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Saturday, September 1, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today 9-1-12

National Fire Activity

National Preparedness Level 4
Initial attack activity: Light (81 new fires)
New large fires:  6 (*)
Large fires contained: 7
Uncontained large fires: ** 26
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 2
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 12
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression 

Four MAFFS C-130 aircraft and support personnel from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs (US Air ForceReserve), and the 153rd Airlift Wing, Cheyenne (Wyoming Air National Guard) are supporting wildland fire suppression operations out of Boise, ID. One MAFFS from the 145th Airlift Wing, Charlotte (North Carolina Air National Guard), along with one MAFFS from the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands (California Air National Guard) are supporting wildland fire suppression operations out of Sacramento, CA.

National Weather
 Predictive Services Discussion: Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop from central Nevada to central and eastern Montana.  Isolated heavy rainfall is possible with storms over the Great Basin.  
Cooler conditions will move into the Northwest and northern Rockies while the remainder of the West begins a slow warm-up.  In the East, scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain associated with the remnants of Hurricane Isaac will move through the upper Mississippi and Ohio valleys.  Scattered thunderstorms will also develop over the Gulf states. Cooler weather will spread across the northern Plains and the Great Lakes.     

California Wildfires Today
OSCC - South Ops
Light initial attack light, continue to monitor for holdovers from yesterday’s unstable weather and thunderstorm activity.

ONCC - North Ops

Northern California Area (PL 4)
New fires: 7
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 6
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2

CA-HUU- Spanish Fire. 75 acres 
Name: Spanish Fire
County: Humboldt County
Location: Spanish Flat in the Kings Range
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Humboldt Unit
Status/Notes: 75 acres
Date Started: August 31, 2012 11:16 pm
Last update: September 1, 2012 6:47 am


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.

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


CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 37.582 acres. 30% contained.
 Shasta-Trinity NF. IMT 1 (McGowan). Seven miles west of Big Bend, CA.
This fire is now being managed under a unified command - (Flores/McGowan). The ICP was relocated from Big Bend to Cooley Circle Seven Ranch just south of McCloud.
Active fire behavior with short range spotting . Isolated torching and surface fire. 
Forest road closures remain in effect.

Fuels: Timber, brush and grass.
Concerns: Structures and high voltage power lines threatened. Road closures in effect.

CA-MNF North Pass. 39.493 acres. 48% contained.
 Mendocino NF. The fire is being managed under a Unified Command (Wakoski/Brown). Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Wakoski) to IMT 2 (Walker) will occur 
tomorrow. Twenty-five miles northeast of Covelo, CA. Timber and logging slash. Active fire behavior with crowning and spotting. Structures threatened.
Evacuations and area closures in effect. Aggressive fire behavior with crown fire runs and short/intermediate range spotting.
Evacuations have been lifted for the majority of the Bauer Ranch Subdivision.

CA-KNF Fort Complex Fire. 19,474 acres. 28% contained.
 x (4 fires), Klamath NF. Backing fire with short, intense runs toward the interior and spot fires from rollout were observed
Transfer of command from NIMO (Kleinman) to IMT 1 (Pincha-Tulley) will occur today. Ten miles northwest of Happy Camp, CA.
Backing fire with spotting.
Structures threatened. Road and area closures in effect.

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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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