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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Quick Look: California Fire Situation (Map) 10-2-12


 California Fire Weather: URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE


RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR VERY DRY FUELS AND POOR OVERNIGHT HUMIDITY RECOVERIES FOR ALL OF THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
700 AM PDT TUE OCT 2 2012

WHAT: RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FOR VERY DRY FUELS AND POOR
OVERNIGHT HUMIDITY RECOVERIES THROUGH 6 PM PDT THIS EVENING
FOR ALL OF THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS

DISCUSSION: A STRONG RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE ALONG WITH A WEAK OFFSHORE FLOW WILL CONTINUE TO BRING HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS TO CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA THROUGH TODAY.
 VERY LOW DAYTIME HUMIDITIES WITH POOR NIGHTTIME RECOVERY IS EXPECTED IN THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS.
 FUELS IN THE KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS ARE CRITICALLY DRY AND THE LOW
HUMIDITIES WILL INCREASE THE FIRE DANGER.

* AFFECTED AREA: FIRE WEATHER ZONE 295 KERN COUNTY MOUNTAINS.
* WINDS: VARIABLE 2-5 MPH. LOCAL GUSTS TO 15 MPH THROUGH PASSES
AND CANYONS.
* RELATIVE HUMIDITY: AS LOW AS 5 TO 10 PERCENT WITH POOR
OVERNIGHT RECOVERY.
* TEMPERATURES: HIGHS AT 5000 FEET IN THE MID 80S TO LOWER 90S.
LOWS IN THE MID 50S TO LOWER 60S.
* IMPACTS: VERY LOW HUMIDITIES COMBINED WITH CRITICALLY DRY
FUELS WILL RESULT IN INCREASED FIRE DANGER. IF FIRE IGNITION
OCCURS THERE COULD BE RAPID SPREAD OF WILDFIRE THAT WOULD LEAD
TO A THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS:
 A RED FLAG WARNING MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE EITHER OCCURRING NOW OR WILL SHORTLY. 
 A COMBINATION OF LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND HOT TEMPERATURES WILL CREATE EXPLOSIVE FIRE GROWTH POTENTIAL. PLEASE ADVISE THE APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OR FIRE CREWS IN THE FIELD OF THIS RED FLAG WARNING.

National Fire Weather: Weather conditions continue to moderate wildland fire activity throughout the West. Six new large fires were reported: one each in Idaho and Washington and two each in California and Minnesota. A fuels and fire behavior advisory was issued for Minnesota and Iowa.

National Weather: A strong cold front will drop into the northern Rockies and Plains, bringing much cooler weather to the region. Rain and snow showers are possible in western and central Montana by this evening. The Great Basin and the Southwest will remain warm.
 Windy conditions will also develop from Washington and Oregon to the Great Lakes. Mild to warm weather will continue across the Plains and the East with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms moving through the Southeast and mid-Atlantic states.

National Fire Activity:
Initial attack activity: Light (110 new fires)
New large fires:  6 (*)
Large fires contained: 2
Uncontained large fires: ** 18
Area Command Teams committed: 0
NIMOs committed: 0
Type 1 IMTs committed: 3
Type 2 IMTs committed: 5
** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression 
strategy.

California Fire Situation: 
Light initial attack activity throughout the Geographic Area.
California Wildfires Today
ONCC - North Ops
Northern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 11
New large fires: 1
Uncontained large fires:
NICC has moved to Preparedness Level (PL) 2.

CA-MEU Flynn Fire. 200 acres. 25% contained.
 Line construction and improvement is planned for 10/2. Mop up has begun. Estimate containment on 10/3.
Date/Time Started: October 1, 2012 2:20 pm
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit
County: Mendocino County
Location: Flynn Creek Rd & Comptche Ukiah Rd, near the community Comptche
Acres Burned: 200
Containment 200 acres - 25% contained
Structures Destroyed: 5
Threatened: 20 Structures Threatened
Cause: Under Investigation
Cooperating Agencies: Comptche, Anderson Valley, Mendocino & Albion Fire Departments, Mendocino County Sheriffs Office, California Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation & Ukiah Ambulance (on stand-by).
Total Fire Personnel: 654
Engines: 37
Fire crews: 26
Airtankers: 4
Helicopters: 3
Dozers: 5
Conditions: Fire is burning to the east into commercial timber property. Fire behavior is moderate to extreme with poor relative humidity recovery. Crews continue to construct, improve containment line and begin mop-up efforts.
Phone Numbers (707) 456-1810 (Flynn Fire Information Line)

OSCC - South Ops

Southern California Area (PL 3)
New fires: 13
New large fires: 1
Uncontained large fires: 0


CA-RRU- Range Fire 364 acres, 100% contained
Old Banning Idyllwild Rd. X Shirleon Rd., Banning
Acreage correction due to better mapping. Demobilizing excess resources.
CA-RRU-96791

• 10 Standard Fire Orders • 18 Watch-outs • LCES •   

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