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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

California Wildfires Today: Quick Look (Map)


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California Fire Weather: 
Red Flags - Fire Watches and Warnings
A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW...OR WILL SHORTLY. THESE CONDITIONS WILL
CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH.


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
WHERE: WESTERN KLAMATH NATIONAL FOREST - 
FIRE ZONE 280. ..
WHEN: RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THURSDAY
FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR
 * AFFECTED AREA: MID SLOPES AND RIDGE TOPS OF FIRE ZONE 280.
 * WIND...NORTHEAST WINDS 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 15 MPH ARE
EXPECTED. WINDS WILL DIMINISH SOME DURING THE DAY BUT INCREASE
AGAIN TONIGHT INTO THURSDAY MORNING.
 * HUMIDITY...22 TO 30 PERCENT OVERNIGHT AND 12 TO 20 PERCENT
DURING THE AFTERNOON.
 * IMPACTS...GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY CREATE THE
POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH.

 URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
WHERE:  UMPQUA NATIONAL FOREST -  FIRE ZONE 617 
WHEN: RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM PDT THIS EVENING
FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES.
 * AFFECTED AREA: MID SLOPES AND RIDGE TOPS IN EASTERN FIRE ZONE
617.
 * WIND...EAST WINDS 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 20 MPH.
 * HUMIDITY...10 TO 15 PERCENT.
 * IMPACTS...GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY CREATE THE
POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH.

 URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
WHERE: SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES -  FIRE ZONE 623 
WHEN:  RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM PDT THURSDAY
FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR
 * AFFECTED AREA: FIRE ZONE 623.
 * WIND...EAST WINDS 10 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 20 MPH ARE EXPECTED.
 * HUMIDITY...10 TO 15 PERCENT THIS AFTERNOON AND 20 TO 25
PERCENT TONIGHT.
 * IMPACTS...GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY CREATE THE
POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH.
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National Fire Situation
National Preparedness Level 3
Predictive Services Weather Discussion: High pressure over the West will bring warming to the region. Scattered thunderstorms will form over the Four Corners states and along a front stretching from Kansas to the GreatLakes. Some storms could produce heavy rain. Strong and gusty winds will develop over the far northern Plains, creating near critical fire weather conditions. Mild and generally quiet conditions will persist over the East and South with very warm conditions continuing over Texas and Oklahoma.
http://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/outlooks/outlooks.html
National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (89 new fires)
New large fires: 8 (*)
Large fires contained: 5
Uncontained large fires: ** 36
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 18
Two MAFFS from the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands (California Air National Guard), and the 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte, NC are supporting wildland fire suppression operations out of Sacramento, CA.

California Wildfires Today Map
California Wildfires Today Location, Perimeter and Hot-spot Map
California Wildfires Today Location, Perimeter and Hot-spot Map
OSCC - South Ops
Southern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 16
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 0
Type I IMT (Joseph) ordered for the McGuire Fire (ID-NPF-531).

CA-ANF- Williams Fire, , 4,192 acres, now 100%
Closure of San Gabriel Canyon is still in effect. Highway 39 remains closed to all non-residents.
Williams Fire, CA-ANF-004803, now 4,192 acres, 91% contained.

ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 13
New large fires: 1
Uncontained large fires: 6
Type 1 IMTs committed: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

CA-SHF Ward Fire. 474 acres. 40%. 
Operational plans for today call for continuing with aggressive direct attack during the day shift  and initiating mop-up.
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CA-SHF Stafford Fire. 4,481 acrres. 85%. 
No additional spread is expected.
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CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 46,011 acres. 90%. 
Surface fires continue, with hot rolling material backing down steep slopes in Division G as the fire moves towards the McCloud River.
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CA-NOD Likely Fire. 10,000 acres. 80%.
 W. Valley and Moon lakes remain closed for recreation. There is little threat of additional growth.
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CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 41,983 acres. 97%.
 Decreasing threat of fire spread and minimal threat to structures. The fire continues to creep and smoulder through unburned islands.
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CA-MEU Scotts Fire. 4,618 acres. 75%. 
No further growth is expected as excess resources are demobed.
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LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations


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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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