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Friday, October 5, 2012

Quick Look: California Fire Situation Today

National Preparedness Level 2 
National Fire Activity 
Initial attack activity: Light (87 new fires) 
New large fires:  2 (*) 
Large fires contained:  2 
Uncontained large fires: ** 25 
Area Command Teams committed: 0 
NIMOs committed: 0 
Type 1 IMTs committed: 2 
Type 2 IMTs committed: 6 
 ** Uncontained large fires include only fires being managed under a full suppression 

National Fire Weather: Cold conditions will continue across most of the northern half of the nation as a strong Canadian high pressure system sinks well into the southern Plains. Scattered showers will linger along the Front Range of Wyoming and Colorado. Snow showers will continue over the upper Midwest. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will form along a cold front that stretches from Texas to New York. Warm weather will remain over the Southwest and across the Southeast.

California Wildfires today: 
Wildfire Hotspot, Locations and Perimeter Map
OSCC - South Ops

 GACC preparedness level is being reduced to (PL2)
A discussion and consensus of the Wildland Fire Agencies of Southern California
determined that effective immediately the GACC preparedness level is being reduced to (PL2)
Initial attack capability is high in most areas and competition for resources between geographical areas is non-existent.  Moderating conditions exist in most geographical areas with lower temperatures and higher relative humidity. Large fire activity has been reducing daily with most incidents being contained in extended attack. 

ONCC - North Ops

CA-HUU Arrow Complex, 90 acres, 60% contained. 
Expected containment 10/5.  Ten of eleven fires contained. Anticipated incremental fire growth on remaining fire. Potential for 200+ acres. Primarily terrain and fuels driven.
Date/Time Started: October 4, 2012 2:22 am 
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Humboldt-Del Norte Unit
County: Del Norte County
Location: Blue Creek, southeast of Klamath
Acres Burned: 90 acres
Containment 90 acres and 60% contained
Total Fire Personnel: 663 (645 CAL FIRE)
Engines: 44 (42 CAL FIRE)
Fire crews: 27
Airtankers: 4
Helicopters: 1
Dozers: 2
Water tenders: 2
Conditions: The suppression efforts are paying off. The Arrow Complex is a total of eleven fires totaling 90 acres. All smaller fires are contained with one single large fire at 65 acres.
Steep terrain is making access difficult by ground, suppression efforts through the air by helicopters and tankers have helped hold the fire to minimal acres. 

CA-MEU Flynn Incident, 195 acres, 100% contained.
Containment 10/4.

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

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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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