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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Plumas County: Superior Court judge dismissed state lawsuit against California's largest timber company for 2007 Moonlight wildfire #CaFire

Judge rejects California lawsuit over forest fire

By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- A Plumas County Superior Court judge has dismissed a state lawsuit against California's largest timber company for a 2007 wildfire that destroyed more than 100 square miles of forest in Northern California.

State and federal officials have blamed Sierra Pacific Industries for the Moonlight Fire, which they said was caused by two unsupervised employees who operated bulldozers on a red-flag warning day with high fire danger.

Investigators had blamed company contractors working on private land for failing to follow fire regulations, sparking the blaze that burned for more than two weeks and consumed 72 square miles of public land in Plumas and Lassen national forests northwest of Lake Tahoe.

The case was set to go to trial Tuesday, but Judge Leslie C. Nichols ruled Friday that the state could not prove that Sierra Pacific was negligent in its hiring or supervision of its contractors and employees, which it would have had to do in order to recoup any of the estimated $22.5 million spent fighting the blaze.

The company claimed that state investigators conducted a faulty investigation and could not show the true origin of the fire.

"We knew all along that the evidence did not support the state's claim that our contractor started the fire," Sierra Pacific spokesman Mark Pawlicki said in a written statement.

Cal Fire spokeswoman Janet Upton said the state disagrees with the decision "and we're currently plotting our next course of action, looking at all our options, including appeal."

Sierra settled a similar lawsuit with federal prosecutors last summer, agreeing to pay nearly $50 million and donate 22,500 acres of land, after a federal judge ruled that the plaintiffs were likely to prevail in their claims against the timber company.

Source: http://www.capitalpress.com/newsletter/AP-CA-Wildfire-lawsuit-1st-ld-073113
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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE: Drift Smoke in Region Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit

Drift Smoke in Region
CAL FIRE NEWS RELEASE
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit

Camino – The residents of the Amador-El Dorado-Sacramento Unit of CAL FIRE are seeing hazy skies and may be smelling smoke throughout the area due to fire activity outside the unit. Southern winds are pushing smoke into our area from the Aspen Fire in Fresno County which is located 7 miles northwest of Big Creek on the Sierra National Forest. 

This fire was reported to be over 11,000 acres and only 20% contained as of this morning. There are also several fires in the state of Oregon which are sending smoke from the north into our local area.

For information on smoke and your health please review this information from El Dorado County Public Health. 

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#CANG Military Intelligence connects and local law enforcement on Camp Roberts range part of the Defense Support of Civil Authorities Program #DSCA

Guard unit connects with local law enforcement on the range

CAMP ROBERTS, Calif. – While a seasoned police officer is probably no stranger to weapons training, he or she may learn something new at the premier training site for the California Army National Guard.
Officers from the San Francisco California State University Police Department [CSU PD] got together with Soldiers from the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion and Task Force Warrior at Camp Roberts, Calif., July 1, 2013, for a day of shooting and marksmanship lessons, building upon a relationship of good communication and cooperation between the two agencies.
“The [223rd] is right down the road from us,” said CSU PD Cpl. Chris Jones.”When we need help it’s good to know the Guard is there.”
The CSU PD officers brought a variety of rifles, service pistols, and weapons optics to the event along with over 4 thousand rounds of ammunition for seven shooters. At Camp Roberts they had a rare opportunity to shoot on a 500 meter open range.
“We’ve been grateful to these guys, we don’t get to shoot long distances like this often,” Jones said.
As part of the Defense Support of Civil Authorities [DSCA] program, this was the first weapons marksmanship event done by the 223rd in support of a local law enforcement agency, a project that has taken more than a year of planning and coordination.
“We made history today,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Ortiz, the range safety officer from the 223rd. “This is only the beginning. We plan to expand this out to other law enforcement agencies in Northern California.”
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DSCA events such as this one help build rapport between the Guard and civilian agencies in preparation for real-life emergencies that require high levels of cooperation and trust. In recent months, the CSU PD and 223d have done a variety of training events, including crowd control and other skill sets that would be needed in the case of a natural disaster or emergency.
“This builds cohesion and a good incident command system,” Ortiz said. “It’s just a matter of time before there is some kind of emergency and we need mutual assistance.”
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California Army National Guard News: Determined Defense training exercise provides testing ground for first responders and military.

Determined Defense provides testing ground for first responders
​California Army National Guard Soldiers from the 95th Civil Support Team contain a simulated hydrofluoric acid leak at the Intel Campus in Folsom, Calif., July 17, 2013. Determined Defense was an inter-agency training exercise conducted by the 95th and over 30 civilian first responder agencies to coordinate their readiness for a real-life threat. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo/Sgt. Ian M. Kummer/Released)
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two Soldiers in full hazardous material gear tread carefully through a deserted parking lot under the baking afternoon sun. Their objective – a damaged metal pipe ominously leaking liquid on the scorching asphalt. Nearby, a canister responsible for the damage continues to ooze wisps of smoke. As for the liquid, it was identified by earlier reconnaissance as hydrofluoric acid, a highly toxic substance that burns - or even kills - upon contact with the skin.
Fortunately for all parties involved, this was a simulated emergency. The canister was only a simulated bomb powered by an air compressor. The “hydrofluoric acid” was in actuality harmless water. This was just one small part of the first day of Determined Defense, a massive two-day training exercise involving the 95th Civil Support Team, California National Guard and six civilian first responder agencies at the Intel Campus and Aerojet site in Folsom, Calif., July 17, 2013.
 “When we have an exercise of this magnitude, it is important we involve the National Guard, so we can understand their capabilities, how they can support our mission and how we can support theirs,” said Lt. Dirk Regan from the Folsom Police Department. "We’re very grateful to be participating in this.”
The 22-person 95th CST arrived at the scene less than 90 minutes after the first explosions by CH-47 Chinook helicopter and deployed to the staging area to coordinate their containment efforts. Though highly trained to deal with chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear high-yield explosive [CBRNE] situations, the 95th is also well-versed in the medical aspects of a situation like Determined Defense.
“We have a physician assistant who is organic to our team,” said Capt. Nathan Serena, the operations officer of the 95th. “We also have a medic… EMTs [emergency medical technicians] as well as CLSs [combat lifesavers],” we have a very robust medical capability.”
The CST Soldiers train to be as flexible as possible, and able to function under a wide variety of conditions.
“We assess into the unit through a board process, and once approved we go through the rigorous training to become good at our specialties,” said Serena. “Like firefighters, we can do any job [within the team], but also have a more specific role for each member of the team.”
“What we try to do is assist the first responders to know what we do so that we can best assist them in completing the mission,” said Serena.
Determined Defense simulated a real-life emergency as closely as possible. The Intel employees and civilian media were notified in advance of the exercise, not only to avoid causing alarm, but to foster increased confidence in the abilities of first responders to handle a large-scale disaster.130718-Z-JK353-167WEBSITEPIC2.jpg
“We’re hopeful that the public will feel safer in their community because we’re working with our allied agencies and putting forth the effort to create better understanding and interoperability with the folks who are likely to respond to an event of this magnitude,” Regan said. “We hope we never have to respond to this level, but we want [the public] to know that we are prepared.”
Much like a field medic assessing the tools needed to care for his patients; first responders allocate available resources and outside agencies dependent upon the size and severity of the situation.
"We would be the first, along with the fire department, to respond to the scene, because it is our jurisdiction," said Regan. “Once our initial officers had responded to the scene and identified the threat, the level of the threat, one that is of the magnitude of today’s exercise, would put us into the position to have to call for outside resources, in this case, the National Guard.
The mission took nearly a year of planning and coordination between the involved agencies and Intel, growing from a routine exercise into a huge operation encompassing every aspect of a real-life emergency.
“There’s a number of components involved, including the arrest of suspects, medical care for people that are [harmed] from the detonation and biological hazard, and a number of other concerns as far as the impact on the community… and other risks that come into play as the exercise progresses,” Regan said.
“This got a lot bigger than we thought,” said Stephanie M. Anderson, the Intel security manager at the Folsom Campus. “It morphed into something that benefitted everyone.”
130717-Z-JK353-061WEBSITEPIC3.jpgThe exercise did not go perfectly, but it was not expected to. Mistakes and areas needing improvement were identified, so as to not be repeated in the event of a real emergency.
“If there are any identified weaknesses or inoperability we identify as a result of this exercise, we are in a position to improve upon those for the future,” Regan said.
The California State Military Reserve [CSMR] provided five role players to simulate the terrorist suspects arrested during Determined Defense.
“As roleplayers here, most of us have a background in this type of work,” said Col. David Garcia from the CSMR. “[We know] what the expectations, what could possibly happen, and what the response should be. We bring a lot of experience to the exercise.”
The CSMR is an all-volunteer organization of qualified men and women who not only provide training support to the California National Guard, but personnel and expertise in times of emergency. Many CSMR members are trained law enforcement or medical professionals who are able to act as liaisons at the site of the emergency.
“We get real contact with these agencies, the people who are going to respond,” said Garcia. “We know who to talk to, it really helps with communication.”
To get the most out of the training, the simulated weapons and hazards needed to be as accurate to the real deal as possible, requiring careful work and attention to detail by members of the California Emergency Management Agency [CalEMA] Hazardous Materials Training Section.
“This is a great opportunity to partner with our state and Federal emergency responders,” said Jacob Volkov from the CalEMA. “The feeling of watching them respond to an event is outstanding.”
As the final after action reviews were conducted and everyone broke down their work sites to return home for the day, each agency involved was better prepared for mission success against a real-life threat.
“The Intel facility here is a great venue for training, and a great venue to integrate with the other agencies,” said Serena. “It’s a great opportunity to interact and get our equipment out and practice.
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SLU San Luis Obispo CAL FIRE: Prescribed Burn Scheduled Wednesday To Burn 230 acres CANG Camp San Luis

Prescribed Burn Camp San Luis
 
CAL FIRE says they plan to burn 230 acres of grass in the area.

People in the Chorro Valley, the city of San Luis Obispo, and drivers on Hwy. 1 will likely see smoke from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The burn will not happen if weather conditions change.

Camp San Luis Obispo is the original home of the California Army National Guard.


Google Location Map: San Luis Obispo, CA - http://goo.gl/maps/EY5IE

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WEST HOLLYWOOD FIREFIGHTERS AND SHERIFF’S PARTNER WITH CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TO PRESENT MASS CASUALTY DRILL

County of Los Angeles

Fire Department


MEDIA ADVISORY
FIRE CAPTAIN TOM RICHARDS

PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER (323) 881-2411

Date:  July 30, 2013
FIRE CHIEF DARYL L. OSBY
1320 N. Eastern Avenue
Los AngelesCA   90063

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   
                                                                                                  
WEST HOLLYWOOD FIREFIGHTERS AND SHERIFF’S PARTNER WITH CITY OF WEST HOLLYWOOD TO PRESENT MASS CASUALTY DRILL

WHO:              Los Angeles County Fire Department
·         West Hollywood Fire Stations 7 and 8
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
·         West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station
City of West Hollywood
McCormick Ambulance

WHAT:            Mass casualty drill designed to test our ongoing, collaborative efforts to respond to a large-scale emergency. This emergency training exercise will include various response activities undertaken by all agencies involved.
                                   
WHEN:            Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:         647 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood (TB 592 H-7)
                        Note: San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Blvd. and Melrose at 9:00 a.m.

VISUALS:        Response activities, triage, treatment, and mock transport of victims.

CONTACT:     Maria Grycan, Community Services Liaison, LACoFD – (213) 247-7298
                        Tamara White, Public Information Officer, City of West Hollywood –               (323) 848-6400

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SF Bay Area News: Massive Critical Public Safety Communications Tower Collapsed After Vandalism #CaFire #CaLaw #EBRPD

A massive communications tower on East Bay Regional Park District property collapsed over the weekend.


The tower supports radio communications systems, including public safety communications, across the East Bay.



Lt. Jon King said despite the tower falling on its side on the Rocky Ridge, west of San Ramon and Danville, sometime before Monday morning, no one was injured and all systems remained operational because the communication systems are built with backups.

Police were alerted to the problem about 9 a.m. on Monday, Police officers responded and found that the cables that hold the tower in place had been cut, causing it to fall, prompting park police to seek the vandals who likely toppled it. police Capt. Mark Ruppenthal said.

Investigators are trying to determine why vandals would target the tower, which is located in a remote area of the park behind multiple gates and fences. "It's not easily accessed," he said.
It’s unclear if this communications tower toppling is related to what’s been going on in the South Bay.

Anyone with information about the East Bay tower should call park police at (510) 881-1833.

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National Weather Service Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday and Thursday for NE California zones 270, 271, 272, 273 and 278. #CaFire

National Weather Service Reno has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and evening for gusty winds and low humidity for NE California Fire zones 270, 271, 272, 273 and 278. 

FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
EXTREME NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE.

URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
534 AM PDT TUE JUL 30 2013

...A DRY WESTERLY FLOW WILL PREVAIL THIS WEEK..

.LOW PRESSURE WILL APPROACH THE WEST COAST AND BRING DRY
CONDITIONS AND PERIODS OF GUSTY WINDS THIS WEEK. WIND AND
HUMIDITY MAY ONCE AGAIN REACH CRITICAL THRESHOLDS WEDNESDAY
MAINLY NORTH OF I-80 WITH CONDITIONS SPREADING TO MUCH OF THE
EASTERN SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA THURSDAY.

CAZ270-310045-
/O.CON.KREV.FW.A.0006.130731T2000Z-130801T0400Z/
SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA-
534 AM PDT TUE JUL 30 2013

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
EXTREME NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA ZONE 270. ..

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE ZONE 270 SURPRISE VALLEY CALIFORNIA.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST TO WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 30 TO 35 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...10 TO 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY MAY
  CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE. CHECK WEATHER.GOV/RENO FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE RED
FLAG WARNINGS.


URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
534 AM PDT TUE JUL 30 2013

...A DRY WESTERLY FLOW WILL PREVAIL THIS WEEK..

.LOW PRESSURE WILL APPROACH THE WEST COAST AND BRING DRY
CONDITIONS AND PERIODS OF GUSTY WINDS THIS WEEK. WIND AND
HUMIDITY MAY ONCE AGAIN REACH CRITICAL THRESHOLDS WEDNESDAY
MAINLY NORTH OF I-80 WITH CONDITIONS SPREADING TO MUCH OF THE
EASTERN SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA THURSDAY.

CAZ271-278-NVZ458-310045-
/O.CON.KREV.FW.A.0006.130731T2000Z-130801T0400Z/
/O.CON.KREV.FW.A.0007.130801T1900Z-130802T0500Z/
WESTERN LASSEN-EASTERN PLUMAS-EASTERN SIERRA-
EASTERN NEVADA COUNTIES-EASTERN LASSEN COUNTY-
NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY-
534 AM PDT TUE JUL 30 2013

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
NORTHWEST NEVADA ZONE 458 AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA ZONES 271 AND
278. ..

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR NORTHWEST
NEVADA ZONE 458 AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA ZONES 271 AND 278. ..

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE ZONE 271 WESTERN LASSEN-EASTERN PLUMAS-
  EASTERN SIERRA-EASTERN NEVADA COUNTIES...FIRE ZONE 278 EASTERN
  LASSEN COUNTY AND FIRE ZONE 458 NORTHERN WASHOE COUNTY.

* WINDS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY...WEST TO SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH
  WITH GUSTS 30 TO 35 MPH POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY...WITH GUSTS UP TO
  40 MPH POSSIBLE THURSDAY.

* HUMIDITY...8 TO 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY MAY
  CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE. CHECK WEATHER.GOV/RENO FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE RED
FLAG WARNINGS.



URGENT - FIRE WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
534 AM PDT TUE JUL 30 2013

...A DRY WESTERLY FLOW WILL PREVAIL THIS WEEK..

.LOW PRESSURE WILL APPROACH THE WEST COAST AND BRING DRY
CONDITIONS AND PERIODS OF GUSTY WINDS THIS WEEK. WIND AND
HUMIDITY MAY ONCE AGAIN REACH CRITICAL THRESHOLDS WEDNESDAY
MAINLY NORTH OF I-80 WITH CONDITIONS SPREADING TO MUCH OF THE
EASTERN SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA THURSDAY.

CAZ272-273-NVZ450-453-310045-
/O.CON.KREV.FW.A.0007.130801T1900Z-130802T0500Z/
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-MONO-EASTERN ALPINE COUNTIES-
WESTERN NEVADA SIERRA FRONT-WEST CENTRAL NEVADA BASIN AND RANGE-
534 AM PDT TUE JUL 30 2013

...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING FOR GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY FOR
EASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONES 272 AND 273 AND WESTERN NEVADA ZONES 450
AND 453. ..

* AFFECTED AREA...FIRE ZONE 272 GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA...FIRE
  ZONE 273 MONO-EASTERN ALPINE COUNTIES...FIRE ZONE 450 WESTERN
  NEVADA SIERRA FRONT AND FIRE ZONE 453 WEST CENTRAL NEVADA
  BASIN AND RANGE.

* WINDS...SOUTHWEST TO WEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS 35 TO 40
  MPH. FOR EASTERN CALIFORNIA...THESE WINDS ARE MOST LIKELY
  NORTH OF BRIDGEPORT.

* HUMIDITY...7 TO 15 PERCENT.

* IMPACTS...THE COMBINATION OF GUSTY WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITY WILL
  CREATE CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS..

A FIRE WEATHER WATCH MEANS THAT CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
ARE POSSIBLE. CHECK WEATHER.GOV/RENO FOR UPDATES AND POSSIBLE RED
FLAG WARNINGS.
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CA-SRF-Dance Fire: 577 acres, 100% contained, [Location and Perimeter Map] [FINAL] #CaFire

CA-SRF-Dance Fire

Incident Overview

Detected: Monday, July 29, 5:00 p.m.
Cause: Under Investigation
Fuels: Timber and Brush
Estimated Size: 650 acres
Containment: 60%
Committed Resources: Approximately 475
Structures Damaged or Destroyed: 1 home, 2 outbuildings
Summary:
The Dance Fire is located on the Six Rivers National Forest, adjacent to Orleans, California. Northern California Interagency Team 2 (Johnson) took command of the incident at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
Night crews made good progress around the fire perimeter. They conducted successful burn out operations which helped secure the north and northwestern edges of the fire, and continued to patrol the areas around structures. Several spot fires were reported overnight, but crews were able to act quickly and build line around them. The area to the east of Camp Creek Road continues to challenge firefighters due to steep terrain, and crews will focus today on strengthening line in that area. Firefighters will also work to complete burnout (especially along the northern edge of the fire), to reinforce and strengthen hand-lines and to begin mop up where appropriate.
As of 9:00 a.m. today all evacuations will be lifted.
A Public Meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. tonight at the Karuk Department of Natural Resources.

Basic Information

Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday July 29th, 2013 approx. 05:15 PM
Locationadjacnet to community of Orleans
Incident CommanderDuane Franklin

Current Situation

Total Personnel475
Size650 acres
Percent Contained25%
Estimated Containment DateWednesday July 31st, 2013 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber
Fire Behavior
Fire mostly smoldering and creeping. No major runs today. Vast majority of acreage was during the first operational period.
Significant Events
Traffic restored to Highway 96. NorCal Team 2 assumed command of the fire at 6:00 p.m. tonight. Evacuation order for portions of Orleans will be lifted this evening or early tomorrow at the latest.

Outlook

Planned Actions
Continue to burn out, hold and improve all lines within the community and protect structures. Continue efforts at full containment. Mop-up edges.
Growth Potential
High
Terrain Difficulty
High
Remarks
Elements fo the NorCal Team 2 arrived and are integrating into the organization. The Incident Command Center will be out of the Hoopa Fire Station.

Current Weather

Wind Conditions9 mph SE
Temperature96 degrees
Humidity18%
Dance Fire Location and Perimeter Map
Evacuations of some local residents in and near the town of Orleans, CA. Residents were evacuated to Junction Elementary School in Somes Bar and the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building in Orleans. The evacuations are complete.


Update 08/5/2013 0915:  
Dance FireCA-SRF-1373Type: WFStart: 07/29/2013 1715Cause: UPriority:
Overhead Team Name: Matt JohnsonOrganization: Type 2 TeamLocal:GACC:
Size:
577 ACRES
% Cnt/MMA:
100 %
Est Contain:
08/02/2013
Latitude:
41° 17´ 42"
Longitude:
123° 33´ 21"
Location: Adjacent to community of Orleans$$ Costs to Date: $2,550,000
Structures Threatened: NONEStructures Destroyed: 1 PRIM , 2 OUTB
Resources Committed:Total Personnel: 55Report Date: Aug 04, 2013 0600
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Significant Events: No night operations. Six Rivers National Forest assumed command of the fire today at 0600 hrs. This will be the final 209.Remarks: Nor Cal Team 2 has transferred command of the fire back to the Six Rivers National Forest on Sunday 8-4-13 at 0600 hrs.
Observed Fire Behavior: Smoldering within contained islands of fuels.
Planned Actions: Nor Cal Team 2 will transfer command of the fire today at 0600 hrs.

Update 08/1/2013 1615:  577 acres, 95% contained, full containment expected 8/2.
Update 07/31/2013 0615: 650 acres, 60% contained. Fire is expected to have minimal growth through burn operations and is expected to remain within established containment lines. Evacuations remain in place and will be assessed for removal during day operations.
Update 07/30/2013 0615: 350 acres, 10% contained.The Dance Fire in Humboldt County near Orleans has destroyed two homes and some outbuildings, as well as 350 acres, since it broke out around 5 p.m. Monday, forest officials said. 
Portions of the community of Orleans is evacuated. Power if off in Orleans, structure protection in progress.
Update 07/29/2013 2200CA-SRF Dance Fire: Fire is approximately 200 acres. NORCAL Team 2 is being activated. 
Update 07/29/2013 2010: CA-SRF Dance Fire, near the community of Orleans. Fire is 100 acres in size, burning in timber, 0% contained. Structures are threatened.

Overview: The Dance Fire, which started along Highway 96 near Camp Creek Road, has caused the evacuation of some local residents in and near the town of Orleans, CA. Residents were evacuated to Junction Elementary School in Somes Bar and the Karuk Tribe Department of Natural Resources (DNR) building in Orleans. The evacuations are complete.

The fire started at 5:15 p.m. on Monday and as of 3:00 a.m. today, has burned 350 acres with an estimated 10% containment.

 Hundreds of structures are threatened, power lines and phone lines are down, and Highway 96 near Orleans has been closed. Resources from the following agencies are on scene: Six Rivers and Klamath National Forest, Cal Fire, Hoopa Fire Department, Orleans Volunteer Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, County Sheriff’s Office, Forest Service law enforcement officers, and California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

Additional fire resources have been order, including a Type 2 Incident Management Team that will assume command of the fire on Tuesday afternoon.

Location:   In the community of Orleans, 36996 Hwy 96 in Orleans, Highway 96 near Camp Creek Road
Reported Date/time: 07/29/2013 2010
IA: *
ROS: *
ROC: Burning in timber, 0% contained
Structure Threats: Hundreds of structures are threatened
Concerns: Power lines and phone lines are down, and Highway 96 near Orleans has been closed. 
Resources: SRF CH 1,2; BC 21,22,23; E31,32,351,321; WT-25; PT 22,31;
SHF E334;
ST 9120C innediate need;
SKU S/T w B 2611, E 2675,2664,2668,2669,2666 immediate need;Alder camp crews 1,2,4,5 are committed to the fire.
Aircraft: AT 93,94,95,96 HUU helicopter 102 has been working the fire along with HUU air attack 120.  
Cooperating Agencies: *
Weather Info: *
Special Conditions: *
Other Comments: *
Radio Frequencies: *
Agency Website: *
Online Scanner: *
Live Video: *
Web Cams: *
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