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Friday, September 7, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today

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

National Fire Weather:
Predictive Services Discussion: Isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms will form over the Southwest and the southern Great Basin, mainly over higher terrain. Cooler conditions will spread over much of the northern Rockies and northern Great Basin. A cold front moving through the Plains will bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the central Plains and the upper Midwest. Warm conditions will continue across the East with hot temperatures remaining over the southern Plains. Scattered afternoon thunderstorms will develop over the coastal areas from the Carolinas to the Mississippi.
National Fire Activity
National Preparedness Level 3
Initial attack activity: Light (124 new fires)
New large fires: 4 (*)
Large fires contained: 3
Uncontained large fires: ** 24
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 7
Type 2 IMTs committed: 11
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression
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 Wildland Fires Today: 
California Wildfires Locations, Perimeters and Hot-Spots Map
OSCC - South Ops
Southern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 25
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1

CA-ANF- Williams, 4180 acres, 72%
East of San Gabriel Reservoir, Angeles National Forest
Smith’s Type 2 team IMT remains in command - CA-ANF-004803
Structures threatened.
Evacuations and road closures in effect.
Location: Fifteen miles north of Glendora, CA. 
Fuels: Timber and chaparral.
Fire Behavior: Smoldering.

ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 24
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 7
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 2

CA-SHF Stafford Fire. 1,900 acres. 15%.
 Evacuations on the eastern edge of Hayfork, along Hwy 3 and along Wildwood Road, continue today. 
IC: IMT2 (Whitcome) assumed command of the Happy and Stafford Fires at 0600 today. 
Location: Shasta-Trinity NF. Five miles southeast of Hayfork, CA. 
Fuels: Timber and brush.
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with short crown runs and short-range spotting.
Concerns: Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations in effect.

CA-SHF Happy Fire. 50 acres. 50%.
 Crews continue to reduce hazard trees and hold the fire within containment lines. This fire was originally thought to be on the Six Rivers NF. It will be complexed with the Stafford Fire and managed by the IMT 2 (Whitcome). (See Above)

CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 45,917 acres. 75% contained.
 Fire from the burning operation continues to back to the McCloud River and containment lines on the west flank. A 1/4 acre spot fire near Ah Di Na was contained. 
Closures: The Forest Service area closure remains in effect.
Location: Shasta-Trinity NF. Four miles west of Big Bend, CA.
IC: IMT 1 (McGowan).
Fuels: Timber, logging slash and brush. 
Fire Behavior: Backing fire.
Concerns: Structures threatened. Area closure in effect.

CA-NOD Likely Fire. 8,500 acres. 30%.
 Moderate fire behavior was observed on 9/6. Objectives today include continued line construction. Additional burnout operations are planned.Likely, Northern California District, BLM. 
Location: Three miles south of Likely, CA.
Fuels: Juniper, brush and grass.
Fire Behavior: Moderate fire activity. 
Concerns: Structures and natural gas pipeline threatened.

CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 41,983 acres. 72%.
 Patrol, mopup and suppression repair are planned activities today. All closures remain in effect.
Location: Mendocino NF. Twenty-five miles northeast of Covelo, CA.
IC: IMT 2 (Walker). 
Fuels: Timber and logging slash.
Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering with isolated torching. 
Concerns: Structures threatened. Area closures in effect.

CA-LNU Sixteen Complex Fire. 12,500 acres. 20%.
 Helicopters will shuttle crews on to upper slopes and ridges and continue to construct direct line where possible. Lines will be reinforced and engines will patrol highway 16.
Community of Cortina Rancheria evacuated. Road closures in effect.
IC: Cal Fire IMT 1 (Derum). 
Location: Colusa County, CA (Highway 16/Rumsey Canyon)Eighteen miles southwest of Williams, CA. 
Fuels: Chaparral and grass.  
Fire behavior: Active.

CA-MNF Fort Complex Fire. 23,325 acres. 61% contained.

 Crews will continue to hold and mop up around structures along Hwy 96, secure Seiad Creek Road, and report any damaged infrastructure. Plans for today include holding and patrolling all lines and beginning mop up 50 feet inside lines.
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Sunday August 05th, 2012 approx. 07:00 PM
Location: (2 fires), Klamath NF. Seiad, California, Ten miles northwest of Happy Camp, CA. 
GPS: 41.888 latitude, -123.253 longitude
IC: IMT 1 Incident Commander Jeanne Pincha - Tulley (Pincha-Tulley). Management of the Goff Fire is being handled by a type 1 interagency team, California Interagency Incident Command Team 3 (CIIMT3) , Jeanne Pincha-Tulley commanding. Type 1 Teams are national resources which can be sent anywhere in the US, when needed. The goal of CIIMT 3 is to provide professional incident management public service through flexible planning, decisive implementation, professional execution and constant assessment of actions taken. This team is comprised of individuals from federal, state and local wildland fire and emergency services agencies.
Current Situation
Total Personnel 1,044
Size 23,325 acres
Percent Contained 61%
Estimated Containment Date Thursday September 20th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels: Timber.
Fire behavior: Active with group tree torching and short-range spotting.  The fire continues to burn downhill toward the Butte Fork of the Applegate River but is moving very slowly. Mop-up will continue on other areas of the fire where handlines are now in place.The northern perimeter of the fire remains the top priority. Crews are making good progress constructing handline and utilizing portable pumps and hoses to facilitate mop up. The contingency lines west and north of the fire are now complete. Crews and equipment will be released from the fire as they complete their assignments.
 There was increased activity in the interior of the fire yesterday. This is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Although smoke from these areas will be visible, this does not pose a threat to the fireline. Stump holes and large logs will also continue to burn and smolder in areas well within the fire perimeter.
Concerns: Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.
Summary: The Goff Fire burning within the Fort Complex is now at 61% containment, with full containment expected by September 20th. The recent increase in containment is a result of successful implementation of a variety of suppression tactics by firefighters and favorable weather conditions.
Spike Camps: Firefighters are camped out in several locations on the fire to maximize available on site work time. Some have hiked in and some have been brought in by helicopter. These crews are being assisted with helicopter support in the form of water drops, food, batteries, equipment, backhaul and transport assistance.
Emergency Fireline EMS: Due to the treacherous terrain and amount of time it would take to bring an injured firefighter out from these locations the Incident Management Team has several layers of preparedness in place. Firstly, paramedics are embedded in each area where these crews are working. Secondly, two rapid extraction modules are positioned at trail heads to quickly access crews. These modules consist of EMTs and firefighters with equipment that can more easily transport injured firefighters out from the fireline and receive the necessary care. Finally, a helicopter is located at Hello Helibase. The helicopter can operate 24 hours a day (visibility permitting) and is capable of lifting patients off the ground and transporting them to a medical facility. During a practice exercise the helicopter crew was able to fly into the site, insert the paramedic and then pick up the "patient" in ten minutes and 33 seconds.
Closures Information: For the safety of firefighters and Forest visitors closures remain in place for the fire area.  Heavy Emergency vehicle traffic as well as other hazards such as falling snags, stump holes and rolling rocks can be encountered across the fire area. Drivers are urged to use caution, especially on Highway 96 west of Seiad Valley. - Thompson Creek (18NO1), Thompson Ridge Road (19NO1), Lily Pad Road (47N80) and Bug Creek Road (18N02) are closed on Klamath National Forest.
Multiple trail closures are in effect: including portions of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), Boundary National Recreation Trail, Fort Goff Trail and Portuguese Creek Trail
A temporary flight restriction (TFR) is also in effect.
Goff Fire Summary:
Size: 21,950 acres, Containment: 61 %,
Date Started: August 5, 2012,
Cause: Lightning
Injuries to date: 8, 
Resources: 22 engines, 28 hand crews, 13 water tenders, 10 helicopters, 5 dozers
Siskiyou County air quality information: 
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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