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Saturday, July 25, 2015

CA-MMU Willow Vegetation Fire North Shore Bass Lake, Madera County [updated]

Willow Fire, Vegetation Fire, Madera County, CA-MMU-Willow SRA / FRA

South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE (Smith)


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Evacuations: Mandatory Evacuation from Willow Canyon Rd down to Rd 274 on the Northside; Vol. Evacs Southside of Rd 274
An Evacuation Center has been established in Oakhurst at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Updates as available:

Willow Fire
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Update 8-5-15 0800: 5,702 Acres, 95% contained.
The Willow Fire transitioned to a Sierra National Forest Type 3 management organization this morning at 6:00 AM.
Crews will continue fire line suppression repair and mop-up on all parts of the fire. Resource Advisors from the Forest Service identified the extent of suppression repair needed. Those repairs can vary depending upon the intended use of the affected area after the fire. The fire continues to cool, but some areas may still produce smoke for several more days.
The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team continues there survey of the burn area.
Firefighting resources, such as engines and crews, continue to be released from the Willow Fire and sent to other fires in California. The public is reminded that a lot of firefighting equipment will be traveling on local roads going into the Willow Fire area and others will be leaving the community heading to other incidents.

Update 8-5-15 0800: 5,702 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 90% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper)
Significant demobilization of resources continues. 
Preparing to transfer command to a Sierra National Forest Type 3 organization on 08/07/15 at 0600

Update 8-5-15 0800: 5,702 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 85% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper)
Significant demobilization of resources continues.
Preparations have begun to transition command to a Sierra National Forest Type 3 organization.


Update 8-4-15 0800: 5,702 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 80% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper)
Significant demobilization of resources commences today. 
Douglas Station Road residences remain under mandatory evacuation order until 2200 tonight.

Update 8-3-15 1800: 5,702 Acres

Update 8-3-15 0800: 5,702 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 70% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) 
Demobilization of excess resources has begun 
Mandatory evacuation order affecting Cascadel Woods will be lifted at 2100 tonight.
Douglas Station Road residences remain under evacuation order.
Unified command with CAL FIRE was terminated as of 0600 today.

Update 8-2-15 0800: 5,656 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 60% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE (Smith)
An evacuation center is open in Oakhurst at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Update 8-1-15 0800: 5,116 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 50% Contained
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Structure protection of Cascadel, Central Camp, and Bass Lake subdivisions.
Critical resources requested are needed to abate imminent structure threat. 
Critical resources needed: Type 3 Strike Teams and CAL FIRE Type 1 Strike Team

Update 7-31-15 1800: 4,394 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 40% Contained
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Structure protection of Cascadel, Central Camp, and Bass Lake subdivisions.
Critical resources requested are needed to abate imminent structure threat by building contingency line and providing structure protection.
Fire growth as offset containment progress explaining the lack of increase in containment percentage.

Update 7-31-15 0800: 4,394 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 30% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE (Smith)
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Structure protection of Cascadel, Central Camp, and Bass Lake subdivisions.
To reduce the logistical complexities associated with travel distances the fire has been separated
into two geographic and one functional branch.
An Evacuation Center has been established in Oakhurst at the Oakhurst Community Center.
Update 7-30-15 1900: 3,383 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 30% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE (Smith)
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Structure protection of Cascadel, Central Camp, and Bass Lake subdivisions.
To reduce the logistical complexities associated with travel distances the fire has been separated into two geographic and one functional branch.

Update 7-30-15 0900: 3,383 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 30% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in command
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Structure protection of Cascadel, Central Camp, and Bass Lake subdivisions.
Significant growth to the north past 7 Rock and to the south toward Peckinpah Creek.

Update 7-29-15 1900: 2,077 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 30% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in command
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Evacuation advisory reissued to residents of Cascadel Woods.
Additional road closures are in effect due to the fire’s progression today.

Update 7-29-15 0800: 2,077 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 30% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in command
Evacuations remain unchanged.

Update 7-28-15 1100: 2,077 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 30% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in command
Evacuations remain unchanged

Update 7-28-15 0800: 1,739 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 5% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency IMT (Cooper) is in command.
Evacuations remain unchanged.
Smoke continues to impact Mammoth, Inyo County and the San Joaquin Valley.

Update 7-27-15 0800: 1,521 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 5% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Cooper)
has assumed command of the incident

Update 7-26-15 1800: 1,521 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 5% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Cooper) has been mobilized to the incident. Evacuations of campgrounds and Central Camp remain in place
Road 274 and Willow Canyon Road remain closed

Update 7-26-15 0800: 1,121 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 5% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Cooper) has been mobilized to the incident.
Type 2 team will take command of the incident at approximately 1400 7/26/2015.
Evacuation of multiple campgrounds and central camp
Road closure on Road 274 and Willow Canyon Road
Campground closure at Guff and Whiskers Campgrounds

Update 7-26-15 0800: 1,121 Acres, heavy brush and timber, 5% Contained
South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Cooper) has been mobilized to the incident. Type 2 team will take command of the incident at approximately 1400 7/26/2015.
Evacuation of multiple campgrounds and central camp
Campground closure at Guff and Whiskers Campgrounds
Road closure on Road 274 and Willow Canyon Road

Update 7-25-15 2000: Incident is in Unified Command with CALFIRE (MMU), USFS (SNF)
150+ Acres, heavy brush and timber, 0% Contained
Unified ordering point is Sierra National Forest
South Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team (Cooper) has been mobilized to the incident. 
ICP will be located at North Fork Forest Fire Station
A Tentative In briefing scheduled for 1000hrs. tomorrow with transition at 1800hrs
CAL FIRE air and ground resources assigned

Update 7-25-15 1600: 150+ Acres, 0% Contained. Incident is in unified command with CALFIRE (MMU), USFS (SNF),
Fire is well established, head of the fire is burning in the direction of central camp.
Unified Ordering point is transitioning at 1700 hours from MMU to SNF.
WX: 90°, 18%RH, wind Southwest @ 6 mph, increase with gusts to 10 mph
CAL FIRE air and ground resources assigned

Update 7-25-15 1515: 50 ac, w/ long range spotting VLAT T 912 off Castle w/ a 7 Min ETE. Mandatory Evacuations 

Update 7-25-15 1430: Going to Unified command with SNF. with MMU the ordering point until the transition.

Update 7-25-15 1430: 4206 reporting dangerous rate of spread and expect it to go extended due to the current fire behavior. Multiple spots across the river bottom, structures immediately in front. Requested 4 AT's with a VLAT, All equipment to stage at Willow Canyon Rd x Rd 274

Location: North Shore Bass Lake, off Willow Canyon Dr.[
Willow Canyon Dr. X Rd 274 – North Fork area]
GPS: Latitude / Longitude: 37.264785 / -119.508359
Start Time: 1352
IA Acres: 10 +
ROS: Moderate
ROC: 10 ac, In heavy brush, Mod Ros
Structure Threat: Yes
Special Hazards: 
Burning in heavy brush and timber
Resources: AA; 4 ATs; 5 MMU CalFire; 2 MMU Dozers, 4 LG Engines; 2 LG WTs
Communicationss: Local - 151.460; 
 CMD 4 - 151.400; Air 6 - 151.310; A/G 1 - 151.220
Weather Info: 84 Deg / 23% Hum / Winds from the N/W 5 mph
Maps: http://arcg.is/1JFOXQm
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