#NicollsFire is south of Hwy 178, just east of Onyx, west of Canebrake, burning south. Scodie Mountains - Kiavah Wilderness, Lake Isabella
Steep rocky terrain with very limited access and high winds are a concern for crews accessing the fire.
All crew access will be by rotary wing aircraft. Crews will spike and use coyote tactics.
The fire continues to move northeast towards the Jack fire of 1997.
Current Temp. 74.3 °, 44% RH, wind ENE at 1.1 mph,
Expected high 107° with scattered thunderstorms possible. Strong downdrafts may occur in area of thunderstorms.
During the night the fire is primarily wind and terrain driven.
Only access for crews is via helicopters.
Threats McIvers Cabin within 48 hours, and to Cap Canyon, Walker Pass, in 72 hours.
Update 1600 hrs: 800 acres.
Update 1400 hrs: 400 acres, 0% Contained. Rapid Rate of Spread, medium to heavy fuels, Fire is running, spotting and crowning 10-12 ft. flame lengths observed, No structure threats at this timeIA: Kelso Valley/Onyx area this afternoon with a report of smoke. It grew quickly and is approximately 700 acres at a moderate rate of spread. Forest Service Batallion Chief Ernie Villa assumed the role of Nicolls Incident Commander shortly after the fire broke. There is no ground access at this time, air resources are flying over the fire dropping water on the heat and scouting roads for possible access for ground troops. Local resources are responding at this time. No evacuations are in place at this time.No road closures are in place at this time.
Location: Scodie Mountains
Start Date/Time: 07/11/14 @ 1346
Weather: 80°, 25% RH, 23 mph, West