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Monday, August 19, 2013

Quick Look: California Wildfires Today Summary. #CaFire

California Statewide Fire Summary 
Monday, August 19, 2013

Firefighters remain busy as they battle nine major wildfires burning in California.
Firefighters are bracing for increased winds and lightning. This morning over 5,500 
firefighters continue to battle the large fires and our making good progress including the recent containment of two large fires. 

Lightning: Several wildfires have already been sparked by lightning over the past 12 hours, including a new 200 acre fire in Kern County.

Weather: The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning due to the possibility of dry lightning in combination with gusty winds for most of the foothills and mountains of Northern California. 
The thunderstorms are expected to initially be dry, which will heighten the fire danger, but should begin to bring some rainfall by midweek. 
The Warning takes place this morning and is expected to last through Wednesday. 

In preparation for the heightened fire potential due to the lightning, CAL FIRE increased its staffing over the weekend bringing on additional personnel and staffing extra resources. The California National Guard is also assisting fire crews with the aid of several helicopters and two C-130 aircraft used as air tankers.

Fires of Interest:

Mt. Hough Complex Plumas National Forest Mt. Hough Ranger District, North of Rodger's Flat. - Link
5 fires totaling 100 acres, threatening the community of Taylorsville 
[T24 R6 Sect.2]

Swedes Fire, Butte County Southeast of Oroville - Link 
1,995 acres - 45% contained. 
* 700+ structures threatened
* Evacuations in effect

Bridges Fire, Calaveras County 
Southeast of Vallecito, near New Melones Lake - Link
47 acres - 80% contained
* Full containment expect today

Double Fire, Lake County 
North of Hwy 20 near Clear Lake Oaks  - Link
* 70 acres – 100% contained

American Fire, Placer County US Forest Service – Tahoe National Forest northeast of Foresthill  - Link
* 14,765 acres - 49% contained

Rim Fire Tuolumne County US Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest northeast of Groveland  - Link
* 800 acres - 0% contained.

Shirley Fire, Kern County - US Forest Service – Sequoia National Forest/Kern County Fire
8 miles west of Kernville - Link
* 200 acres - 0% contained.

Orleans Complex, Siskiyou County US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest
10 miles east of Somes Bar 
- Link
* 16,776 acres - 25% contained.

Salmon River Complex, Siskiyou County US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest
1 mile west of Sawyers Bar 
 - Link
* 14,171 acres - 85% contained.

Corral Complex, Humboldt County  US Forest Service – Six Rivers National Forest
east of the Hoopa Indian Reservation
 - Link
* 4,600 acres - 0% contained.

Aspen Fire, Fresno County US Forest Service – Sierra National Forest near Huntington Lake 
 - Link
* 22,746 acres - 95% contained.

Cleghorn Fire, San Bernardino County US Forest Service – San Bernardino National Forest
Interstate 15 in the Cajon Pass 
 - Link
* 110 acres - 100% contained.

Nevada Spring Peak Fire, NV-HTF-30475 6 mi NE of Mono Lake CA, FRA 3,500 acres 0% Contained  - Link

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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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