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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfire Situation Today (Map)

 News and Notes: 2,573 Lightning Strikes Throughout the State in the past 24 Hours
California Lightning Strikes Map

  • 2,573 lightning strikes bisected the state in the past 24 hours. 
  •  173 downstrikes landed in National Forests, mostly on the Stanislaus and Eldorado National Forests. 
  • Santa Clara Unit (SCU) reported multiple new active fires, largest at five acres.
  • Cal Fire reported nearly two dozen small lightning-sparked fires yesterday afternoon in Amador, El Dorado and Calaveras counties.
  • Additional lightning is possible this afternoon and evening, according to Tahoe National Forest Public Affairs Officer Ann Westling. 

Fire Weather: No Current Red Flags, Watches or Warnings.
NWS Current Fire Weather Watches / Warnings

Predictive Services Discussion: Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will form over the Southwest, parts of the Great Basin and the Sierras of California. A cold front will drop through the northern Rockies and the northern Plains, possibly triggering a few thunderstorms across the region. Cooler conditions will spread over the Great Lakes and the upper and mid-Mississippi Valley. Warm and humid conditions will continue in the South, with scattered showers and thunderstorms forming over much of the East Coast. The southern Plains will remain very hot.

National Fire Situation
National Preparedness Level 3
National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (137 new fires)
New large fires:  8 (*)
Large fires contained: 3
Uncontained large fires: ** 25
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 14

California Large Wildfires Today:
California Wildfires Location, Perimeters and Hotspot Map
OSCC - South Ops
Southern California Area (PL 3) 
New fires: 10
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1
* 7 Type 2 Hand Crews have been mobilized to North Ops for deployment on various fires

CA-ANF- Williams Fire, 4,180 acres, and is 44%

Kings River Hot Shots, and Groveland Hot Shots have been mobilized to the fire.
Evacuations/Closures: This morning the evacuation order will be modified for Camp Williams Area.
Residence with proper identification will be allowed to return to their homes.
The road closures are still in effect in all other areas.
Highway 39 remains closed.
Location: Los Angeles County, Angeles National Forest, east of San Gabriel Reservoir
IC: Type 2 team IMT (Smith) has assumed command CA-ANF-004803
Terrain: Inaccessible, steep, rugged terrain.  The terrain offers few natural barriers or anchor points. A riparian buffer of 600 foot is established for aerial retardant.
Fuels: Heavy fuels with critically low fuel moistures. This fire is in a combination of medium to heavy decadent fuel with the majority of fire history in the area occurring in 2002.

Observed Fire Behavior: Little fire activity with smoldering fire behavior suppressed by cooler temperatures and higher humidity. The fire has continued to grow slowly with the majority of activity in Div X.  
Planned Actions: Tonight Div A, B, and X will be un-staffed. Div Y and Z will be in patrol and hold status. Crews will spike on the line tonight to take advantage favorable weather conditions. 
Significant Events: This IR flight will continue nightly until conditions change. A GPS flight was conducted this morning that provided good intelligence on fire perimeter. A significant change in weather this morning provided cooler temperatures, higher humidity and some limited precipitation on fire area.
Remarks: Tactical and strategic decisions are being made with emphasis being placed on safety, environmental, cultural concerns, cost benefit and the 2012 Risk Decision Framework.   The current favorable weather conditions should continue for the next 24 to 48 hours returning to more normal summer like conditions this weekend. A news conference was held again today at the ICP. 

Injuries: Three injuries reported last night. They were reported as minor heat related illness.

CA-SQF- Slides Fire, 254 acres, 100% [Final]
IC: Fire will transition to a type 4 incident organization today, CA-SQF-02990, 
Location: Tulare County, Slides Area, McNally Fire Footprint.

ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 34
New large fires: 2
Uncontained large fires: 7
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2
* 7 Type 2 Hand Crews have been mobilized to North Ops for deployment on various fires

CA-SHF Stafford Fire. 
Shasta-Trinity NF. Five miles southeast of Hayfork, CA. IMT 2 (Whitcome). Timber and brush. 
Active fire behavior with short crown runs and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. Overnight the fire behavior was greatly reduced with low rates of spread and limited torching. Fire behavior was predominately a surface fire with flame lengths less than 4 feet, but rolling material and short range spotting continued to hamper containment efforts.
A Type II Incident Management Team (NORCAL1-Whitcome) has been committed.

CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 45,298 acres. 67%.

 Shasta-Trinity NF. IMT 1 (McGowan). Four miles west of Big Bend, CA. Timber, logging slash and brush. Active fire behavior with isolated torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Road closures in effect. Fuels continue to burn out around the perimeter of the fire.

CA-NOD Likely Fire. 6900 acres. 0%. 

 Recreationists are being evacuated from West Valley Reservoir. a rapid rate of spread with spotting was observed fire behavior. The fire is within one mile of the community of Likely.
Structures and natural gas pipeline threatened. Evacuations in effect.

CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 41,983 acres. 68%.

 Crews continue to make progress as excess resources are demobed or reassigned to new incidents.

CA-LNU Sixteen Complex Fire. 3,500 acres. 10%.

 Resources were relocated to the Rancheria. Indirect dozer line is complete on flanks while crews continue to construct lines. An Advisory Evacuation Warning is in effect for the Cortina Rancheria area.

CA-KNF Fort Complex Fire. 23,276 acres. 37%.

 On the southern and eastern perimeters, fire continues to smolder and creep through continuous fuels, with interior islands continuing to burn out.

CA-YNP- Cascade Fire; 1113 acres, WUF
Location: (37 46.173 x 119 40.519; 7800’El., Mariposa Co., 6.15.12)
Fire Behavior: The fire continues to show low to moderate fire activity. After recent ground observations, the fire is at 1113 acres. Approximately 30 to 40 percent of the perimeter is active on the west flank. This portion of the fire is backing down the ridge towards the next branch of the Cascade Creek. Most of the fire is creeping and smoldering in light brush and compact needle cast from the red fir forest. The fire will continue to be monitored. 
Air quality has remained in the good range.
Webcam:  The park’s webcam, located at Crane Flat Helibase, captures fire images, which can be viewed at:
Notes: There are no other new fires in Yosemite.
Firefighter and public safety are always the primary importance and consideration with all fires.
For additional Information: Fire Information Officer Gary Wuchner at: (209) 372-0480 or 375-9574 

CFN - 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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