
After CalTrans crews cleared rocks and debris from Caribou Road yesterday morning, firefighters kept the fire west of the road overnight. This project will continue today. Firefighters will also continue to attack persistent spot fires near the telecommunications towers on Red Hill.
940 structures that are considered threatened are in the following communities: Lake Almanor West, Almanor, Prattville, the Big Meadows subdivision, Canyondam, Belden, Rush Creek, and Seneca, and structures along Caribou Road. Residents in these areas will continue to see CalFire and Office of Emergency Services engines from various city fire departments moving through neighborhoods as they plan structure protection tactics. Bulldozers and other heavy equipment will continue building and improving contingency lines running southeast from Seneca Road.
PG&E representatives are working closely with the fire management team, and are prepared to de-energize transmission lines as needed for firefighting efforts, including the use of aircraft.
Location: 2 miles northwest of Belden, Plumas and Lassen National Forests
Chips Fire Information Phone Numbers: (530)283-3593 and (530)283-3288
Date started: July 29, 2012
Number of Personnel: 1,105
Location: 2 miles Northwest of Belden, CA
Size: 42,964 acres (due to more accurate mapping)
Percent Contained: 20%
Estimated Containment Date: August 31, 2012
Water Tenders: 31
Cause: Under Investigation
Helicopters: 5 Type 1, 3 Type 2, and 2 Type 3
Cost to Date: $17,500,000
Air Tankers: Available
Structures Threatened: 900 Residence; 4 Commercial;
Injuries to Date: 9
CA-KNF Fort Complex. 3790 acres, 23% contained.
Moderate surface fire spread with active backing fire. The Hello and Goff Fires both short duration runs during the day and early evening hours.
- LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations