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Monday, August 19, 2013

CA-SBF August Lightning Fires - 18 fires reported in San Bernardino National Forest. #CaFire

August Lightning Fires San Bernardino National Forest 

Update 8-21 1900: 12 new lightning fires reported on the Modoc, Susanville BLM, Plumas, Tahoe, Eldorado and Lake Tahoe Management Unit. Precipitation has been reported in many areas.

Incident Overview
Lightning storms passing through Southern California mountains have started small lightning related fires in the San Bernardino National Forest. Firefighters will be working to suppress all of these fires.

Below we have listed each fire from the beginning of the lightning storms that passed over the forest. Each is listed by the name given to the fire, the time the fire was reported, the approximate location and estimated fire size. Any large fires will have a new "incident" started in InciWeb.

The fires are being suppressed by fire engines, hand crews, and helicopter water drops. The US Forest Service is conducting aerial reconnaissance flights each day over the forest to assist with detection of new lightning related fires. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.

August 19 - 18 fires reported.
5:03 am – "Skyforest" - ¼ acre fire south of SR18 east of Skyforest on Sycamore Lane – snag burning with some ground fire - Fireline completed around fire
5:03 am - "Live Oak" - Running Springs area - single snag on fire
5:59 am - "Waterman" - Waterman Canyon area - single snag on fire
6:32 am - "Line"- Single Snag with 30'X 30' ground fire; one other fire located 1/2 mile away on a ridge.
6:43 am - "Deep Creek 1" - located in the T6 crossing area. - snags on fire
"Deep Creek 2" - in the T6 crossing area - single snag with small ground fire
"Deep Creek 3" - near the T6 parking area - single snag with 20' X 20' ground fire
7:11 am - "Boy Scout Ranch" - single snag on fire with 20' X 20' spot, contained at 10:48am.
7:35 am - "Silverwood" Sawpit Canyon - 6 separate fires - all snags with limited ground fire.
8:52 am - "Holcomb 1" - approx. 1 mile east of the T6 crossing. - single snag on fire
"Holcomb 2" - Single Snag on fire
9:26 am - "Quarry" - Near 2N79Y - single snag with small ground fire.
12:37pm - "Deep Creek 4" - across drainage from the Deep Creek 3 - smoke showing

Basic Information
Incident Type: Wildfire
Cause: Lightning
Date of Origin: Monday August 19th, 2013 approx. 05:33 AM
Location: Multiple / Various;
Current Situation
Fuels Involved - Timber
Fire Behavior - Smoldering
Significant Events - Lightning storm over area
Outlook/Planned Actions - All starts are being suppressedGrowth Potential - moderate
Terrain Difficulty - varies
Current Weather - Wind Conditions 5 - 15 mph

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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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