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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today (Map)

 California Fire Weather: Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches are Currently in Effect


A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS

ARE POSSIBLE. 

COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY MAY
CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.



URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
431 AM PDT SAT SEP 8 2012
MODOC COUNTY EXCEPT FOR THE SURPRISE VALLEY
 FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW
RELATIVE HUMIDITIES FOR FIRE ZONE 285.
* AFFECTED AREA: FIRE ZONE 285
* WIND...SOUTHWEST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 30
MPH.
* HUMIDITY...MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 8 TO 14 PERCENT ARE
EXPECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS...THESE GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES
CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE WIND DRIVEN FIRE GROWTH.
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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
431 AM PDT SAT SEP 8 2012
KLAMATH BASIN AND THE FREMONT-WINEMA NATIONAL FOREST - SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF FIRE ZONE 624
 FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITIES.
* AFFECTED AREA: SOUTHEASTERN PORTION OF FIRE ZONE 624
* WIND...SOUTHWEST WINDS 12 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 25 TO 30
MPH.
* HUMIDITY...MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 10 TO 15 PERCENT ARE
EXPECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS...THESE GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES
CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE WIND DRIVEN FIRE GROWTH.
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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR
431 AM PDT SAT SEP 8 2012
SOUTH CENTRAL OREGON DESERT INCLUDING THE BLM LAND IN EASTERN
LAKE AND WESTERN HARNEY COUNTIES  - SOUTHERN HALF OF FIRE ZONE 625
 FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SUNDAY EVENING FOR COMBINATION OF STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE
HUMIDITIES FOR FIRE ZONE 625. ..
* AFFECTED AREA: SOUTHERN HALF OF FIRE ZONE 625
* WIND...SOUTHWEST WINDS 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 MPH.
* HUMIDITY...MINIMUM RELATIVE HUMIDITIES OF 7 TO 12 PERCENT ARE
EXPECTED SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
* IMPACTS...THESE GUSTY WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITIES
CREATE THE POTENTIAL FOR EXPLOSIVE WIND DRIVEN FIRE GROWTH.
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URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
400 AM PDT SAT SEP 8 2012

NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA - SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA - EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY - WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT - NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY
 GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY SUNDAY.

 LOW PRESSURE WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHERN
NEVADA SUNDAY PRODUCING GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY.
 THIS COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY COULD BRING CRITICAL
FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS TO PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND
NORTHWEST NEVADA SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.
 FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SUNDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
EXTREME NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA AND THE WESTERN
NEVADA SIERRA FRONT..
* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE ZONE 270 SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA..
FIRE ZONE 278 EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY...FIRE ZONE 450 WESTERN
NEVADA SIERRA FRONT AND FIRE ZONE 458 NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY.
* WINDS...SOUTHWEST TO WEST 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 35 MPH.
* HUMIDITY...FALLING TO 5 TO 15 PERCENT.
* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY MAY
CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
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NWS Current Fire Weather Watches / Warnings

Predictive Services Discussion: Widely scattered thunderstorms will develop over the Southwest and into the mountains of California and western Nevada. Temperatures will warm considerably over most of the West. Cool high pressure will spread through the central U.S. as a cold front sweeps through the eastern states.Scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop along the front as it moves across the East coast.

National Preparedness Level 3
National Fire Activity
Initial attack activity: Light (96 new fires)
New large fires: 4 (*)
Large fires contained: 4
Uncontained large fires: ** 23
Area Command Teams committed: 1
NIMOs committed: 1
Type 1 IMTs committed: 6
Type 2 IMTs committed: 12
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression
strategy.
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:
Wildfire Locations, Perimeters and Hot-Spots
OSCC - South Ops
Southern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 18
New large fires: 0
Uncontained large fires: 1
Type 2 IMTs committed: 1
Williams, Angeles NF. IMT 2 (Smith). Fifteen miles north of Glendora, CA. Timber and chaparral. Smoldering.
Structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect
Type II IMT (Truett) ordered for the Likely Fire, CA-NOD-003916

CA-ANF- Williams Fire, 4180 acres, 78%.
Structures threatened. Evacuations and road closures in effect.
Location: Fifteen miles north of Glendora, CA. East of San Gabriel Reservoir, Angeles National Forest
IC: Smith’s Type 2 team IMT remains in command. (CA-ANF-004803)
Angeles NF. IMT 2 (Smith).  
Fuels: Timber and chaparral. 
Fire Behavior: Smoldering.
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ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 16
New large fires: 1
Uncontained large fires: 8
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 3

CA-MEU- Scotts Fire 1,600 acres, 5%.
Location: North Cow Mountain Recreation Area.
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with torching and spotting.
evac center @ Upper Lake High School
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CA-SHF Stafford Fire. 2,070 acres. 15%.
 Evacuations on the eastern edge of Hayfork in the Morgan Hill, Wildwood and Wild Thing areas has been completed. Mandatory evacuations of Forest Avenue and the Forest Service compound of the community of Hayfork have also taken place.
Location: Shasta-Trinity NF. Five miles southeast of Hayfork, CA. 
IC: IMT 2 (Whitcome). *IMT is also managing the Happy fire. 
Fuels: Timber and brush. 
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with torching and spotting.
Problems/Concerns: Numerous structures threatened. Evacuations in effect.
* Happy Fire: Shasta-Trinity NF. Four miles northeast of Mad River, CA. Timber. Active fire behavior with singletree torching and short-range spotting.
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CA-SHF Bagley Fire. 45,917 acres. 80%. 
Patrol, backhaul of materials and trash, and suppression repair continue., 
Location:Shasta-Trinity NF.
IC: IMT 1 (McGowan). Four miles west of Big Bend, CA.
Fuels: Timber, logging slash and brush. 
Fire Behavior: Backing fire with single tree torching.
Problems/Concerns: Structures threatened. Area closure in effect.
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CA-NOD Likely Fire. 9,675 acres. 35%.
 SoCal#2 (Truett) will inbrief today. Crews continue to hold and reinforce fire line and protect Hwy 395. 
Location:Northern California District, BLM. Three miles south of Likely, CA.
IC: IMT 2 (Truett).
Fuels: Timber, juniper and brush. 
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with spotting.
Problems/Concerns: Structures and natural gas pipeline threatened.
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CA-MNF North Pass Fire. 41,983 acres. 81%.
Location: Twenty-five miles northeast of Covelo, CA., Mendocino NF.
IC: IMT 2 (Walker). 
Fuels: Timber and logging slash. 
Fire Behavior: Creeping and smoldering.
Problems/Concerns: Area closures in effect.
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CA-LNU Sixteen Complex Fire. 16,837 acres. 35%.
Evacuations
IC: Cal Fire IMT 1 (Derum). 
Location: Eighteen miles southwest of Williams, CA. 
Fuels: Chaparral and grass. 
Fire Behavior: Active fire behavior with short-range spotting. The fire burned actively overnight.
Problems/Concerns:  The fire is threatening the Cortina/ Mendocino 115kv transmission lines 1.5 miles to the north of the fire perimeter. 
* Approximately 23 structures in the Cortina  Rancheria and surrounding area are also at risk.* Community of Cortina Rancheria evacuated.* Road closures in effect.
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CA-KNF Fort Complex Fire. 23,343 acres. 67%.
IC: IMT 1 (Pincha-Tulley).
Location: Ten miles northwest of Happy Camp, CA. (2 fires), Klamath NF.
Fuels:  Timber. 
Fire Behavior: Backing fire with torching and short-range spotting. Structures threatened. Road and trail closures in effect.
Problems/Concerns: Quiet overnight as mop up, patrol and rehab efforts continue.
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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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