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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today 09-04-12

 National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (123 new fires)
New large fires: 1 (*)
Large fires contained: 0
Uncontained large fires: ** 22
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 14
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression strategy.

Note: Two MAFFS C-130 aircraft and support personnel from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Colorado Springs (US Air ForceReserve) are supporting wildland fire suppression operations out of Boise, ID. Two MAFFS from the 146th Airlift Wing, Channel Islands. 
Two C-130s from the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing were deactivated Sept. 2, and returned there from Boise, Idaho.


National Fire Weather Predictive Services Discussion: Isolated thunderstorms will form over the higher terrain over the Four Corners region. Breezy conditions will continue over the northern Rockies and the northern Plains.  Thunderstorms and heavy rain will spread from the central Gulf States to New England as a slow-moving front slides toward the Appalachians. Thunderstorms will also develop around the Great Lakes and the upper Mississippi Valley. Hot weather will return to the southern and central Plains.  

California Fire Weather: FIRE WEATHER WATCH 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR 612 AM PDT TUE SEP 4 2012
WHAT: NWS HAS ISSUED A FIRE WEATHER WATCH 
WHERE: MODOC COUNTY EXCEPT FOR THE SURPRISE VALLEY
WHEN: FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR FIRE ZONE 285. 
WIND: SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS NEAR 25 MPH POSSIBLE.
HUMIDITY: MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES WILL BE 5 TO 10 PERCENT WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING. 
IMPACTS: GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE WIND DRIVEN FIRE GROWTH

California Wildfires Today:

OSCC - South Ops

Southern California Area (PL 3) 
New fires: 22 
New large fires: 0 
Uncontained large fires: 1 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1 

Fire Location, Perimeters and Hot-spots
CA-SQF-Slides Fire, 273 acres; 50%
IA: Tulare County, vegetation fire, Slides Area, McNally Footprint,  FRA, Moderate Rate of Spread, Inaccessible terrain, Smokejumpers jumped incident.
Fire Behavior: Very little movement expected.
Fuels: Brush and Timber
Basic Information
Start: 09/02/2012 1327
Cause: U
Overhead Team Name: Griffin
Organization: Type 3 IC CA-SQF-02990
Est Contain: 09/04/2012
Location: 20 MILES NORTH OF KERNVILLE, CA
GPS Location: Latitude: 35° 59´ 36" - Longitude: 118° 28´ 3"
Costs to Date: $150,000
Structures Threatened: NONE
Structures Destroyed: NONE
Resources Committed:
Total Personnel: 130
Report Date: Sep 03, 2012 1630
Agency
Significant Events: Continued with direct line construction 
Observed Fire Behavior: Minimal isolated interior torching
Planned Actions: Continue line construction and mopup
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CA-ANF- Williams Fire, 3,600 acres, 5%
IA: Los Angeles Co., vegetation fire, east of San Gabriel Reservoir contained. MAFFS and VLAT deployed. Inaccessible, steep, rugged terrain. 
Fuels: Heavy fuels with critically low fuel moisture's. 
Observed Fire Behavior: This fire is actively burning in medium to heavy decadent brush. The fire made runs starting at 3:00pm today with observed behavior similar to yesterday?s activity. Significant air assets, including two drops from a DC-10, were used today with the objective of flanking the fire. The terrain offers few natural barriers or anchor points.
 Fire moving up into heavier fuels and steep terrain. Active fire behavior today with significant burning in interior islands. The fire made runs starting at 3:00pm today with observed behavior similar to yesterday?s activity. Fire has the potential to make significant runs with high rates of spread. Spotting potential of ? to 1/2 mile.
Evacuations: Evacuations of Camp Williams and San Gabriel Canyon where completed today; however, 25 people have elected to stay in place regardless of the evacuation order. 
 A threat to structures exists in the Camp Williams area.
Evacuation orders were issued for the East Fork campground; LACSO is working to locate hikers from a number of cars that were left unattended in the parking area. 
Closures: Highway 39 remains closed.
Basic Information
Type: WF
Start: 09/02/2012 1414
Cause: U
Overhead Team Name: Jim Smith / CA-ANF-004803
Type 2 team IMT (Smith) assumed command at 1200 hours today. 
Organization: Unified Command
Est Contain: 09/13/2012
Location: 15 Miles North of Glendora, CA
GPS Location: Latitude: 34° 14´ 20" - Longitude: 117° 43´ 20"
Costs to Date: $800,000
Structures Threatened: 75 PRIM , 1 COMM
Structures Destroyed: NONE
Resources Committed:
Total Personnel: 771
Significant Events: Central Coast Team 7 (Smith) took command of the fire at 1200 hours 9-3. Base camp is being setup at Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area. Significant air assets, including two drops from a DC-10, were used today with the objective of flanking the fire. 
Remarks: 
The fire is being managed under Unified Command with the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County Fire and Los Angeles County Sheriff Departments (LACSO). Central Coast Interagency Incident Management Team 7 (Smith) assumed command for the Forest yesterday at 1200 hrs. Tactical and strategic decisions are being made with emphasis placed on safety, environmental / cultural concerns, cost benefit and the 2012 Risk Decision Framework in Support of Fire Management Decisions. 
 A NIROP flight has been ordered for 0200 on 9/4. An FMAG was applied for but has not been approved as the area is sparsely populated. 
 Sensitive resource and land management issues include watershed and Threatened and Endangered species habitat; a riparian buffer of 600? established for aerial retardant and low altitude flights are restricted due to native sheep. Cultural resources are prevalent in the area. This is a high visibility fire. Therefore local and national media contacts will be handled through a Joint Information Center located at the Angeles NF Supervisor?s Office. Note: The fire made significant runs today and has increased in size. Acreage is based on a LA County I/R flight conducted last night. Accurate acreage counts will be forthcoming.
Planned Actions: Continue line construction, Hold existing lines. Scout areas for opportunities to engage. Structure protection in the Camp Williams area.
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ONCC - North Ops

Northern California Area (PL 4)
New fires: 23 
New large fires: 0 
Uncontained large fires: 5 
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1 
Fire Location, Perimeters and Hot-spots
 CA-SHU Power Fire. 240 acres. 95%. 

Significant progress was made on 9/3. All control lines are holding and mop-up is progressing rapidly. Full containment expected later today. Firefighters will continue working to contain and strengthen containment lines and patrol for hot spots.
Basic Incident Information
Date/Time Started: September 1, 2012 1:45 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit
Location: Ivan Marx Rd, and Hwy. 299 west of Burney, Shasta County
Structures Destroyed: 4 residences & 6 outbuildings
Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted.
Cause: under investigation
Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS, Shasta Co. Fire, Shasta Co. Sheriff's Office, CHP
Total Fire Personnel: 260 (250 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 29 (27 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 16 CAL FIRE
Water tenders: 6 water tenders
Conditions: Full containment expected later today. 
Phone Numbers (530) 225-2510 (Power Fire Call Center)
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CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 44,465 acres. 55%. 
Containment action continues as crews secure firelines.
Date/Time Started: August 18, 2012 10:00 am
Administrative Unit: Shasta - Trinity National Forest
Location: 7 miles west of Big Bend, Shasta County
Threatened: 9 residences, 12 commercial buildings & 8 outbuildings
Injuries: 4
Cause: Lightning
Cooperating Agencies: USFS, CAL FIRE, Sierra Pacific Industries, PG&E, OES, Shasta & Siskiyou County Sheriff's
Total Fire Personnel: 2,032 (887 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 135 (80 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 58 (36 CAL FIRE)
Helicopters: 9
Dozers: 21 (6 CAL FIRE)
Water tenders: 46
Major Incident Command Team: CAL FIRE is in a unified command with the Forest Service.
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CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 41,983 acres. 62% .
 Crews continue to make progress towards 9/10 containment date. Line construction, burnout operations and mop up continue.
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CA-KNF Fort Complex Fire. 23,010 acres. 30%.
 On the southern and eastern perimeters, fire continues to smolder and creep through continuous fuels, with interior islands continuing to burn out.
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CA-SCU-Kirker Fire 150 acres; 100% 
Kirker Pass Rd, Pittsburg (Contra Costa Co) is contained.
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LCES - 10 Standard Fire Orders - 18 Watchout Situations  


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