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Saturday, July 27, 2013

CA-SQF-Lightning Series / Shasta-Trinity National Forest 19 active #wildfires for 22 acres

Incident Overview
Beginning on the evening of Tuesday, July 23rd, the Shasta-Trinity National Forest began to experience lightning strikes at various locations across the forest. Throughout northern California on Thursday, July 25th, there were approximately 1,500 lightning strikes and on Friday, July 26th there were approximately 1,400 strikes. Over the past several days, there have been 19 lightning caused fires and 3 human caused fires. All fires have resources in route or are staffed, some are contained or out, and the threat of spread on most is minimal.

On the Mt. Shasta-McCloud Management Unit (Hambone Butte area), there are have been/currently are 11 fires:
Timber: staffed, contained, and out at 1100, 7/24
Pappoose: staffed, contained, and out, 7/25
Border: staffed and contained
Ice: staffed, contained, and out, 7/25
Shooter: staffed, contained, and out, 7/25
Gum: staffed
Rainbow: staffed
Doe: Staffed and in mop-up
Morgan: Resources in route
Girard: 7.3 acres, contained, in mop-up 7/27, 1400
Soda: (SE of Girard), staffed

On the Trinity River Management Unit (Coffee Creek area), there have been/are currently 10 fires:
Copper: staffed and contained at 2000, 7/23
KOA: staffed and contained at 2200, 7/23
Meter: staffed and contained at 2030, 7/24
Nancy: staffed and out at 0800, 7/26
Morris: staffed and out 7/26
Camp (Big Bar Ranger District): staffed
Holland: reported, 7/25
Lady: Unable to locate
Sugar: Unable to locate
Trinity: 1/2 acre near the Mary Smith Campground, staffed by CAL Fire on 7/26, cause under investigation
Little: 10 acres, staffed

On the South Fork Management Unit, there is currently 1 fire:
Battalion 1, Post: near Post Mountain, human caused, staffed
Basic Information
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning
Date of Origin Tuesday July 23rd, 2013 approx. 04:00 PM
Location Shasta-Trinity National Forest, multiple locations. 50 miles north of Redding, CA
Incident Commander Ernst Little
Current Situation
Size 22 acres
Significant Events
After receiving approximately 3,000 lightning strikes throughout northern California in the past three days, the Forest has responded to multiple incidents. The forecast for today, 7/27 calls for similar weather, but with possible less intensity and fewer strikes. Systems passing through the area in the past 72 hours have been accompanied by some moisture, however humidities are expected to fall beginning today.
Outlook / Planned Actions
Fire officials continue to monitor ongoing incidents and resources are prepared to aggressively address any new incidents. Forest resources are available for IA throughout Forest.
Growth Potential Moderate
Terrain Difficulty High


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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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