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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today - Fire Weather & Map

Map of California wildfires today
California Wildfires Today
Update sent at 03:03 PDT on 2012-08-16
Update sent at 03:03 PDT on 2012-08-16

  • Joseph Type I ICMT#5 has been mobilized to the Mustang Complex ID-SCF-12190.

  • Opligers Type I ICMT#4 has been mobilized the Chips fire, CA-PNF-1001.

  • Coopers Central Coast Type 2 ICMT assigned to the Ramsey, Fire CA-STF-02954.

  • OSCC

    CA-OVD- Indian Fire; 12,574 acres, 100% contained.
    CA-OVD-000942, Will transition back the Forest at 0700 Thursday.

    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. The transition to an ICT4 will occur on 08/16/2012 at 0700 hours.
    Observed Fire Behavior: Smoldering in heavy fuels
    Planned Actions: Continue to improve fire perimeter, continuation of suppression repair

    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

    Significant Events: Intermittent closure of Hwy 4. ICP has been moved to the Bear Valley Ski Resort today.
    Remarks: Pre-evacuation of residents along highway 4, Big Meadow campground, Sand Flat and Camp Wolfboro continue in Division B. The shortage of needed resources still affect suppression capabilities on the Ramsey incident. Fire continues to burn actively during the heat of the day, producing up-hill runs and group torching. Steep terrain, heavy fuels, and large numbers of snags have halted direct line construction and night shifts on Divisions A and Z.
    Observed Fire Behavior: Moderate spread rates up-slope with occasional short runs toward have been observed, Single and group torching with ground fire in all Divisions, multiple spots across Hwy 4 in Divisions B and C.
    Planned Actions: Continue line construction with the support of Aerial resources all Divisions. Continue contingency lines on Division A and Y. Prepare for firing operation in Division A to address line construction safety issues. Support lines on Divisions A and Y with hose lays for crew safety.


    CA-MVU- Vallecito Lighting Complex; 15,525 acres, 60% contained.

    Costs to Date: $3,757,482
    Evacuations: The community of Ranchita is currently under evacuation orders. An evacuation center is open at Warner Springs High School.  
    Road closures: In place for San Felipe and Montezuma Road, County Highway S22 and Palm Canyon Drive. 
    Conditions: The Wilson and Stewart fires are close to merging.

    Significant Events: Hard road closures are in place for San Felipe and Montezuma Road, County Highway S22 and Palm Canyon Drive. Evacuations of Ranchita and homes adjacent to S22. An evacuation center has been opened in Warner Springs. Resources are needed to support the firing and holding operations on the Wilson Fire that is imminently threatening the community of Ranchita
    Remarks: The Wilson and Stewart fires are close to merging. Firing operations will continue through the evening and into tomorrow. Favorable firing conditions helped support operational objectives.
    Observed Fire Behavior: Observed fire behavior includes wind driven downhill slope runs which are a result of nighttime diurnal winds from the east in combination with exceedingly dry fuels. Fire continues to move through heavy continuous fuels burning in areas with minimal fire history. Fuels consist of Buckwheat, Sage, Sumac, and grass. Firing operations on both the Stewart and Wilson Fires produced good consumption . The firing operation brought the fire closer to the community of Ranchita. Fires are burning in extremely steep inaccessible terrain
    Planned Actions: Structure defense, perimeter control, hold and improve existing control lines, prepare structure defense plans for the community of Ranchita and the homes adjacent to S2. Firing operations will continue to assist and suport control objectives.
    Incident Information: CA-MVU-8747
    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
    Injuries: 2
    Cause: Lightning
    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- Buck Fire; 2,681 acres, 60% contained.
      CA-RRU-080142, Costs to Date: $1,500,000. Firefighters continue to make good progress towards containment. Significant Events: Evacuations lifted for residents.

    Observed Fire Behavior: Interior island torching. Hot spots near line requiring mitigation.
    Planned Actions: Continue and improve direct line construction. Mop up and patrol.
    Evacuations: All evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday night.
    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
    Injuries: 5
    Cause: Lightning
    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
    CA-JTP- Quail Fire; 275 acres, 90% contained.
    CA-JTP-11722,  Costs to Date: $400,000
    Location: JUNIPER FLATS
    Structures Threatened: None

    No new large fires reported in the Geographic Area overnight (1800-0600).

    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.
    Conditions: High temperatures, northeast canyon winds and steep terrain is slowing progress. Acreage is changed due to more accurate mapping.
    Incident Information:
    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.
     Interior islands continue to burn; continuing to hold, mop up, and improve existing lines. Demobilization of excess resources to support other incidents.  The Walker Fire and Wye Fire are two separate fires now being managed as one incident.
    Evacuations: Evacuation orders have been lifted; including those in the the Wilbur Hot Spring area as of 10:00 a.m. this morning.  
    Road Closures: CHP and Caltrans have reopened Hwy 20 with strict speed limits being enforced in the fire area. Motorists are asked to use extreme caution while driving in that area as fire personnel and equipment are still present.Caltrans #1-800-427-7623
    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.
    Injuries: 3
    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
    Helicopters: 2
    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.
    Notes: Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley) took command of the incident at 6 pm on August 13, 2012. Numerous agencies from many jurisdictions are working together in cooperation to ensure public and fire fighter safety and suppress the fire as quickly as possible. Initial attack in the park is being coordinated by CIIMT3.
     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 at Local air quality conditions and forecasts are available at 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.
    Lassen Volcanic National Park Trails: including the Pacific Crest Trail
    Butte Lake
    Lost Creek
    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.
    Basic Information
    Incident Type Wildfire
    Cause Lightning
    Date of Origin Monday July 23rd, 2012 approx. 05:09 PM
    Location: 14 miles south of Old Station, CA.
    Command: Interagency Incident Management Team 3 (Pincha-Tulley)
    Start Date & Report Time: July 23, 2012 at 5:09 PM
    Cause: Lightning
    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
    Engines: 69
    Helicopters: 5
    Injuries: 1
    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
    Current Situation
    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. 
    Fire Behavior and Smoke Notes: Active low intensity fire behavior with occasional single tree torching. Fire behavior moderated due to heavy smoke cover; increasing activity is expected when the smoke lifts. Power was restored to the town of Quincy; PG&E crews are working to restore damaged power poles feeding the Red Hill area.
     Clear skies brought cooler temperatures overnight, resulting in heavy smoke in the canyons this morning. As the inversion lifts, firefighters will be looking for the earliest possible launch times for helicopter bucket drops.  Fire behavior will be moderate in the morning and increasing as the inversion lifts. Prevailing winds out of the southwest will return in the afternoon.
     Summary: Overnight, firefighters continued to hold the fire south of the Humbug Road in the Grizzly Campground area. Crews also made significant progress burning from Yellow Creek Campground to Butt Valley Reservoir.
     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.
    Basic Information:
    County: Plumas County
    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
    Crews: 11
    Size: 42,964 acres (due to more accurate mapping)
    Engines: 120
    Percent Contained: 20%
    Dozers: 29
    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;
    36 Outbuildings
    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.

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