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Friday, August 31, 2012

Quick Look California Wildfires Today 08-30-12

 Fire Weather: No Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches are Currently in Effect

National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (141 new fires)
New large fires: 2 (*)
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: ** 30
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 9
Type 2 IMTs committed: 13
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression

California Wildfires Today
California Fire Map showing location, perimeters and hotspots
California Fire Map showing location, perimeters and hot-spots
OSCC - South Ops
Summer Storm Brings Lightning, Causes Flooding In Southern California
Light initial attack although thunderstorms, initially dry, did cause several small fires in the far southern forests. Particularly strong cells caused some local freeway flooding:

ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 4)
New fires: 15
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 8
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 4
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 37.582 acres. 24% contained.
 This fire is now being managed under a unified command - (Flores/McGowan).
 Isolated torching, short range spotting, and surface fire. Forest road closures remain in effect. The ICP was relocated from Big Bend to Cooley Circle Seven Ranch just south of McCloud.
Basic Information
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 10:00 am
Administrative Unit: Shasta - Trinity National Forest
County: Shasta County
Location: 7 miles west of Big Bend
Acres Burned: 37,582 acres
Containment 37, 582 acres - 24% contained
Continue to use the link above for information from the US Forest Service on this fire.
Threatened: 7 residences, 12 commercial buildings & 8 outbuildings
Injuries: 1
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: USFS, CAL FIRE, Sierra Pacific Industries, PG&E, OES, Shasta & Siskiyou County Sheriff's
Total Fire Personnel: 1,655 (650 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 85 (45 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 42 (32 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 10 helicopters
Dozers: 44 (29 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 22 water tenders
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE is now in a unified command with the Forest Service.

CA-MNF North Pass. 34,308 acres. 37% contained. 
 The fire is being managed under a Unified Command (Wakoski/Brown). Aggressive fire behavior with crown fire runs and short/intermediate range spotting. Evacuations have been lifted for the majority of the Bauer Ranch Subdivision.

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations remain in place for:
Indian Dick Road, east of the Town of Covelo, all residents on Indian Dick Road from the intersection of Mendocino Pass Road north, to the Trinity County Line and East to the Tehama County Line. This order includes all residences and USFS campsites at Howard Lake Campground, Little Doe Campground, and Hammerhorn Lake Campground and all USFS Wilderness Trailheads at Blands Cove, Hell Hole, Stick Lake, Foster Glade, Asa Bean, Rock Cabin, Georges Valley, Soldier Ridge, Smokehouse Ridge and Green Springs.
There is a Forest closure order for the northern two-thirds of the Covelo Ranger District.
Road closures: An area closure has been issued and posted for the area surrounding the North Pass fire. Please check or for more information.
Smoke Conditions: An air quality alert has been issued for the Covelo/Round Valley areas through Monday, August 27. Smoke concentrations in these areas have reached levels considered to be “Hazardous” under state and federal air quality standards.
Basic Information
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 2:47 am
Administrative Unit: Mendocino National Forest / CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit
County: Mendocino County
Location: Mendocino Pass Rd, northeast of Covelo
Acres Burned: 34,308 acres
Containment 34,308 acres - 37% contained
Current acreage is 72% Federal and 28% State Responsibilty Area (SRA)
Structures Destroyed: 5 residence and 7 outbuildings
Threatened: 23 residences, 5 commercial properties & 35 outbuildings
Injuries: 7
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS Mendocino, BIA, Covelo Fire, CDCR, California National Guard, Mendocino Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Total Fire Personnel: 2,105 (786 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 155 (54 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 40 (20 CAL FIRE)
Airtankers: 2 air tankers
Helicopters: 11 helicopters (3 CAL FIRE)
Dozers: 26 (8 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 31 water tenders
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE is in unified command with the US Forest Service
Conditions: Fire continues to spread north toward the Middle Fork of the Eel River, Hammerhorn Lake, Foster Glade and Asa Bean Ridge within the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness, eastward toward Forest Road M2, and south toward Forest Highway 7.
Firefighters continue to establish and improve containment lines while defending structures.

CA-PNF Chips Fire. 75,217 acres. 100% contained.
 Nor Cal Team 2 will shadow CIIMT4 today. Interior burning with low to moderate fire behavior.
Location: Plumas and Lassen National Forests
Date started: July 29, 2012 Cause: Under investigation
Size: 74,125 acres Containment: 91%
California Interagency Incident Management Team 4
Personnel: 1,398 (Crews: 6 Type 1, 17 Type 2; Helicopters: 2 Type 1, 3 Type 2, 1 Type 3; Engines: 119; Dozers: 14; Water Tenders: 42)
Fire Status: The burnout operation around Seneca was successful last night. Night crews began lighting off of hand constructed fire line as soon as they arrived on scene, finishing early this morning. This action has reduced fuels around the small mountain community and will give more security to homes and historical structures within the active fire area. Firefighters will begin mop-up operations around Seneca today, removing any trees that pose immediate hazards to structures.
Smoke will continue to be present over the fire area in the next several days as pockets of unburned fuels within containment lines catch fire. Crews continually monitor these fires to ensure they remain low intensity burns that meet firefighting objectives. Aerial resources will be utilized to support suppression efforts within the burn area when necessary.
Firefighters will resume mopping-up 300 feet into the fire area as well as patrolling the perimeter for spot fires. The probability of ignition remains high due to low fuel moisture and consistently high temperatures. Therefore, it is critical that firefighters mop-up at least 300 feet into the interior of the fire area so hot spots will not escape containment lines.
BAER: The US Forest Service has created a Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team to address emergency soil stabilization actions to reduce the immediate risks of post-fire erosion. They will also evaluate long-term restoration and recovery of the burned forest ecosystem. 
A unit dedicated to repairing ground disturbances associated with fire suppression efforts will continue working today. They will be constructing water bars on bulldozer lines around the fire to prevent soil erosion as well as chipping vegetation along road systems. The division is also tasked with removing hazard trees along access roads.
Additionally, safety of the public and USFS employees in the post-burned area is of utmost importance so there may be a need to close some areas until hazards from dead trees along roads, trails and adjacent to administrative sites can be removed. Mid-term and long-term risks that burned trees pose will be considered during the evaluation of post-fire salvage options.
Evacuations and Closures: The Plumas County Sheriff's Department has issued an update to area evacuations effective at 10:00 a.m. August 29, 2012.
 The Advisement for Prattville has been lifted. 
The Mandatory Evacuation Order for Rocky Point Campground, Big Meadows, Almanor Boat Ramp, Almanor Day Use Area, Camp Connery and Canyon Dam has been lifted to Advisory. The Voluntary Evacuation Notification for Rush Creek has been lifted. Seneca remains under Mandatory evacuation.
The Plumas and Lassen National Forests continue to maintain area Closures within and surrounding the Chips fire area. This includes the following area of the Pacific Crest Trail: The PCT is officially closed from Three Lakes (in the Bucks Lake Wilderness) on the Plumas National Forest northbound to the Cold Spring trailhead at the Humbug Road (Plumas County Road 307) on the Lassen National Forest. Additionally, using the Caribou Road (Forest Route 27N26) is prohibited, as the area is also officially closed.
Hikers and equestrians are advised to avoid travel on the portion of the PCT from Bucks Summit, north to Hwy 36. In order to re-route themselves most expeditiously, at Bucks Summit, northbound trail users may travel on Plumas County Road 414 east to Quincy, pick up Highway 70/89 to Chester and then Highway 36 west to resume the trail. Southbound travelers may reverse the process.
Hikers may also use Plumas County Transit between Quincy and Chester, available weekdays only. The transit schedule can be found at
Community Meeting: A community meeting will be held Friday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m. at the Chester Memorial Hall, 225 Gay Street, Chester, California.
Additional Fire Information: Call (530) 283-3593 and (530) 283-3288 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM
Location 20 miles NW of Quincy, CA
Incident Commander Rocky W. Opliger
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,207
Injuries: The three injuries were Cellulitus of the left leg; severe headache and nausea; insect bite.
Size 75,217 acres
Percent Contained 96%
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 1000 hour logs and standing snags. FM10 is most representative of the fuels and the observed fire behavior.
Fire Behavior - Significantly decreased fire behavior compared to yesterday. Still exhibiting a high resistance to control.
Significant Events - All evacuationslifted except for Seneca.
Outlook/Planned Actions - Mop up, fire suppression repair, patrol for spots outside the line.
Growth Potential - Medium
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme
 Type 1 helicopters are essential to pick up spot fires and support ground troops in line construction and mop up around critcial infastructure. PG&E crews are repairing poles in the Caribou-Westwood line and the lines from Butt Valley dam to the North fork of the Feather river. Nor Cal team 2 is planned to inbrief Thursday at 1900, shadow on Friday and assume command at 0600 Saturday. Total burned acres are at 74,125. Plumas NF burned acres 47,122, Lassen NF 18,458, SRA burned acres 8545. 
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 25 mph SW
Temperature 96 degrees
Humidity 11%

CA-KNF Fort Complex Fire. 19,474 acres. 28% contained
IMT3 will have a transfer of command at 1800. 
Backing fire with 4 to 5 foot flames.
Evacuations: The Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office has issued a six hour notification for immediate evacuation, which remains in effect as of Wednesday August 29. This notice includes closure of Seiad Creek Road and Seiad Oak Road and possibly additional roads depending on fire behavior. An evacuation center will be established Siskyou Golden Fair Grounds in 1172 Fairlane Road, Yreka Ca. 
The evacuation center will have the capability to house large and small animals as well.
For additional information contact the Siskiyou County Sheriff Department at (530) 841-2900, or the Goff Fire Information Center at (530) 493-1514
Closures: There is a current closure of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from Highway 96 to Lily Pad Lake. Please visit the Klamath National Forest website at for complete closure information.
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Fire Prevention Public Use Restriction
Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Trail and Road Closures
Klamath National Forest Trail and Road Closures
Pacific Crest Trail Closed Due to Goff Fire
The Goff Fire as of 8:00 AM August 31 is estimated at 18,091 acres and 16 percent contained. Management of the Goff Fire is being handled by a National Incident Management Organization or NIMO Team. Members of Pincha-Tulley's Type 1 Team have started to arrive and will be shadowing today for a transfer of command at 1800 this evening. 
 Command of the Hello, Lick and Fruit Fires has been transferred back to the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. No additional updates on the Hello, Lick or Fruit Fires are expected unless conditions change. 
The total acreage of the four fires that are within the Fort Complex: The overall containment of the Fort Complex is 28 percent.
Goff Fire - 18,091 acres
Hello Fire - 977 acres
Lick Fire - 403 acres
Fruit - 3 acres  contained.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 07:00 PM
Location Seiad, California
Incident Commander Dan Kleinman
Current Situation
Total Personnel 667
Size 19,474 acres
Percent Contained 28%
Estimated Containment Date Monday October 15th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - The Fort Complex of fires are burning in brush, timber and timber understory.
Fire Behavior -Backing fire with some short uphill runs where alignment occurs, with 4 to 8 flame lengths.
Significant Events: Goff Fire - Pincha-Tulley's Type 1 Team will have transfer of command at 1800.
Outlook/Planned Actions:
Goff Fire - Patrol and mop up as needed north of Seiad Valley, the 48N20 road and Hwy 96. Pick up slopover to the west of hand line on fire line above Thompson Creek Drainage.
Growth Potential - growth potential for the Goff Fire is high.
Terrain Difficulty - The Goff Fire is burning in extreme terrain.
Remarks: There has been no change in the Lick, Hello and Fruit fires for 8 days and no new information has been received. No operational resources under our control are working these fires.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 3 mph SW
Temperature 54 degrees
Humidity 59%

CA-NOD Rush Fire. 315,577 acres. 100% contained.
 The NRIMT will be transitioning with a local T3 organization.

CA-TGU Ponderosa Fire. 27,676 acres. 99% contained.
 The transition meeting is scheduled for 1000 Saturday (9/1). The protection of life and property remain the foremost priority and concern.
Basic Information
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 11:37 am
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Tehama-Glenn Unit
County: Tehama & Shasta Counties
Location: Off Ponderosa Way, southeast of Manton
Acres Burned: 27,676 acres
Containment 27,676 acres - 99% contained
Expected containment on Friday, 8/31.
Structures Destroyed: 52 residences & 81 outbuildings destroyed; 1 residence & 5 outbuildings damaged
Threatened: No further threat remains.
Evacuations: All evacuation orders and road closures have been lifted.
Injuries: 7
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Tehama and Shasta County Sheriff, CHP, CDCR, CAL TRANS, SPI, PG&E
Total Fire Personnel: 1,122 (955 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 65 CAL FIRE
Fire crews: 31 CAL FIRE
Helicopters: 1 helicopter
Dozers: 8 (3 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 37 water tenders
Conditions: No additional spread or movement of the fire is anticipated.
Residents in the area will still see fire equipment driving throughout the communities to patrol and mop up the hot spots that may arise in the fire area. Repairs to damage caused by firefighting efforts continue to be made throughout the area affected. Fire damaged trees exist and continue to present a hazard. We urge the public to use caution on roadways in and around the fire area while fire crews are still present.
Phone Numbers (530) 528-0528 (Fire Information)
LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations

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