California Northern Region A Board of Review has not approved this Informational Summary Report. It is intended as a safety and training tool, an aid to preventing future occurrences, and to inform interested parties. Because it is published on a short time frame, the information contained herein is subject to revision as further investigation is conducted and additional information is developed.
Konocti Remote Automated Weather Station, approximately 5.5 miles north east of the burnover location at 1400 hours;
Fuel Type Conifers intermixed with hardwoods, pockets of Manzanita and Chamise.
Size of brush: 6 foot plus, south of the deployment site.
Road Conditions: Clear, dry
Fire Behavior: Approximately 110-130 acres with multiple spot fires resulting in understory burning with group tree torching and short crown runs driven by wind and/or slope alignment.
SEQUENCE OF EVENTS
The front seat fire captain’s (FC1) report on conditions was: two acres in grass and oak woodland, a moderate rate of spread, with one structure immediately threatened and the potential to burn 20 acres. C1 crew observed short range spotting with some isolated tree torching. FC1 and FC2 determined the left flank of the fire would be their priority. C1 landed in a field near an access road which led to the fire’s left flank. When the helitack crew started a direct attack on the left flank towards a structure (RES1), FC2 advised FC1 they should stay mobile and provide structure defense.
When they reached the ridge top FF3 observed spot fires advancing up the slope toward them. FF3 stood at the top as a lookout for a few minutes then met up with FC1, FF4 and FF 5.