24 Jun 2008, 1:00am
California
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Whiskeytown Complex Fires

Location: 8 miles west of Redding, Shasta Co. CA

Specific Location: Lat 40° 36′ 0″ Lon 122° 38′ 0″

Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 218
Size: 6,240 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $8,837,081

Last nights IR flight recorded very little perceptible heat along the fire lines. Park staff continuing to monitor and coordinate with Calfire on the Motion Fire (SHU Lightning Complex) within Whiskeytown NRA. Whiskeytown NRA remains closed to the public and evacuations remain effect on Whiskey Cr Road area due to increased fire activity on the Motion fire (SHU Lightning Complex).

McNitt’s type 2 IMT will transition to a local type 3 organization at 0600 on July 16, 2008. Demob and re-assignment of excess crews and equipment continuing. This will be the last update unless a significant event occurs or until the final is completed.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 379
Size: 6,240 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: not updated, est. $9 million

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 429
Size: 6,135 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $8,400,000

The entire NRA was closed to the public this morning due to increased fire activity from the Motion fire on the NE side of the park and the Moon fire on the south side. Crews continue to hold improved jeep trail and contain spot fires on Div C as Moon fire pushes upslope North and East towards park boundary. Evacuations placed in Whiskey Cr Road area where Motion Fire continues westward march.

All fires have merged within the NRA and are being managed as one fire.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 5,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported

Dozer line along ridge and NRA boundary in Div C holding with heavy helo bucket work from Moon complex but tenuous as Moon fire encroaches N and E. Airtankers working to keep Motion Fire from spreading W toward the NRA also.

All fires have merged within the NRA and are being managed as one fire. Daily coordination with Shasta Lightning Complex is ongoing

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 426
Size: 5,300 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $7,200,000

NRA closed to visitor use in all areas south of Whiskeytown Lake.

Task Force from Whiskeytown Complex loaned to the Moon Fire, SHU Shasta-Trinity Complex for structure protection.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 429?
Size: 5,130 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Recreation activity still taking place in the NRA is a challenge. Lack of helicopter support limits crew placement. Difficult access and steep terrain. Torching, spotting and fire growth has occurred today.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 429
Size: 5,050 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $6,045,000

Est containment date: 07/09/2008. This may be difficult to achieve if weather conditions worsen.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 438
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $4,400,000

Continuing to make good progress by going direct with hand line with bucket support where feasible.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 448
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $3,731,000

Good progress tying in w/Moon near Little Bally. Helicopter bucket support in Beartrap Gulch to slow fire spread. Intend to insert crews on Little Bally to build direct line in Beartrap Gulch.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,752,000

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 378?
Size: 4,730 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Expected containment date: 07/09/08

WAPA high Voltage transmission lines may be impacted by Whiskeytown Fire. This line is one of the primary lines supplying power to N. CA. Recreation activity still taking place in the NRA is a concern. Potential for re-burn is high.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 378
Size: 5,200 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,300,000

A plan is being implemented with the cooperation of Shasta Lightning Complex Branch VII for joint containment effort on the SE flank of the fire. Helicopter bucket support with water drops were utilized on the ridge between Little Bally and South Fork Mtn. A signicant number of spot fires occurred in this area. The use of retardant is being evaluated.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 371
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,200,000

Aerial recon showed fires in the Whiskeytown Complex are almost completely burned together to form the Whiskeytown fire and merged with the Moon Complex. Fire crossed the headwaters of Eagle Creek and approaching Beartrap Gulch. A joint planning operation effort with Branch 7 of the Moon Complex with the Whiskey Complex is being done and implementation will start when plan is in place and resources are gained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 332
Size: 4,559 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Potential for reburn is high on many areas of all fires.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 269?
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

A Type II team McNitt is enroute and transition will take place at 0600 06/30.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 269
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $795,000

PG&E power line had retardant cleaned off of it. Coordination with PG&E is continuing for re-energizing line. Radio towers critical to Redding Airtanker base are supplied by this line; currently being powered by generator. The Motion Fire is becoming a concern as it has potenial to approach the north boundary of the Whiskeytown NRA.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 232
Size: 3,600 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Night burn-out accomplished containing the NE flank of the 5-3 (Boulder Fire). Smoke inversion lifting allowed air attack to deliver retardent to protect the communications facilities and powerlines feeder to the communications facilities. Powerline turned off during retardant delivery to prevent arcing.

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North State public radio down

Powerlines to the cluster of radio, television and emergency service communication towers on the mountain in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area have been turned off because of nearby fires, said Lorraine Dechter, the station’s news director [here].

Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 122?
Size: 3,300 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Commercial communications towers and associated infrastructure (several small buildings) on Shasta Bally are fairly secure from fire damage, the power line is not. In order to protect the power lines the use of heavy lift helicopters would be needed to contain the spread of fire to the power line structures. These towers are used by television, radio, and numerous public and private agencies and companies for two-way radio communications in the greater Redding area. Protection of power lines to the communication site is critical for them to maintain operations. WAPA high voltage transmission lines will be threatened if fire 5-3 (Boulder) continues backing downhill and merge into the 5-2 (Bally fire). The extreme terrain and need to contain the fires with indirect lines requires the use of experienced type 1 or type 2IA rated crews. The Mary Fire or the (5-45) Brandy fire not staffed due to lack of resources and other higher priorities.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 122
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $154,351

Structures Threatened: 12 COMM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Fires continue to grow, Fire 5-3 continues to back downhill towards the WAPA powerlines with uphill runs threatening the powerlines to the communications towers. Closure of Mill Creek Road and trail to public use. Contact with PG&E personnel concerning powerlines. PG&E de-energized the powerline for the night leading to the communication towers.

Fire continues to grow in the vicinity of Shasta Bally Road. Fires have seen moderate behavior all day with rollout being the major concern. Fires continue backing and making runs upslope, much of the spread has been terrain enhanced. Significant burning in Mary Fire as it moves through the more exposed, drier higher elevation vegetation. Boulder Fire has been holding to the east side of the north ridge coming off Shasta Bally but has now burned in fingers to the Boulder Creek Trail.

Continue burnout operations along Brandy Creek Trail. Work powerlines with heavy helicopters to keep fire from spreading to the powerlines if possible.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 79
Size: 1,250 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Commercial communications towers and associated infrastructure (several small buildings) on Shasta Bally threatened. These towers are used by television, radio, and numerous public and private agencies and companies for two-way radio communications in the greater Redding area. Protection of power lines to the communication site is critical for them to maintain operations. WAPA high voltage transmission lines will be threatened if fire 5-3 (Boulder) continues backing downhill.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 42
Size: 700 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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.

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