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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires today

 News and Notes:
 The National PL was increased to "4" on Aug 8 at 1600.
 Thirteen new large fires were reported nationally and eight were contained. Fifty-six large fires have currently burned a total of 917,662 acres. The number of fires are currently below the 10-year-average, but the acres burned are approximately 280,000 above the average.
 Four MAFFS C-130 aircraft and support personnel from the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands (California Air National Guard), and the 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs (US Air Force Reserve) are supporting wildland fire suppression operations out of Boise, ID.

2 SFFD firefighters injured in backdraft - 120 firefighters battled the fire, encountered explosion
Firefighters tackling a four-alarm fire in San Francisco narrowly escaped serious injury during a backdraft.
It took 120 firefighters about an hour to extinguish the fast-moving flames that quickly consumed a block of tightly-packed businesses Tuesday.
KGO-TV reported that nine firefighters entered a coffee shop that was believed to be the origin of the fire when they were hit by the backdraft.
One of the firefighters sustained a shoulder injury while the other reported an irregular heartbeat after the explosion. Both were taken to the hospital and expected to make a full recovery.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation

Weather: No Current Fire Watches or Warnings
California Wildfires Today
ONCC - North Op's
  • No new large fires reported in the Geographic Area overnight (1800-0600). 
  • Truett IMT II ordered (CA-ONC-007) for preposition to No Ops. 
CA-SHF Parks Wildfire, 17 acres, 85% contained.
 If the fire receives favorable weather conditions today, then full containment is expected by end of shift tonight.

CA-TCU- Armario Wildfire -  30 acres and 65% contained  
County: Tuolumne County Location: north of Tuolumne Rd in Soulsbyville
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE - Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
Date/Time Started: August 7, 2012 6:30 pm
Location: north of Tuolumne Rd in Soulsbyville
Acres Burned: 30 acres
Containment 30 acres and 65% contained
Structures Destroyed: Two residential structures (A Frame, Stick Frame, one out building, one pick-up, one travel trailer, two vehicles, one recreational vehicle.
Total Fire Personnel: 232 (52 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 21 (5 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 7 (2 CAL FIRE)
Airtankers: 0
Helicopters: 2
Dozers: 2
Water tenders: 3

CA-PNF- Chips Wildfire - 18,681 acres, 10% contained.
Crews made good progress with burn out operations on the northern side of the fire, from Div F towards Div Y. Approximately one mile of firing was completed until until the conditions became unfavorable. Crews continued to mopup, hold and patrol existing fireline.
County: Plumas County
Location: 2 miles northwest of Belden
Administrative Unit: Plumas National Forest  
Chips Fire Information - Phone: 530-283-3593 Hours: 8:00am-7:00pm
Date Started: July 29, 2012 1:57 am
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday July 29th, 2012 approx. 01:57 AM
Location 2 miles NW of Belden, CA
Incident Commander Jerry Mcgowan
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,018
Size 18,681 acres
Percent Contained 10%
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 large, 1000 hour logs and standing snags.
Fire Behavior - Persistent fire spread is currently being observed. The fire is backing downslope with occasional torching.
Significant Events - Crews made progress with burnout operations on the northern flank of the fire. They will continue to mopup, hold and patrol existing fireline. 
 Road closures: Cal Trans continues to clean up debris that is falling onto the highway. USFS road 27N76 remain closed.  A one mile, one lane traffic closure remains in effect on Highway 70. Motorists should use caution on Hwy 70 in the fire area. Expect delays and traffic controls. 
 Campground Closures: Gansner Bar, North Fork and Queen Lily campgrounds, The Little Grizzly dispersed camping area and High Lake OHV Area are closed. Portions of the Pacific Crest, Yellow Creek, Ben Lomond, and Indian Creek hiking trails remain closed.
 Evacuations: The communities of Belden, Little Haven and Maggie's Trailer Park are on a precautionary evacuation notice. A voluntary evacuation notice has been issued for the Rush Creek area and the area south of Highway 89 that includes Butt Valley Reservoir and Humbug Reservoir. Residents along Highway 70 from Tobin to Twain are encouraged to begin developing evacuation plans.
Outlook/Planned Actions - Resources will continue to construct and improve containment lines and will conduct burnout operations if there are favorale conditions. Crews will also continue to hold and mop-up existing firelines, and provide initial attack response. Structure protection is currently being provided to communities in the Highway 70 Corridor and along Caribou Road. The communications site on Red Hill is also being protected.
Growth Potential - Extreme
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme
Remarks: Traffic controls are being implemented on a 7 mile section of Highway 70 from Rock Creek to Belden. There are 9 miles remaining of fireline to build. 35 miles, or 80%, of planned direct and indirect containment lines have been completed. The acreage within the proposed containment lines includes 12,450 acres in the Plumas National Forest and 22,320 acres in the Lassen National Forest. An advisory from the Plumas County Sheriff's Office for potential evacuations is still in effect along Highway 70 between Tobin and Twain. Other voluntary evacuation notices remain in effect as well.
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 25 mph SW
Temperature 102 degrees
Humidity 9%

CA-LNU- San Antonio Wildfire -  35-40 acres and 100% contained  
County: Sonoma County
Location: eastside of Hwy 101, south of San Antonio Rd, south of Petaluma
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit
Date Started: August 8, 2012 2:24 pm

CA-AEU- Hazel Wildfire, -  45 acres - 90% contained  
Name: Hazel Fire
County: El Dorado County
Location: Off Mormon Emigrant Trail, southeast of Pollock Pines
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Amador-El Dorado Unit/Eldorado National Forest
Date Started: August 5, 2012 1:20 pm
Planned Actions - Today crews will continue mop up operations.
Terrain Difficulty - Road access near fire, steep difficult terrain

CA-LNP Reading Wildfire, 
3,700 acres, 5% contained.
 Nighttime fire behavior was moderate with low rates of spread, single tree torching.
Closures: The main park highway (Hwy 89) is closed for six miles from Chaos Crags to Summit Lake. Lost Creek and Crags campgrounds are closed.
Incident Overview
On July 23, thunderstorms produced numerous lightning strikes within Lassen Volcanic National Park. One of the strikes ignited a fire approximately one mile northeast of Paradise Meadow between the Terrace Lake and Paradise Meadows Trails. This fire, named the Reading Fire, is currently being managed by Incident Management Team NorCal 1. At this time, the fire is approximately 3,600 acres and 5% contained. This fire is actively burning and causing spot fires which are challenging firefighters.
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
Incident Commander Paul Whitcome
Current Situation
Total Personnel 468
Size 3,600 acres
Percent Contained 5%
 Estimated Containment Date Saturday August 11th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
 Fuels Involved - The 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 - Winds and low RH increased fire behavior with numerous single and group tree torching, burning through dense forest fuels. Long range spotting up to 1 mile.
 Significant Events - A spot fire on the north side of Badger Mountain got established today and was aggressively attacked with air tankers. Retardant drops were used on USFS lands. The main park highway continues to be closed for six miles from Chaos Crags to Summit Lake. Lost Creek and Crags campgrounds remain closed. Portions of the Pacific Crest, Paradise Meadows, and Terrace Lakes trails remain closed.
Outlook / Planned Actions - Continue direct and indirect line construction and scout for additional secondary control lines. Evaluate and prepare for structure protection.
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
Remarks: NPS Acres = 3,375, USFS acres = 225
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 14 mph SW
Temperature 82 degrees
Humidity 18%

CA-KNF Fort Complex. Wildfires, 115 total acres, 0% contained.
 Fires within the complex include: 
Goff Fire - 20 acres, 0% contained;
Hello Fire - 60 acres, 0% contained; 
Lick Fire - 30 acres, 0% contained; 
Fruit Fire - 5 acres, 0% contained. 
The growth potential for these fires is high.
 Incident Overview
The Goff Fire, burning on the Happy Camp Oak Knoll Ranger District of the Klamath natioanl Forest has been complexed with three other nearby fires. The Hello, Lick and Fruit Fires burning nearby in the Red Buttes Wilderness of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest together with the Goff Fire are now called the Fort Complex.
 These fires are burning in extremely steep and inacessible terrain approximately10 miles northwest of Happy Camp, California in California and Oregon. A type 2 incident management team arrived in Yreka, California yesterday to assess these fires and develop a suppression planExtreme topography is making access difficult; fires are burning in the 1987 Fort Cooper Fire.
Planned actions:  The Goff Fire will continue to be monitored until SoCal Team 1 (Walker) takes over; the OR-RSF fires will continue to go direct.

CA-MDF- Lake Complex Wildfires, 1,666 acres, 80% contained.
 The Lake Complex fire is showing great progress. The fire has a line completely surrounding the perimeter and suppresion effort have paid off greatly. Resourses are starting to be demob and remaining crews are concentrating on mopping up hot spots. With stronger winds and higher temperatures expected this weekend personnel will continue to watch for interior flare ups to prevent potential spot fires.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 03:03 PM
Location 12 miles SW of Blue MT LO
Incident Commander Cross / Orr(t)
Current Situation
Total Personnel 207
Size 1,666 acres
Percent Contained 80%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday August 09th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Timber, Grass & Brush
Fire Behavior - There is no fire behavior occurring
Significant Events - Continue mop up within established control lines
Outlook/Planned Actions - Continue line improvement and mop up
Growth Potential - High
Terrain Difficulty - Medium
Remarks - Demob of resources expected after shift 8/9/12 and 8/10/12
Current Weather
Wind Conditions 4-8 mph SW
Temperature 92-102 degrees
Humidity 5-11%
Extremely hot temperatures continue throughout the GACC with temps exceeding 105 in Riverside expected tomorrow.

CA-SQF- Piute Complex wildfires, 1,799 acres; 50% contained.
Forward fire spread has been stopped.
Location: Piute Mountain Area, Southeast of Lake Isabella
IC: Central Sierra Type-2 team (Cooper) remains in command. 

Clear Wildfire, 1,449 acres, 50% contained.
Heald Wildfire, 350 acres, 75% contained.

CA-SNF- Bear Wildfire, 500 acres, 50% contained. 
Location: 10NM East Northeast of Huntington Lake, South of Edison Lake, John Muir Wilderness, Fresno County. 
Fire is burning in bear clover, heavy timber and brush.
No increase in size during this operational period, continue line construction while being vigilant for potential heat related injuries.
Values at risk: wilderness areas, public and private campgrounds, stables, 2 private resorts.

CA-NOD- Indian, wildfire, 100+ 0% containment 
Location:  Mono County, South East of Mono Lake, near off Hwy 120 and Baxter Springs.
IC: Jurisdiction BLM.
Fire in sagebrush moderate to rapid ROS
Values at risk watershed, threat to Inyo National Forest

Nevada - Northern California Resource Area Incident
CA-BLM-NOD Lost Fire wildfire 45,288 acres, 40% Containment  
NorCal 2 Type II Interagency Incident Management Team
Cedarville, California
Fire Information Office: 530-563-6045 Staffed 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Started: August 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Cause: Lightning
Fuels: Fire is burning in sagebrush, juniper, pockets of mountain mahogany, tall grass,
Estimated Size: 45,288 acres
Containment: 40%.
Expected Containment: August 12, 2012
Committed Resources: Approximately 305 people
Structures Threatened: 0
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 0
Injuries: 0
 Lost Fire Bucket Work
Summary: Northern California (NorCal) Interagency Incident Management Team 2 (Joe Molhoek, Incident Commander) is managing Lost Fire for BLM. The fire is located approximately 20 miles southeast of Eagleville, California, in Northwest Nevada.
 The fire continues to burn northeast into the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA) and has burned into the High Rock Canyon wilderness area.
 Resource concerns in the area include critical habitat for sage grouse and other wildlife, federally protected wild horses, and multiple cultural and historical sites. The fire is also impacting several livestock allotments, which are important to local ranchers and the economy of Surprise Valley. Fire managers are working closely with area resource protection staff to mitigate fire damage, and expect the fire to burn throughout the night with moderate activity with a slight increase in relative humidity recovery. Most of the fire activity will be confined to the NCA and the northeast fire edge.
Advisories and Closures: · Nevada State Route 34 is closed from Nevada State Route 8A (continuation of CA State Route 299) to the Lost Creek Road.
 The public is advised to leave recreation areas in the High Rock Canyon area and to be advised of fire activity and personnel.
Remarks: Fire Camp is located at the Modoc County Fairgrounds in Cedarville, California, and is currently closed for use by the public.
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.
LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations
  California Fire News 2012 

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****REMINDER**** Every fire has the ability to be catastrophic. The wildland fire management environment has profoundly changed. Growing numbers of communities, across the nation, are experiencing longer fire seasons; more frequent, bigger, and more severe, fires are a real threat. Be careful with all campfires and equipment.
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