24 Jun 2008, 12:27pm
California
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CA Fires Tuesday Update

Last weekend a dry lightning storm ignited between 850 and 920 fires across California. The latest map of northern CA fires is [here]. The situation is confusing but here are the latest updates extracted from some of the fire reporting sites. From north to south:

Siskiyou Co. — Siskiyou Complex Fires in Dillon Creek near Happy Camp are pushing 1,000 acres. A Type 2 IMT has been called in. At last report 146 personnel and 0% containment. Multiple starts, many unstaffed.

- SRF Lightning Complex Fires, Klamath NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Salmon River area, is also 1,000+ acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed. Fires include the Travis, Blue, Jake Allgood, Sims and Packsaddle Fires. Trinity Alps Wilderness may or may not be closed.

Trinity Co.
— Iron Complex Fires, Shasta-Trinity NF, Weaverville area is reporting 36 fires, 9 contained, and 4 staffed, partially contained. The community of Junction City is threatened.

- Lime Complex Fires, Shasta-Trinity NF, Hayfork area is 6,400 acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed. The communities of Hayfork and Hyampom are threatened.

Shasta Co. — Whiskeytown Complex Fires, 8 miles west of Redding, 700 acres, 0% contained at last report. Fire 5-2 reached Shasta Bally road which has been closed due to fire activity. Boulder Creek Falls Trail remains closed due to Fire 5-3.

- SHU Lightning Complex Fires, east of Redding. Over 153 fires have been reported in the Shasta-Trinty Co. areas, at least 25 unstaffed. Shingletown Fire at 455 acres with evacuations in place. Donkey Fire at 360 acres with potential evacuations for Oak Run and Round Mountain. Democrat Fire at 360 acres with structures threatened in the communities of Shasta and Keswick. Kirkman Fire at 1500 acres. Pine Fire at 750 acres with likely impact to HWY 299 East within 12 hours. Venture Fire, east of Burney, at 1000 acres, structures threatened, evacuations in place, power transmission lines threatened and HWY 299 closed in the area.

Humboldt Co. — HUU Lightning Complex Fires, at least 50 fires. The Lone Pine Fire is 80 acres, the Paradise Fire NE of Shelter Cove is 500 acres and growing. The Redcrest Fire is 30 acres, the High Fire is in Humboldt Redwood State Park with unknown acreage or containment, the Carson Fire is 40 acres and 50% contained, the Hansen Fire is 2 acres with unknown containment, the Williams Fire is 25 acres and 50% contained, at last report.

- Mad Complex Fires on the Orleans RD, Siskiyou NF, Klamath River area, is also 1,000+ acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed.

Lassen Co. — 45 total fires reported. The Popcorn Fire east of Burney is 2,500 acres at last report. Little Valley is under a precautionary evacuation.

Tehema Co. — TGU Lightning Complex Fires. Over 37 fires for a total of 3,146 acres. 35 fires are contained. The Antelope Fire is 900 acres and 10% contained, the Mill Creek Fire is 1,500 acres with no containment.

Plumas Co. — Cub Complex Fires SW of Chester, Cub Fire is 800 acres, Onion Fire is 500 acres. As of 7 pm yesterday 309 personnel, 0% containment.

Sierra Co. — Canyon Complex Fires, more than 45 fires have been detected, many in the Feather River canyon. Several fires are aggressively backing into the middle fork and the north fork of the Feather River and Nelson Creek. Tree Ranger District affected. Includes the Hartman Fire and the Crest Fire. The Cold Fire is approx. 3,000 acres. Precautionary evacuation of animals in the communities of Spring Garden, Greenhorn, and Sloat (near Quincy) is in effect. Hwy 70 is closed from 1.5 miles East of Pulga in Butte Co. to Gansner Bar.

Mendocino Co. — Approx. 131 fires have been reported, burning more than 13,000 acres. Incident Command Team #4 has been assigned to this complex. The Orr Fire is 200 acres and has evacuations of the Orr Springs Resort and 50 homes in the area, the Navarro Fire is 1,400 acres and 5% contained, the Cherry fire is 50 acres and 50% contained, the Foster Fire is 50 acres and 50% contained, the Table Mtn. Fire is 1,000 acres and 5% contained, the Mallo Pass Fire is 800 acres, and the Juan Creek Fires (2) are at 100 acres each. There are 8 additional fires at 30 acres each.

There is a voluntary evacuation recommended and issued by the Anderson Valley Fire Department for the following areas: Rancho Navarro, Nash Mill Road from Clough Ridge to the top of Nash Mill Subdivision, Mountain View Rd. near mile marker 17 in the vicinity of Hanes Ranch, Easterly portion of Signal Ridge Rd. in the vicinity of Rossi Ranch below Cold Springs Lookout. The Anderson Valley Fire Department advises that they may not be able to put out a mandatory evacuation and individuals should monitor the fires and be prepared to decide to evacuate on their own; individuals who cannot do a fire watch through the night are advised to voluntarily evacuate.

There is a precautionary evacuation issued by Cal Fire on Mountain View Road at Mile Post 9 East of Manchester.

KZYX, Mendocino Public Broadcast Radio [here] has good fire information.

Lake Co. - June ABCD Complex Fires, W of Willows. 49 fires reported. Walker Fire, Indian Valley Reservoir, 8,600 acres, 5% contained.

Butte Co. - N of Paradise. 25 fires for a total of more than 3,900 acres, 8 fires are contained. The Rim Fire has burned 50 acres with unknown containment. Butte County Sheriff’s department is affecting a Precautionary Evacuation Advisory for the Lake Concow Area for a lighting fire in excess of 100 acres burning off of Rim Rd. (also referred to as Andy Mountain Rd.) in the Concow area. The American Red Cross is setting up an evacuation shelter at the Spring Valley School at 2771 Pentz Rd. off of Hwy 70. There are four road closures in effect: Concow Rd. from Yellow Wood Rd. north to the end of the pavement on Concow Rd, Concow Rd. from Nelson Bar to end of pavement, Rim Rd. (also known as Andy Mtn. Rd) from Hwy 70 to end of Rim Rd., Deadwood from Hwy 70 to Concow Rd. June 24, 2008 11:10 am

Nevada Co. — Yuba River Complex Fires, 34 fires reported. Scotchman Fire 500 acres near Washington. Fall Fire, 1,100 acres and spreading to the N along Bowman Lake Road. Hydro-electric facilities and lines are threatened. 25 Fire, Celina Fire, Foresthill (formerly Mosquito) Fire which is 75 acres and 90% contained.

Placer Co. — American River Complex Fires: Peavine Fire, 20 acres, Middle Fork American River sub-drainage; Gov Fire, 100 acres, within Wild and Scenic River area, Westville Fire, 25 acres, N Fork American River.

Napa Co. — Wild Fire, 4,089 acres, 80% contained.

Santa Clara Co. — 15 fires have been contained, burning more than 964 acres. Whitehurst/Hummingbird Fires 100% contained.

Amador Co. — All fires for a total of 80 acres have been contained.

Tolumne Co. — 9 fires for a total of 5,720 acres. All fires reported contained, except North Mountain Fire, 550 acres, 0%, 7 mi NE of Groveland.

Madera, Mariposa, Merced Cos. — 40 fires reported. Oliver Complex Fires, 200 acres, 5% contained. The Cunningham Complex, 3,150 acres, Indian Peak Fire, 60 acres. Mariposa Complex Fires are 100% contained at 2500 acres. Sierra NF reported 25 of the 40 fires; 14 are still active.

Monterey Co. — Indians Fire 58,000 acres, Los Padres NF, burning since June 8th, 66% contained, costs to date over $30 million. Basin Complex Fires 5 mi S of Big Sur, lightning-ignited June 21, 7,025 acres, 3% contained. Landslide on Hwy 1 south of the fires has closed the Hwy, Caltrans is monitoring, unsafe to take action to mitigate. Mandatory evacuations from Ventana Inn south to Julia Pfeiffer Day Use Area. Brown Fire, Hollister, 3870 acres, 100% contained.

Tulare, Inyo Cos. — Clover Fire, 13,050 acres. The Clover Fire is a Let It Burn Fire that blew up Sunday from 4,000 acres, crossed the Sierra crest, and has burned nearly to Hwy 395. Over $2 million were been spent watching this fire since it started May 31st. Now many more millions must be spent to contain it, and fire suppression resources must be drawn away from critical need areas in the rest of the state. The Sequoia NF is responsible for this fiasco.

Map courtesy Cal OES, CalFire, USFS and Firefighter Blog [here]. Click map for larger image.

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