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Friday, July 31, 2015

CA-MDF Frog Fire: Vegetation Fire Modoc County

Frog Fire: Vegetation Fire CA-MDF Frog Fire Modoc county

The Frog Fire was located by firefighters the afternoon of July 30, 2015 just southwest of Lava Campground on the Big Valley Ranger District. As of 8 a.m. July 31, it was estimated at 480 acres. Erratic fire behavior was observed yesterday with active spotting ahead of the fire front. 

FIRE IS BURNING IN PONDEROSA PINE WITH GRASS AND NEEDLE DRAPED MANZANITA UNDERSTORY, SIGNIFICANT LADDER FUELS ARE PRESENT.

HAZARDOUS TERRAIN WORKING AROUND LAVA FLOW TUBES. DIFFICULTY IN FINDING ADEQUATE VANTAGE POINTS TO ESTABLISH LOOKOUTS. COMMUNICATIONS ARE SPOTTY AND LIMITED IN THE FIRE AREA.

08/03/2015 LAVA CAMPGROUND AND HOWARD GULCH CAMPGROUND ARE CLOSED. LONG BELL FIRE STATION HAS BEEN EVACUATED.

Updates as available:

08/03/2015 0930: 4745 Acres 75%.

08/03/2015 0930: 4,213 acres, 20% contained. Main fire spread is to the north and east in pockets of heavy fuels. High humidity and cloud cover has moderated fire behavior. COTP power lines and natural gas lines are threatened.

08/02/2015 0930: 3,900 acres, 5% contained. COTP power lines and natural gas lines are threatened. Fire had significant runs with spotting across containment lines due to thunderstorm activity.

08/01/2015 0930: 1,850 acres, 5% contained. Fire made extreme runs under yesterday's thunder cells causing 1/2 mile spotting. NorCal IMT2 (Kurth) assumed command at 0600 hours today. 

07/31/2015 1930: 1,000 acres, 10% contained. COTP power lines threatened. Thunderstorms in the fire area today caused extreme fire behavior.

07/31/2015 1400:
500 acres, 0% contained. Burning in timber and brush with active fire in all directions. COTP power lines threatened. 
A Type-2 Incident Management Team has been ordered, and is expected to take over management of the incident the evening of July 31. Erratic winds and possible additional lighting expected.

07/31/2015 1115: NorCal IMT2 (Kurth) has been assigned to the CA-MDF Frog Fire.

Location:
Problems/Concerns: COTP power lines threatened.

Basic Information
Current as of 7/31/2015, 10:18:48 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin: Thursday July 30th, 2015 approx. 05:45 PM
Location: SW of Lava Campground, 
near Tionesta, in Modoc county.
Fuels: Brush and Grass

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