24 Jun 2008, 7:18pm
Arizona
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Hot Air Fire

Location: ~25 mi S of Alpine, 6 mi SW of Strayhorse, Greenlee Co. AZ

Specific Location: Apache-Sitgraves NF, Lat 33° 28′ 30″ Lon 109° 23′ 43″

Date of Origin: 06/22/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 06/29/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 157
Size: 8,300 acres
Percent Contained: not reported

Costs to Date: $562,000

Hwy 191 reopened. Transition with district to transfer command of fire on 6/30 at 0700. Continued rehab work (contour felling) in Sheep Saddle area. No further 209’s will be submitted unless there is significant fire activity or growth (> 500 acres per day).

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Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 156
Size: 8,150 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Closure of Hwy 191 to continue through 6/29/08 and re-evaluated on 6/30. Future fire growth opportunities will be re-evaluated contingent upon monsoon prognosis and moisture.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 121
Size: 7,500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Secured Rose Peak Lookout and electronic site with burnout operations; Long Term Implementation Plan draft was completed. Burnout operation continuing along Highway 191. Highway 191 remains closed.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 71
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

State Highway 191 closed. Fire has the potential to become very large burning within the Blue Range Primitive Area. Fire active on all sides, sustained crown runs with spotting to 1/2 mile.

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.

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.

24 Jun 2008, 12:48am
California
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Mad Complex Fires

Location: Six Rivers NF, Trinity Co. CA

Specif Location: W of Ruth Reservoir, Lat: 40° 18′ 17″ Lon: 123° 32′ 11″

Date of Origin: 06/20/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 102
Size: 3,705 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $5,478,347

Holding containment lines and mopping up 300ft. Contained fires will be patrolled and fires close to Six Rivers boundaries will be monitored. Rehab of small fires continues. Suppression actions are being taken on two fires. Actively patrolling 35 fires. Approximately 20 acres of the Trough Fire from the Lime Complex is burning on the Six Rivers National Forest. Lime Complex plans to assume responsibilities of Mad Complex Base Camp on 7/16/08 (to house, feed and supply the Trough Fire personnel).

Fires 100% contained: Bonanza 1,370 acres, Travis 1,700 acres, Swim 210 acres, and Van Horn 66 acres. Fires that are controlled: Water Spout I 137 acres (combined with Spring and Creek fires), Neilson 100 acres, Lost Creek 50 acres. Fires that are out: Hayden 3 acres, Salt .4 acre, Fuels 9 acres, Reiss 6 acres, Black 5 acres, Haymen 3 acres, Rabbit 1 acre, Mad .5 acre, Crooks .25 acre, Lookout .25 acre, Dutch .10 acre, Trout .10 acre, Jones .10 acre, and Hollie .10 acre Lassic 21.6 acres, Long 11.3 acres, North 5.4 acres, Van Duzen II .10 acre, Van Duzen .25 acre, and Water Spout II 5 acres, Bettes .25 acres.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 189
Size: 3,705 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $5,000,000

Holding containment lines and mopping up 300 ft. Suppression actions are being taken on three fires. Actively patrolling 34 fires. Approximately 20 acres of the Trough Fire from the Lime Complex is burning on the Six Rivers National Forest and may compromise suppression efforts.

70 Lime Complex personnel are eating and sleeping at the Mad Complex Base.

Two community meetings were held today. The Mad River community continues to show a vested interest in the fire suppression activities.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 270
Size: 3,705 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $4,600,000

Holding containment lines and mopping up 300 ft. Contained fires will be patrolled and fires close to Six Rivers boundaries will be monitored. Suppression actions are being taken on three fires, actively patrolling 34 fires. Approximately 20 acres of the Trough Fire from the Lime Complex is burning on the Six Rivers National Forest.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 297
Size: 3,705 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: not reported

Est containment date: 07/10/2008.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 388
Size: 3,705 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $3,212,087

Acreage increase due to more accurate mapping.

Expected containment date: 7/08/08

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 361?
Size: 2,705 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Expected containment date: 7/08/08

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 361
Size: 2,705 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

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Situation as of 07/01/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 361
Size: 2,633 acres
Percent Contained: 42%

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 344
Size: 2,633 acres
Percent Contained: 38%

Costs to Date: $950,000

Bonanza Fire 320 acres, 20% contained. Swim Fire 210 acres, 100% contained. Lost Creek Fire 35 acres, 2% contained. Water Spout I, Creek and Spring (merged) 140 acres, 15% contained. Water Spout II Fire 5 acres, 100% contained. Travis Fire 1,700 acres, 80% contained.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 323
Size: 2,528 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $700,000

Spot fire was located on the Swim, total of 3 acres and will be staffed tonight. An additional fire was located while monitoring Waterspout. The Spring Fire is approximately 7 acres and is unstaffed. Still trying to anchor on the Bonanza Fire, concentrating on the SE flank. Firefighting efforts were hampered with a thunderstorm threat when crews withdrew from the fire line due to lightning threats. Crews were unable to re-engage due to time constraints.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 323
Size: 2,250 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Bonanza Fire is in steep terrain only accessible by type 1 crews with downhill line construction and currently has increased fire activity and is growing in size. Numerous fires on neighboring districts are now bumping district boundaries and sloping over. These neighboring fires are not staffed by other forests. With hotter and drier temps a concern is re-burn of currently contained fires or areas preheated.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 323
Size: 1,450 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

25 of 30 fires are 100% contained. Bonanza Fire is 200-300 acres and is 0% contained. Swim Fire is 200 acres and is 50% contained. Travis Fires is 1,000 acres and is 100% contained.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 323
Size: 1,400 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

30 fires, 21 contained.

Long Fire was staffed by 7 jumpers and is 40-50% contained at 5 to 6 acres. Swim Fire is approximately 50% contained at 200 acres. Crews are lining the Travis Fire in the Wilderness using MIST tactics. Bonanza Fire and increased another 50 acres. Horse Fire from Shasta/Trinity crossed boundaries to Six Rivers.

The Mad River Ranger District will be holding a Public Fire Information Meeting, Thursday, June 26, at the Mad River Community Hall beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 315
Size: 1,150 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Swim, Bonanza,and Nielson are over 100 acres and the Travis is over 600 acres. Unable to staff all fires.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Contained the Van Horn Fire. Nielson Fire is 60 % contained. Swim Fire line construction started.

23 Jun 2008, 11:43pm
California
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TGU Antelope Creek/Mill Creek Fires

Location: Tehema Co., CA

Specific Location: Lat 40° 11′ 14″; Lon 122° 12′ 25″

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

Situation as of 07/04/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,159,923

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Situation as of 07/03/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $2,102,933

Mop up and patrol.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 175
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $2,051,877

Noble Assist Fire (Tehama County DPA) 5,118 acres 80% contained. Closely watching fire in Yolla Bolly that could cross into Tehama County State Protected Land.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 234
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $1,978,933

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 234
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Antelope Creek Fire - 3,410 acs, 100% contained
Mill Creek Fire - 13,580 acs, 100% contained
Noble Fire - 5,118 acs, 65% contained

40 of 41 fires contained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 274
Size: 22,907 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Antelope Creek Fire - 3,410 acs, 95% contained
Mill Creek Fire - 13,580 acs, 90% contained
Noble Fire - 5,118 acs, 65% contained

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Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 301
Size: 17,541 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $1,525,642

Planned actions: Noble Fire- structure protection, complete perimeter line around main fire and mop up. 450 acre spot fire contained. Antelope and Mill Fires- mop up and patrol, fires are holding within control lines. Expected containment 6-30 1800 hrs.

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23 Jun 2008, 10:32pm
California
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Oliver/Silver Complex Fires

Location: N of Oakhurst, Mariposa, Madera Cos. CA

Specific Location: Cowchilla R. area, Lat 37° 27´ 4″ Lon 119° 45´ 12″

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

As of 06/25/08 the Oliver Complex is now called the Silver Complex on Sierra NF lands to differentiate those fires from the Oliver Fire, which is on private lands and is being managed by CalFire. We will report both here, since they started out with the same name.

Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 07/04/08 noon
Total Personnel: 321
Size: 2,789 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $11,915,343

Demobilizing base camp

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 07/03/08 noon
Total Personnel: 549
Size: 2,789 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $11,011,690

Minimal fire behavior with burning in interior islands in Division W. Remainder of the fire had smoldering with minimal fire activity. Division Mike is completely tied in. Efforts continue on Division Whiskey to tie in and improve line. Continue rehab planning and implementation. Continue demobilization of resources.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 211
Size: 1,161 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,340,000

Star Fire is 350 acres 100% contained. Fuller Fire is 25 acres 100% contained. All other fires in complex are either contained or controlled. Continue heavy mop up operations on the Star utilizing resources that are assigned.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 07/01/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 730
Size: 2,789 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $10,242,193

Line construction in Division Mike completed with continued widening, improvement and mop-up. Air support still needed in Division Whiskey. Continued demob of resources planned for operational period.

The evacuation warning for the residents in the Ponderosa Basin is planned to be lifted at 1800 on 7/2/08.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 271
Size: 1,161 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $3,300,000

Star Fire is 350 acres, 100% contained. Fuller Fire is 25 acres, 10% contained. All other fires in the complex are either contained or controlled.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 06/30/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,294
Size: 2,789 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $9,268,320

Continued backing and flanking activity in Division W with interior runs. Division M and W also have large unburned islands that continue to have activity.

Will begin to implement demob as long as adequate rest and drive time is achieved for resources.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 06/30/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 274
Size: 1,131 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $2,500,000 (not updated)

Star Fire 350 acres, 92% contained. Silverknob 570 acres, contained. Chiquito 54 acres, contained. Westfall 105 acres, contained. Poison and Gagg 1 acre each, declared out. One new fire, the Fuller, a lightning sleeper that woke up this morning is estimated at 50 acres, 0% containment.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 06/29/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,297
Size: 2,789 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $7,844,904

Slow, difficult progress on firing operation on Whiskey today with backing and flanking fire activity. The rest of the fire had smoldering and backing activity. Numerous interior islands continue to smolder and will significantly extend time required to control fire. The need to use contingency plans has reduced.

Firing operation is planned to continue into the night on Division Whiskey. Evacuation warning continues for residents in the Ponderosa Basin.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 06/29/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 498
Size: 1,081 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $2,500,000

Significant line construction was completed today on the Star fire. Only 70 chains of line construction remains.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,324
Size: 2,306 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $6,062,509

Fire progression in Division Mike is holding with continued line construction as well as in Division Whiskey. A firing operation is planned this date in Division Whiskey. Steep slopes (100%+) in Division Mike are making line construction slow and continue to threaten fire spread via rolling material.

Air support needed in Ponderosa Basin and Division Mike. contingency planning has succeeded in identifying potential 12,500 acre threats in each of Ponderosa Basin and Division Mike. Watershed values at risk are in the Devils Gulch drainage which is a major tributary to the Wild and Scenic Merced River and also in the Chowchilla river drainage which supplies the Eastman Reservoir. If significant fire damage occurs in these areas, there will be high potential for excessive siltation and degradation of water quality. There are some historical and pre-historic sites within the current fire perimeter and the contingency plan perimeter. USFS Resource Advisor is identifying sites of concern. The incident also has critical need for a PIO Type I and 2 additional PIO’s any type.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 529
Size: 1,061 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $2,100,000

Rehab continued on the Silverknob and Westfall. Line construction continues on the Star Fire. Poison Fire declared out.

Silverknob 570 acres; contained. Star 330 acres; 10% contained. Chiquito 54 acres; contained. Westfall 105 acres; contained. Poison 1 acre; contained. Gagg 1 acre, declared out.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 06/27/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,302
Size: 2,277 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $4,708,123

A Red Flag warning was issued by the NWS this morning for the fire area for thunderstorm activity in higher elevations and potential for outflow winds in the fire area. This warning is to continue until 6/28/08 at 2000.

Continued fire progression to the north and north east in heavy fuels with individual tree torching. Moderate to high intensity burning conditions with interior islands burning out.

There was a Ponderosa Basin community meeting being held this evening at 1800 hours with unified command officials.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 515
Size: 1,031 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $2,050,000

Silverknob 570 Ac - contained. Chiquito 54 Ac - contained. Westfall 105 Ac - contained. Star 200 Ac Poison/Gagg 1 Ac ea.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 06/26/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,215
Size: 2,200 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Cost to date: $3.03 million

Structures Threatened: 200 residences, 225 outbuildings

Evacuations:
Aurora Road (5S09) and Standard Mill Road (5S03)

Evacuation Warning:
5100 block to 6100 block of Chowchilla Mountain Rd

Evacuation Centers:
Woodland Elementary School, 3394 Woodland Dr (Woodland Dr & Highway 49)

Road Closures:
Chowchilla Mountain Rd east of Westfall Road is open to residents only with proof of residency

The fire is in steep inaccessible terrain and is burning extremely dry brush and trees. Moderate fire behavior observed with the fire primarily backing downslope. The fire is in the Devil’s Creek drainage north of Roundtree Saddle Road.

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Oliver Fire (CalFire) Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,173
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Cost to date: $2.03 Million

Chowchilla Mountain Road area. Moderate fire behavior observed with the fire primarily backing downslope. The fire is in steep inaccessible terrain and is burning extremely dry brush and trees. The fire moved into Devil’s Creek drainage.

Aurora Road (5S09) and Standard Mill Road (5S03) evacuated. 5,100 block to 6,100 block of Chowchilla Mountain Road under pre-evacuation warning. Red Cross evac shelter set up at Woodland Elementary School, 3394 Woodland Drive, Woodland Drive and Highway 49. Chowchilla Mountain Road east of Westfall Road is open to residents only with proof of residency.

Ponderosa Basin Community Meeting Friday June 27, 2008 at 6:00 PM, Mariposa County Fire Station #32, 5618 Creel Road, Mariposa.

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Silver Complex Fire (Sierra NF) Situation as of 06/25/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 400
Size: 1,668 acres
Percent Contained: 0 to 100%

Gagg, Poison, Westfall, and 7 other fires 100% contained. Silver Knob Fire, 480 acres, 60% contained. Chiquito Fire 52 acres, 60% contained. Star Lakes Fire 30 acres, 0% contained. Ten smokejumpers have parachuted into the Star Lakes Fire (S of Yosemite NP) to begin constructing fire line.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 339
Size: ~2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Total of 14 fires are active on the Sierra NF.

Madera County Sheriff has maintained the green alert on evacuations at this time. Signs are posted for residents and travelers along Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 corridors of hazardous driving conditions. Reverse 911 system will be activated when needed.

23 Jun 2008, 10:10pm
California
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North Mountain Fire

Location: 7 mi NE of Groveland, Tuolumne Co. CA

Specific Location: Stanislaus NF, Preston Falls, Tuolumne R. area, Lat 37° 53′ 0″; Lon 119° 52′ 45″

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

Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 61
Size: 2,889 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $6,250,000

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 377
Size: 2,889 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $5,230,000

Closeout planned for 7/7/2008 in Sonora. Type I helicopter has been down due to routine maintenance. Type II Helicopter still needed for spike camp support. Contine to improve line and mop up and patrol 200 ft., fall and dowse smoldering snags.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 515
Size: 2,711 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $3,950,000

Additional Spike Camp “East-Whiskey” near the Div. W/X break. Received confirmation the (4) Marine helicopters will arrive tomorrow. The helicopters will be working out of Lemoore Navel Air Station.

Expected containment date is 07/03/2008 at 18:00.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 514
Size: 2,750 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $3,300,000

Good progress made on Div A and B. Lines are advancing to the east. Incident has released 5 Type VI Engines and will release (6) more today. Crews will be flown into Div “W” and “X” and will spike out for 2-3 days. North Mt resources assisted Stanislaus NF with initial attack on Ackerson Mt. Type II Helicopter is critical for spike camp crew support.

Increasing public interest of fire due to upcoming holiday. Vehicle traffic has increased causing the incident to enhance traffic control and law enforcement activities. Roads will remain open as long as the fire stays north of the Tuolomne River. Smoke and haze is persistent across the area.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 480
Size: 2,697 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $2,900,000

Map acreage corrected. Fire continues to back and roll out in the Tuolumne River Drainage. Several spots picked up in the Cherry Creek Drainage. Limited fire movement on the eastern flank but fire is still active.

Road closures lifted. An additional Type I hand crew will be added to the incident tomorrow. Spike Camp established. Released (5)SR - Type VI Engines to the Piute Mtn. Fire.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 494
Size: 1,810 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $2,300,000

A temporary road closure of Cherry Lake Road went into effect at 1500 due to increased fire activity on Division “Zulu”. This closure affects traffic going into Camp Mather from Hwy 120 and Cherry Lake Road.

Spot fire across the Tuolomne River is un-staffed due to terrain. Will attempt to staff tomorrow.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 472
Size: 1,511 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,200,000

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Situation as of 06/25/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 263
Size: 1,010 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

At 5:00 PM June 23rd Southern California Interagency Command Team 2 assumed command of he North Mountain Fire. This is the only report issued so far. Evidently the Stanislas Public Affairs Desk has gone on vacation.

And people complain to ME!!!! Hell, I don’t get paid to do this, and THEY DO!!!!!

Call these folks and ask them what gives: Pam Bierce or Jim Wilkins, Information Officers, (909) 553-2876, Jerry Snyder, Public Affairs Office, (209) 532-3671 x244

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Situation as of 06/23/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 174
Size: 550 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

23 Jun 2008, 11:30am
California
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Dry Lightning Ignitions in CA: Update

From CalFire, Monday 5:30 PM:

Summary of Fires by Unit

Siskiyou Unit: All 8 fires have been contained for a total of 10 acres. The Klamath National Forest has the Siskiyou Complex which is near Happy Camp that is 600 acres with no containment.

Humboldt-Del Norte Unit: 51 fires for more than 900 acres, with 4 new fires today. The Paradise Fire is Northeast of Shelter Cove and is 600 acres and 5% contained, 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, In the BLM Headwaters Forest there are three additional small fires buring.

Mendocino Unit: Approx. 131 fires have been reported, buring more than 8,900 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. The Mendocino Fire Information Number is (707) 972-3846.

San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit: 15 fires have been reported. The Quarry Fire is located near the base of San Bruno Mountain is 300 acres and 85% contained. Click Whitehurst/Hummingbird Incident for more information on these fires.

Amador-El Dorado Unit: All fires for a total of 80 acres have been contained.

Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit: 34 fires reported. The fire of concern is the Foresthill (formerly Mosquito) Fire which is 75 acres and 90% contained. Mosquito Ridge Road remains closed at Foresthill Road until 6 p.m. today.

Butte Unit: 25 fires for a total of more than 1,397 acres. The Rim Fire has burned 50 acres with unknown containment. Butte County Sheriff’s department is effecting 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.

Tehama-Glen Unit: Over 37 fires for a total of 3,146 acres. 35 fires are contained. EAST SIDE (Paynes Creek Area)- The Antelope Fire is 900 acres and 10% contained, the Mill Creek Fire is 900 acres with no containment. The Tehama-Glenn Unit Information Number is (530) 528-5124.

Shasta-Trinity Unit: Over 153 fires for a total of 7,000 acres. Incident Command Team #10 has been assigned to this complex. Shasta-Trinity Unit Information (530) 225-2510

Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit:
6 fires with 4 contained. Two fires are still burning for a total of more than 12,000 acres. Click on Wild Fire Incident or Walker Fire Incident for more information on these incidents.

Lassen-Modoc Unit: 45 total fires for 500+ acres

Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit: 9 fires for a total of 5,720 acres. All fires have been contained. Currently the counties of Tuolumne and Calaveras are experiencing heavy smoke in low lying areas due to fires caused by heavy lightning activity yesterday.

Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit:
15 fires reported
The Cunningham Complex (5 fires total) are burning 3,150 acres total, the Stumpfield Fire is burning 2 acres, the Indian Peak Fire is burning 60 acres, and the Oliver Fire is burning in the Sierra National Forest. The Sierra National Forest has reported 25 fires.

Also, excellent reporting on the “Siege of ‘08″ is being done by Bill Gabbert at Wildfire Today [here].

Note: to view all the active fires at W.I.S.E. Fire Tracking click on “Archives_June 2008″ in the righthand sidebar. Then scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “keep looking”. Repeat. When you get to fires that say “100% contained” you have reached the end of the active fires.

23 Jun 2008, 12:18am
California
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Cub Complex Fires

Location: 16 mi SW of Chester, Lassen NF, Tehema Co., CA

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

Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 447
Size: 19,718 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $20,600,000

California State Highway 32 is open with no restrictions; however Lassen National Forest closures for the area surrounding the Cub Complex remain in place.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 540
Size: 19,718 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $20,050,000

Est containment date: 07/20/2008

Significant progress was made in fire suppression rehabilitation and perimeter mop up. All Division’s are reporting over 300’ of mop up depth. Forest closures for the area surrounding the Cub Complex remain in place. California State Highway 32 will have traffic controls in place until fire suppression rehabilitation adjacent to the highway is completed today.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 709
Size: 19,718 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $19,400,000

Est containment date: 07/20/2008

California State Highway 32 will have traffic controls in place until 2100. All traffic controls are tentatively planned to be lifted after 2100.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 874
Size: 19,365 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $18,550,000

California State Route 32 is still closed. All precautionary evacuations were lifted at 1800.

The Cub Fire is currently at 14,583 acres with approximately 75% containment.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 987
Size: 19,000 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $17,650,000

California State Route 32 has been closed (again) and will be evaluated in the morning. There is a precautionary evacuation for the communities of Butte Meadows and Jonesville including Camp Lassen Boy Scout Camp.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 995
Size: 16,144 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $16,700,000

California State Route 32 is open to public one way traffic control during day light hours. There is a precautionary evacuation for the communities of Butte Meadows and Jonesville including Camp Lassen Boy Scout Camp.

Burnout operations continue utilizing hand and aerial ignition. Progress was made with approximately 4 miles of the total line completed. 2.5 miles remain to be burned.

Cub Fire 11,362 acres, 68% containment. Onion Fire 4,782 acres, 100% containment.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,100
Size: 15,924 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $14,600,000

Control lines have been established along the northern and eastern flanks of the Cub fire. The fire has spread to the south and has reached Rattlesnake Creek along a significant portion of the northern side of the drainage. On the southeastern flank, spot fires and slop-overs continue in the Humboldt Saddle area and the Pacific Crest Trail.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,097
Size: 15,474 acres
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $12,300,000

An immediate threat evacuation order was downgraded to precautionary for the communities of Butte Meadows and Jonesville including the Camp Lassen Boy Scout Camp. Highway 32 remains closed due to falling snags and rocks.

Cub Fire 10,692 acres 50% containment. The Onion Fire 4782 acres 100% containment.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,075
Size: 13,982 acres
Percent Contained: 62%

Costs to Date: $11,341,820

An immediate threat evacuation order remains in effect for the communities of Butte Meadows and Jonesville including the Camp Lassen Boy Scout Complex.

Cub Fire, 9,200 acres 50% containment. Onion Fire 4,782 acres 100% containment.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 841
Size: 11,738 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: not reported

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office issued an immediate threat evacuation order for Jonesville, Butte Meadows, the Scout Camp and Humboldt Road to the intersection with Highway 32, as well as all tributary roads. California Hwy 32 remains closed.

Onion Fire 4,742 acres, 100 % contained. Cub Fire 6,996 acres, 50 % contained. Acreage changes due to improved mapping, which improves every day, apparently.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 877
Size: 10,518 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $8,592,243

Onion Fire 4,593 acres, 100 % contained. Cub Fire 5,925 acres, 50 % contained. Acreage changes due to improved mapping.

A Type 1 crew (IHC) is needed to construct approximately one mile of hand line through heavy fuels. The line is critical to the success of securing the southern perimeter of the Cub fire.

Est containment date: 07/16/2008.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 954
Size: 9,725 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $7,808,262

Onion Fire 4,151 acres. Cub Fire 5,574 acres.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 940
Size: 8,582 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $6,975,094

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 917
Size: 7,152 acres
Percent Contained: 26%

Costs to Date: $5,924,877

There will be a significant shift in ground forces from the Onion Fire to the Cub Fire. Observed Fire Behavior: running and torching with long range spotting outside the control lines. Helicopter 265KA from the Corral Fire is working the spot fires.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 917
Size: 6,004 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,064,401

Highway 32 remains closed. Transition to Ruggiero Type 1 Team occurred today. There is potential for long range spotting up to 2 miles to the NE due to high winds.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 805
Size: 5,181 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $4,297,301

Hwy 32 is still closed due to burnout activity on the Onion Fire.

Initial control actions on the N flank of the Cub Fire were undertaken today. Onion Fire continued to back down the E slope towards Deer Creek and make short up hill runs as it burns out interior islands. Small concentrations continue to burn out. One spot fire in Division G in the Round Valley Drainage remains unlined. Cub Fire continued to back down slopes in all directions with the major growth to the NE and W. Short range spoting up to 1/4 mile ahead of the NE flank is occuring. Isolated torching with downhill creeping and short uphill runs continue.

Ruggiero Type I Team to tentatively assume responsibility of the Cub Complex at 0600 on Friday, 7/4/2008.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 685
Size: 4,300 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $3,664,145

Burnout operations were completed in Division F of the Onion Fire with some spotting across the line. The Cub Fire continued to grow another mile to the NE.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 658
Size: 3,632 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $3,108,508

Onion Fire, staffed, 2,040 acres, 30% contained, expected containment date of 7/7/2008. Cub Fire, unstaffed, 1,592 acres, 0% contained. Expected containment date of 8/15/2008.

No expected cost or acreage figures for the Cub Fire, slated to burn until 08/15, were given.

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HIGHWAY 32 NOW CLOSED: State Route 32 is NOW closed from the Junction of SR 36 in Tehama County to .5 mile south of the Tehama / Butte County Line due to fire. Motorists
advised to use alternate route.

Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 584
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $2,086,552

The town of Chester has been enveloped by smoke today. Cub Fire has made significant runs towards the Deer Creek Canyon and is within 1/2 mile of State Hwy 32.

Onion Fire, staffed, 1785 acres, 25 percent contained. Cub Fire, unstaffed, ~1600 acres, 0 percent contained.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 574
Size: 2,591 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

(Onion fire, staffed, 1557 acres, 15% contained, Cub fire, unstaffed, ~1100 acres, 0 percent contained)

Costs to Date: $1,553,136

Cub fire has made significant advancement to the west. Division F control lines have been nearly completed on the Onion Fire. Division F will continue with line construction and improve existing control lines. Division Z will patrol for spots across the line and mop-up as needed. Cub fire will be in patrol status due to lack of materials.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 487
Size: 2,200 acres (Cub Fire - 1,200, Onion Fire - 1,000)
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $478,567

Structures Threatened: NONE Structures Destroyed: NONE

A-8 Onion Fire, staffed, ~950 acres. A-3 Cub Fire, unstaffed, ~900 acres. A-13, Mill Fire, contained, less than 10 acres. A-17, contained, less than 10 acres.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: ~400
Size: 2,200 acres (Cub Fire - 1,200, Onion Fire - 1,000)
Percent Contained: 0%

Lassen National Forest, about 16 miles southeast of Chester. The Potato Patch, Alder and Elam campgrounds have been closed as a precaution. The fires have affected State Highway 32 through the Deer Creek Canyon. Motorists should check the Caltrans highway information service at 800-427-7623 before traveling this highway.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 428
Size: 1,600 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Type 2 IMT (Batten). The Onion Fire has high potential to close Cal Highway 32 in the next 1 to 3 days, which is the primary link between Chico and Chester. The Cub fire has a high potential to grow into a long duration (multiple team rotations) incident. High probability of significant public health issues to the communities in the Lake Almanor area. Economic impacts on local communities will be high. The window of opportunity to take direct suppression on this fire is closing. Type I crews are critical due to the terrain and coyote tactics needed to take direct action. Aviation resources will be critical to support the operation.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 309
Size: 1,300 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Cub Fire is 800 acres, Onion Fire is 500 acres.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 91
Size: 500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

23 Jun 2008, 12:14am
California
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SHU/Shasta Trinity Lightning Complex Fires

Location: E of Redding, Shasta Co., CA

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

Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 315
Size: 86,500 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $56,171,112

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 315
Size: 86,500 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $55,700,000

The Motion Fire continues to burn in pockets within established control lines. All flanks are holding. Assigned resources are in mop up and patrol mode on both fires. Backhaul of equipment and trash continues. All evacuations or closures on this incident have been lifted.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 820
Size: 86,500 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $54,100,000

All evacuations or closures on this incident have been lifted.

The Motion Fire experienced small burns in pockets within established control lines. All flanks are completely tied in and holding. Assigned resources are in mop up and patrol mode on both fires. Backhaul of equipment and trash continues. Demobilization of resources will continue today.

This Complex consisted of approximately 158 fires, 114 contained with 1 active. Number of fires that have merged with adjacent fires is 43. Corrected acres: Motion Fire, 28,336 acres, 100% contained. Deer Lick Fire, 12,701 acres, 100% contained. Moon Fire, 29,031 acres, 100% contained, with no fire activity seen during this reporting period. Acreage of other suppressed fires within the SHU Complex is 16,153.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 767
Size: 86,500 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $52,800,000

Est containment date 07/25/2008

All evacuations or closures on this incident have been lifted. Motion Fire with small burns in pockets well within established control lines. All flanks are completely tied in and holding well. Assigned resources are in mop up and patrol mode on both Motion and Moon fires. Demobilization of surplus resources is continuing.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,706
Size: 86,500 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $49,300,000

Est containment date has been adjusted to 07/25/2008

Motion Fire, 28,336 acres, 90% contained.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,039
Size: 84,988 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $48,100,000

Est containment date: 07/21/2008

Structures Destroyed: 6 residences, 16 outbuildings

The Motion Fire (26,824 acres, 75% contained) continues to burn in established control lines that were blackened in by firing operations. Direct attack tactics are being implemented for the N and NE flanks.

The Moon Fire (29,031 acres, 95% contained) with no fire activity seen during this reporting period.

Demobilization of surplus resources is planned for tomorrow.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,618
Size: 84,988 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $45,700,000

Est containment date: 07/25/2008

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,608
Size: 83,248 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $43,500,000

Highway 299 continues to be open without restrictions. The Motion fire’s mandatory evacuation areas have been lifted completely. A hard closure does remain in place for Whiskey Creek Road and Highway 299.

The Motion Fire (25,061 acres, 55% contained) continues to move to the northwest towards established control lines that are being blackened in by firing operations. Some interior portions are burning to the northeast, still within containment lines. A change in strategy, employing direct attack tactics is being developed for the north and northeast flanks of the Motion fire.

Resources are in mop up and patrol mode on the Moon Fire (29,031 acres, 95% contained, with no fire activity seen during this reporting period).

President Bush, Governor Schwarznegger and Senator Feinstein, all toured the fire area by helicopter this afternoon.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,779
Size: 82,536 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $41,100,000

Highway 299 continues to be open without restrictions. The Motion Fire’s mandatory evacuation areas have been reduced to advisory evacuations in the areas of Iron Mtn. Road at Rock Creek Road. A hard closure remains in place for Whiskey Creek Road and Highway 299.

The Motion Fire continues to move to the NW towards established control lines that are being blackened in by firing operations. Some interior portions are burning to the NE, still within containment lines. Preparation and improvement of containment lines continues to be a priority. Burning operations did take place as conditions permitted and were successful.

Moon fire is no longer a threat to the towns of Ono, Igo and surrounding areas, now at 29,031 acres, 95% contained, with no fire activity seen during this reporting period.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,678
Size: 80,957 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $36,600,000

Structures Destroyed: 5 residences, 15 outbuildings

Highway 299 has been reopened without restrictions. The Motion fire’s mandatory evacuation areas have been reduced to the areas of Benson Road and Rock Creek Road. There are currently advisory evacuations in place for the Iron Mtn. Road area, north of Rock Creek Road.

Late this afternoon, four civilians dressed in camouflage presented themselves to personnel at the Motion gel base. Two of the four have suffered serious burn injuries and are being airlifted for further medical treatment. No further details are available with law enforcement investigating.

The Motion fire continues to move to the northeast towards established control lines that are being blackened in by firing operations.

The Moon fire is no longer a threat to the towns of Ono, Igo and surrounding areas. The Moon fire containment lines continue to be completed and improved.

Equipment from the SHU Lightning Complex is being shared with the Eagle fire (Iron/Alps Complex) for structure protection in the Junction City area.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,650?
Size: 79,375 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

The Motion fire continues to move west and northwest causing a structure threat with mandatory evacuations in place for the Rock Creek Road, Benson Road, Granite Drive (from Rock Creek to Trinity Alley) and Southfork Mtn. Drive areas. This fire has the potential for major structure loss and large growth. The Motion fire is threatening the Whiskey Creek Campground and Day Use areas along with structures scattered through the area. Reopening of Highway 299, with traffic controls in place, may continue throughout the day.

The Moon fire’s containment lines continue to hold. The towns of Ono and Igo and surrounding areas have been repopulated without restriction. Burning operations are progressing slower than anticipated due to changes in weather over the fire area. Success on the Moon fire will allow a shift of resources to the Motion fire.

This Complex has potential to become a mega fire and exceed $50 million dollars.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,650
Size: 77,510 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $34,400,000

The Moon Fire: 28,823 acres, 75% contained, is no longer a threat to the town of Ono, however, some mandatory evacuations remain in place for certain areas. Repopulation of some areas around the town of Ono is taking place with the assistance of Shasta Co. S. O.

The Motion Fire: 20,116 acres, 50% contained, continues to move towards established control lines that are being blackened in by firing operations. Burning operations are somewhat successful with more to continue tonight. The Motion fire also is causing mandatory evacuations to the communities of Keswick, Benson Road, Rock Creek Road, and Whiskey Creek areas.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,199
Size: 75,901 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Extensive evacuations, road closures, see [here]

Evacuation Center: Shasta Learning Center at 2200 Eureka Way, Redding, adjacent to Shasta High School.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,923
Size: 72,501 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $29,700,000

Both the Motion and Moon fires continue to move and are threatening structures and surrounding communities. The Motion fire continues to move to the west and south, with significant spotting, and has escaped initial containment lines. The Motion fire also is causing mandatory evacuations to the communities of Keswick, Benson Road, Rock Creek Road, and Whiskey Creek areas. The Moon fire continues to be a threat to the town of Ono, however containment lines are holding. The Zogg Mine Road area is under a mandatory evacuation with the Muletown Road under a precautionary evacuation.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,740
Size: 66,115 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $27,400,000

A Red Flag Warning remains in place for this incident until Friday (7/11) at 1200 hours. Fire behavior is considered extreme. Significant fire growth is taking place on both the Motion and Moon fires.

Both the Motion and Moon fires have escaped control lines and are threatening structures and surrounding communities. The Motion fire continues to move to the west and south, with significant spotting, causing mandatory evacuations to the communities of Keswick and the Benson Road and Rock Creek Road areas. The Motion fire threat to the public safety communications site at Southfork Mountain has been stopped. The Moon fire continues to be a direct threat to the town of Ono. The Muletown Road area is under a precautionary evacuation. Firefighters are working to protect structures and property. Evacuations are being coordinated by Shasta Co. S.O.

Motion fire, 12,015 acres, 40% contained. Deer Lick fire, 12,701 acres, 90% contained, with little fire activity inside perimeter control lines. Moon fire, 25,529 acres, 40% contained.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,599
Size: 56,779 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $25,600,000

Structures Destroyed: 3 residences, 7 outbuildings

A Red Flag Warning has been issued for this incident until Friday (7/11) at 1200 hours.

Both the Motion and Moon fires have escaped control lines and are threatening structures and surrounding communities. The Moon Fire made its way into the town of Ono. Firefighters are working to protect structures and property. Evacuations are being coordinated by Shasta Co. S.O.

Operational concessions have been made due to the lack of resources. All fires on the Complex are minimally staffed. Burning conditions continue to be at extreme levels.

Motion Fire, 9,208 acres, 40% contained. Deer Lick Fire, 12,701 acres, 90% contained, with little fire activity inside perimeter control lines. Moon Fire, 19,000 acres, 40% contained.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,560?
Size: 55,277 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

The Motion fire has escaped control lines on the south, as well as continuing to move to the north/northwest. An immediate structure threat with mandatory evacuations is in place for the Iron Mountain Road, Benton Road and Keswick area. This fire has the potential for major structure loss and large growth. The Moon fire has escaped control lines in four separate areas. The towns of Ono and Igo are an immediate structure threat with evacuations in place. The Zogg Mine Road and Rainbow Lake resort area are also under a mandatory evacuation.

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Evacuations are taking place in the community of Ono in the Rainbow and Rector road areas as of 10:00 AM, 07/08/2008

Road Closures: Road closures are being implemented at Rock Creek Road and Iron Mountain Road, Rainbow and Platina Road, and Buell and Platina Road. There are no highway closures at this time.

Evacuation Center: Shasta Learning Center at 2200 Eureka Way, Redding, adjacent to Shasta High School.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,560
Size: 53,877 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to date: $24,100,000

Remaining uncontained fires: Motion Fire, 8,208 acres, 50% contained. Deer Lick Fire, 12,701 acres, 70% contained. Moon Fire, 17,098 acres, 60% contained.

Est containment date: 07/14/2008

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,647
Size: 53,600 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to date: $21,400,000

The Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex consists of 158 fires, with 112 contained and 3 still active. 43 fires have merged with adjacent fires.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,869
Size: 53,600 acres
Percent Contained: 48%

Costs to date: $17,900,000

Approximately 158 fires, 112 contained with 3 active. Number of fires that have merged with adjacent fires is 43. Branch V – Motion fire, 16,700 acres, 50% contained. Branch VI – Deer Lick fire, 16,800 acres, 30% contained, Lower fire, 475 acres, 100% contained. Branch VII – Moon fire, 18,600 acres, 25% contained. Line construction and preparation continue taking place on the Motion and Moon fires for ignition operations to begin on 7/5. The Martin Mars aircraft was used again extensively on the Motion fire. The Democrat fire, on Branch V, is now 100% contained. All fires in Branch I are 100% contained with units assigned in patrol status. Incident resources continue to assist SHU with new initial attack fires.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,842
Size: 53,600 acres
Percent Contained: 48%

Costs to date: $16.2 million

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 1,740
Size: 53,600 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to date: $13.9 million

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Situation as of 07/01/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,321
Size: 53,500 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to date: $11.4 million

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, US Forest Service, OES, CDCR, CHP, Shasta County Sheriff’s Department, Fish and Game, PG&E, NPS, Sierra Pacific, Cal Trans, Shasta County area fire agencies, American Red Cross, BLM, CCC, Salvation Army, Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson Fire Protection District, BIA, Shasta Op Area Fire Protection agencies. CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #10 is assigned to this incident.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 1,771
Size: 51,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Threatened: 230 residences, 25 commercial. Structures Destroyed: 2 residences. Injuries: 6

Evacuations:

Motion Fire - South of Shasta Dam on the west side of the Sacramento River continuing south to include the north end of Iron Mountain Road, the Coram Ranch, Motion and Matheson Mine areas.

Moon Fire - Rainbow Lake Road from Platina Road west to Rainbow Lake.

Road Closures:

Zogg Mine Road from South Fork will be restricted to residents only, from South Fork road to the north end of Zogg Mine Road.

Rock Creek Road and Iron Mtn. Road, Rainbow Lake Rd. at Platina Rd. (A-16), Buell Rd. at Platina Rd. (A-16), Platina Road (A-16) closed to all through traffic.

BLM Trail Head Closures at River Trail at Keswick Dam, at Quartz Hill Rd., and at Walker Hill Rd.

Shasta-Trinity Lightning Complex consists of 158 fires, with 108 contained and 7 still active. 43 fires have merged with adjacent fires.

New fires and significant runs on existing fires continue due to low relative humidity, warm weather, topography, and lack of ground firefighting resources. Areas are burning in locations that have not burned in decades.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 7:30 AM
Total Personnel: 2,099
Size: 48,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Regional power transmission facilities and critical infrastructure operated by the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) are now in imminent danger from the SHU Lightning Complex. Three major transmission lines totaling 690 KV(442 megawatts) are powered by the dam. Shasta power generation flows to California ISO and the Western Power Grid. Fire impacts to the transmission lines would potentially cause power outages to local areas, brownouts/blackouts to parts of Northern California, tax other providers to the grid and temporarily force California utilities to purchase additional power from out of state resources.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,481
Size: 40,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $6,800,000

Structures Destroyed: 2 PRIM

Approximately 158 fires, 108 contained with 7 active. Number of fires that have merged with adjacent fires is 43.

Pine and Donkey Fires have merged, 1230 acres, 95% contained. Stein Fire, 667 acres, 90% and holding. Motion Fire 15,000 acres, 10% contained. Barley Fire, 1,000 acres, 5% contained, potential for 10,000+ acres. Moon Fire, 14,000 acres, 20% contained. Deerlick Fire, 15,000 acres, causing evacuations, 5% contained. Lower Fire, 375 acres, 35% contained.

CalFire assisting with structure protection in Junction City (Eagle Fire – Iron Complex, 1,200 acres). CalFire also assisting with the Platina Group, providing structure protection on the Noble Fire. The Incident Command teams for the SHU, Lime Complex and TGU staff are coordinating efforts.

Heavy smoke and inversions over the fire area are affecting aircraft use. National Guard helicopters are assisting in water dropping efforts. The Martin Mars aircraft is in the area and will be utilized as possible. Structure protection, mop up around structures, and patrol contained fires. Re-entry plans for evacuated residential areas are being developed in conjunction with law enforcement.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,419
Size: 35,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

CalFire ICT #10 (Kerschen) is in command of this Complex.

Approximately 158 fires, with many being unstaffed. Branch I/II - Venture Fire, 1,500 acres, 100% contained. Pine Fire, 3,000 acres, contained by 1800 hrs.(6/27). Little Fire, 50 acres in commercial timber, 60% contained. Branch III/IV – Withrow Fire, 600 acres, 80% contained. Stein Fire, 1,200 acres, 15% and holding. Kirkman Fire, 2,500 acres, 80% contained and holding. Branch V – Motion Fire, 5,000 acres, 10% contained. Barley Fire, 1,000 acres, 5% contained. Branch VI – Brown Fire, 200+ acres, 15 structures threatened.

Shasta Dam infrastructure facilities are being threatened. Fires in Branches V and VI, west of Redding, are inaccessible and have large growth potential. Approaching weather system for the weekend will challenge control lines and potentially cause new fires.

Evacuations have been ordered at Junction City, Platina, and Corman Ranch. Precautionary evacuations are in place at Corum. Evacuations are in place for Rainbow Lake Road area due to the Deerlick and Moon Fires.

Highway 299 East has one way traffic control due to clearing of debris. Highway 36 is closed 30 miles West of Red Bluff to the junction of SR 3. At the junction of Hwy 3 & 36 traffic is allowed to travel westbound only, eastbound traffic is not allowed. County Road Closures: From Coram OHV Park to Matheson Road at Iron Mountain Road to Rock Creek Road. South of Shasta Dam. Platina Road (A-16) closed to all through traffic at Yolla Bolla / Fiddlers Road to all westbound traffic except locals who live on Bully Choop and Graves Ranch Road.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,023?
Size: 30,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Threatened: 236 residences, 20 commercial properties

Shasta Dam infrastructure facilities will be threatened in the next 12-24 hours. This power generating facility is the major supplier of energy to the Central Valley Project.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the communities of Junction City, Platina, and Corman Ranch. The Eagle fire is now threatening the community of Junction City (see Iron Complex Fires [here].) For Platina news see the Noble Fire, Lime Complex Fires [here].

New fires have begun in Branches V and VI, west of Redding, which are un-staffed, inaccessible and have large growth potential.

Increased fire activity in new locations is causing control challenges in addition to structure threats. Critical region resource drawdown is resulting in numerous outstanding resource orders. Approaching weather system for the weekend will challenge control lines and potentially cause new fires.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,023
Size: 20,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $2,700,000

Structures Threatened: 220 PRIM , 20 COMM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Approximately 158 fires, with 25 being unstaffed. Intelligence gathering activities have provided the following information: Branch I/II - Venture Fire, 1,500 acres, 75% contained. Pine Fire, 2,000 acres, contained by 1800 hrs. Little Fire, 50 acres in commercial timber. Branch III/IV – Withrow Fire, 500 acres, 40% contained. Stein Fire, 500 acres, 10% and holding. Kirkman Fire, 2,500 acres, 80% contained and holding. Branch V – Motion Fire, 2,000 acres, 0% contained, moving towards So.Pacific railroad. Moon Fire, 2,000 acres, 0% contained, potential for 20,000. Barkley Fire, 1,000 acres, 0% contained, potential for 10,000. Branch VI – Brown Fire, 120+ acres, 15 structures threatened.

CALFIRE ICT #10 (Kerschen) is in command of this Complex. Holding containment lines across the incident continues to be challenging due to lack of ground firefighting resources. Resource priorities: Handcrews, Type III engines, DIVS, Dozers, Type I helicopters, SOFR, FOBS, DOZB. Burning conditions are considered extreme. Fires on west side of Redding will be problematic due to access and scarce ground resources. Potential for strong winds and thunderstorms this weekend will offer significant challenges to resources across the region.

Fire behavior is considered extreme. Development of new fires as well as existing fires continues as a result of warm temperatures, low fuel moistures, and RH’s. Fuel moistures are at record low levels.

Planned Actions: Continue to identify, prioritize and allocate resources to accomplish full perimeter control using direct and indirect attack. Intelligence gathering will continue to define fire locations and perimeters. Heavy smoke in the fire area is affecting aircraft use. Structure protection, mop up around structures, and patrol contained fires.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 834
Size: 12,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Continued heavy resource commitment across SHU to a series of lightning caused fires across the entire unit. Evacuations remain in place for Shingletown and Burney. Increased fire activity on isolated lightning strikes is causing control challenges with structure threat. Critical region drawdown is resulting in outstanding resource orders. IR flight is critical to success of the incident. New fires on west of Redding are unstaffed and have large growth potential.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 537
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $970,000

Structures Threatened: 180 PRIM , 20 COMM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Approximately 153 fires, about 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.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 307
Size: 1,250 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

130 known fires with approximately 34 of them unstaffed. New Fires continue to pop-up and existing fires have started to grow. Evacuation in progress for the Shingletown area.

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Mendocino Lightning Complex Fires

Location: Mendocino Co., CA

Date of Origin: 06/20/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/25/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 685
Size: 54,817 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to date: $53,300,000

Mop-up and patrol 300′ minimum in from the perimeter of fires.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,092
Size: 54,817 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to date: $50,100,000

Continued extinguishment of fire. Burn out of heavy interior fuels. Mapping and evaluation of fire line suppression repair needs. The incident is processing 110 trainees.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,088
Size: 53,300 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to date: $44,100,000

Containment of all fires on the Mendocino Lightning Complex has been achieved at 2000 hours. Burn out of interior heavy fuels continues.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,290
Size: 53,300 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to date: $41,470,000

All Evacuations have been lifted. All roads are currently open

The Lost Pipe Fire and Red Mtn. fires were 100% contained today. Decreased fire activity from recent firing operations. Jackpots of fuel continue to burn out and pockets of heat remain in partially consumed heavy fuels.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,232
Size: 53,300 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to date: not reported, est. $38 million

All Evacutions have been lifted. All roads are currently open

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Situation as of 07/13/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,102
Size: 53,200 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to date: $34.9 million

Structures Threatened: 45 residences
Structures Destroyed: 2 residences
Injuries: 42

Road Closures: Mountain View Road - Between Signal Ridge and Mile Post 14.04 – Closed to all traffic except Fire Department, Law Enforcement and critical incident resources. (i.e. utility companies, CalTrans, County Roads, etc.) until further notice.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 52,700 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $31,400,000

Evacuation warning and road closure are in effect for Mtn. View Road from MP 14 to MP 20. The evacuation warning for Bell Springs Rd., Leggett and Cummings in the Red Mtn. area were lifted at noon.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,729?
Size: 51,200 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

A RED FLAG WARNING for low relative humidity and high temperatures has been posted for 1600 hours today through 2300 hours Wednesday. The most challenging fires are in steep, inaccessible terrain. The fires have minimal staffing and evacuation warnings are in place. Heavy resource drawdown has 37 active fires continuing to grow. The Mendocino Redwood Company is taking firefighting action on large fires located on their properties totaling 21,800 acres. The estimated value of commercial timberland lost is $50 million dollars.

Cliff, Mallo and Sugarloaf fires-13,400 acres, 80% contained. Red Mtn. Series-8,020 acres, 50% contained Hardy, Middle and Lost Pipe fires-8,550 acres, 20% contained. 127 total fires, 39 active and 88 contained.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,729
Size: 48,880 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to date: $24,400,000

There are currently 37 active fires. Remaining fires continue to slowly increase in size. Continued threats remain a possibility to communities and critical
infrastructure. Firefighting resources continue to arrive daily and military resources are expected to arrive in the next few days.

Hot and dry weather conditions are expected to persist through the week, creating the potential for increased fire behavior.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,721
Size: 46,800 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to date: $21,200,000

The Mendocino Lightning Complex currently consists of 127 fires burning in Mendocino County. There are currently 46 active fires.

Remaining fires continue to slowly increase in size. Continued threats remain a possibility to communities and critical infrastructure. Firefighting resources continue to arrive daily and military resources are expected to arrive in the next few days.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,630
Size: 39,700 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to date: $16,700,000

Fire operations initiated on Travis Series Fires.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 9:30 PM
Total Personnel: 1,687
Size: 38,500 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to date: $14.55 million

ONE FATALITY: Anderson Valley Volunteer Firefighter, Bob Roland, was transported to Ukiah Valley Medical Center on July 2, 2008, after suffering respiratory distress while working on the Oso fire. He passed away during the early morning hours of July 3, 2008.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,661
Size: 37,900 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to date: $13.1 million

“NEW” - Effective immediately, the Evacuation Warning for the Greenfield Subdivision / Orr Springs Road has been lifted.

“NEW” - Effective immediately, the Evacuation Warning for Mountain View Mile Post
8 has been lifted.

One serious injury occurred on the line today, the firefighter is currently hospitalized.

There are currently 40 active fires.

Mendocino County this week. Residents may see low flying rotary aircraft for the purposes of mapping fire perimeters. Fixed wing and rotary aircraft continue to operate on the fires in Mendocino County. A specialized air tanker (modified DC 10 airliner), capable of carrying 12,000 gallons of fire retardant, has been ordered and is expected to arrive within the next twenty-four hours.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,515
Size: 37,800 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to date: $10.9 million

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Marin County, CDCR, CHP, CCC, Mendocino County Sherif, all local government FPD in Mendocino County, and State OES, BLM, BIA, NWS, private timber companies and consulting foresters/representatives. CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #4 is assigned to this incident.

There is the possibility of temporary road restrictions during planned fire operations in the Red Mountain Road, Bell Springs Road, and Blue Rock area,
approximately eight miles north of Laytonville.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,321
Size: 37,600 acres
Percent Contained: 38%

Costs to date: $9.2 million

The Mendocino Lightning Complex currently consists of 123 fires burning in Mendocino County. There are currently 54 active fires. Remaining fires
continue to increase in size and threaten communities and critical infrastructure.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 1:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,240
Size: 37,200 acres
Percent Contained: 38%

All Evacuation Centers in Mendocino County have been placed on stand-by. Should additional evacuation Warnings and/ or Orders require Evacuation Centers, they will be opened immediately.

Evacuation Warnings have been issued in:

Greenfield Subdivision: From Fred MacMurray Lane to Main Ranch Road.

From Main Ranch Road to Orr Springs Road to the Singley Ranch (12000 Orr Springs Road) downgraded from Order at 12:00PM, June 28, 2008.

Community of Rockport

Montgomery Woods / Orr Springs Road to Running Springs Road

Mountain View / Mile Post 8 Area

Red Mountain Road - From the intersection of Red Mountain Road and Bell
Springs Road to 13600 Red Mountain Road.

Bell Springs Road – From Hwy 101 to the intersection of Red Mountain Road
and Bell Springs Road.

The Community of Cummings

Town of Leggett

De Haven Creek and Howard Creek drainage, North of Westport

Evacuations Lifted:

Chicken Ridge Webber Subdivision

Navarro/ Flynn Creek

Cherry Creek/ Intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 162

Road Closures:

Orr Springs Road: 900 Block west to Montgomery Woods State Park is closed to all traffic except to local residents, may require escorts.

Mountain View Road from Mile Post 14 to Mile Post 20 is now open.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,127?
Size: 35,700 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Jack Smith: 1500 acres, 10% contained, 200 structures threatened, Red Mountain: 2490 acres, 10% contained, 200-300 structures threatened, Orr Series: 3,000 acres, 10% contained, 50 structures, 1 resort threatened. All fires need fixed wing and rotary aircraft, fire crews and engines. Heavy resource drawdown is leaving 32 of the 63 active fires unstaffed (~50% un-staffed). Inaccessible, steep terrain. Private timber companies are taking independent firefighting action in numerous locations on large fires (>2000 acres).

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Mendocino Fire map as of 06/29 —- click on map for larger image.

Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,127
Size: 30,100 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $6,660,000

Three new initial attack fires were found.

Evacuation Orders were lifted for Singley and Greenfield Ranch areas. State Highway 1 near Rockport is threatened and provides one of two main access routes to the entire Mendocino Coast. The Governor has declared Mendocino County a State of Emergency.

Habitat loss/impacts for Threatened and Endangered species, particularly coho salmon (endangered), steelhead salmon (threatened) and marbled murrelet (endangered). In addition, the majority of fires continue to burn in productive redwood timberland with a damage estimate of $40 million to date. The following four fires have top priority: Jack Smith, Red Mountain, Orr Series and the Cliff Fire which is approximately 7,000 acres, 75% contained, threatening 30 rural structures and Sky Ranch Estates. CalFire Mendocino Unit fire stations are unstaffed. MEU Lightning Complex is providing initial attack fire suppression for the Unit.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 988?
Size: 28,430 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

RED FLAG WARNING for dry lightning. Multiple fires with minimal staffing and evacuations in place or imminent: Red Mountain: 1500 acres, 0% contained, 200-300 structures threatened, Lat/Long 39 51′52″ -123 39′53″; Orr Series: 1850 acres, 0% contained, 50 structures 1 resort threatened, Lat/Long 39 41′1″ -123 23′52″. All fires need fixed wing and rotary aircraft, fire crews and engines. Heavy resource drawdown is leaving 2/3 of the fires un-staffed. Inaccessible, steep terrain. Private timber companies are contracting for additional suppression forces.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 8:30 am
Total Personnel: 988
Size: 27,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $4.75 million

Structures Threatened: 900 PRIM Structures Destroyed: 2 PRIM

The Mendocino Lightning Complex currently consists of 121 fires burning in Mendocino County. There are currently 72 active fires.

Road Closure: Orr Springs Road: 900 Block west to Montgomery Woods State Park is closed to all traffic except to local residents, may require escorts.

Evacuation Warnings have been issued in:

Community of Rockport
Montgomery Woods/ Orr Springs Road to Running Springs Road
Mountain View / Mile Post 9 Area
Red Mountain/ Bell Springs Road (From Hwy 101 to the intersection of Red Mountain and Bell Springs Road)
The Community of Cummings
Town of Leggett
De Haven Creek and Howard Creek drainage, North of Westport
Greenfield Ranch Subdivision

Evacuations Lifted:

Chicken Ridge Webber Subdivison
Navarro/ Flynn Creek
Cherry Creek/ Intersection of Hwy 101 and Hwy 162

Evacuation Centers:

Fort Bragg, Fort Bragg High School, 300 Dana Street, Fort Bragg. Phone number: 707-529-6378.

Willits, Willits High School, 299 North Main Street, Willits. Phone number: 707-486-8674.

Animal Evacuations:

Redwood Empire Fairgrounds, Ukiah. Phone number: 707-462-3884
Albion Headlands, Albion. 650-322-1079
Mendocino Animal Care Shelter, Ukiah. 707-272-4337

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 915
Size: 21,294 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $3,660,200

Structures Threatened: 900 PRIM Structures Destroyed: 2 PRIM

Increased threats from the Juan Fire to Howard Creek residential area. Increased threats from Red Mountain Fire activity. The following four fires have top priority: Red Mountain: 1500 acres, 0% contained, 200-300 structures threatened. Jack Smith: 700 acres, 0% contained, 220 structures threatened. Orr Series: 600 acres, 0% contained, 50 structures and 1 commercial resort threatened. Navarro 3000 acres, 50% contained

Low to moderate rates of spread in lower elevations with moderate runs and torching as topography increases in slope and elevation. Higher elevations had increased winds and fire activity especially in the late afternoon.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 815
Size: 19,200 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Type 1 IMT (Waterman). Multiple fires with minimal staffing with evacuations in place or imminent: Navarro (Flynn Creek) is 1400 acres, 5% contained and threatening homes; Orr (Orr Springs Rd) is 100 acres threatening 1 commercial property and approximately 50 structures; 40 homes threatened in the community of Chicken Ridge; 40 homes threatened in the community of Greenfield Ranch is threatened; a voluntary evacuation occurred in the Foster Creek area (Red Mountain). Heavy resource drawdown is leaving 2/3 of the fires unstaffed. Inaccessible, steep terrain. No Unit coverage, all stations are unstaffed.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 684
Size: 8,900 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

5 residences destroyed, 525 threatened. Evacuations were spread over three separate incidents.

Approximately 60-70 fires are unstaffed. Four timber fires are in excess of 1000 acres. Incident Command Team 4 will assume command of the incident at 0700 hours on 6/24/08. Resources are working 84-hour shifts with minimal rest.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 525
Size: 7,625 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

5 residences destroyed, 525 threatened. Evacuations were spread over three separate incidents with no more than 50 evacuations per incident.

60-plus unstaffed fires.

23 Jun 2008, 12:05am
California
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Walker Fire

Location: Indian Valley Reservoir, Lake Co., CA

Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Cause: Vehicle undercarriage sparks

Situation as of 06/30/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 303
Size: 14,500 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $3,285,851

Incident Command Team #3 transitioned the fire back to the CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit today.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 329
Size: 14,500 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $3,156,436

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Situation as of 06/27/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 592
Size: 14,500 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $2,215,828

The fire area is under a Fire Weather Watch effective from 23:00 this evening through late Sunday night for dry lightning. Significant effort to identify excess resources of all types to support other incidents continues.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 8:30 AM
Total Personnel: 689
Size: 14,500 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $1.4 million

All voluntary evacuations for the Double Eagle Ranch, Bear Valley Ranch and Wilbur Hot Springs have been lifted.

Fire activity is minimal, with aggressive mop up in progress.

Weather conditions for today call for moderate winds out of the northeast at 10-15 mph. The high temperature is predicted to be 99 degrees. The relative humidity is predicted to be 18 percent.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 592
Size: 14,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $435,851

Structures Threatened: 25 PRIM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Walker Ridge Rd and Double Eagle subdivision remain closed.

Active torching, spotting and erratic winds. Dozer line construction continued in preparation for large firing operation. Helicopters, crews and engines will be critical for firing operations success.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 62
Size: 14,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

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Situation as of 06/23/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 62
Size: 8,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

35 residence are threatened. Voluntary evacuations in place on Double Eagle Ranch, Bear Valley Ranchland and Wilber Hot Springs. Fire moving East toward Walker Ridge – Bear Valley.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 54
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

22 Jun 2008, 11:59pm
California
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HUU Humboldt Complex Fires

Location: Various locations throughout Humboldt Co., CA

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

Situation as of 07/13/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 87
Size: 1,325 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $9,164,787

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Situation as of 07/11/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 196
Size: 1,310 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: not updated

With the warmer weather and lower humidity, islands inside the burn are burning out.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 303
Size: 1,310 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $8,797,757

Est date of containment: 07/24/2008

Paradise is still the priority fire. No change in fire size or behavior for the last 72 hours. Due to the steep terrain, there are portions of the fire that line construction can not safely be established. Secondary control lines are in place for these areas. Containment and Control dates were extended due to the current weather pattern, fuel conditions, and resource drawdown.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 303
Size: 1,310 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $8,209,536

Est containment date: 07/10/2008

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Situation as of 07/06/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 303
Size: 1,300 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $7,926,767

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Situation as of 07/04/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 417
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $7,479,266

1 burn injury late this afternoon. Patient currently being transported to the UC Davis Burn Center.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 noon
Total Personnel: 301
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

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Situation as of 07/02/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 473
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Paradise Fire, 925 acres 65% contained. Fire is in very steep and hazardous terrain. Total lightning fires for the unit is still at 60 with 59 contained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 600
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $5,640,899

Paradise Fire is 925 acres and 50% contained. Total lightning fires for the unit is 60 with 59 contained.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 645
Size: 1,275 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Paradise Fire is 925 acres and 40% contained. Eel River Base Camp is being used to support resources working on fires in Northern MEU.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 645
Size: 1,225 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Steep terrain. Fire is spotting over the line.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 611?
Size: 1,175 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

The complex has 58 fires that have burned for 1,175 acres. There are currently 13 active fires in this complex. The Paradise Fire is north of Shelter Cove and is 825 acres and 40% contained.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 611
Size: 1,050 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $1,220,725

Structures Threatened: 500 PRIM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Paradise Fire is 700 acres. Eel River Base Camp is being used to support resources working on Northern MEU fires. Firing operations suspended due to winds. Some spotting occurring.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 611
Size: 950 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Terrain is extremely steep and access is very difficult. Need hand crews to access many fires. Fogged in air attack base requires long return times for air tankers.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 611
Size: 900 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $687,809

Lone Pine Fire is 80 acres (Lat 39 59.425 Lon 123 24.076). Paradise Fire is 500 acres with plan to go to 900 acres (Lat 40 6.243 Lon 124 2.403).

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 505
Size: 300 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

At least 50 fires. ICs continue to evaluate for effective suppression techniques. Several fires may require indirect attack with subsequent larger acreages. Fires will continue to spread overnight.

22 Jun 2008, 11:52pm
California
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BTU/Butte Lightning Complex Fires

Location: N of Paradise, Butte Co., CA

Specific Location: Lat 39° 31′ 32″; Lon 121° 34′ 7″

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

Situation as of 08/01/08 6:30 AM
Total Personnel: 811
Size: 64,955 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $88,100,000

Excess incident resources are being released to support new fires. CAL FIRE ICT-5 transitioned the incident to the Butte Unit at 0700, today August 1, 2008. Visible smokes continue to diminish near the control lines. A number of islands well within the control lines are showing few smokes. Last IR flight confirms no new heat sources.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,081
Size: 64,955 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $87,600,000

Structures Destroyed: 106 residences, 11 outbuildings

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Situation as of 07/29/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,218
Size: 59,440 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $85,300,000

100% containment of Camp Fire. Firing operations have been discontinued. Containment lines are holding at this time. Primary line constructed to contain slopovers in Rock Creek drainage is being strengthened.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:30 AM
Total Personnel: 1,281
Size: 59,440 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $84,000,000

The firing operation in the Long Branch has been discontinued. Fuel and weather conditions are not conducive for a successful burning operations. Surface winds are testing containment lines and causing some flare-ups.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,580
Size: 59,440 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $79,200,000

Cal Fire ICT-5 (Streblow) assumed command of the Butte Lightning Complex yesterday at 0700 hours. The firing operation in Divisions I & J has been discontinued. Fuel and weather conditions are not conducive to a successful burning operation. 200 members of the California Air National Guard and their trainers will be joining the incident tomorrow Saturday, July, 26 for two days of training and will be assigned to the Breakneck Fire area.

A 2,000 acre growth is likely due to slopovers in the Rock Creek area. A primary line constructed to contain slopovers in Rock Creek drainage is being strengthened.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 7:45 AM
Total Personnel: 1,783
Size: 59,440 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $75,100,000

Structures Destroyed: 106 residences, 11 outbuildings

The Frey fire was delegated back to the Butte Complex at 0700, 7/21/08, which resulted in a 4,000 acre growth in acreage (and a 4,000 acre reduction in the Canyon Complex). Number of residences destroyed has increased due to updated information provided by Butte County building and assessors departments.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,706
Size: 55,240 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $70,200,000

The fire crossed containment lines in the Rock Creek area this afternoon. Slopovers and spot fires in the old Storrie burn. Additional 2,000 acre growth likely due to slopovers in the Rock Creek area.

The FreyFire will be delegated from the Canyon Complex back to the Butte Complex at 0700, 7/21/08.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,011
Size: 54,424 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $64,000,000

Structures Destroyed: 50 residences,10 outbuildings

Estimated Containment Date: 07/24/2008

Hwy 70 is still impacted by hazard trees, but is open to controlled traffic.

Camp Fire 85% contained. Fire made runs today on the north end of the Complex, but still remains within the planned secondary containment lines. Drier weather and an increase of winds are encouraging hot spots with unconsumed fuels burn. A large potential for reburn in timber still exists, and unburned islands of the Complex continue to burn.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,184
Size: 54,300 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $61,400,000

Est containment date: 07/24/2008

Structures Destroyed: 50 residences, 10 outbuildings

HWY 70 is still impacted by hazard trees, but is open to controlled traffic.

Camp Fire 80% contained. Crews were flown into the north side of the Complex today and will remain in place for a 2nd Operational Period.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,582
Size: 54,200 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: not reported. est. $55 million

Hwy 70 has been reopened to controlled traffic piloted from Grand View to Pulga Station.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 3,132
Size: 53,000 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $49.5 million

Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory for residents of Yankee Hill south to Lake Oroville rescinded. Residents in these areas will no longer be under an evacuation advisory. Residents may return to their homes.

Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory for the homes accessed from Truex Road west of Hwy 70 has been rescinded. No evacuation advisories are in affect for these homes. Residents may return home.

Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory for homes east of Hwy. 70 accessed from Big Bend Road will be downgraded to a Precautionary Evacuation Advisory. Residents can return home but must be prepared to evacuate if the advisory is upgraded.

Immediate Threat Evacuations remain in effect for Jarbo Gap, Concow, Camelot and for all areas west of Hwy. 70 between Lunt Road and Andy Mountain/Rim Road and west to the Feather River.

The following road closures will now be in effect:

Hwy. 70 will be closed at Big Bend Road to Hwy. 89 (Greenville “Y”)
Lunt Road at Hwy. 70
Concow Road at Hwy. 70
Pinkston Canyon at Hwy. 70

No civilian traffic will be allowed on Hwy. 70 beyond Big Bend Road.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 3,212
Size: 49,000 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $43,900,000

Evacuations are being reassessed with cooperating agencies and EOC’s. One confirmed civilian fatality occurred on the Camp Fire during the early morning of July 8.

Structures Destroyed: 50 residences, 10 outbuildings

Direct and indirect line construction completed on much of the Camp Fire. Firing operation near Jarbo Gap to bring fire down to HWY 70 should be completed this afternoon.

As of 0800 tomorrow the SmokeyFire will be transitioned back to the Butte Unit. There are 41 fires, 5 are known to be active, 15 fires are contained and 17 fires have been absorbed by other fires.

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Concow resident overcome by fire

The Butte County Sheriffs department has just released information of a fatality from the Camp Fire in the Concow area. [here]

From the Butte County Sheriff
July 11, 2008 11:45 a.m.

The Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the discovery of human remains in the Concow area. The remains were located in an evacuated area after the fires had destroyed the residence.

We are saddened by the loss of one of our community members but hope that providing this information will encourage people in evacuation areas to heed the warnings so that they and their families would be safe.

It is important to keep in mind that evacuation orders are not made lightly and done in the interest of the safety of the people in the area being evacuated.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,277
Size: 47,000 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Under strong east winds and very low humidities the Camp fire, ~23,000 acres, breached containment lines and pushed into the Concow area last night. Approx 300 homes affected. The Camp fire is in the West Branch of the North Fork of the Feather River, threatening the east side of the town of Paradise.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,277
Size: 37,000 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to date: $32,500,0

In addition to the 3pm evacuations listed below, the Butte County Sherriff’s Office has issued the following new Precautionary Evacuation Advisory: The east side of the Skyway from Coutolenc Rd. up to De Sabla Reservoir and all cross roads running east of Skyway in between.

At least five homes have burned in the Concow area, according to Cal Fire-Butte County, as of 11:00 am. The homes were consumed by the expanding Camp Fire.

Record temperatures are anticipated today with the possibility of the mercury rocketing as high 115 degrees in the valley, according to the National Weather Service.

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Evacuations Advisory Issued For Portions of Paradise, 07/08/2008

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Paradise Police Department have issued the following Evacuations’ due to fires on the Butte Lightning Complex:
Immediate Threat Evacuations:

Butte County: Residents in the County area of Berry Creek off of upper and lower bald Rock Road at Oro-Quincy Highway, Rockefeller at Bean Creek Road and all connectors, Milsap Bar to the River.

Town of Paradise: Residents in the Town of Paradise on the East side of Pentz Road from the Skyway at Pentz Rd. south to the Town limits at Malibu Drive.

Residents should evacuate their homes and proceed immediately to the evacuation center. A fire is moving towards your area and there is an immediate threat to life and property. All roads in the area will be closed to incoming traffic.

Evacuees should register with the Red Cross at the evacuation center in order to help locate family members and help to facilitate re-entry to the affected area
when the advisories have been lifted.

Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory Area Expanded

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office has issued an “Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory” for the community of Concow, which encompass Truex Road from Hwy. 70 north to Rim Road and all cross streets (including Hoffman Road, Hog Ranch Road, and High Winds Road), North of Hwy. 70. The Camp Fire has moved south towards Concow Road and is now being influenced by the east winds. The fire is now a threat to the community of Concow and Yankee Hill north of Hwy. 70 and Concow Road.

Residents should evacuate their homes and proceed immediately to the evacuation center. A fire is moving towards your area and there is an immediate threat to life and property. All roads in the area will be closed to incoming traffic. Evacuees should register with the Red Cross at the evacuation center in order to help locate family members and help to facilitate re-entry to the affected area when the advisories have been lifted.

Public Evacuation Locations:

Las Plumas High School – 2380 Las Plumas Ave., Oroville, CA 95965 530-538-2310

Neighborhood Church- 2801 Notre Dame Blvd., Chico 530-343-6006

Animal/Pet Shelter Location:

Chico State Farm (Large Animals) – 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane (off Hagen Ln.)

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,277
Size: 30,000 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to date: $31,200,000

The Belden fire is holding between Chips Creek and Little Indian Creek. Camp Fire burned through primary lines at the south end. A fire was found near the Breakneck Fire approximately 10 acres, Retson Fire, 85 percent contained as of 1700hrs.

There are 41 fires, 14 are known to be active, 14 fires are contained, and 13 fires have been absorbed by other fires.

The hard closure of Highway 70 continues. Supported Cub Fire with structure protection contingency in Jonesville. Cooperation continues with the Canyon Complex and the Cub Complex.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,414
Size: 27,000 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to date: $28,600,000

Hwy. 70 has been closed from 3 miles west of Pulga to Hwy. 89 at the Greenville “Y”.

The Butte Lightning Complex currently consists of 38 fires. Eleven fires are still actively burning. It is important to reiterate that all residents who live in or near the affected areas should continue to maintain a heightened state of awareness as this fire complex is still actively burning. Officials are encouraging residents to monitor the fire situation in and around their area via the local radio, television and other media outlets.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,600
Size: 21,170 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to date: $25,800,000

Preparation continues on the indirect line on the 26N26 Road to Highway 70 and around infrastructure in the Feather River Canyon. Attempts to join the Camp Branches continue. Falling Crews are working with CAL TRANS to fall hazard trees along Highway 70.

There is a Hard Closure of Highway 70.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,539
Size: 19,515 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to date: $23,000,000

Structures Threatened: 1,200 OUTB , 1,200 PRIM Structures Destroyed: 2 PRIM

There are 38 fires, 11 are known to be active, 2 fires are unstaffed (contradicting yesterday’s report), 12 fires are contained, and 15 fires have been absorbed by other fires.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,408
Size: 20,000 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to date: $18,700,000

Hwy 70 is closed from the Greenville “Y” (Hwy 89 and Hwy 70) on the east to 3 miles west of Pulga on the west (near the Plumas Forest boundary). Hwy 70 will be open to residents only from the Greenville “Y” to Belden. No civilian traffic will be permitted fom Belden to Pulga.

Last night 7 miles of firing was completed on the Camp fire. The Camp fire is now at 9600 acres. The Breakneck fire is now 90% contained, however yesterday there was a 2 acre spot fire, which posses a threat to the fire significantly growing. The active fires continue to have afternoon spotting. Firefighting resources continue to establish control lines. Resources are hampered by lack of overhead leadership, steep terrain, and heavy fuels. The Rim fire is lined and declared contained. Resources on the Frey will now work towards preventing the South fire from moving south onto SRA under the command of IMT 3. Aircraft were able to fly most fires today with the inversion lifting, however unable to fly the fires along Highway 70 due to the smoke. The Complex provided a Strike Team of Type 1 engines to the Canyon Complex for Structure Protection in Belden.

There are 36 fires, 13 are known to be active, all active fires are staffed.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:45 PM
Total Personnel: 2,408
Size: 17,500 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to date: $17.3 million

The Butte County Emergency Operations Center closed the evacuation shelters yesterday at 4:00 p.m.

“New” 7/2 - Traffic Hazards Prompt Closure of Highway 70 Through Fire Area

Thirteen fires are still actively burning.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,389
Size: 17,000 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to date: $14.7 million

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, Butte County Fire, Chico Fire, Oroville Fire, Paradise Fire, CHP, Butte County Public Works, Butte County Sheriff, USFS, OES, LA County, Orange County, Alameda County, Ventura County, CDCR and CCC. CAL FIRE Incident Command Team #9 is assigned to this incident.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,328
Size: 16,000 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to date: $12.2 million

Highway 70 re-opened to one way escorted traffic.

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HIGHWAY 32 NOW CLOSED: State Route 32 is NOW closed from the Junction of SR 36 in Tehama County to .5 mile south of the Tehama / Butte County Line due to fire. Motorists
advised to use alternate route.

Situation as of 06/30/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,199
Size: 16,000 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to date: $11 million

The Boy Scout camp in Butte Meadows remains under an immediate evacuation order.

Multiple fires located on Highway 70 in Feather River Canyon remain un-staffed. Plans are being developed to construct indirect line, which will result in combining the fires to a 23,000-acre burn area.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,895
Size: 13,200 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $770,000 reported, but that number may be off by a factor of ten.

Precautionary Evacuation Advisory for the North and South Coutolenc zones which encompass Coutolenc Rd. from Skyway to Hupp-Coutolenc Rd. and all cross streets still exists. The West Fire has moved south of Bean Soup Bar but is still on the east side of the West Branch of the Feather River drainage and poses a threat to the Coutolenc road area.

There are 31 fires, 16 are known to be active, others have not been accessible to assess. The Little Smokey and the Smokey Fires have combined and are now the Smokey Fire. West, Empire, Sawmill, and Oakway fires have also combined and are now called the West Fire.

The largest fire is 3000 acres and unstaffed, and is expected to increase to 23,000 acres.

Evacuation centers have been established at Neighborhood Church in Chico. Highway 70 remains closed. Butte County EOC and the Paradise EOC are operational and coordinating activities with the incident. The Cub Complex, the Canyon Complex, and the Butte Complex Command Staff are scheduled to met today at the Quincy Airport to discuss Cooperative Strategies.

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Butte Fire map as of 06/29 —- click on map for larger image.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 10:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,313
Size: 11,500 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

With the lifting of the Inversion Layer on parts of the Complex, fires made Crown Runs, experienced slopovers on parts of the lines.

All fires are prioritized based on threat to Communities. #1 West/Empire, #2 Rim, #3 Breakneck, #4 Smokeys, #5 Frey, #6 Hwy 70 Fires.

Multiple fires located on Highway 70 in Feather River Canyon remain un-staffed. Plans are being developed to construct indirect line which will result in combining the fires to a 23,000 acre burn area.

Because of safety reasons all resources will now be put on a normal work rest cycle. The arrival of important structure protection engines and some hand crews have slightly improved overall staffing. A lack of critical overhead positions is stretching the span of control and our safety margin.

A Precautionary Evacuation Advisory for the North and South Coutolenc zones which encompass Coutolenc Rd. from Skyway to Hupp-Coutolenc Rd. and all cross streets still exists.

The West Fire has moved south of Bean Soup Bar but is still on the east side of the West Branch of the Feather River drainage and poses a threat to the Coutolenc road area. If the fire crosses the drainage, the Precautionary Evacuation Advisory may be upgraded to an Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory. The primary evacuation route is south on Coutolenc Road to the Skyway.

The IMET is predicting a break down of the inversion tomorrow and a Thunder Storm Warning that could bring dry lightning to the Complex Area.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,313
Size: 10,660 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to date: $4.6 million

Predicted Weather Event May Cause Increased Fire Activity

The National Weather Service is predicting significant winds in the Jarbo Gap area of Butte County throughout the night. The strongest winds are predicted from 11:00 p.m. (Thursday, June 26) through – 4:00 a.m. (Friday, June 27th).

The change in weather may cause a significant increase in fire activity. Residents in the communities of Concow and Big Bend should be especially vigilant and monitor local media outlets for updates and advisories.

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CONCOW EVACUATED 06/25/08

From Wildfire Today [here]. Most of the community of Concow, east of Chico, is evacuated due to the Empire and Rim fires, part of the BTU Lightning complex which closed Hwy 70. The Empire and Rim fires will most likely burn together.

From CalFire 8:00 AM 06/25/08 — Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisories:

Concow Road at Hoffman and all tributaries north and west of Concow Road

Concow Road at Jeffery Pine Lane and all tributaries north and east of Concow Road

Andy Mt. Road/Rim Road

Crain Ridge/Ponderosa Way

Hwy 70 to CAL FIRE Station 36 to Pulga Road

Pulga Road and Jarbo Gap Area.

Precautionary Evacuation Advisories:

Jonesville
Butte Meadows
Big Bend Road and tributaries
Dark Canyon Road

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,260
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $3,000,000

Structures Threatened: 1,200 OUTB , 1,200 PRIM Structures Destroyed: NONE

There are 31 fires burning in Butte County under the Butte Lightning Complex Command. The fires have been organized into four Branches. The inversion layer limits the use of Aircraft and makes reconnaissance of fires difficult. The incident is using infrared flights to determine location and spread of fires. Resource and Overhead Levels are critically short forcing the use of defensive tactics. Evacuation centers have been established at Neighborhood Church in Chico. Highway 70 remains closed. Butte County EOC and the Paradise EOC are operational and coordinating activities with the incident.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 432
Size: 5,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fires are immediately threatening communities. If the inversion layer lifts, fire intensity will greatly increase, causing additional evacuations and significant fire spread. Some of the fires are in remote areas making containment difficult and will require large numbers of hand crews.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 225
Size: 3,716 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Threatened: 413 PRIM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Significant Events: Fire spotted across the dozer line off of Rim Road and across Hwy 70 on the Rim Fire in Branch I.

BRANCH I (Battalions 1 Paradise Ridge & 3 Jarbo Gap) Summary 16 fires, 4 contained for 898 acres, Rim Fire and West Branch? Fire pose immediate threats to Concow and Magalia respectively.

BRANCH II (Battalion 2 – Cohasset/Forest Ranch/Butte Meadows & Butte Creek) Summary 5 fires, 2 contained for 139 acres, threats to Butte Meadows/Jonesville.

BRANCH 4 – Centerville/Butte Creek fires. Both contained 06/23/08 p.m.

BRANCH V (Battalion 5 – Berry Creek/Feather Falls/Robinson Mill) Summary 2 fires,threats to South Feather Water & Power Transmission Lines near Field, 10 acres, possible containment 06/24/08 17:00. Frey Fire - 1000 acres potential 10,000 acres, unknown containment time, no structure threat.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 168
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

~200 residences threatened in the community of Magaila. Critical needs crews, aircraft, dozers, engines.

22 Jun 2008, 11:48pm
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SRF Lightning Complex Fires

Location: Salmon River area, Klamath NF, Shasta Trinity NF Humboldt, Trinity, Siskiyou Cos., CA

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

SRF Complex is now called the Orleans/Ukonom Complex Fires [here].

Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 17
Size: ~900 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Fires across the entire Forest. Afternoon winds increased fire behavior dramatically on the Travis, Blue, Jake Allgood, Sims and Packsaddle Fires. Trinity Alps Wilderness may or may not be closed.

 
  
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