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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hathaway Fire 95%. There has been no increase in fire size since June 20 Crews will continue to monitor the uncontained line. [Final]

Hathaway Fire INCIDENT UPDATE

Approximate Location 34.008 latitude, -116.825 longitude

Incident Overview

The Hathaway Fire started just before noon on Sunday, June 9 east of Hathaway Canyon on the northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation. It is burning in very steep, rugged terrain in the San Gorgonio Wilderness, in an area with significant tree mortality as a result of the 1999-2004 drought and bark beetle infestation. The east edge of the Hathaway Fire burned into the western portion of the 2006 Millard Fire.

The fire containment is now at 95%. There has been no increase in fire size since June 20. Crews will continue to monitor the uncontained line in the northeast portion of the fire. Here the burn borders a rocky area and there is no projected growth. The full containment date of the fire is undetermined at this time.

Firefighters used Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics in the San Gorgonio Wilderness to manage this wildland fire, with the goal of creating the least impact to natural and cultural resources.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has finalized their assessment and they recommend that the burn area be surveyed for invasive weed species that may be introduced following fire suppression activities. They also recommend adding signs to warn people of the possibility of unstable slopes in the burn area. They also recommend a temporary closure of the burn area for safety.


The incident is currently being managed by a Type 4 organization with ICT4 (Uriel Ortega). The Incident Command Post is at the Mill Creek Ranger Station, Mentone CA.

Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Sunday June 09th, 2013 approx. 11:57 AM
Location Snow Peak, Raywood Flats, South Fork Whitewater River, San Gorgonio Wilderness
Incident Commander OrtegaCurrent Situation
Size 3,825 acres
Percent Contained 95%
Estimated Containment Date Tuesday December 31st, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved - Heavy chaparral and timber impacted by drought and bug kill
Fire Behavior - There has been no increase in fire size since June 20.
Significant Events - One outbuilding was destroyed at Snowpeak Communication Site. There was no damage to the communication equipment. There were twelve minor injuries to firefighters.Outlook /  Planned Actions - Crews will continue to patrol and monitor the uncontained line in the northeast portion of the fire, utilizing the White Water Drainage with its sparse fuels as a natural fuel break. The full containment date is undetermined at this time.
Terrain Difficulty - Extreme; steep/rugged
Remarks: This fire burned in a remote area that is very steep and difficult to access. Slopes are over 80% in the South fork of the Whitewater River.

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