22 Jun 2008, 11:39pm
California
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American River Complex Fires

Location: 11 mi NE of Foresthill, Placer Co., CA

Specific Location: Tahoe NF, Lat 39° 8´ 38″ Lon 120° 40´ 21″Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/31/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 60
Size: 20,541 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $23,950,980

The fire is contained as of 7/30/2008 at 1800. Control will not happen until extinguished until season ending event. All divisions are in patrol status by engines.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 109
Size: 20,541 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $23,629,307

Yesterday’s 100% containment announcement premature. Portions of the NE flank of fire, primarily in Big Valley Canyon, remain uncontained.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 125
Size: 20,541 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $23,461,231

Portions of the NE flank of fire, primarily in Big Valley Canyon, remain uncontained. Uncontained fire perimeter in areas of steep and rugged terrain will continue to pose challenges until controlled or extinguished by a season ending event. Handcrews and helicopters continue to attack hotspots in Big Valley Canyon.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 114
Size: 20,541 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $23,149,675

Handcrews with helicopter support continued to attack the remaining unsecured fire permeter in difficul terrain on the NW flanks and drainage bottom of the fire in Big Valley Canyon and on the south side of the North Fork of the American River, Elsewhere, mop-up continues to target hotspots. Rehabilitation of supress impacts continue on most divisions; along with the removal and back haul on non-essential equipment. The local Type 3 organization has taken over management of the incident and continues suppression and rehab efforts.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 111
Size: 20,541 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported

Handcrews with helicopter support continued to attack the remaining unsecured fire perimeter in difficult terrain on the NE flanks of the fire, in Big Valley Canyon and on the south side of the North Fork of the American River.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 701
Size: 20,541 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $20,400,000

Estimated Containment Date: 08/01/08

On several divisions of the fire, operational efforts have shifted from suppression to the assessment and rehabilitation of suppression-related impacts. Type 1 crews continued to construct contingency line, monitor fire activity, and use helicopters to attack hot spots in Big Valley Canyon. Type 1 crews continue efforts to contain the fire on the northeast flank where it is backing down in the North Fork of the American River drainage. Taskforce Shovel continued its second day of training on the south side of the fire. These National Guard resources are not assigned to the incident.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 762
Size: 19,992 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $18,800,000

Estimated Containment Date: 08/01/08

Suppression actions continuing on lower slopes, utilizing Type 1 crews due to difficult terrain. Successful burnout last night into early morning, with continuation planned for tonight. Under the supervision of a designated Rehab Group, rehab of interior lines and other suppression impacts is continuing. Crews built direct line on the upper slopes of the canyon. Continued mop-up, hotspotting and cold trailing to increase to security of containment lines.

Slope and terrain, combined with general winds, lead to single and group tree torching and short uphill runs in the NE portion of the fire. Over the balance of the fire area, fire behavior is minimal, limited to creeping and smoldering.

Crews will continue a burnout along the south side of the North Fork of the American River, between New York and Big Granite drainages.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 773
Size: 19,510 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $17,800,000

Estimated Containment Date: 08/01/08

Government Springs/Westville fire 18,959 acres, 55% contained.

Increased fire activity today. Rehab of interior lines is continuing. Continued scouting in the canyon bottom in preparation for increased suppression activity on the lower slopes. Crews built direct line on the upper slopes of the canyon.

Closures in place: The Euchre Bar, American Eagle, Italian Bar, and Beacroft Trail (from the trailhead to the North Fork of the American River), and the American River Trail (east of the Mumford Bar Trail toward the Sailor Flat Trail), Mumford Bar Trailhead Campground and Mumford Bar Trail are closed. In addition, Texas Hill Road from Fulda Creek to Junction of Forest Road No. 38 is closed. Tunnel Mills, North Fork, and Onion Valley Campgrounds are closed due to the 19 Road closure. Foresthill Divide Road from China Wall OHV Area to Duncan Y; Robinson Flat east of Soda Springs road; and Sugar Pine Boat Ramp.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 831
Size: 19,322 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $17,000,000

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Situation as of 07/15/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 925
Size: 18,799 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $14,700,000

Smoke from fire, reducing to haze, now affecting communities east into Truckee, CA and Reno, NV. Southeast flank of fire remains uncontained, with potential to spread unimpeded east, southeast and north. The potential exists for re-establishment of less favorable conditions later in the week. Effectiveness of suppression actions taken now may be higher than later in the week. Failure to hold in critical areas will lead to a substantially increase in fire size.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 905
Size: 18,721 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $13,700,000

Transition in fire management is delaying updates in acreage, but expect better information this evening.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 922
Size: 18,721 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $12.4 million

Expected Containment Date has been changed from 10/01/08 to 08/01/08.

Government Springs Fire and Westville fires are merged for a combination of 18,113 acres with 15% containment.

Muir’s Type 1 Incident Management Team has assumed command of the fire.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 884
Size: 18,019 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $11,400,000

Closures in Place: The Euchre Bar, American Eagle, Italian Bar, and Beacroft Trail (from the trailhead to the North Fork of the American River), and the American River Trail (east of the Mumford Bar Trail toward the Sailor Flat Trail), Mumford Bar Trailhead Campground and Mumford Bar Trail are closed. In addition, Texas Hill Road from Fulda Creek to Junction of Forest Road No. 38 is closed. Tunnel Mills, North Fork, and Onion Valley Campgrounds are closed due to the 19 Road closure. Foresthill Divide Road from China Wall OHV Area to Duncan Y; Robinson Flat east of Soda Springs road; and Sugar Pine Boat Ramp.

Government Springs Fire and Westville fires are merged for a combination of 17,467 acres with 10% containment.

Inversion held throughout the day moderating fire behavior. Tahoe and Lakeview IHCs completed line from Sawtooth Ridge into N. Fork American River Canyon to tie in perimeter on the river. Handline construction from Humbug ridge will tie in soutwest/west flanks of fire. Crews were able to hold line along Foresthill road and where fire crossed dozer line on Humbug Ridge.

Smoke from CA fires reported in Aspen Co today.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 760
Size: 10,211 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $8,100,000

Expected Containment: 10/01/08

Active fire on three flanks is challenging resources in places to reach control objectives safely. Staffing strategies are developed to ensure focus on areas with highest values at risk. Will staff highest priority areas fully, and may remove firefighters from low priority areas. Fire on those flanks will spread unimpeded pending additional resources. Up to 1/3 of suppression resources time out by Thursday, with difficulties to find replacements.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 733
Size: 8,438 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $6,400,000

Structures Destroyed to date: 2 residences

Short active crown runs with short range spotting along Sawtooth Ridge on Government Springs fire with persistent surface fire backing into drainages. Westville fire- active midslope fire with spotting up to 1/2 mile occurred in canyon to the east, fire continues to push against Foresthill Divide road.

Closures in Place: The Euchre Bar, American Eagle, Italian Bar, and Beacroft Trail (from the trailhead to the North Fork of the American River), and the American River Trail (east of the Mumford Bar Trail toward the Sailor Flat Trail), Mumford Bar Trailhead Campground and Mumford Bar Trail are closed. In addition, Texas Hill Road from Fulda Creek to Junction of Forest Road No. 38 is closed. Tunnel Mills, North Fork, and Onion Valley Campgrounds are closed due to the 19 Road closure. Foresthill Divide Road from China Wall OHV Area to Sailor Flat remains closed due to fire operations and potential smoke conditions that may impede visibility; closure allows residents and two logging operations to continue to have access. The Placer County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol is staffing the closed portions of the Texas Hill Road and Foresthill Divide Road.

Active fires: Government Springs Fire (5,938 acres with 10% containment); Westville Fire (1,948 acres and 15% containment)

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Situation as of 07/04/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 645
Size: 7,139 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

America River ICP is now established at Eagle Mountain (Yuba Gap Rd) with some team members remaining in Foresthill camp to manage Westville Fire. Government Springs Fire – Progress continues with construction of confinement lines in the Willmont Saddle, Sawtooth Ridge area. Westville fire made a run along the SE flank toward the Foresthill Divide Road. Additional resources were moved to the Westville Fire for containment mission. Closures on Forest Service Road 19 and OHV trails and air space restrictions remain in place. Additional Forest trail closures are in effect. Foresthill Divide Road closed east of Foresthill.

Active fires: Government Springs Fire (5,384 acres with 10% containment); Westville Fire (1,204 acres and 15% containment); and Peavine Fire (552 acres 95% containment).

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 563?
Size: 6,277 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Expected containment date: 7/30/08

Active fire movement against NW and NE corner of Government Springs Fire. Suppression resources are trying to hold the fire in this area while indirect line is constructed and burnout is implemented. Failure to hold in this area will lead to a substantially increase fire size and threaten the community of Blue Canyon, the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), the I-80 corridor, and Tunnel Mills Spike Camp. The RR would be impacted before I-80. Probable economic impact of shutting down the rail line is about $1,000,000 per hour. The next 24 hours are critical. If lines are not completed and fire crosses in the Sawtooth Ridge area, the next probable location for indirect attack in right near Blue Canyon.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 563
Size: 6,027 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $3,550,000

Structures Threatened: 5 PRIM , 1 COMM , 5 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM

Government Springs Fire night shift started. Fire continued to bump the dozer line along the north flank. Spots were contained and line continues to hold. Dozer line completed and helicopter bucket work were successful in holding fire vicinity of Willmont Saddle/Burnett Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 524
Size: 5,292 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Active fires: Government Springs Fire (3768 acres with 0% containment); Westville Fire (722 acres and 15% containment); and Peavine Fire (552 acres 95% containment).

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 493
Size: 4,180 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Government Springs Fire 2,998 acres, 0% containment; Westville Fire 663 acres, 15% containment; Peavine Fire 518 acres, 90% containment.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 467?
Size: 3,697 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Based on a long-term assessment, it may be a race between suppression operations and fire spread in the Willmont Saddle area on the NW corner of Government Springs Fire. Suppression resources are trying to hold the fire in this area while indirect line is being built. Failure to hold in this area substantially increases fire size and threatens the community of Blue Canyon as well as the I-80 corridor. Lack of Field Observers hinders mapping efforts, fire behavior and weather observations.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 467
Size: 3,037 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,240,000

The Incident Management Team met with CALFIRE to discuss coordination and strategy on the Government Springs incident. We continue reviewing options for possible relocation of ICP. Relocation plans would include leaving a truncated management organization at Foresthill. An assessment is underway to determine the projected timeframe before the Government Springs Fire could begin to threaten Blue Canyon.

Direct attack continued on the Peavine Fire today. On the Government Springs Fire, operational resources began working on the indirect line along the northern perimeter. Crews continue to hold the south flank of the Westville Fire. The Tahoe NF continues to revise both WFSAs.

Active fires within the Complex include Peavine Fire (487 acres with 50% containment); Government Springs Fire (2193 acres with 0% containment), and Westville Fire (357 acres and 10% containment). Containment for the Complex increased to 10%. The following fires in this Complex have been contained: Texas Hill 1 - 1 acre, Texas Hill 2 = .75 acre, Ford Point 1 = .1 acre, Ford Point 2 = .1 acre, Mosquito Ridge = 3 acres, Hard Climb Fire = 1.5 acres, Red Fire = .25 acres.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 220
Size: 2,570 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

A lightning storm is anticipated to begin impacting the southern portion of the area tonight. A Red Flag Warning has been issued until 2300 hours for the area containing the Complex’s fires. Additional and more widespread lightning events are predicted through Saturday and into Sunday. These thunderstorms could produce strong gusty winds leading to erratic and unpredictable fire spread. Lightning associated with the storms could also create new starts. Resources assigned to the current fires in the Complex may be needed for Initial Attack. A lack of resources continues to retard our ability to achieve suppression objectives.

Government Springs and Westville Fires have only minimal staffing and continue to grow nearly unimpeded. The Westville Fire reached the dozer line along the south flank. A Type 2 hand crew a Type 2 helicopter, a couple of dozers, and a couple of engines are attempting to keep the fire from crossing the dozer line. If fire crosses dozer line, special blister rust-resistant sugar pines could be burned.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 220
Size: 2,170 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Smoke inversions continue to make it difficult to determine fire size. Potential for rapid fire growth exists when the inversion lifts.

All available resources are committed to the Peavine Fire (projected containment in 5 days if no further growth occurs). Meanwhile, Government Springs and Westville Fires remain mostly unstaffed and grow unimpeded. Threats to significant values along the I-80 corridor exist with fire spread to the NW to NE on the Government Springs Fire.

Air quality health issues are currently affecting the I-80 corridor from Reno to Auburn.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 138
Size: 1,750 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Threatened: 5 PRIM , 1 COMM , 5 OUTB. Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM

An Incident Command Post (ICP) for the American River Complex was established at Foresthill Middle School. Government Springs Fire 1500-1900 acres is not accessible and is well established in the North Fork of the American River drainage. Operation resources did recon to assess suppression strategies. Implemenation of actions requires 5-7 crews (T1 and T2IA) to prep and burn indirect lines on the critical north flank. The fire has crested the canyon and is now burning into the Burnt Canyon area which contains recreational cabins and archaeological/historical sites. Damage is occurring to the Wild and Scenic river corridor and municipal watershed.

Peavine Fire was estimated at 200 acres and burning in the Peavine Creek drainage and is potential threat to the Placer Grove of Giant Sequoias. Westville fire is 50-75 acres and has potential to be several thousand acres. This fire is being influenced by the Government Springs Fire. The fire is unstaffed and is threating Wild and Scenic river, historical cabins, an active logging sale with log decks and equipment onsite.

At this time, acres for all three non-contained fires are estimates. The following fires in this complex have been contained: Texas Hill 1 - 1 acre, Texas Hill 2 = .75 acre, Ford Point 1 = .1 acre, Ford Point 2 = .1 acre, Mosquito Ridge = 3 acres, Hard Climb Fire = 1.5 acres, Red Fire = .25 acres.

Critical need for helicopters to support crews and allow them to engage the incident. A summer cabin was destoyed by the Government Springs Fire. Moderate to rapid rates of spread on steep rugged slopes fires made strongest runs on slopes with South and West aspects. Fire continues to burn in heavy timber.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 87
Size: 1,300 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fatigue and lack of resources are compromising control objectives. The Gov and Westville fires may burn together. Significant up-canyon runs. Air quality health issues are currently affecting the community of Foresthill. Due to heavy smoke inversion the fires spread cannot be determined, there is the potential for rapid fire growth when the inversion lifts.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 65
Size: ~150 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Planned Actions: Cannot engage in any operations due to lack of resources.

The American River Complex currently includes the following active fires: Peavine - 20 acres, Middle Fork American River sub-drainage. Gov - 100 acres within Wild and Scenic River area, Wild status. Westville - 25 acres, North Fork American River. The following fires in this complex have been contained: Texas 1 - 1 acre, Texas 2 = .75 acre, Ford 1 = .1 acre, Ford 2 = .1 acre, Mosquito = 3 acres

22 Jun 2008, 11:36pm
California
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Yuba River Complex Fires

Location: Washington, 15 miles NE of Nevada City, Nevada Co., CA

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

Situation as of 07/15/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 30
Size: 4,254 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $7,500,000

Acreage adjustment reflects improved mapping. Crews continue to strengthen control lines and protect improvements. Crews continur to monitor interior green islands. Continued demobilization of excess resources in support of other incidents.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 123
Size: 3,819 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $7,400,000

Crews contained a 6 acre slop over from rollout in the Canyon Creek. Hoselays and water support systems will be staffed to hold fire along Canyon Creek. Crews are burning out small pockets in the Canyon Creek drainage to prevent large uphill runs.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 127
Size: 3,813 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $7,171,816

Est containment date: 07/10/2008.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 130
Size: 3,813 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $6,800,000

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Situation as of 07/04/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 503
Size: 3,813 acres
Percent Contained: 93%

Costs to Date: $6,369,415

All fires in complex contained except for Fall Fire: 1,980 acres 93% contained. Expected containment date: 7/10/08

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 642?
Size: 3,813 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Expected containment date: 7/10/08

Threat to the Community of Washington has been minimized. The closure of high use camping/recreational areas will continue through the 4th of July weekend.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 642
Size: 3,721 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $5,316,035

Currently all uncontained fires( Scotchman, Fall and Celina) are staffed. Continued demobilization of excess resources in support of other incidents.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 655
Size: 3,619 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $4,869,328

The Fall Fire has spread to the west and has reached both the South Yuba River as well as Canyon Creek. There is a high concentration of historic/prehistoric sites, homes and active mining operations in these areas. This area is not accessible by engines due to bridge limits. Crews established hose lays with portable pumps to protect these sites and slow the fire spread.

3 uncontained fires: Scotchman Fire 1230 acres, 93% contained, staffed; Fall Fire: 1874 acres. 78% contained, staffed, Celina Fire: 397 acres, 96% contained, staffed.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 671
Size: 3,579 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $4,192,379

The Fall Fire has spread to the west and has reached both the South Yuba River as well as Canyon Creek.

Scotchman Fire: 1230 acres, 65% contained, staffed. Fall Fire: 1834 acres, 67% contained, staffed. Celina Fire: 371 acres, 92% contained, staffed. 25 Fire: 189 acres, 100% contained, staffed.

These fires continue to move into areas that could allow them to become summer long campaign fires. Potential exists to burn thousands of acres of prime public and private forest lands, damage miles of critical habitat and watershed.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 772?
Size: 3,226 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Scotchman Fire: 1150 acres, 53% contained, staffed with day and night shifts. Community of Washington remains threatened, fire is burning in a steep rugged drainages. Fall Fire: 1502 acres 60% contained, staffed with day and night shifts. This fire is spreading into Canyon Creek and South Yuba River drainages. Forest Service improvements, critical Hydro-electric facilities, PG&E power lines 60KV, and T&E habitat are threatened. Celina Fire: 371 acres 75% contained staffed day shift only. Backing down slope and threatening private timber lands. 9 smaller fires for 203 acres, 100% contained in patrol/ monitor status.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 772
Size: 3,169 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Implemented unified multi-incident response plan to support initial attack of new fire starts associated with forecasted lighting. Red Flag Fire warning in effect above 3000ft until 11pm tomorrow.

Fires backed deeper into the steep drainage’s and positioned to make uphill runs. Scotchman Fire moved to the N establishing itself deeper into the rugged broken terrain. The Fall Fire is in Canyon Creek, Fall Creek ,and the South Yuba River and is expected to reach the bottom of Canyon Creek. There is a high likelihood the fire could cross Canyon Creek and burn to Celina Ridge. Both of these fires are moving into areas that would allow them to become summer long campaign fires with the potential to burn thousands of acres of prime public and private forest lands, damage miles of critical habitat and watershed.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 682
Size: 3,069 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Scotchman Fire: 1071 acres, 45% contained, staffed with day and night shifts. Community of Washington remains threatened, fire is burning in a steep rugged drainages.

Fall Fire: 1425 acres 45% contained, Staffed with day and night shifts. Spreading into the Canyon Creek and South Yuba River drainage, numerous Forest Service improvements, critical hydro-electric facilities, PG&E power lines 60KV, and T&E habitat are threatened.

Celina Fire: 370 acres 55% contained, staffed, day shift only. Backing down slope and threatening private timber lands.

25 Fire: 189 acres 100% contained. Staffed day shifts only crews working to mop up the fire-line and patrol the perimeter.

Other smaller fires are 100% contained in patrol/ monitor status for 14 acres. 8 smaller fires for 14 acres 100% contained. Staffed day shift only patrol.

Lack of critical air support to provide fire intelligence and water dropping support. Hwy 20, Hwy 49 and numerous communities are potentially threatened. Lack of critical resources is compromising control objectives. Fires continue to pose a public health hazard to local communities within the fire areas due to smoke. Areas of dense smoke could pose a potential road hazard. The closure of high use camping/recreational areas that will continue through the 4th of July weekend will affect the local tourist based economy. SPI lands in the area of the Celina Fire remain threatened. Red Flag warning for dry lightning until 2300hrs, fire weather watch remains in effect until Sunday.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 576?
Size: 2,803 acres
Percent Contained: 15% ?

Structures Threatened: 100 residences, 10 commercial properties, 50 outbuildings

Lack of crew resources are limiting the effectiveness of suppression tactics, lack of critical air support to provide fire intelligence, situational awareness, water support and fire fighter safety. Hwy 20, Hwy 49 and numerous communities are potentially threatened. Lack of resources is compromising control objectives. Fires continue to pose a public health hazard to local communities within the fire areas due to smoke. Areas of dense smoke could pose a potential road hazard. The closure of high use camping/recreational areas that will continue through the 4th of July weekend will affect the local tourist based economy. SPI lands in the area of the Celina are now threatened.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 576
Size: 2,680 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $686,939

Structures Threatened: 100 PRIM , 10 COMM , 50 OUTB Structures Destroyed: NONE

The lack of resources is limiting the ability to staff and patrol fires. The 25 Fire is 87% contained and estimated at 180 acres. Fall Fire ~1300 acres, 12% contained and spreading into the Canyon Creek drainage; numerous Forest Service improvements, Critical Hydro-electric facilities, power lines,and T&E habitat are threatened. Scotchman Fire ~900 acres, 40% contained, the community of Washington remains threatened, fire is burning in a steep rugged drainage. Celina Fire ~300 acres, 0% contained, first crews assigned to the fire today. Other smaller fires are contained in patrol/ monitor status for 14 acres.

Scotchman Fire moved to the east with strong uphill runs, burning into the next drainage and establishing itself deeper into the rugged broken terrain fire size, and doubled today from 500 to 900 acres. The Fall Fire is burning down the steep slopes of Canyon Creek and Fall Creek. The fire is expected to reach the bottom of Canyon Creek and there is a high likelihood without helicopters and crews the fire will cross Canyon Creek and burn to Celina Ridge. If this occurs the current fire size estimate would be 15,000+ acres and the fire would consume substantial private timber lands. Both of these fires are moving into areas that would allow them to become summer-long campaign fires burning thousands of acres of prime public and private forest, damage miles of critical habitat and watershed with costs into the tens of millions of dollars to suppress.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 295
Size: 2,035 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Hwy 20, Hwy 49 and numerous communities are potentially threatened. Minimal relief resources for Initial Attack crews, extended shift lengths for firefighters are increasing fatigue factor and compromising control objectives. Lack of critical air and crew resources are limiting the effectiveness of suppression tactics. Fires continue to pose a public health hazard to local communities within the fire areas due to smoke. Closure of high use camping and recreational areas that will continue through the 4th of July weekend which will effect the local tourist based economy. Crews had to disengage during the burning period on the 25 fire, due to fire activity.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 129
Size: 1,750 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Road closures continue in the Cal-Ida and Bowman areas. Activation of Immediate need strike team for structures threatened on the Scotchman Fire, order was filled by local agency (strike team released end of shift today). Transfer of command to Type 2 IMT (Joseph) at 1800 today.

The Fall and Clear fires have burned together and will now be named the Fall Fire, 1,100 acres and spreading to the North along Bowman Lake Road. Hydro-electric facilities and lines are threatened.

Scotchman Fire is 500 acres, continued to spread today and with the lack of resources the community of Washington remains threatened. Fire is burning in a steep rugged drainage.

25 Fire is now 100 acres and crews are holding the west flank, the fire continues to spread to the East and will continue to spread until more resources arrive.

Celina fire is 25 acres and is unstaffed. Other fires are in patrol monitor status.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 65
Size: ~820 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Road closures include Bowman Rd from Hwy 20 and FS25 Rd to Cal Ida from Hwy 49. Immediate evacuations are taking place in numerous communities. Extremely active fire behavior.

Remarks: Potential for Fall and Clear fires to burn together. The Yuba River Complex includes the following active fires: 25 Fire - 15 acres (10% contained), Omega I Fire - 2 acres, Omega II Fire - 3 acres, Scotchman Fire - 200 acres, Fall Fire - 450 acres, and Celina Fire - 25 acres, Gaston Fire - 2 acres, Clear Fire - 12 acres and Deer Fire - .1 acre. The following fires have been contained: Bald Fire - 1 acre, Alpha Fire - .25 acre, Columbia - 3 acres and Skillman - 2 acres.

22 Jun 2008, 11:27pm
California
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Iron Complex Fires

Location: Shasta-Trinity NF, Weaverville, Junction City area, Trinity Co., CA

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

Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,148
Size: Size: 94,272 acres (91,098 Iron, 3,174 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $54,817,000 ($53,100,000 Iron, $1,717,000 Alps)

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,287
Size: Size: 91,210 acres (88,077 Iron, 3,133 Alps)
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $53,384,000 ($51,700,000 Iron, $1,684,000 Alps)

Structures Threatened: 50 COMM , 477 PRIM , 650 OUTB

Buckhorn Fire 21,040 acres 21 % contained: active backing fire with single and occasional group torching Short range spotting due to rollout on the southeast and north flanks. Carey Fire 2,654 acres 34% contained: backing fire into Eagle Creek. Eagle Fire 26,332 acres 88% contained: continued active backing and flanking with short uphill runs.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,164
Size: Size: 89,397 acres
Percent Contained: est. 73%

Costs to Date: $52,375,000

An IMT transitional in-briefing was held today, CIIMT2 (Molumby) to in-brief with Shasta-Trinity NF for transition on Friday 8/08.

This was the last operational day for Taskforce Shovel (National Guard).

The S flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to actively back into the French Creek drainage. The SE flank has crossed Treloar Ridge as is backing into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Roll-out, snags, and rugged terrain have limited tactical attack options. Direct and indirect alternatives continue to be scouted and implemented. Indirect line construction continues along Manzanita Ridge. On the Carey Fire, spot fires continue to be picked up and crews continue to hold along Eagle Creek. The Caraway Fire will be 100% contained at 1800 hours.

The Buckhorn Fire at 20,039 acres is 25 % contained. The Carey Fire at 2,614 acres is 40% contained. The Eagle Fire at 25,601 is 90% contained.

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Firefighter Fatalities

Eight firefighters and one helicopter crew member are missing and believed dead in Tuesday’s helicopter crash on the north end of the Buckhorn Fire in Trinity County, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said today.

Some fatalities were confirmed earlier this morning by the U.S. Forest Service, which earlier had announced that nine people were missing after the crash.

Identities of the nine who are believed dead have not been released.

The helicopter pilot and three fire fighters were injured in the crash, which was reported at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday near Junction City.

from the Redding Record Searchlight [here]

Situation as of 08/06/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,217
Size: Size: 87,306 acres
Percent Contained: est. 79%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $49,600,000

At approximately 1945 hours yesterday a Type 1 Helicopter assigned to the Iron Complex went down on the Buckhorn Fire. Injuries not reported. An investigation is under way.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,368
Size: Size: 84,359 acres (81,422 Iron, 2,937 Alps)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $47,500,000

The S flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to actively back into the French Creek drainage. Roll-out, snags, and rugged terrain have limited direct attack options. Other indirect alternatives continue to be explored and scouted. 100% containment of Eagle Fire (24,775 acres) expected tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,506
Size: Size: 83,938 acres (81,044 Iron, 2,894 Alps)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $46 million

The Serious Accident Investigation Team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality. Taskforce Shovel (National Guard) is assigned to suppression damage repair on the Zeigler and Ironside Fires.

Fire behavior remained active on the Buckhorn Fire. Crews are initiating direct line construction of the southern and southeastern flanks taking advantage of natural features. Type One Crews will be critical to the success of this action. There is an opportunity to take direct action and avoid the exposure and commitment of an additional 30,000 acres of the incident strategy that will impact the Highway 299 corridor as well as affected communities. It is estimated the crews will be needed for five days to construct four miles of direct handline. The probability of success for this mission is greater than 50% with the appropriate resources..

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,596
Size: Size: 83,135 acres (80,315 Iron, 2,820 Alps)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: $44,323,431 ($42,794,560 Iron, $1,528,871 Alps)

The Serious Accident Investigation team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality. Type II IMT (Kaage) shadowed today and will assume command of the Iron Complex at 0600 on 8/2. Ten National Guard (Taskforce Shovel) Crews (200 line personnel and 40 NG Overhead) continue to work on the fires.

Increased fire behavior occurred on the Buckhorn Fire, with rapid rates of spread and spotting up to 1/2 mile. An interior snag caused a flare-up on the Denny Fire. Fencing was installed along the 16 Rd to help prevent rollout. Retardant use in the wilderness will be requested on the Buckhorn Fire.

Remaining uncontained fires: Buckhorn 14,783 acs 34% 8/15, Carey 2,278 acs 50% UKN, Eagle 24,719 acs 98% 8/2.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,819
Size: Size: 82,222 acres (79,544 Iron, 2,678 Alps)
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $43,185,562 ($41,642,521 Iron, $1,543,041 Alps)

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,818
Size: Size: 81,092 acres (78,530 Iron, 2,562 Alps)
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $40,130,892 ($39,700,743 Iron, $1,525,647 Alps)

A community meeting is scheduled for Junction City to discuss fire status. A Fed OSHA inspection of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality. Injury today: driver suffered abdominal injuries after a water tender rollover.

The Cedar Fire reached 100% containment. Burnout operations are completed and mop-up is in progress on the Packer Creek spot, south of the Eagle Fire. Significant progress with the construction of in-direct line continues south of the Buckhorn Fire. 1 Type 1 Crew will be flown into the Carey Fire to assist with containment strategies.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,892
Size: Size: 79,154 acres (76,718 Iron, 2,436 Alps)
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $40,130,892 ($38,555,353 Iron, $1,575,539 Alps)

The mandatory evacuation has been lifted for Corral Bottom.

A Fed OSHA inspection of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality.

Remaining uncontrolled fires: Eagle 22,804 82% 8/2, Buckhorn 12,527 22% 7/30, Carey 1,848 29% UKN, Cedar 25,106 98% 7/29.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,798
Size: Size: 78,226 acres (75,378 Iron, 2,390 Alps)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $38,764,239 ($37,215,408 Iron, $1,548,831 Alps)

A Fed OSHA review of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team has begun their investigation on the firefighter fatality.

The burnout operation on the south flank of the Cedar Fire is nearly complete. A 1/4 acre spot fire, on the Cedar Fire, was contained south of the powerlines. The spot fire in Packer Creek, of the Eagle Fire, remains problematic. Heavy fuels, increased fire behavior, and access make direct line construction difficult. Significant progress with the construction of in-direct line continues south of the Buckhorn Fire.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,931
Size: Size: 76,065 acres (73,731 Iron, 2,334 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $36,542,077 ($35,017,152 Iron, $1,524,925 Alps)

Fed OSHA inspection of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team arrived at the ICP in Junction City to begin their investigation on the firefighter fatality.

Remaining uncontained fires: Eagle 22,669 77% 7/29, Cedar 23,202 70% 7/29, Buckhorn 12,343 22% 8/15, Carey 1,792 55% no est date of containment.

The team has developed an aerial ignition plan for the Eagle and Cedar Fires.

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Firefighter Fatality

REDDING, Calif. July 25, 2008 - National Park Service firefighter Andrew Palmer, 18, a firefighter with the Olympic National Park headquartered in Port Angeles, Wash. died while en route to Redding, Calif. this evening. He was being transported for emergency treatment of multiple injuries.

Forest Service officials learned of the fatality at approximately 5:45 p.m.

“Each and every member of the firefighting community feels a tragedy of this type. We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew, who selflessly served to protect,” said Shasta-Trinity National Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood.

Palmer was a firefighter assigned to the Iron Complex of fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The incident occurred on the southwest flank of the Eagle Fire late this afternoon.

“Andy was a dedicated and energetic firefighter who loved his job. We are all very sad, and our thoughts are with his family and the rest of the firefighters on this fire,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin.

A Critical Incident Management Stress team is being set-up to provide support to fellow firefighters who may need assistance dealing with the loss.

Next of kin have been notified. An accident investigation board has been assembled by the Forest Service as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) into the tragic occurrence.

A fund will be established by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in Andrew’s name. The foundation is online at http://wffoundation.org/ and can be contacted by calling 877-336-2950.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,957
Size: Size: 72,037 acres (69,836 Iron, 2,201 Alps)
Percent Contained: 63%

Costs to Date: $33,252,816 ($31,777,702 Iron, $1,475,114 Alps)

A mandatory evacuation is still in effect for the 299 corridor from White’s Bar south to Skunk Point which includes Big Bar. The potential closure of HWY 299 in the evacuation area is being coordinated with CHP and CALTRANS.

A 70 acre spot occurred in Packer’s Creek south of the Eagle Fire. In-direct handlines were initiated north from Big Bar on Treloar Ridge, south of the Buckhorn Fire. Several spot fires were contained early this morning on the south flanks the Cedar and Eagle Fires. Active backing and flanking fire was observed on the Carey, Cedar and Eagle fires. Head fire on upslope runs are occurring in some isolated areas. Buckhorn Fire continues to burn actively to the east and south with some head fire runs. Single tree torching was observed in the timber fuel types.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,008
Size: Size: 68,292 acres (66,164 Iron, 2,128 Alps)
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $29,359,269 ($27,937,342 Iron, $1,421,927 Alps)

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,679
Size: Size: 62,621 acres (60,522 Iron, 2,099 Alps)
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $27,911,808 ($26,562,622 Iron, $1,349,186 Alps)

The east side of the Cedar Fire is threatening structures in Del Loma and Big Bar with the potential to spot across HWY 299 to the north.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Corral Bottom and the following areas of Junction City: Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary. An Evacuation Plan has been developed for the potential evacuation of the ICP in Junction City.

Uncontained fires: Eagle 18,761 acs 60% 8/11, Cedar 16,955 acs 47% 8/10, Buckhorn 9,364 acs 26% 8/5, Carey 1,541 acs 55% 7/29, Ironside 12,720 acs 95% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Zeigler Fire, 2,221 acs, is now 100% contained.

Active backing and flanking fire was observed on the Cedar and Eagle fires. Buckhorn Fire continues to burn actively to the east. Single tree torching was observed in the timber fuel types. Spotting continues to challenges containment resources. Winds pushed the Cedar Fire to the Trinity River just north & west of Big Bar.

240 members of the California National Guard (Taskforce Shovel) will be assigned on 7/24 to assist with mop-up and patrol of the Ironside and Ziegler Fires.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,476
Size: Size: 59,344 acres (57,261 Iron, 2,083 Alps)
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $26,315,425 ($24,999,266 Iron, $1,316,159 Alps)

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Corral Bottom and the following areas of Junction City: Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary. An Evacuation Plan has been developed for the potential evacuation of the ICP in Junction City. Advisory evacuations are still in effect for Del Loma.

Active backing and flanking fire was observed on the Cedar and Eagle fires. Buckhorn Fire burned actively to the east with 30’ to 50’ flame lengths in the brush, torching trees it encountered. Single tree torching was observed in the timber fuel types. Spotting continues to challenges containment resources. Winds pushed the Cedar Fire slightly toward the southeast as wind and slopes aligned.

Uncontained fires: Eagle 17,291 57% 8/11, Cedar 15,832 52% 8/10, Buckhorn 8,702 31% 8/5, Carey 1,541 55% 7/29, Zeigler 2,221 95% 7/25, Ironside 12,720 95% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires).

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,843
Size: Size: 57,154 acres (55,086 Iron, 2,068 Alps)
Percent Contained: 56%

Costs to Date: $25,181,680 ($23,900,809 Iron, $1,280,871 Alps)

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,503
Size: Size: 55,545 acres (53,509 Iron, 2,036 Alps)
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $23,770,188 ($22,529,912 Iron, $1,240,276 Alps)

A Red Flag Warning was issued for the Iron Complex Fire from 1400-2200 hrs today. Mandatory evacuation is still in effect for Corral Bottom and the following areas of Junction City: Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary. An Evacuation Plan has been developed for the potential evacuation of the ICP in Junction City. Advisory evacuations are still in effect for Del Loma, Denny, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch, Big Mountain Subdivision and a community on Fisher Road, east of the Colony.

Planned Actions: Maintain structure protection and contingency groups for IA and community protection.

Eagle Fire (15,597 acs 40% 8/11): Improve lines on east flank and south end and continue to conduct burnout operations near Junction City (ICP).

Cedar Fire (Cedar 14,514 acs 30% 8/1): Continue holding action and patrols on HWY 299 and suppress new spot fires north of 299 and east of Del Loma.

Buckhorn Fire (7,949 acs 20% 8/1): Continue to patrol and hold on southwest side outside of the wilderness. Anchor northwest shoulder and initiate line construction with Jumpers. East flank is still unstaffed.

Ironside Fire (12,720 acs 95% 7/25): Monitor area of unburned between Zeigler and Ironside Fires north of HWY 299. Maintain structure protection and continue to mop-up.

Zeigler Fire (2,221 acs 95% 7/25): Maintain structure protection and continue to mop-up.

Granite Fire (542 acs 90% 7/22): Un-staffed, aerial patrol in daylight.

Carey Fire (1,495 acs 31% 7/22): Establish anchor point on south end of fire. Construct line on east flank.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,317
Size: Size: 49,411 acres (47,490 Iron, 1,921 Alps)
Percent Contained: 43%

Costs to Date: $21,192,817 ($20,076,261 Iron, $1,116,556 Alps)

Mandatory evacuation is in effect for Corral Bottom, Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary.

Voluntary evacuations in effect for Junction City. Advisory evacuations in effect Denny, Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch, Big Mountain Subdivision, Del Loma, and a community on Fisher Road, east of the Colony.

Uncontained fires: Eagle 13,147 44% 8/11. Cedar 11,981 22% 8/1. Zeigler 2,191 72% 7/25. Buckhorn 7,099 23% 8/1. Ironside 12,720 70% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Carey 1,379 31% 7/22. Granite 542 62% 7/22. Carey Fire patrol only. Granite Fire unstaffed.

The Eagle Fire rolled over containment lines on the east today. Increased fire activity with spotting across the Trinity River and Hwy 299 on the east flank of the Cedar Fire.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,114
Size: Size: 47,066 acres (45,188 Iron, 1,878 Alps)
Percent Contained: 46%

Costs to Date: $19,608,071 ($18,489,982 Iron, $1,118,089 Alps)

Advisory evacuations in effect for Junction City, Denny, Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch, Big Mountain Subdivision, Del Loma, and a community on Fisher Road, east of the Colony.

Lines have been completed and tied in with the powerline grid on the south end of the Cedar Fire and are ready to begin firing off of when resources are available. Fire is slowly backing down to the Trinity River on the east flank.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,129
Size: Size: 45,257 acres (43,410 Iron, 1,847 Alps)
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $18,344,547

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Situation as of 07/15/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: Size: 45,257 acres (43,410 Iron, 1,847 Alps)
Percent Contained: 45%

The forecast weather pattern for today is identical to that on the day the Eagle Fire made its last big run to the outskirts of Junction City. Extremely steep and broken terrain, and long-range spotting limit checking growth on all fires. The Cedar Fire continues to spread east toward Del Loma, and further into Hayshed Creek on the south flank. The Buckhorn Fire has crossed to the east side of French Creek, 3 miles NE of the Brooks Ranch.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,141
Size: 42,667 acres (36,136 Iron, 1,218 Alps)
Percent Contained: 44%

Costs to Date: $16,372,895

Est containment date: 08/15/2008

Mandatory evacuation in effect for Cedar Flat. Advisory evacuations in effect for Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,071 (979 Iron, 92 Alps)
Size: 37,354 acres (36,136 Iron, 1,218 Alps)
Percent Contained: 44%

Costs to Date: $14,440,674 ($13,621,818 Iron, $818,856, Alps)

Est containment date: 08/15/2008

Alps Complex has been operationally merged into the Iron Complex. Containment date has been adjusted due to weather-related increase in fire activity.

Cedar Fire may threaten the communities of Del Loma, private structures, and the Mountain subdivision in Swede Creek in the next 48 hours. Difficult access may cause major structure protection threats. The Eagle Fire continues to threaten the communities of Big Flat and Big Bar and may again threaten the community of Junction City.

Remaining uncontrolled fires: Cedar 5,946 acs 4% 8/1. Eagle 9,547 acs 50% 7/17. Zeigler 1,828 acs 85% 7/12. Buckhorn 5,936 acs 7% 8/1. Ironside 12,687 acs 90% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Denny 43 acs 80% 7/13, Granite 542 acs 80% 7/22, Carey 567 acs 30% 7/22, Rip 3 acs 70% 7/15.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,006
Size: 30,745 acres
Percent Contained: 48%

Costs to Date: $12,702,494

Red Flag Warning has been issued for high temperatures and low RH’s through 1800 Friday.

Advisory evacuations in effect for Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch community on Fisher Road east of the Colony.

The Cedar Fire is growing in 3 directions immediately threatening structures, power lines, and a municipal water system at New York Bar, Cedar Flat, and Corral Bottom. A significant sloppover on the Eagle Fire has altered strategy and delayed progress.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,024
Size: 30,303 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $11,906,861

Mandatory evacuation in effect for Fisher Ranch community on Fisher Road east of the Colony. Advisory evacuations in effect for Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar.

Red Flag warning has been issued for high temperatures and low RH’s through Thursday evening.

Late this afternoon fire behavior increased on all fires with sustained runs in timber stringers on Div C of the Eagle Fire. The Cedar Fire progressed downhill to the Trinity River and immediately threatened structures, power lines, and a municipal water system at New York Bar and Cedar Flat.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,054?
Size: 28,933 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

The Zeigler Fire continues to threaten Hawkins Bar and Trinity Village. 10 miles of indirect line remain open on the Eagle Fire south of the Trinity River. This fire is affected by moderate to strong up-canyon afternoon winds. The Ironside Fire abuts 5+ miles of Hwy 299, threatening temporary closures, controlled traffic, and providing potential for spotting across the road and river. The Cedar Fire continues to grow due to rollout. Difficult access may cause major structure protection threats. The Eagle Fire continues to threaten the communities of Big Flat and Big Bar. 10 miles of indirect line burnout is required to contain the Eagle Fire and protect threatened communities.

Zeigler 978 50% 7/12. Cedar 1,586 25% 7/17. Eagle 8,666 55% 7/17. Ironside 12,615 80% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Denny 43 80% 7/13. Buckhorn 4,787 5% 7/25.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,054
Size: 27,377 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $9,805,947

Burned out 1 mile of indirect line on the Eagle Fire from DP 50 to the Trinity River to protect structures near Big Bar. Two miles of burning was completed on NE side of Ironside Fire. Cedar has 2 small sloppovers due to rolling material. A significant run was reported on the Buckhorn Fire this afternoon. By Tuesday fire weather will be the hottest and driest thus far this fire and atmospheric instability is expected to accompany the weather trend.

Remaining uncontained fires, acreages, and estimated containment dates: Ironside 12,505 acs, 75%, 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Zeigler 876 acs, 50%, 7/12. Cedar 1,286 acs, 25%, 7/17. Buckhorn 3,934 acs, 5%, 7/25. Eagle 8,475 acs, 55%, 7/17. Denny 43 acs, 70% 7/13.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 905
Size: 25,151 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $8,066,666

Advisory evacuation is in effect for Big Flat due to anticipated encroachment by westward progression of the Eagle Fire.

Cedar Fire firing indirect lines commenced 7/3 and will continue for several days. Ironside Div’s R and S: working on strategy to use existing roads and dozer line to contain fire along ridges south and west of Big Creek. Burn out indirect portions of Div’s R and S line during night shift. Reinforce and hold the line 7/6 day shift. Use burnout to hold Buckhorn Fire east of the N 04 road.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 902
Size: 24,915 acres
Percent Contained: 19%

$7,262,213

Advisory evacuation is in effect for Big Flat due to anticipated encroachment by westward progression of the Eagle Fire.

At 0600 7/4 the Iron Complex assumed command of the fires formerly known as Buckskin and Clem, which have merged and is now the Buckhorn Fire. This addition has dropped the sum containment to 19%. On 7/10 Iron Complex will absorb the Alps Complex.

Status of uncontained fires within complex: NAME/ACREAGE/%CONTAINED/EST. CONTAINMENT DATE Cedar 989 15% 7/17. Eagle 7,290 60% 7/10. Ironside 12,051 60% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Zeigler 822 30% 7/07. Denny 43 0% TBD. Buckhorn 3,354 5% 7/25.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 922?
Size: 21,056 acres
Percent Contained: 29%

Expected containment date: 7/25/08

The Ironside Fire abuts 5+ miles of Hwy 299, causing frequent temporary closures, controlled traffic, and providing potential for spotting across the road and river. The Cedar Fire continues to grow and may cause major structure protection threats. The Eagle Fire continues to threaten the communities of Big Flat and Big Bar.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 922
Size: 20,704 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,787,903

Hwy 299 is subject to controlled traffic and temporary closure in the Del Loma and Cedar Flat area due to rolling rocks and debris. The Cedar Fire is now the priority fire.

Ziegler 581 acs, 30%, est containment date 7/07. Cedar 600 acs, 0%, est containment date 7/10. Ironside 11,559 acs, 25%, est containment date 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Eagle 5,098 acs, 50%, est containment date 7/10. Denny 20 acs, 0%, est containment date to be determined.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 873
Size: 19,178 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,259,749

A dozer being shared by Alps and Iron Complexes experienced a rollover causing an arm and shoulder injury to the operator.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 835
Size: 18,117 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $4,268,780

Broyles Type 1 IMT assumed command at 18:00 hrs on Sunday, June 29, 2008.

Hwy 299 is subject to controlled traffic and temporary closure in the Del Loma and Cedar Flat area due to rolling rocks and debris.

Ziegler 581 acs, 30%. Canadian 62 acs, 70%. Cedar 600 acs, 0%. Ironside 11,559 acs, 25%. Eagle (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires) 5,098 acs, 50%. Denny 20 acs, 0%. Cutthroat 83 acs, 100%. East 40 acs, 100%. Dedrick 39 acs, 100%. Bottom 20 acs, 100%. Chaparral 5 acs, 100%. Hocker 4 acs, 100%. Bray 1 acs, 100%. Monument 1 acs, 100%. Cadillac 1 acs, 100%.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 649?
Size: 13,450 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Firing operation will continue and likely be completed in the northern portion of the Eagle Fire. Prep work on the firelines on the Ziegler will be completed and ready for a firing operation. The Don Juan Fire is now against 5+ miles from Hwy 299, causing temporary closures, controlled traffic, and providing potential for spotting across the road and river. The Cedar Fire continues to grow and back down the hill toward Hwy 299 and could eventually threaten Burnt Ranch.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 649
Size: 13,325 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $2,600,000

Continued progress was made on the E and S flanks of the Eagle Fire south of Trinity River. The Don Juan Fire continued to spread up canyon to the east. Firing of lines were completed on the N end of the Eagle Fire. Day shift continued securing the north side lines. Red Flag weather is in affect until midnight due to dry thunderstorm activity.

Evacuations remain in effect for residents North of Hwy 299 in the Junction City Area). The voluntary evacuation order for Coopers Bar and Red Hill Rd. area has been lifted. Hwy 299 is subject to controlled traffic and temporary closure in the Del Loma and Cedar Flat area.

Broyles Type 1 IMT has arrived and has conducted in-briefing this afternoon. The transfer of command with Swartzlanders team will occur 06-29-08, 18:00 hrs.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 606
Size: 10,700 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Significant progress was made on the east flank of the Eagle fire south of Trinity River (5+ miles of control line), stopping further spread toward the community of Junction City. Burned out indirect line on the North flank of the Eagle fire. Evacuations remain in effect in the community of Junction City and surrounding area. The Don Juan fire spread up canyon to the east. Burnout operation will be initiated on the east flank of the Zielger fire tonight.

Type 2 IMT (Swartzlander). Reduction in acreage because the Clem, Green, Buckhorn, Granite, Denny, and smaller wilderness fires, ~1,800 acres, are now in the Alps Complex [here] managed by Soper’s IMT.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 394?
Size: 12,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Threatened: 850 residences, 50 commercial properties, 650 outbuildings.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the community of Junction City. The Eagle fire is now threatening the community of Junction City.

Uncontained fires range from 200 to 6,400 acres each. Fires are very active in the afternoon with wind and slope. Communities or multiple dwellings exist near area’s of all fires not in the Wilderness. Fires along Hwy 299 are impacting traffic and fire suppression activities. West side of Junction City will continue to be under threat all day as well as Canyon Creek residences and other structures along the Hwy 299 corridor. Ziegler Fire is burning above the community of Hawkins Bar. The Cedar Fire and the Ironside Fires could threaten Burnt Ranch. Don Juan Fire will likely continue to burn down to Hwy 299.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 394
Size: 2,910 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Type 2 IMT (Swartzlander). Unstaffed fires continue to grow. Accessibility is a problem due to difficult terrain along with many forest roads being closed by blow down. Approximately 11 of 36 fires are in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. Many of the fires will require type 1 crews and air support. Several groups of fires are burning together and consolidating specifically on the Ironside Mtn., and the Green Mtn. Inversions and smoke in the canyons are limiting the use of air resources. Suppression action is occurring on the Eagle Fire, the Cedar Fire, Canadian Fire, and the Dedrick Fire. Point protection is occurring on the Ironside and Ziegler fires. The Half fire from the Six Rivers has come onto the Shasta-Trinity NF and Six River resource are taking suppression actions. One new fire was Initial attacked, 3 miles west of Junction City on Hwy. 299, the Cutthroat fire was contained at about 50 acres. Within the next 12 to 72 hours a total of 6 residential area’s will be threatened.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 257
Size: 1,060 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $350,000

~36 fires, 9 contained, 4 staffed, partially contained. Continue to open roads in order to access the Eagle fire. Continue to monitor and prioritize unstaffed fires. Continue to staff and suppress the fires in the Corral Bottom and Canyon Creek areas. Continue to hold and mop up those fires already contained.

Type 2 IMT (Swarztlander) committed.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 189
Size: 500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Trinity Alps Wilderness area is being considered for closure. Many area’s are being impacted by heavy smoke today. Some of the fires have grown together in the Ironside Mtn and Green Mtn. area’s.

22 Jun 2008, 11:16pm
California
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Canyon Complex Fires

Location: Quincy area, Plumas NF, Sierra Co., CA

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

Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 104
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,501,474

Responsible official: Plumas NF Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton
Phone Number: (530) 283-2050

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 104
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,345,783

Resources are fully engaged in rehab activities. North Branch rehab 98% completed. South Branch rehab 98% completed. Mop-up and patrol activities continue in areas with heat. Due to unsafe conditions relating to rugged and isolated terrain, the northeast portions of the Scotch Fire (Divs U & V) continue to be closely monitored.

Belden Fire - 474 acres, 70% contained. Belden is primary reason the Complex remains at 97% overall containment.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 80
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,190,014

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 75
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,057,862

Reduction in costs not explained. Little or no fire spread was observed. Fuels within interior islands continue to be consumed.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 79
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,300,746

Resources are fully engaged in rehab activities. North Branch Rehab 95% completed. South Branch Rehab 85% completed. Mop-up and patrol activities continue in areas with heat. Due to unsafe conditions relating to rugged and isolated terrain, the northeast portions of the Scotch Fire (Divisions U and V) continue to be closely monitored.

Scotch Fire-13,009 acres, 90% contained. Percent containment remains at 90% due to inability to safely implement direct suppression operations in DIVS U and V; small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 71
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,094,259

Total acres and costs now include the Belden Fire, which was reincorporated from the Rich Bar Fire back into the Canyon Complex when Hoff’s PNW Team 2 took command on 8/7.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 31 reported, may be a typo
Size: 37,357 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $44,283,409

Transfer of command to PNW 2 T1 (Hoff) today at 1800.

Scotch Fire 13,009 acres 90% contained. Percent containment remains at 90% due to inability to implement direct suppression operations in DIVS U and V. Small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 420
Size: 37,357 acres
Percent Contained: 93%

Costs to Date: $43,116,296

Little Fire (1,450 acres) and Fox Fire (1,837 acres) are contained. Remaining uncontained fires: Scotch Fire 13,009 acres 85% contained; South Frey Fire 9,061 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,066 acres 95%.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 626
Size: 37,276 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $42,442,638

Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained. Percent containment remains at 80% due to inability to implement direct suppression operations in DIVS U/V, small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; South Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 50% contained. Percent containment remains at 50% due to inability to implement direct suppression operations, small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 616
Size: 37,276 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $41,538,048

Acreage adjustment reflects shift of Belden Fire (474 acs) to Rich Bar Fire.

Remaining uncontained fires: Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; South Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 50% contained; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 791
Size: 37,800 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $39,493,949

Initial attack on the Rich Bar Fire [here].

Remaining uncontained fires: Rich Bar Fire 50 acres 0% contained; Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; Belden Fire 474 acres 70% contained; South Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 25% contained; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 837
Size: 37,753 acres reported
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $38,215,335

30-acre slop over on the Little Fire not reported in acreage totals.

Uncontained fires: Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; Belden Fire 474 acres 70% contained; South-Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 25% contained; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/26/08 6:00 AM

All uncontained fires have been named and reported. The two formerly unnamed fires are the French Bear Fire, 1,069 acs, 5% contained, and the Fox Fire, 1,852 acs, 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,130
Size: 37,753 acres reported
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $36,600,000

The Arizona Central West Zone Type II team will assume command on Saturday, July 26.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,357
Size: 34,821 acres reported
Percent Contained: 79%

Costs to Date: $34,100,000

The Frey Fire was delegated back to the BTU/Butte Complex, resulting in a 4,000 acre reduction in total acreage.

6 uncontained fires: South-Frey 11,748 acres (now reported as 8,390 acres) and 95% contained; Scotch 10,725 acres and 40% contained; Belden 474 acres and 70% contained; Little 1,392 acres and 95% contained; and two additional unreported, uncontained fires.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type II team has been ordered and will begin transition on Friday with transfer of command scheduled for 0600 on Saturday, July 26. This will be the third IMT on the Canyon Complex.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,354
Size: 37,438 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $31,600,000

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

The Canyon Complex is now reporting a total of 30 fires; Fires contained-24, of which 4 are staffed and the remaining are air patrolled; Uncontained-6, all are staffed.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,407
Size: 36,794 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $30,200,000

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

Total size increase from yesterday of 1689 acres, 1000 of those occurring on the Scotch Fire, the South Frey Fire increased by 632 acres due to better mapping.

Burnouts continue to back to the main fire. The Scotch Fire is backing downslope with torching. New spots on the southeast side of the Scotch Fire are making upslope runs to the east. Uphill runs are also occurring on the southwest side of the Scotch Fire.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,361
Size: 35,105 acres
Percent Contained: 71%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $29 million.

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

South-Frey 11,748 acres and 80% contained; Scotch 7,682 acres and 5% contained; Belden 474 acres and 70% contained; Little 1,327 acres and 70% contained; and two additional unreported, uncontained fires.

Total size increase from yesterday of 966 acres, 940 of those occurring on the Scotch Fire (5% contained). Scotch Fire backing downslope with occasional torching. New spots on the east side of the Scotch Fire are making upslope runs to the east.

Airtanker requested.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,361
Size: 34,139 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $27,700,000

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,375
Size: 33,415 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $26,700,000

Highway 70 is open with a pilot car directing travelers through the previous closure area.

Six uncontained fires remain: South-Frey 11,678 acres and 65% contained; Scotch 6,202 acres and 5% contained; Belden 474 acres and 50% contained; Little 1,270 acres and 70% contained, French-Bear Fire unreported acreage, unreported containment; and one unnamed fire, unreported acreage, unreported containment. All six fires are allegedly staffed, but the information emanating from the fire management is exceedingly weak and confusing. Fire line locations are still being scouted into the Feather River Canyon.

Estimated containment date is 07/31/08.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,408
Size: 32,352 acres
Percent Contained: 66%

Costs to Date: $25,900,000

Friend-Darnell Fire is 100% contained. Uncontained fires: South-Frey 11,678 acres and 65%; Scotch 5,441 acres and 5%; Belden 478 acres, unreported containment; Little 897 acres and 70% contained; French-Bear Fire unreported acreage, unreported containment; and one unnamed fire, unreported acreage, unreported containment.

Note: we finally got the name (only) of one the mysterious and unamed, uncontained, monitored but not fought, unreported fires: the French-Bear Fire. One more secret government mystery fire remains in the Canyon Complex. Maybe we’ll discover more about it tomorrow. What do you say, Jeff? Can you reveal a little bit more info?

The fire behavior has increased and more spot fires are being discovered due to the lifting of the inversion. There is active burning on the Scotch Fire with isolated torching and short distance spotting, and active interior burning on the South Frey Fire. No word on the fire activity on the secret government mystery fires.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,404
Size: 31,725 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $24,320,000

Highway 70 re-opened 7/14, with a pilot car directing travelers through the previous closure area.

Friend-Darnell 3,871 acres and 75% contained; South-Frey 11,678 acres and 65%; Scotch 5441 acres and 5%; Belden 478 acres; Little 897 acres and 30% contained. All uncontained fires are staffed. 11 reported fires have not been located.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 31,725 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Many crews and overhead personnel are reaching their maximum work assignment and will either be demobilized or R/R over the next week. This reduction in resources may affect the predicted containment date and strategies if replacement crews and overhead are not available.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,538
Size: 30,812 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $22,000,000

Acreage and containment not updated. Received authorization to use mechanized equipment for line construction on South-Frey Fire.

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Evacuation Lifted for the Communities of Berry Creek, Milsap Bar, and Brush Creek as of July 13, 2008 6:00 p.m.

Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory for residents of Berry Creek area, Milsap Bar, and Brush Creek area has been reduced to a Precautionary Threat Evacuation Advisory. Residents can return home. Only residents with proper identification will be allowed in the Berry Creek Precautionary area. Residents should have their ID ready when approaching any access point. Check points will be at the intersection of Bald Rock Road and Oro. Quincy Hwy., at the upper end, and Bald Rock Road at
Greystone Lane.

Pacific Crest Trail remains closed.

Situation as of 07/12/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,479
Size: 30,812 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: not reported

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,222
Size: 27,214 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $18,900,000

The Scotch Fire was staffed today, it made a significant run across the Middle Fork Feather River towards Hartman Bar. On the Butte Complex/Belden Fire, fire was held between Indian and Chips Creek. Precautionary and advisory evacuations for the community of Belden remain in effect. On the Cold Fire, all containment lines continued to hold. On the Friend-Darnell Fire, crews and dozers made progress constructing containment lines. On the South Fire, crews patrolled and mopped up along the road. On the Frey Fire, crews continued burnout operations. On the Little, Bear, and Fox Fires, the fires were in patrol status due to limited resources. The contingency plan for structures on all major fires within the Canyon Complex due to increased fire activity remains in effect.

Smoke from CA fires reported in Aspen, CO today.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,193
Size: 25,019 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Costs to Date: $17,900,000

PNW3 Type 1 Team (Pendleton) assumed management of the Canyon Complex at 0600 hours today. [WISE Firetracking extends high marks to outgoing CA Team 3 (Jeanne Pincha-Tulley) for excellence in fire reporting and fire management].

Canyon Complex Fires overview map 07/09. Click on map for larger image (2.9 MB)

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,231
Size: 22,305 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Costs to Date: $16,781,265

Friend-Darnell 1,804 acres and 0% contained; Frey 2,718 acres and 43%; South 4,625 and 20%; Little 897 acres and 30%; Scotch 2,424 acres and 5%; Butte Complex/Belden 459 acres and 50% contained; Bear 1,066 acres and 5 %; Cold 5,512 acres 95%.

The Scotch Fire was very active, producing several large columns. All uncontained fires were active and continued to spread beyond perimeters.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,213?
Size: 23,159 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Friend-Darnell 690 acres and 0% contained; Frey 2,627 acres and 43%; South 3,807 and 20%; Butte Complex/Belden 291 acres and 50% contained; Little 869 acres and 30%; Scotch 1,311 acres and 5%; Bear 1,066 acres and 5 %; Cold-5,512 acres 95%.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,213
Size: 18,451 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $15,165,061

Est containment date: 07/31/2008.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,210
Size: 18,038 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $13,825,115

Acreage, containment, and cost figures are increasing and/or decreasing due to swapping fire responsibilities with the Butte Complex.

Uncontained fires: Belden 201 acres and 50% contained; South 3,664 and 20%; Frey 2,625 acres and 43% contained; Cold 5,512 acres and 95% contained; Little 869 acres and 30% contained; Scotch 1,043 acres and 5% contained; and Bear 1,066 acres and 5% contained. The evening reported stated that 8 fires in this Complex are uncontained and total 16,642 acres. That implies the 8th, unnamed fire is 1,662 acres with 0% containment.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,239
Size: 18,863 acres
Percent Contained: 73%

Costs to Date: $12,392,535

Acreage increase due to shifting fire responsibilities with the Butte Complex.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 987
Size: 15,483 acres
Percent Contained: 73%

Costs to Date: $11,360,750

The Canyon Complex is now reporting a total of 42 fires. 22 fires contained (1,396 acres) of which 3 are staffed and the remaining are air patrolled; 8 fire uncontained (14,087 acres) of which 7 are staffed.

Belden 88 acres and 0% contained; South 2,026 acres and 46% contained; Frey 1,790 and 52% contained; Cold 5,512 acres and 95% contained; Scotch 924 acres and 5% contained. Three other uncontained fires not reported.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 943
Size: 13,838 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $10,246,201

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 943
Size: 13,164 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $9,494,075

On the Belden Fire, rappellers were removed due to safety issues and low probability of success with current resources assigned to this fire. The Belden Fire is heading down slope towards the community of Belden and precautionary and advisory evacuations are in effect.

On the Cold Fire, northern and western containment lines were successfully held and improved. Lines on the Fox Fire continued to hold. Significant progress was made on the South and Frey Fires with dozer and handline construction. On the Little Fire, line construction is being completed on the north end of the fire. On the Scotch Fire, line construction began on the south side. A contingency plan is being developed for structures on all major fires within the Canyon Complex due to increased fire activity.

Fire behavior increased from yesterday due to drier fuels and increased winds. As a result of lowering humidity, a significant increase in spot fires occurred on the Cold, South, and Little Fires. Many of the uncontained fires saw increased spread because of the current weather pattern. Fire increased uphill in the afternoon on all fires and pushed the fire against lines in contained portions.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 945
Size: 12,243 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $7,915,695

Two reported injuries occurred today, one was a back injury do to a fall and the other was a dozer roll over on the Cold Fire; medevac is in progress.

The reduction in total acreage is a result of the transfer of fire management for fires on the eastern perimeter to the Butte Complex. As of 0600 hours, the Pit, Quarry, Island and Granite Fires changed management responsibilities to the Butte Complex and the Canyon Complex took responsibility for the Frey Fire. As a result of this change, the Canyon Complex now is reporting a total of 42 fires.

On the Cold Fire northern and western containment lines were held and improved. A spot fire was reported on the southern perimeter and was quickly contained. On the Belden Fire, rappellers were deployed to start line construction. The Hartman and Four Mile Fires were contained today. Significant progress was made on the South and Frey Fires with dozer and handline construction. Access to the Little and Scotch Fires were established and improved in order to engage the fires.

20 fires contained (1,392 acres) of which 3 are staffed and the remaining are air patrolled; 9 fires uncontained (10,851 acres) of which 8 are staffed.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 862
Size: 12,921 acres
Percent Contained: 38%

Costs to Date: $6,584,449

Cold Fire 5,191 acres, South Fire 1,251 acres, Pit Fire 1,293 acres, Little Fire 736 acres, and the Hartman Fire at 227 acres. Cold Fire is well established on the southern perimeter in Fish Creek.

The Canyon Complex has had 49 reported fires since June 21, 2008. 15 are contained (383 acres) and 17 are uncontained 12,539 acres). 3 are staffed, the remaining are air patrol but will be staffed.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 856
Size: 12,158 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Cold Fire 4,983 acres, South Fire 1,224 acres, Pit Fire 1,108 acres, Little Fire 660 acres, and the Hartman Fire at 227 acres.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 866
Size: 9,210 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $4,389,219

An increase in fire activity was observed today as a result of the increased wind in the afternoon. Significant progress was made on the Hartman, Four Mile and Four Mile II fires and there is good probability that containment of these will be achieved during the next operational period. Crews continued line construction, mop up and securing the fire’s edge on the Cold, Pit, Fox and Four Mile Fires.

CIIMT 3, CAL Fire IMT 9, Area Command Lohrey, and Lassen National Forest management met today to discuss operation and airspace coordination. A Canyon Complex/Plumas National Forest Multi-incident Coordination Plan was established to facilitate the sharing of resources in the event of lightning or other potential incident.

Priority fires have been established in the following order: Cold (4,747 acres); Hartman (227); Little (611); South (1,176) and Pit (1,146). The Canyon Complex currently consists of 30 fires divided into four branches. Fifteen fires were contained for a total of 387 acres and 15 fires are currently uncontained at approximately 8,823 acres. There are three fires not included above that have not been confirmed due to difficulty in intelligence gathering as a result of limited access and heavy smoke inversion layer reducing helicopter air reconnaissance capability.

The Plumas Forest Area Closure for all areas affected by the Canyon Complex remains in effect. Hwy 70 remains closed from 7.6 miles west of Pulga in Butte County to SR Jct. 89 to support the Rim Incident.

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Canyon Complex Fire map 06/27/08, Click for larger image (5.0 MB)

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22 Jun 2008, 11:04pm
California
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June ABCD/Yolla Bolly Complex Fires

Location: ~30 mi W of Willows, Glenn, Lake, Mendocino Cos., CA

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

Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 571
Size: 73,516 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $6,000,000

Larsen’s Northern Rockies IMT presented the Strategic Implementation Plan to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, the Mendocino National Forest and Area Command at 1430 this afternoon. Note that fire has been burning since June 21.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 504
Size: 72,367 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $5,700,000

Fire activity consisted of backing fire through heavy fuel concentrations, short up hill runs, isolated and group torching, and short range spotting.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 490
Size: 70,635 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $4,950,000

Cold trailing with minimum impact suppression techniques are proposed for portions of the Vinegar and Yellow Fire with lighter fuels and areas that have experienced minimal movement the past couple of days. Reconniassance for potential contingency lines on portions of the Yellow Fire. A helitack crew will be inserted on the southeastern perimeter of the Vinegar Fire to hit isolated spots.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 453
Size: 69,754 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $4,500,000

On 7/11 the Yolla Bolly fires were subsumed into the Lime Complex [here]. Now they are their own unique fire complex again. Note that during the two-week hiatus the fires have increased in size ten-fold.

Larsen’s IMT began working on a Strategic Implementation Plan for the complex this afternoon. Note that the fires have been burning for more than month.

Several crews and engines arrived at the incident yesterday, flight conditions for air support have improved, and operational resources made progress building fireline today.

Remaining uncontained fires: Grouse Fire 1,901 acres with 0% containment, Yellow Fire 25,556 acres with 15% containment, Vinegar Fire 38,611 acres and 25% contained. IR confirms that the fires within the wilderness continue to grow daily. With the predicted hot and dryer weather, the potential for fire to move out of the wilderness remains.

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This complex of fires received a name change 06/29 to Yolla Bolly Complex Fires.

Beginning on 7/11, the Yolla Bolly 209 information will be merged with the Lime Complex 209 information.

Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 78
Size: 6,625 acres
Percent Contained: not reported

Costs to Date: $1,740,000

Decrease in acreage due to the combination of the Vinegar and Sulphur Fires into the Wilderness #2, which is being reported on the Lime Complex 209.

Remaining uncontained Yolla Bolly Complex fires: Harvey, 925 acres, 30% contained; Yellow, 5,000 acres, 10% contained; Slides, 700 acres 80% contained.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 107
Size: 7,987 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $1,453,089

22 fires in the Yolla Bolly Complex. The Vinegar fire contains former Sulfur and Frying Pan fires. Wilderness #2 and Harvey fires have combined into one fire. Priorites are: 1)Slides, 349 acres, 80% contained, 2)Harvey, 1,167 acres, 30% contained, 3) Yellow, 921 acres, 40% contained.

Type 1 IMT (Wilcock) assumed command at 1800 on 7/8/08.

Planned Actions: Tie existing control lines from the Iron Fire (Lime Complex) into the Harvey Fire. Resources on the Yellow Fire will continue direct line construction as possible. Progress will continue on securing the east flank of the Wilderness fires to prevent movement toward communities.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 173
Size: 7,484 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $1,281,822

Est containment date: 07/30/2008.

Continued burnout between Tomes and Harvey fires. Staffed the Yellow Fire with two crews who are securing a good anchor point on west side of the fire. Working with the Lime Complex to develop a strategy for containing the north side of Harvey and Wilderness fires.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 186
Size: 7,122 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $1,081,361

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 197
Size: 6,840 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $937,025

Expected containment date: 10/30/08

Line construction completed for planned burnout on the southeast flank of the Slide and Harvey Fires of the Yolla Bolly complex. Yellow and Grouse fires are being allowed to burn into natural barriers. Sulphur and Vinegar fires are burning together. The north flank of the Vinegar fire is moving onto the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 96?
Size: 6,042 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Expected containment date: 10/30/08

Burn baby burn. This fire represents long term employment for firefighters. No strategy to contain, control, or extinguish. Taxpayers expected to shovel money into the fire all summer long. When the fire blows up, then shovel some more. Expect choking smoke in Redding until Xmas.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 96
Size: 5,387 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $472,486

Acreage reduction due to better mapping and splitting of the Yellow and Jacket Fires. 23 fires in the complex, 14 fires are contained. All uncontained fires showing significant growth. Several fires unstaffed.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 96
Size: 6,103 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $355,300

Frying pan and Vinegar fires merged. Two new fires (Wash, 1.5 acres, contained w/jumpers and Sugarloaf, 3 acres, unstaffed) reported in the complex. 3 fires in complex showing significant growth.

22 fires in complex. 13 fires contained. Uncontained fires include: Thomes 889 acres, 75% contained, Harvey Ridge 3000+ acres, 0% contained, Sugarloaf 3 acres, 0% contained.

Observed Fire Behavior: Active burning, running,and spotting.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 94
Size: 3,900 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

24 fires in complex. 7 fires contained. Priorities are 1) Camp 171 acres, 70% contained, 2)Thomes 664 acres, 50% contained, 3) Yellow Jacket 800 acres, 0% contained, 4) Harvey Ridge fires 2500+ acres, 0% contained. Camp Fire is the only fire that is staffed.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 63?
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Lack of resources. Inaccessible except by air. Lack of visibility and smoke impact to surrounding communities. Resources are needed to contain fires while they are a manageable size.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 63
Size: 1,498 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness closed to public.

Vinegar, Harvey, Grouse, Sulpher Fires. The area is remote, steep, and difficult for figherfighter, transportation and logistical support. IA resources limited.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 95
Size: 951 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Acreage reduction due to Potter Valley fires (Big, Back, Monkey Rock, and Mill Fires) shifted to Soda Complex (Heintz Team) [here].

Sinclair Team on June ABCD Complex. At 10 PM on 06/27 only 446 acres were reported, but we have no explanation for that acreage reduction at this time.

52 active fires in Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness, area is remote, steep and difficult for firefighters, transportation and logistical support, IA resources limited. Yolla Bolly Middle Eel wilderness closed to public.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 410
Size: 2,998 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Structures Threatened: 30 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 2 OUTB , 2 PRIM

Big Fire increased to 850 acres. Back Fire 1,800 acres 40% contained. Mill Fire is 400 acres. Monkey Rock Fire is 300 acres.

Northern Rockies Type 2 IMT (Heintz) to assume mgt today.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 390
Size: 2,800 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Big incident has structures within fire area. Two residences have been destroyed.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 262
Size: 400+ acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Currently 49 fires with largest 250 acres.

22 Jun 2008, 10:52pm
California
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Popcorn/Petersen Fire

Location: 6 miles SW McArthur, Lassen Co., CA

Specific Location: Lassen NF, Little Valley area, Lat 40° 56′ 5″; Lon 121° 20′ 3″

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

Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 321
Size: 7,824 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,794,733

Transition of management back to District occurred this morning.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 396
Size: 7,824 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,649,044

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 320
Size: 7,824 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

All control lines held through gusty frontal winds today.

Acres by ownership: Private - 405 acres, state - 517 acres, USFS - 2,744 acres, BLM - 4,158 acres/CALFIRE DPA, Total - 7,824 acres. Costs are assessed H-1 $36,630, Branch 1 (Popcorn) $852,924 and Branch 2 (Peterson) $577,910, total $1,467,464. All aircraft cost have been entered into the Peterson totals. Total personnel at the Peterson ICP camp - 277.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 259
Size: 7,794 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Acres by ownership:private-405 acres, state-516 acres, USFS-2715 acres, BLM-4158 acres/CalFire DPA, Total-7794 acres.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 343
Size: 7,480 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

A voluntary evacuation for Little Valley is in place.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 165
Size: 4,500 acres (Popcorn - 3,000, Peterson - 1,500)
Percent Contained: ~25%

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office issued a precautionary evacuation advisory for Little Valley, but no evacuation has been ordered. Little Valley area residents should stay alert to conditions.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 227
Size: 3,100 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Popcorn and Petersen Fires merged. Co-op attack — USFS, CalFire, local units. Communities of Little Valley and Pittville threatened.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 228
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

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Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 327
Size: 250+ acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Precautionary evacuations of Little Valley.

22 Jun 2008, 10:38pm
California
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Siskiyou Complex Fires

Location: 20 mi SW of Happy Camp, Siskiyou Co., CA

Specific Location: Dillon Ck watershed, Lat 41° 35′ 22″; Lon 123° 34′ 48″

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

Situation as of 09/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 279
Size: 82,186 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $65,692,836

The fire grew another 860 acres. Direct attack on hot spots NW of Little Medicine Mountain with helicopter support continued.

FIRE FIGHTER FATALITY

The dozer operator injured late afternoon 9/5/2008 succumbed to his injuries yesterday (9/11/2008). Accident investigation team is in place.

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Situation as of 09/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 284
Size: 81,356 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $65,293,810

The fire grew another 1,000+ acres. Direct attack on hot spots NW of Little Medicine Mountain with helicopter support continued.

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Situation as of 09/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 293
Size: 80,562 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $64,824,706 (Cost reported today includes audit corrections that reduced total costs to date.)

The fire grew another 300+ acres. Initiated direct attack on hot spots NW of Little Medicine Mountain with helicopter support.

Dozer extraction successful.

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Situation as of 09/09/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 293
Size: 80,280 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $65.5 million

The fire grew another 200+ acres. Another $500,000 was spent. Backing fire behavior with occasional small uphill runs, single tree torching in Blue Creek Drainage. Helicopter bucket drops used on hot spots NW of Little Medicine Mountain.

Forest Engineer assisted in planning for dozer extraction. Operations to extract dozer that rolled down into the canyon going well and should be completed tomorrow.

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Situation as of 09/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 296
Size: 80,067 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $64,910,194

The fire grew another 400+ acres. Another $400,000 was spent. Flanking fire behavior with occasional small uphill runs and some torching in Blue Creek Drainge.

This fire could have been extinguished months ago, but the choice made by Klamath NF Supervisor Patricia Grantham was to burn baby burn all summer long. She spent our money incinerating our forests. Resources have been damaged, people have been hurt.

This fire is not about saving communities or homes. It is not about brave lads fighting the flames. It is about incineration, pure and simple. It is an obscenity.

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Situation as of 09/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 270
Size: 79,635 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $64,510,284

The fire grew another 200 acres. Another $600,000 was spent. Helicopters dropped water on hot spots off Lonesome Ridge and east of Blue Creek near Elk Valley. A dozer operator was injured in an equipment roll-over late yesterday afternoon. Not word yet on the extent of the injuries suffered.

This fire could have been extinguished months ago, but the choice made by Klamath NF Supervisor Patricia Grantham was to burn baby burn all summer long. She spent our money like water incinerating our forests. Resources have been damaged, people have been hurt.

This fire is not about saving communities or homes. It is not about brave lads fighting the flames. It is about incineration, pure and simple. It is about killing forests in the name of politics for reasons of insanity by total morons.

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Situation as of 09/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 266
Size: 79,431 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $63,808,637

Red Flag Warning extended through 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

The fire continues to burn into interior unburned pockets. Continuing to use helicopter bucket drops on hot spots that show up near fireline. Increased activity in Blue Creek drainage NE of Blue Creek and Crescent Creek Fork confluence. Heavy smoke in canyon. Occasional torching and short uphill runs.

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Situation as of 09/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 309
Size: 78,591 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $63,570,796

Red Flag Warning for Wednesday evening to Friday 1100 issued by Medford and Eureka NWS with high temperatures, low daytime relative humidity, poor humidity recovery and strong NE winds.

The fire continues to burn into interior unburned pockets. Continuing to use helicopter bucket drops on hot spots that show up near fireline. Increased activity in Blue Creek drainage NE of Blue Creek and Crescent Creek Fork confluence. Heavy smoke in canyon. Some active surface fire with occasional snag burning.

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Situation as of 09/02/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 405
Size: 78,384 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $63.2 million

FLIR infrared flight mapped hot spots near confluence of Blue Creek and Crescent City Fork. IMT3 Bowers took over command at 0600. Key overhead resources from IMT2 Paul extended to IMT3 Bowers following transition for operational continuity. The Fire continues to back into interior unburned pockets.

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Situation as of 08/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 431
Size: 78,384 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $62,494,396

Increased acres was from fire backing into interior unburned pockets within the Blue Creek drainage and did not result in changes to containment line. IMT2 Paul will transition with IMT3 Bowers on Monday, the 1st of September.

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Situation as of 08/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 488
Size: 78,369 acres
Percent Contained: 93%

Costs to Date: $61,985,726

No explanation for cost reduction.

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Situation as of 08/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 544
Size: 78,188 acres
Percent Contained: 91%

Costs to Date: $62,135,222

Isolated interior minor surface fire spread, continued smoldering in isolated heavy fuels.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 548
Size: 78,186 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $60.5 million

Red Flag Warnings for a large area W of the Sierra/Cascade crest through the valley and into parts of the Coastal Range. Temperatures will be about 10 deg warmer than normal during much of this time, along with daytime humidities of 8-15% across most areas. Poor nighttime RH recoveries expected as well, with some of the deeper Sierra canyons getting nighttime winds of 30-50 mph.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 609
Size: 78,186 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $60 million

Reported acres decreased by 1,582 due to increased accuracy using radiometric mapping technology.

Isolated pockets of smoldering ground fire observed with continued consumption of heavy fuels.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 567
Size: 79,768 acres (no breakdown reported)
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $58,695,429 (no breakdown reported)

Adjustments to the resource database are still being made from combining complexes.

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 669
Size: 79,762 acres (Siskiyou 67,404 acs, Blue 2 12,358 acs) no update
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $57,889,383 (Siskiyou $43,825,365, Blue 2 $14,064,018) no update

Nothing to report. [sic]

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Situation as of 08/21/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 495
Size: 79,762 acres (Siskiyou 67,404 acs, Blue 2 12,358 acs)
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $57,889,383 (Siskiyou $43,825,365, Blue 2 $14,064,018)

Backburning operations have stopped, even though the strategy to incinerate 88,150 acres (see 7/13) has not been achieved. The estimated containment date of 8/14 has not been achieved either. Fire managers will have spent $60 million before they are done catastrophically destroying the Klamath National Forest, however. So there’s that.

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 539
Size: 79,762 acres (Siskiyou 67,404 acs, Blue 2 12,358 acs)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $57,889,383 (Siskiyou $43,825,365, Blue 2 $14,064,018)

Crews on Division F of Siskiyou have completed firing operations to Blue Creek. Direct operations up the Crescent City Fork of Blue Creek started in Division J/K with crews cold trailing and mopping the fire edge.

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Situation as of 08/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 617
Size: 79,272 acres (Siskiyou 67,017 acs, Blue 2 12,255 acs)
Percent Contained: 74%

Costs to Date: $57,436,350 (Siskiyou $43,542,000, Blue 2 $13,894,350)

Spending a $million per day as fires increase 2,000 acs per day. Accomplishing nothing but incinerated forest. Klamath NF Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham, The Mad Woman of the Klamath, hates forests and seeks to destroy them at huge expense to the taxpayer/owners. In two months, she has killed 125 square miles of forest at a cost of nearly $60 million.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 708
Size: 77,325 acres (Siskiyou 65,717 acs, Blue 2 11,608 acs)
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $56,553,000 (Siskiyou $42,928,000, Blue 2 $13,625,000)

Crews will continue to secure indirect line to the confluence of Blue Creek and Crescent City Fork on the Blue Fire. Suppression repair operations on the north side of the Siskiyou Fire will continue.

Responsible official: Klamath NF Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham
Phone Number: (530) 842-6131

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 916
Size: 75,869 acres (Siskiyou 64,755 acs, Blue 2 11,114 acs)
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $55,433,000 (Siskiyou $42,293,000, Blue 2 $13,140,000)

Responsible official: Klamath NF Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham
Phone Number: (530) 842-6131

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Situation as of 08/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,005
Size: 74,410 acres (Siskiyou 63,694 acs, Blue 2 10,331 acs)
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $54,469,582 (Siskiyou $41,517,000, Blue 2 $12,952,000)

Crews continued to monitor fire progression in the Crescent City Creek drainage.

Backing and Flanking fire. Single tree and occasional group tree torching with active backing where crews are performing firing operations. Crews will continue firing the handline into Blue Creek.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,121
Size: 73,438 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $53,489,000

The Blue 2 Fire has now been re-incorporated into the Siskiyou Complex. Crews continued to monitor fire progression in the Crescent City Creek drainage.

Crews will continue firing the handline into Blue Creek. The Bluff Creek Contingency Group will continue building handline from the 13N01 Road to Lookout Point.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,190
Size: 72,571 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $52 million

The Blue 2 Fire has now been re-incorporated into the Siskiyou Complex.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,042
Size: 62,361 acres
Percent Contained: 69%

Costs to Date: $39,050,000

Firing operations continue to the west of Nickowitz Peak into Blue Creek. Crews are continuing handline construction from Road 13N01 to Lookout Point. All equipment assigned to the Bluff Creek Contingency division will decontaminate at the Port Orford Cedar wash stations.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,274
Size: 61,763 acres
Percent Contained: 69%

Costs to Date: $38,261,000

Firing operations continued west of Nickowitz Peak into Blue Creek. Dozer and mastication work on the Bluff Creek contingency line is completed, and crews are now beginning handline from Road 13N01 to Lookout Point.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,274
Size: 61,404 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $37,485,000

Crews continued burnout operations west of Nickowitz Peak into Blue Creek. Aerial firing will continue on the ridgeline east of Cresent City Fork Creek. Operations continued to strengthen line south of Chimney Rock. Work continues on the Bluff Creek contingency line.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,274
Size: 61,344 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $36,133,000

Crews monitored the fire for opportunities to continue the burnout operation into Blue Creek. Work on the Bluff Creek contingency line continued.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,328
Size: 60,777 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $35,140,000

Firing operations were hampered in Div. F due to higher relative humidities. Hand line, and a hose lay was completed into Blue Creek. Helispot construction was completed in Div. P.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,380
Size: 59,820 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $34,186,000

Crews continued line construction and burnout south of Blue Creek in Div. F. Crews continued to scout potential line location between Chimney Rock on Sawtooth Mountain. Bluff Creek Contingency set up a wash station for Port Orford Cedar decontamination.

73 total miles of line are now planned for the Siskiyou / Blue 2 Fires. 67 of these miles have been completed.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,492
Size: 58,766 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $32,870,000

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Situation as of 08/06/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,520
Size: 58,335 acres
Percent Contained: 63%

Costs to Date: $30,225,000

Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms accompanied by little or no precipitation. Warning in effect from midnight Tuesday night until noon on Wednesday.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,522
Size: 57,785 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $28,789,000

Acreage decrease from 0600 report due to better mapping. Held line, and deepened burning in Div. E and F. Continued burning in Div. O.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,492
Size: 59,678 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $27,486,477

Percent containment based on Blue and Siskiyou being managed under one containment strategy. Costs are still calculated seperately by incident. For the Blue/Siskiyou Fire 60%(45 miles) of the total planned line (75 miles) has been completed, with 30 miles (40%) remaining to be completed. An IMT transition is scheduled to occur on 8/2 with tentative transfer of command on Sunday 8/3 at 0600.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,235
Size: 58,657 acres
Percent Contained: 52%

Costs to Date: $26,301,252

An IMT transition is scheduled to occur on 8/2 with tentative transfer of command on Sunday 8/3 at 0600.

Percent containment based on Blue and Siskiyou being managed under one containment strategy. Costs are still calculated separately by incident. For the Blue/Siskiyou Fire 52%(39 miles) of the total planned line (75 miles) has been completed, with 36 miles (48%) remaining to be completed.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,178
Size: 58,456 acres
Percent Contained: 46%

Costs to Date: $25,375,550

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,110
Size: 57,855 acres
Percent Contained: 46%

Costs to Date: $24,852,972

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,121
Size: 55,872 acres
Percent Contained: 46%

Costs to Date: $23,460,271

Continued firing operations west on Lonesome Ridge and strengthening of southwest lines. Single and group tree torching.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,181
Size: 55,084 acres
Percent Contained: 42%

Costs to Date: $21,712,168

No report on Blue 2 Fire.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,120
Size: 54,657 acres
Percent Contained: 36%

Costs to Date: $19,104,543

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,056
Size: 54,559 acres
Percent Contained: 36%

Costs to Date: $17,425,741 reported, no explanation for reduction in costs

1 new fire discovered north of main fire. No name or size reported.

Transition to command of Blue 2 fire is in progress. The Blue Fire began as its own fire, then became part of the Orleans/Ukonom Complex, then became its own fire again as the Blue 2 Fire, and now it will be incorporated into the Siskiyou Complex. We will continue to track it, if we can sort out the musical fires game.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,056
Size: 52,800 acres
Percent Contained: 36%

Costs to Date: $17,434,614

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 970
Size: 50,000 acres
Percent Contained: 29%

Costs to Date: $15,600,000

Firing operations are progressing along the dozer line on Beans Ridge, above the Klamath River and within the interior. Arial ignition is being utilized.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 896
Size: 46,600 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: not updated, est. $15 million

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 896
Size: 45,100 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $14,100,000

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 893
Size: 42,900 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $13,300,000

Estimated Containment Date: 08/14/08

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 782
Size: 39,750 acres
Percent Contained: 18%

Costs to Date: $12,700,000

Critical shortage of resources to meet the needs for the current strategy, which is to burn 90,000 acres. More backfiring crews needed, aerial torch helicopters, napalm, etc.

Restrictions have been placed on rafting access in the Klamath River in the fire area. No report on the miles of endangered salmon spawning tributaries to be incinerated under Long Term Strategy.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 710
Size: 35,400 acres
Percent Contained: 16%

Costs to Date: $10,900,000

Estimated Containment Date: 08/14/08

Old “large fire strategy” of 40,000 acres now abandoned. New strategy is 88,150 projected acres. This plan goes west on Lonesome Ridge Road to the confluence of the East Fork of Blue Creek and Blue Creek.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 540
Size: 26,200 acres
Percent Contained: 34%

Costs to Date: $9,670,000

Very active fire behavior occurred, especially in areas in alignment with wind and slope. Uphill runs, torching and some long range spotting. Early afternoon shift in wind direction caused an increase in fire behavior on the NW flank.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 529
Size: 24,000 acres
Percent Contained: 34%

Costs to Date: $9,220,000

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 529
Size: 21,200 acres
Percent Contained: 34%

Costs to Date: $8,830,000

Dark-Three (now merged with Jackass Too) at 20,653 acres 34% contained, Headwaters at 547 acres 0% contained.

As per regional direction, the Headwaters fire is converted from WFU to Suppression Fire to be managed with AMR (appropriate management response). Est Containment date: 08/14/2008. [How is this different? Now they can pretend to fight the fire and avoid any NEPA concerns. By any other name Let It Burn is still Let It Burn. - Ed]

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 615
Size: 12,270 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $7,800,000

Est containment date: 08/15/2008. Est containment acreage: 40,000 acres. Est containment costs: $35 million.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 614
Size: 10,665 acres
Percent Contained: 29%

Costs to Date: $6,342,582

ORCA IMT 2 (Paul) is transitioning with N. Cal Team 1 (Swartzlander). ORCA IMT 2 has been on the The Siskiyou Complex since 6/24.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 667
Size: 10,665 acres
Percent Contained: 27%

Costs to Date: $6,157,610

Actions: continuing to implement large strategy encompassing approximately 40,000 acres to be burned.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 668
Size: 10,515 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: NO REPORT, est $5.6 million

Overhead Team Name: Ken Paul Organization: Type 2 Team

No reported progress in containing fires. 2 of 3 fires have 0 containment despite 2 weeks effort and more than $5 million expended.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 627
Size: 9,915 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $4,987,754

Planned Actions: Continue burn out on Dark Three Fires, monitor Jackass Too and Headwater WFU.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 589
Size: 9,915 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $4,473,065

South end of Dark-Three is becoming secure. Actions continuing up east line with burnout as needed and prep is continuing up the west line as well as across trail system in the north. 7 days to complete line on outer large strategy that would encompass approximately 40,000 acres.

Current strategy is to merge all of the fires together over a 40,000 acre (62,5 sq mile) area. No cost estimate of this strategy was reported.

Currently Dark-Three Fire 9,120 Acres, 25% containment.Jackass Too Fire 248 Acres, 0% containment. Headwaters Fire 547 Acres, 0 % containment.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 582
Size: 7,988 acres
Percent Contained: 23%

Costs to Date: $3,984,817

Dark-Three 7,415 acs, 60%. Jackass Too 252 acs, 0%. Headwaters 321 acs, 0%.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 622?
Size: 7,725 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 622
Size: 7,570 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $2,973,983

Dillon Creek Campground and 1 residence remain threatened due to increased fire intensity and potential for downhill spread. Priority for suppression activities remain with the Dark Three fires and threat to structures. Total acres 7570, Headwaters ~320 acres, Jackass Too ~250 acres.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 581
Size: 5,600 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $2,018,912

Dillon Creek Campground,Dillon Creek Trail;and roads 14N69, 13N69, 13N35, 14N21, 14N19, 14N38, and Hwy 96 are closed.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 580
Size: 5,000 acres
Percent Contained: 12%

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 428
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 8%

Costs to Date: $1,226,785

Structures Threatened: 2 PRIM , 1 OUTB Structures Destroyed: NONE

Dillon Creek Campground is closed and threatened due to proximity of the fire, road closures in the area are likely. Hwy 96 will probably be closed starting 6/26/2008.

Dark-Three Fire, Jackass Too Fire, Headwater WFU Fire. Mill Fire absorbed into Dark-Three.

[Look, look. Funny names and a whoofoo. These jokers plan to milk these fires until November. Rack up $50 million to be spent burning the KNF. Just a suggestion, Ken, how about containing, controlling, and extinguishing the fires, hey? - editorial comment]

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 428
Size: 2,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Type 2 IMT (Paul) committed. Need air support, helicopters, tankers. Steep, inaccessable terain,fires are well established and due to access, fuels, topography will have significant growth over an extended timeframe before containment/control can be achieved. Air support and type 1 crews are essential to any success.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 146
Size: 500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Type 2 team taking over fire at 1900

22 Jun 2008, 10:04pm
California
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Basin Complex Fire

Location: Ventana, Los Padres NF, Monterey Co., CA

Specific Location: Lat 36° 12′ 37″; Lon 121° 44′ 22″

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

Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,684
Size: 147,114 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Cost to date: not updated, est. $72 million

Increased fire activity occurred due to higher temperatures and lower relative humidity. Active fire was observed in the interior of the fire with frequent isolated torching and intense uphill runs when in proper alignment. Fire was generally backing in Carmel River and Miller Canyons. Increased fire activity was also observed in the area of Arroyo Seco.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,793
Size: 139,167 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Cost to date: $69,416,304

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,793
Size: 138,220 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Cost to date: $68,094,000

Burning operations continued from Miller Canyon to the Los Padres Dam and firing operations north of the dam have been completed. Crews continued to burn out and improve containment lines in the area of Miller Canyon and initiated burn operations for structure protection in Tanbark. Crews completed the burning operations in the area of Arroyo Seco on the eastern perimeter, but an increase of interior fire activity was reported.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,115
Size: 134,118 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Cost to date: $62,764,483

A Voluntary Evacuation remains in effect for all residents off of Carmel Valley Road from Arroyo Seco in the south to Cachagua Road junction in the north. A structure contingency plan is in place for Upper and Lower Cachagua, Zen, Tanbark, Freds, Miller, White Rock, and Santa Lucia.

Crews continued to make good progress with burning operations in the area of Arroyo Seco on the eastern perimeter. Pretreatment for burnout operations in the area of Bluerock Ridge was completed and crews are prepared to initiate firing when appropriate conditions exist. Crews continued to make progress on containment and burn out in the area of Miller Canyon. In the Northern portion of the Indians Fire, scout and determine needs for rehab.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,951
Size: 133,709 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Cost to date: $59,002,269

Est date of containment: 07/30/2008

A Voluntary Evacuation remains in effect for all residents off of Carmel Valley Road from Arroyo Seco in the south to Cachagua Road junction in the north. A structure contingency plan is in place at Upper and Lower Cachagua, Zen, Freds, Miller, White Rock, and Santa Lucia. Crews continued to make good progress with burning operations in the area of Arroyo Seco on the eastern perimeter. Two spot fires east of Rocky Creek were contained today. The southern portion of the fire continued to be patrolled by air. Crews also continued to make progress on containment in the area of Carmel River.

CIIMT 3 (Pincha-Tulley) assumed management responsibilities of the East Basin Complex today at 1800 hrs.

The stated objective of burning off the Ventana has been achieved. To date over 215,000 acres (336 square miles) have been incinerated by the Basin/Indians fires at a “suppression” cost of over $100 million. In addition, 27 residences and 34 outbuildings have been destroyed. The USFS is nearly finished with its work on the Los Padres, having burned the southern section in the 240,000 acre Zaca Fire last year.

The residents will suffer the aftereffects of the demolition of their landscapes and watersheds for decades.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,109
Size: 133,270 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Cost to date: not reported, est $56 million

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,923
Size: 128,350 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Cost to date: $53,800,000

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,967
Size: 122,980 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Cost to date: $51,000,000

The Evacuation Order remains in effect for the Carmel Valley Road to Piney Creek Road and for the community of Lower Cachagua.

Backfire operations continued today with good progress. Crews were able to carry fire towards Carmel Valley Road. The King City ICP was closed and move to the Tassajara ICP.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,967
Size: 121,980 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Cost to date: $48,900,000

Evacuation Order remains in effect for the areas including: The intersection of Martin Road south along both sides of Carmel Valley Road to Piney Creek Road. Piney Creek Road will remain open to traffic.

Crews began firing operations N of the MIRA Observatory into the Anastasia Canyon and Bear Trap area. Firing operations are expected to continue for the next 10-14 days.

Fire observed in the Piney and Calaboose Creek area continues to back towards Carmel Valley Road with some isolated short runs.

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Situation as of 07/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,905
Size: 120,386 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Cost to date: $46,600,000

A Mandatory Evacuation Order remains in effect for the Lower Cachagua area. The Upper Cachagua and Carmel Valley Road areas have moved from an Advisory to a Voluntary Evacuation.

Fire Behavior was moderated throughout todays Operational Period due to higher Relative Humidities and shading from smoke in valleys and drainages. Fire had some creeping with minimal forward progression today.

A Burning Operation planned for tomorrow’s operational period.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,301
Size: 119,728 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Cost to date: $44,997,871

The area of Lower Cachagua remains under a Mandatory Evacuation. The Upper Cachagua and Carmel Valley Road areas have moved from an Advisory Evacuation to a Voluntary Evacuation

Increased fire activity in Calaboose Creek, Miller Canyon, and Piney Creek areas. Fire continues to actively back into the Calaboose Creek drainage

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Situation as of 07/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,932
Size: 116,829 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Cost to date: $42,143,537

Voluntary Evacuations of Upper Cachagua, Paloma Creek, Lower Carmel Valley Road and Arroyo Seco.

Structures destroyed to date: 26 residences , 32 outbuildings

Large increase in acreage from two burning periods. Combined Basin/Indians total to date: 198,207 acres.

Continue firing operation from Chew’s Lookout to the east and south as weather conditions permit.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,051
Size: 113,827 acres
Percent Contained: 41%

Cost to date: $37,140,714

Structures Destroyed: 26 residences , 32 outbuildings

Eastside fire has passed through Tassajara Zen Center Thursday. Several small buildings were lost: the Bird House, the compost shed, the wood shed and the pool bathroom. The radio-phone and half of the lower garden were also destroyed [here, here]. Fire continues to move north towards Miller Canyon.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,144
Size: 99,021 acres
Percent Contained: 41%

Cost to date: $33,793,821

The fire was very active today burning toward the east into the Tassajara Rd and Caves area. Pine Valley has been burned over. The eastside fire front is at or near China Camp. Tassajara Hot Springs has been evacuated. According to Firefighter Blog, five residents remain but no firefighters are on the scene [here].

The Basin Fire has merged with the Indians Fire. Both sides of the westside Indians fire line, built at great effort and expense, are now burned.

Fire managers plan to build a “contingency” line from Palo Colorado Road to White Rock, indicating that they expect or consider possible that the fire will spread at least that far north. White Rock is ~5 miles from densely populated Carmel Valley. Currently a fire line is under construction on Skinner Ridge. It is unclear whether that line extends east to Mt. Carmel and the Big Pines Trail. Should the fire overrun that line, White Rock Ridge is the next ridge to the north.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,275
Size: 86,726 acres
Percent Contained: 27%

Cost to date: $27,835,300

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Situation as of 07/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,299
Size: 85,717 acres
Percent Contained: 23%

Cost to date: $27,664,621

The Basin Fire is now larger than the Indians Fire (81,378 acres). Combined acreage is over 167,000 acres (261 sq miles). Combined fire suppression costs exceed $70 million.

Mandatory evacuation from the intersection of Highway 1 and Palo Colorado Road south to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has been changed to an Advisory. From Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park south to Lucia, a Mandatory evacuation will remain in place.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,302
Size: 80,186 acres
Percent Contained: 18%

Cost to date: $24,210,20

Burnout operation in the NW corner along the Old Coast Road is nearly complete.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,308
Size: 74,985 acres
Percent Contained: 11%

Cost to date: $21,521,400

Structures Destroyed: 23 residences , 23 outbuildings

A successful burnout has secured Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. A major burnout was accomplished from Big Sur River to Little Sur River.

The fire has entered into the community of Big Sur on the east side and burned to Highway 1. Fire behavior was high to extreme in the north, northwest and southwest flanks with group tree torching, spotting and short duration crown fire runs. Fire is smoldering around the community of Big Sur.

A mandatory evacuation and road closure is in effect for the entire community of Big Sur and both sides of Hwy 1 from Lucia Inn north to Palo Colorado Road. An evacuation advisory remains in place for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon from Hwy 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp and from Lucia Inn South to Lime Kiln State Park.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 2,318
Size: 71,285 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Cost to date: $19,611,200

Structures Destroyed: 22 residences, 17 outbuildings

A mandatory evacuation and road closure is in effect for the entire community of Big Sur and both sides of Hwy 1 from Lucia Inn north to Palo Colorado Road. An evacuation advisory remains in place for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon from Hwy 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp and from Lucia Inn South to Lime Kiln State Park.

Structure preparation on Carmel Valley Road and Cachagua areas and line improvement near Arroyo Seco, Piney Creek and Los Padres Dam.

Fire behavior was high to extreme in the north, northwest and southwest flanks with group tree torching, spotting and short duration crown fire runs.

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Combined Indians Fire/Basin Fire map as of 07/05 —- click on map for larger image.

Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,795
Size: 68,712 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Cost to date: $16,764,700

The fire has entered into the community of Big Sur on the east side.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1632
Size: 64,305 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Cost to date: $13,677,800

Structures Destroyed: 20 residences (3 today) , 3 outbuildings

A mandatory evacuation and road closure has been put into effect for the entire community of Big Sur and both sides of Hwy 1 from Lime Kiln State Park north to Palo Colorado Road. A Red Cross evacuation center has been opened at Carmel Valley Middle School located at 4380 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel Valley (831-624-6921). The evacuation in Big Sur has displaced 1500 residents, effected 500 homes and 20 businesses. An evacuation advisory remains in place for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon from Hwy 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp.

Structure preparation on Carmel Valley Road and Cachagua areas, Big Sur, Palo Colorado Canyon area and south of Mining Ridge.

Complete dozer line construction on Rodeo Flats Trail. Conduct firing operations to check fire spread along Hwy 1 and on Dolan Ridge. Hold fire south of dozer line from Hwy 1 to Coast Ridge Road. Initiate firing operations if conditions are favorable on Mescal Ridge from Bottchers Gap to the Old Coast Road and from Bottchers Gap to Skinners Ridge.

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A Red Flag warning has been issued for today into this evening because of low humidity, strong winds and high temperatures. Ridge top winds 15 – 20 mph gusting to 25 mph. Winds on the fire’s west side expecting gusts up to 30 – 35 mph. Extreme fire activity can be expected.

Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1601
Size: 64,305 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Cost to date: $11 million

Offshore winds have caused the fire to make a substantial advance along the coast towards Big Sur. Over 1,472 structures are threatened. The community of Big Sur to the W of the fire and S along Hwy 1, Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp and Palo Colorado residences are at risk.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 PM
NO REPORT
Total Personnel: est 1,600
Size: est 63,000 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Fire broke through containment lines. Big Sur evacuated.

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MANDATORY EVACUATION NOTICE, Effective 8:30 AM, Wednesday, July 02, 2008 has been issued for the residents of the east side of Highway 1 between Nepenthe north to Andrew Molera State Park.

Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,542
Size: 51,985 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to Date: $9,529,500

Structures Threatened: 1,277 PRIM , 195 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 17 PRIM , 3 OUTB

An evacuation and road closure has been put in place from Lime Kiln State Park N to Partington Ridge went into effect at 1700 hrs today. An evacuation advisory remains in place for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon from Hwy 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. Evacuations remain in place in the Partington Ridge area. Hwy 1 remains closed south of the Ventana Inn in Big Sur to Lime Kiln State Park N of Nacimiento Ferguson Road.

Continued structure preparation on Carmel Valley Rd. and Cachagua. Continued structure protection assessment and preparation in the Palo Colorado Canyon area and south of Mining Ridge.

Continued dozer line construction on Rodeo Flats to North Coast Trail. Continued dozer line on Chews Ridge to Mira Observatory. Complete dozer line construction on Dolan Ridge. Conduct firing operations to check fire spread along Hwy 1 and on Dolan Ridge and Rodeo Flats Trail. Complete dozer line construction from Hopkins Ridge to the Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Hold fire south of dozer line from Hwy 1 to Coast Ridge Road. Continue dozer line construction Blue Rock Ridge west of the Los Padres Reservoir. Complete line constructions on Mescal Ridge to the Old Coast Road.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,277
Size: 39,906 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to Date: $7,863,400

An evacuation advisory remains in place for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon from Hwy 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. Evacuations remain in place in the Partington Ridge area. Hwy 1 remains closed south of the Ventana Inn in Big Sur to Lucia north of Nacimiento Ferguson Road.

The fire continued backing into the south side of the Big Sur River drainage.

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A FIRE EVACUATION ADVISORY has been issued for the Palo Colorado Canyon from US Highway 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp, including the following areas:

Garrapatos Road
Redwood Estates
Green Ridge
Rocky Creek Ranch
Long Ridge
Rocky Creek Road
Ray Ridge Road

An advisory is a precautionary notice and you should prepare for a possible evacuation. The Basin Complex Fire burned actively late Saturday towards the north, south, and to the east. The fire advanced quickly due to steep terrain, and dry, heavy fuels. As a result, it is expected to continue to burn actively towards the Palo Colorado community.

Combined Indians Fire/Basin Fire map as of 06/29 —- click on map for larger image.

Situation as of 06/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,229
Size: 35,286 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to Date: $5,859,300

Structures Threatened: 1,277 PRIM , 195 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 16 PRIM , 2 OUTB

An evacuation advisory has been issued by the Sheriff’s Department for residents of the Palo Colorado Canyon from Hwy 1 to the Pico Blanco Boy Scout Camp. Evacuations remain in place in the Partington Ridge area. Hwy 1 remains closed south of the Ventana Inn in Big Sur to Lucia north of Nacimiento Ferguson Road.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,071
Size: 30,043 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to Date: $3,100,300

Planned Actions: West Zone: Provide structure protection. Construct dozer/handline from Highway 1 along Dolans Ridge to Rodeo Flat Trail. Construct line on Dolans Ridge from Coastal Ridge Rd to Hwy 1 in preparation for a potential night burnout operation. Construct helispots using rapel crew with helicopters. Construct dozer/handline below Ventana Wilderness boundary to branch break north of Manual Peak and south towards Indians Fire and Coast Ridge Road. East Zone: Construct line along the wilderness boundary towards Tassajara Creek Rd. Assessing the need for line construction in the Rodeo Flats and Carmel Valley Rd area. Prepare structures and provide structure protection on Tassajara Road and near the Zen Center.

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Fire Evacuation Advisory has been issued for the Highway 1 corridor between Nacimiento-Fergusson Road and the Nepenthe Turnout. An advisory is a precautionary notice. It means you should prepare for a possible future evacuation. Weather predictions indicate the possibility of southeast winds accompanied by thunder storms with lightning over the weekend. The purpose of this advisory is to give residents ample time to prepare for a possible evacuation.

Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 834
Size: 26,876 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to Date: $2,448,700

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Situation as of 06/26/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 693
Size: 26,763 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to date: $1,964,700

A Public Meeting was held last night at 7 PM Big Sur Visitor Center/Multi-Agency Facility.

Fire continues to move south into the South Fork of the Big Sur River drainage, and north towards Manuel Peak and is also moving E/NE into Pine Valley and southwest into the South Fork of the Big Sur River. The fire continues to back down towards portions of Highway 1. Structure protection engines remain in place along Partington Ridge, the North Coast Ridge Road and Highway 1. Crews continue to hold the fire east of Highway 1 and south of the community of Big Sur.

HIGHWAY 1 CLOSED SOUTH OF BIG SUR DUE TO MAJOR FIRE; MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES REMAIN OPEN
MONTEREY COUNTY

As of Wednesday, June 25, both directions of Highway 1 south of Big Sur are closed for twelve miles to through traffic due to the Coast Gallery Fire. From the south, the highway is closed at the Esalen from the north at Ventana. There is no estimated time of reopening the highway. The highway has been closed since Saturday afternoon, June 21.

Alternate routes are Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 68 west to Hwy. 1 south in Monterey County or Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 46 west to Hwy. 1 north in San Luis Obispo County. Electronic message signs have been posted to advise motorists.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 693
Size: 23,563 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Costs to date: $1,535,400

Structures damaged/destroyed: 16 Residences, 2 Out-Buildings. Structures threatened: 575

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Combined Indians Fire/ Basin Fire map as of 06/26 — click on map for larger image

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22 Jun 2008, 12:32pm
California
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Lime Complex Fires

Location: 5 mi S of Hyampom, 12 mi W of Hayfork, Trinity Co. CA

Specific Location: Limedyke Mtn., Shasta-Trinity NF, Lat 40° 32´ 3″ Lon 123° 27´ 3″

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

Situation as of 08/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 162
Size: 99,585 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $59,308,761

Size adjustment due to uncounted islands within perimeter that have now burned out.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 328
Size: 98,715 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $58,162,436

Decrease in estimated cost due to $1.1 Million in errors discovered during auditing of the I-suite finance module.

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 389
Size: 98,715 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $58,609,654

No explanation given for acreage adjustment (+16,000 acres)

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Situation as of 08/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 439
Size: 82,785 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $58,219,046

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Situation as of 08/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 530
Size: 82,785 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $57,276,615

Patrol and mop-up. Continue Fire Suppression Repair.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 416
Size: 82,785 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $57,005,758

Responsible official: Shasta-Trinity NF Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood
Phone Number: (530) 226-2500

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 445
Size: 82,785 acres (USFS, 64,502 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $56,241,194

Structures Destroyed: 1 commercial , 1 residence , 3 outbuildings

Mop up and Patrol. Continue suppression repair in Lime and Miners Fires.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 545
Size: 82,785 acres (USFS, 64,502 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $55,222,119

100% containment declared today.

Incident costs will continue to be adjusted based on the review of accounting and discrepancies found with the cost reporting system. An increase in Military costs for the Lime Complex has been identified and the adjusted cost is $1,964,315. Eagle assist costs have been inadvertently posted to the Lime Complex Costs. A cost adjustment was made this reporting period.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 558
Size: 82,785 acres (USFS, 64,502 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $54,789,061

Increase in acres is due to interior islands being consumed and better intelligence on the ground. Incident costs will continue to be adjusted based on the review of accounting and discrepancies found with the cost reporting system.

Crews continue to work smokes on the interior of the Lime and Miners Fires. Demob is in the process of releasing excess resources.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 848
Size: 81,545 acres (USFS, 63,262 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $52,708,704

Continue to strengthen line on south flank of the Lime Fire. Mop up and patrol. Continue to complete contingency line south of the Lime Fire.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 848
Size: 81,545 acres (USFS, 63,262 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $51,386,532

Overall incident cost has been reduced due to better cost accounting and discrepancies found with the cost reporting. [Somehow a $3 million mistake was made. But it's all better now. - Ed].

Continue line improvements on the S flank of the Lime Fire. Mop up and patrol.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 784
Size: 81,546 acres (USFS, 63,263 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $54,525,987

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO MIDNIGHT PDT TONIGHT FOR THUNDERSTORMS WITH LITTLE RAIN

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 933
Size: 81,546 acres (USFS, 63,263 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $54,405,603

The Hyampom Road (Road 301) opened for public use at 0800 hours. Evacuations for the communities of Hidden Valley and McClellen Ranch were lifted at 0800 hours. So Cal Team Two has shadowed the SW IMT this operational period.

Miners Fire 24,368 ac 95% 8/15, Lime Fire 23,763 ac 85% 8/15.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,165
Size: 81,475 acres (USFS, 63,192 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $53,016,422

The Hyampom Road (Road 301) will open for public use at 0800 hours on 8/4/08. Evacuations for the communities of Hidden Valley and McClellen Ranch will also be lifted at 0800 hours on 8/4/08.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 80,959 acres (USFS, 62,676 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $51,551,697

Overall, fire was creeping and smoldering with good consumption of heavies. Once the inversion lifted, fire behavior increased with some group tree torching and some short-range spotting.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 80,756 acres (USFS, 62,473 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $49,714,196

Miners Fire 24,368 ac 80% 8/15, Lime Fire 22,973ac 60% 8/15.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,460
Size: 80,240 acres (USFS, 61,957 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $47,694,927

Miners Fire acreage decreased due to portions of northeast corner of fire is being managed by the Iron Complex and these acres were deleted [sic]. [You might think that IMTs would hire people semi-capable in the English language to be their Information Officers, but if so you would be thinking wrongly - Ed]

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 80,219 acres (USFS, 61,936 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $46,306,204

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,599
Size: 78,844 acres (USFS, 60,561 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $44,538,442

The IMT Command and General Staff attended departure ceremonies for the National Guard crews and support personnel. With containment of the Basin Fire, Lime Complex now the longest running fire of 2008.

A 10+ acre slopover from the previous day’s burnout continues to present problems and compromise the trigger points for evacuation of Hayfork. Fire managers say it will take 3 Type 1 Crews to safely address the slopover. Rapid surface rates of spread. Fire made short crown runs with 1/2 mile spotting.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,562
Size: 75,700 acres (USFS, 57,417 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)*
Percent Contained: 74%

Costs to Date: $40,493,421**

*The Yolla Bolly Complex (69,754 acres, $4.5 million) is now it’s own fire complex again, and is reported [here].

**Military costs not included

Miners Fire (21,727acs, 55%): Trigger points for Hayfork evacuation are being threatened. The fire continues to burn SE towards Hayfork. Crews were successful burning and holding line on the W and S sides. On the E side crews continued burnout. Night operations will continue the burnout operation if weather conditions are favorable.

Lime Fire (20,558acs, 50%): The fire is holding N of Hidden Valley Ranch and continues burning E towards Friends Mountain. Crews continued to work on stopping the Lime Fire’s spread to the S and E by preparing and burning off from an indirect contingency line.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 134,731 acres (USFS, 116,448 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $37,751,354 (Lime Complex Fires: $34,065,201, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $2,211,682 - not updated).

This may be the last 209 report that includes updates, costs and acreage for the Yellow Fire, The Vinegar Fire, the Trough Fire and the Grouse Fire. The Yolla Bolly Complex which will encompass these fires will be taking over these fires at 0600 this morning. Larson’s Type 1 Team will be in charge of this complex. When this happens the Lime Complex will drop significantly in acreage. We will attempt to sort out the bureaucratic sleight-of-hand and continue to report on all these fires.

The Lime Complex will be losing the 200 National Guard personnel. Fire managers are worried that the remaining crews will be unable to contain the fires and to protect the community of Hayfork.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,592
Size: 130,936 acres (USFS, 102,460 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $34,793,010 (Lime Complex Fires: $32,581,328, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $2,211,682

Lime Fire (17,259ac 50%)- A motorhome burned near Friends Place in the upper Plummer Creek area. On the Lime Fire crews put in handline around structures at Friend’s Place and began to burn out around the west side of the structures to support the handline.

Miners Fire (18,980ac 55%)– Crews continued burning and holding line on the west and south sides of the Miners fire. On the east side of the fire crews have worked to contain a slopover and to improve the contingency line in preparation of the burn out.

Yellow Fire (21,797ac 0%)- Crews continued structure protection to the south of the Yellow Fire, and continued with direct attack, anchoring in on the slopover to the south of Gilead Creek.

Vinegar Fire (34,112ac 30%)- Crews made good progress on the north side of the Vinegar Fire holding and improving direct and indirect line.

200 National Guard personnel continue to assist with suppression efforts. Alpha Company is assisting with holding line on the Lime Fire.

A strong inversion was over the Lime Complex the majority of the day and kept fire activity moderate. Heavy jackpots were burning very actively. Dead fuels are very receptive and complete consumption was observed.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,486
Size: 120,743 acres (USFS, 102,460 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $33,278,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $31,080,000, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $2,198,000)

Crews continued burning and holding line on the south and east side of the Miners fire. Crews are still working to contain the slopover on the northeast side of the fire. Crews continued to work on stopping the Lime Fire’s spread to the south by preparing an indirect contingency line for burning. Crews contained a slopover on the east side of the fire, and continued to burn and hold indirect line. Crews made good progress on the north side of the Vinegar Fire holding and improving direct and indirect line. Personnel continued to protect structures to the south of the Yellow Fire, and continued with direct attack, anchoring in on the slopover to the south of Gilead Creek.

Remaining uncontrolled fires: Miners 15,866 ac 55% 8/15, Lime 15,020 ac 50% 8/15, Vinegar 31,912 ac 30% 8/15, Yellow 19,102 ac, 0% no est containment date; and six other unnamed fires, no acreage reported, no estimated date of containment reported.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,419
Size: 111,150 acres (USFS, 92,867 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $31,624,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $29,430,000, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $2,194,000)

The Trough fire was declared 100% contained today.

Remaining uncontrolled fires: Miners 13,776 ac 55% 8/15, Lime 14,403 ac 50% 8/15, Vinegar 27,485 ac 30% 8/15, Yellow 16,110 ac, 0% no est containment date; and six other unnamed fires, no acreage reported, no estimated date of containment reported.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 105,247 acres (USFS, 86,964 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $29,108,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $26,982,000, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $2,126,000)

The Lime Complex consists of 11 uncontained fires (8 of which are being actively managed) Miners 12,766 ac 55% 8/15, Lime 13,445 ac 54% 8/15, Vinegar 26,785ac 30% 8/15, Trough 3,690 ac 90% 7/30, Yellow 13,225 ac 0% no date, and six other unnamed fires, no acreage reported, no estimated date of containment reported.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 1,312
Size: 102,776 acres (USFS, 84,493 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $28,019,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $25,928,000, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $2,091,000)

Personnel continued burning and holding indirect line on the Miners Fire, and contructing line around the spots to the south of the Lime Fire (12,950 ac 52%). National Guard units continued holding and mop up operations.

Crews made good progress with containment goals on the Trough Fire (3,690 ac 90%).

Crews worked on containing spots to the south of the Yellow Fire (12,800 ac 0%) and continued structure protection to the south of the fire.

Personnel continued construction of indirect line in the wilderness with a mule team on the west side of the Vinegar Fire (25,925 ac 0%). The Vinegar Fire merged with the Sulpher [sic] Fire on 7/10, and was henceforth to be called the Wilderness2 Fire, but that pronouncement has not been followed.

No expected date of containment has been announced for the Yellow Fire or the Vinegar Fire.

The Lime Complex is officially a megafire now, having topped 100,000 acres. It is the second CA megafire this year, the first being the Basin/Indians Fire, now at over 205,000 acres. It remains to be seen whether the Lime Complex will top the 1999 Big Bar Fire at 141,000 acres to become the largest fire in the history of Northern California.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,382
Size: 98,752 acres (USFS, 80,469 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $25,663,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $23,670,000, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $1,993,000)

Est containment date: 08/15/2008

The Miners Fire made a significant crown run on the NE side last night between 1700 and 2130 to the NE.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 95,771 acres (USFS, 77,488 ac, CalFire, 18,283 ac.)
Percent Contained: 59%

Costs to Date: $24,445,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $22,493,000, Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $1,952,000)

Operations personnel will coordinate with Iron Complex personnel to complete burnout between the Eagle and Miners Fires and finish working a slopover. National Guard “Taskforce Pick” will continue to work on the Telephone Fire with holding and mopping operations. Continue to construct, burnout and hold direct and indirect line on Miners, Lime, Vinegar and Trough. Continue to work last night’s spot fire on the Lime Fire. Crews will continue structure protection and cultural site protection on the Yellow Fire. A plan for minimum impact control lines for the Yellow and Vinegar fires is being implemented. Contained fires will be monitored and mop up will begin as personnel become available. Notification/evacuation and structure protection planning is ongoing.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,381
Size: 93,502 acres (USFS, 75,219ac, CalFire, 18,283ac.)
Percent Contained: 58%

Costs to Date: $23,311,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $21,410,000 , Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $1,901,000)

Members of the National Guard 250th MI Battalion (BfSB) “Taskforce Pick” are in place, 10 Type 2 crews, and 32 overhead.

Miners Fire: Crews continued to burn out on the northeastern side of the fire, and are working their way to the south. Crews also worked to contain and control a spot fire from yesterday. Lime Fire: Crews had success burning out dozer line on the southwest corner of the fire. Telephone Fire: National guard deployed to the fire to finished field training and began mop up operations. Yellow Fire: Fire continues to spread to the south. Structure and cultural sites are being protected. Iron/Harvey: Burnout operations continue into Cottonwood Ck. Crews worked to contain a spot fire over the line with assistance from heavy helicopters. Rappellers were deployed to work a spot fire the east side of the Harvey Fire.

Remaining uncontained fires: Miners 9,500 ac 53% contained, Lime 12,210 ac 45% contained, Iron-Harvey 19,995 ac (MNF 6,200ac, SHF 13,795 ac) 25% contained.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,115
Size: 76,663 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $20,959,000 (Lime Complex Fires: $19,151,000 , Yolla Bolly Complex Fires: $1,808,000)

Miners Fire: Due to smoky conditions which hindered air support, crews had trouble containing the slop over on the southeast portion of the fire. Crews pulled off the line and began to work on contingency lines.

Lime Fire: Crews were able to make some progress on the southwest corner of the fire burning out dozerline to cut off fire spread. Personnel began evaluation of new contingency lines southeast of the fire. Smokey conditions hindered air support.

Yellow Fire: The fire continues to grow unchecked and the retrieval of ground crews was aborted due to dense smoke. Fire personnel were able to access private inholding south of the fire and begin structure protection preparations.

Iron Fire: Crews continue to work on the slop over on the southeast corner of the fire near Cottonwood Creek.

Plume dominated fire was exhibited on the Yellow, Iron and Wilderness Fires.

The Yolla Bolly Complex has merged with the Lime Fire 209 information. Acreages will still be broken out separately by fire. Trough and Rainbow Fires have merged. Fire acreage, containment percentage and target date follow (does not include several small fires). Fires without expected containment dates are not being suppressed at this time.

Uncontained fires: Miners 8,570ac 50% 8/15, Lime 11,980 ac 40% 8/15, Iron 8,605 ac 25% 8/15, Noble 12,870 ac 100%, Trough 3,385 ac 40% 7/30, Telephone 6,645 ac 100%, Yellow 8,285 ac 5%, Wilderness2 9,225 ac 0%.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 971
Size: 53,418 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $18,260,000

Miners Fire: Crews made some progress today, with some burn out under the inversion. Progress is still slow due to the lack of Type I crews, line overhead, and lack of aerial support. Lime Fire: On the southeast corner of the fire, crews continue to work to pick up the slopover on Jim’s Ridge. Increased fire activity and grounding of air support due to smoke hampered these efforts. One outbuilding was lost on Division T. On the southwest corner, crews continue to construct dozer line and burnout. All other staffed fires: Fire crews continue to hold their own with ongoing line construction and burnout operations. Progress has been slow today on all fires due to a lack of line overhead, Type I and Type 2 crews. Air support was limited with a lack of visibility due to smoke. Decision points have been established for the evacuation of Hyampom.

Beginning with tomorrow’s 209, the Yolla Bolly Complex will be merged with the Lime Fire 209 information. Acreages will still be broken out separately by fire. The Sulfur and Vinegar Fires from the Yolla Bolly Complex merged with the Wildneress2 fire and will be now known as the Wilderness2.

Acreage and containment percentage (does not include several small fires: Miners 6,550ac 65%, Lime 10,328ac 55%, Iron 5,070 41%, Noble 12,869ac 90%, Wilderness2 6,955ac (has merged with Vinegar and Sulfer fires), Telephone 6,569ac 90%, Rainbow 293ac 100%, Trough 1,550ac 45%, Deadshot 1,070ac 100%, Slide 1,547ac 100%, Deerlick 797ac 100%.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 946
Size: 49,019 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $16,460,000

In order to achieve containment in a timely manner 5 IHC’s and a Type 1 helicopter are required for 5 days to accomplish a large burnout on the Miners and Lime Fires. Failure to complete burnout prior to fire breaching indirect line will considerable hamper containment objectives and will pose a downstream threat to the town of Hayfork. Contingencies for the evacuation of Hayfork are being developed. Decision points have been established for the evacuation of Hyampom.

California National Guard resources will be deployed to the Lime Complex on Thursday, July 10th.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530?
Size: 49,051 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Alaska Interagency Team 1 (Wilcock) assumed command of the Yolla Bolly Complex this evening at 1800. All 209s submitted after tonight will include the Yolla Bolly complex.

Miners-6,313ac-65%, Lime-10,206ac-55%-7/9, Iron-4,053-41%-7/9, Noble-12,869ac-90%-7/7, Wilderness-1,550ac-0%-7/31

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 44,055 acres
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $14,093,899

The Lime Fire is backing down to McClellan Ranch, it has burned beyond the primary control location, backing off to secondary lines. The Iron Fire crossed the Humboldt Trail on the NW end.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,530
Size: 41,362 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $11,753,645

Expected containment date: 7/31/08

The Rainbow fire was contained. Significant progress on the Trough. No line was lost on any fire in the complex. Jumpers will be used on the Wilderness fire tomorrow.

The fires were active today, with several upslope runs, active backing, flanking, and spotting up 1/4 mile. Rates of spread were high today with the smoke clearing and upslope winds surfacing. Uphill rates of spread were 70 to 80 ch/hr in the timber understory.

Acreage, containment percentage, and expected containment date by fire group, for uncontained fires: Lime 8,536 acs 51% 7/9. Miners 4,544 acs 58% 7/7. Noble 12,756 acs 90% 7/4. Trough 334 acs 90% 7/7. Wilderness 860 acs 0% 7/31. Iron 2,787 41% 7/9. Deerlick 796ac ? ?.

Alaska Interagency Team 1(Wilcock) will shadow Ca Team 4 (Opliger) Sun 7/6 and tentatively assume command of the Lime Complex on Mon 7/7 at 0600.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,029?
Size: 39,749 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Expected containment date: 7/31/08

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,029
Size: 37,448 acres
Percent Contained: 51%

Costs to Date: $9,528,128

Structures Threatened: 25 COMM , 1,530 PRIM , 310 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 1 COMM

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 989
Size: 35,766 acres
Percent Contained: 41%

Costs to Date: $8,275,067

Decision points have been established for the the evacuation of Hyampom. An Army Battalion out of Fort Collins CO will be deployed to the Lime complex next week. Division Supervisors will be an extremely critical need in order to provide line supervision to those troops.

The fires were active today, with several upslope runs, active backing, flanking, and spotting up 1/4 mile. Rates of spread were high today with the smoke clearing and upslope winds surfacing. Uphill rates of spread were 70 to 80 ch/hr in the timber understory. Flame lengths exceeded crew capabilities in several locations.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 849
Size: 35,445 acres
Percent Contained: 36%

Costs to Date: $7,286,696

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 844?
Size: 32,570 acres
Percent Contained: 23%

The Lime Complex was comprised of approximately 80 fires ranging in size from spots to several over 2,000 acres in size. Of the original 80 fires 29 are contained.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 844
Size: 30,339 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Significant success was made on line construction and perimeter control on both the Noble and Deadshot fires, both are contained. Resources were unable to access any of the wilderness fires due to smoke. Lack of resources, topography and weather are hampering progress on the Miners fire.

Deadshot - 946ac/75%, Deerlick - 2166ac/*unknown, Lime - 5789ac/4%, Miners - 2747ac/21%, Noble - 9466ac/60%, Slide - 1547ac/100%, Telephone - 4050ac/17%, Wilderness - 3510ac/0%. *Most of Deerlick is outside of the forest and no intelligence is available. The line scan IR is critical to mapping the fires, due to smoke, topography, distances and weather it is very difficult to get accurate and timely information.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 765
Size: 22,195 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $4,165,194

SNF, TGU, and SHU have entered in to a cooperative agreement for suppression of the Noble Fire.The community of Platina remains evacuated, the evacuation center is located at Grant elementary in Redding. Wildwood remains evacuated, the evacuation center is located at Weaverville elementary. Hwy 36 remains closed. Priority fires have been identified and include those that pose a significant threat to life and property: Telephone, Noble, Lime, Deadshot, Miners, Yolla Bolly wilderness, and Slide. The incident will be losing 5 type 1 crews tomorrow which will cause a major decrease in the ability to suppress the current fires. All type 1 crews on the incident will be timing out by the 3rd of July. The management team is in communication with the Six Rivers and Mendocino National Forests regarding fires outside the complex that may affect operations on the Lime Complex.

The Iron Fire in the Yolla Bolly wilderness put up a large column today, unable to determine direction of spread due to the smoke conditions and remote location. Suppression resources on the Noble Fire are having problems with spotting over Hwy 36 east of Platina. Resources had to back off to a secondary line on the west flank of the MinersFire.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 803?
Size: 19,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Threatened: 1,500 residences, 25 commercial properties, 300 outbuildings

Evacuation orders have been issued for the community of Platina and Corman Ranch due to the Noble Fire.

The Lime Complex is comprised of approximately 72 fires ranging in size from spots to several over 2,000 acres in size. Of the original 72 fires, 24 are contained, a number of fires have merged in the area south of Hyampom. The Noble Fire is approximately 2 miles south of Harrison Gulch, 2 miles S/W of Platina. The Noble Fire has become established in the Beegum Gorge and is approaching alignment with the community of Platina. Numerous fires are in remote areas with steep terrain and limited access.

Priority fires have been identified and include four that pose a significant threat to life and property: Telephone, Noble, Lime, Deadshot, Slide, and Miners. Projections in the 24 to 72 hour time range show the communities of Wildwood, Hyampom and Platina to be directly impacted. A critical priority is maintaining the integrity of Highways 36 and 3. Travel on Hwy 36 will be impacted by activity on the Telephone fires.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 803
Size: 11,200 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $2,900,000

Structures Threatened: 2 COMM , 1,500 PRIM , 300 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 1 COMM

The Lime Complex is comprised of over 70 fires ranging in size from several acres to over 2,000 acres. Of the 70 fires, 17 are contained and a number of fires have merged in the area south of Hyampom. Numerous fires remain in remote areas with steep terrain and limited access. The public is advised that heavy smoke may occur when traveling through fire areas. Trinity County has been declared a local state of emergency.

Today, firefighters continued to make significant progress constructing fire line on the Slide, Telephone, and Noble fires. The Oak fire has a completed fire containment line around it. In addition, fire crews took action to contain the Fisher fire. Power was restored to the residents north of Hyampom. The smoke inversion lifted this afternoon allowing the use of aircraft to support ground fire fighting efforts. The Noble fire is established in the Beegum Gorge and is within two miles south of Platina. Several fires in the Telephone group of fires have merged and spread southeast uphill towards Highway 36 and the Wildwood community.

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Department issued a precautionary evacuation notification to residents of Platina, the Russian Orthodox Monastery. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Department issued a precautionary evacuation notification to residents of Wildwood. No mandatory evacuations exist at this time.

Due to increased fire activity on the Telephone 2 fire, Highway 36 has been closed on the west at the intersection of Highway 3 to the east at the intersection of Wildwood Road (County Route 302).

A public meeting will be held at the Hyampom Community Center tomorrow evening, Thursday, June 26 at 7:00 p.m.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 771
Size: 7,500 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

The Lime Complex was comprised of approximately 70 fires ranging in size from spots to several over 2,000 acres in size. Of the original 70 fires 17 are contained, a number of fires have merged in the area south of Hyampom. The Noble Fire is approximately 2 miles south of Harrison Gulch, 2 miles S/W of Platina. The Noble Fire has become established in the Beegum Gorge and is approaching alignment with the community of Platina. Numerous fires are in remote areas with steep terrain and limited access. Priority fires have been identified and include four that pose a significant threat to life and property: The Slide, Noble Dead Shot and Telephone fires. Projections in the 24 to 72 hour time range show the communities of Hyampom and Platina to be directly impacted by the Slide and Noble fires respectively. A critical priority in maintaining the integrity of Highways 36 and 3. Highway 36 has the potential to be closed due to activity of the Telephone fires.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 610
Size: 6,400 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,500,000

Two Branches have been established (North and South). Transition of command for the north zone of the Lime Complex to Type 1 IMT (Opiliger) is expected for 1800 hours 6/24/08.

Structures Threatened: 2 COMM , 1,500 PRIM , 300 OUTB Structures Destroyed: 1 COMM

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Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM

Total Personnel: 494
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Progress was made today with identification and prioritization of fires within the Lime Complex. IR flight tonight. Three Branches have been created (North, Hyampom, South). Coordination with Trinity County continues regarding evacuation efforts within the Hyampom Valley and Salt Creek areas. Confirmed the loss of the Limedyke Lookout.

Approx. 68 fires identified as of 06/23, 7 AM.

Intense burning of heavy downed fuels from the 1987 fires.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 AM
Total Personnel: 466
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Dry lightning, multiple starts.

22 Jun 2008, 12:16pm
California
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Brown Fire

Location: Hollister/Panoche

Date of Origin: 06/22/2008
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 193
Size: 3,870 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 70
Size: 3,870 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

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Situation as of 06/22/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 70
Size: 6,500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire made several large runs with spotting well ahead of main fire, fire burning in steep terrain in light fuel.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 11:30 AM
Total Personnel: 70
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

22 Jun 2008, 12:05pm
California
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Clover WFU Fire

Location: the South Sierra Wilderness on the Kern Plateau, Sequoia NF, Tulare Co. CA

Specific Location: 8 miles north of Kennedy Meadows

Date of Origin: 05/31/08
Cause: Lightning, allegedly

Situation as of 07/14/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 5
Size: 15,300 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $8,315,000

Fire area received ~0.1 inches of rain last night.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 78
Size: 15,300 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $8,159,714

Fire use module will continue moving east along north edge of fire completing line and rehab work as they progress. Helicopter with Palm IR operator to check fire’s edge. Area closure will be lifted effective 7/9 which will include the re-opening of the Pacific Crest Trail. FUMT will transition with type 3 organization and plans to transfer command at 1800 on 7/9.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 67
Size: 15,300 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,989,626

Helicopters are being shared with the Piute fire.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 117
Size: 15,300 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,727,359

Acreage increase is due to more accurate mapping, 5612 acres on Sequoia NF 9688 acres on Inyo NF.

No increase in fire activity with winds of 25 mph over the fire in the afternoon and evening.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 128
Size: 15,262 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,678,932

Northern Rockies Fire Use Management Team (Hutton (T)/Cook) transitioned with outgoing team (Johnson) at 0600 today. Increased winds of 35-40 mph increased fire activity in interior islands of unburned fuels.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 148
Size: 15,262 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,400,000

Diane Huttons’s RMIMT Fire Use team will take the fire over at 06:00 tomorrow. The Sequoia NF’s demand for WFU does not stop despite catastrophic failure. Public in Kennedy Meadows and elsewhere continue to have their concerns ignored.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 253
Size: 15,262 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,500,000

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 253
Size: 15,262 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,000,000

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 405
Size: 15,262 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $6,500,000

Continued to contain the south flank and the threat of the movement towards Kennedy Meadows. Continued to secure all divisions. Patrolling, mop-up, and monitoring on all divisions. Cool hot areas on Div. M with aircraft.

Structures in Kennedy Meadows continue to be of concern.

Five crews will be released 7/1/08.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 471
Size: 15,235 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $6,200,000

Continued to secure line Divisions O and Y with aircraft. Patrolling and monitoring other divisions. Spot fire on Div. O contained with aircraft. Continued to contain the south flank and the threat of the movement towards Kennedy Meadows.

Structures in Kennedy Meadows continue to be of concern. Fire weather watch for predicted southeast winds, high temperatures, and thunder storms are in effect until 20:00.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 513
Size: 15,235 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $5,500,000

Continued to secure line Divisions O and Y with aircraft. Patrolling and monitoring other divisions. Pick up spot fire on Div. M contained with aircraft. Continued need for extra crews to contain the south flank and the threat of the movement towards Kennedy Meadows.

Structures in Kennedy Meadows continue to be of concern. Fire weather watch for predicted southeast winds, high temperatures, and thunder storms are of concern for tomorrow’s operational period.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:30 AM
Total Personnel: 578
Size: 15,217 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,070,000

Initiated transition from zone incident management teams (Harvey) (Johnson) to single IMT (Johnson).

Clover East: Continued to secure line and mopup in Divisions L and O. Patrolling and monitoring Divisions M & N. Clover West: Continued need for extra crews to contain the south flank and the threat of the movement towards Kennedy Meadows. Structures in Kennedy Meadows continue to be of concern.

Fire Size and Containment: East 5568 ac. 50 percent containment, West 9650 ac. 20 percent containment. Increase in fire size due to more precise mapping.

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Clover Fire Area Closure. Effective June 25 through July 8 or until the Clover Fire is fully suppressed. Prohibited:

1. Entering or being upon the Clover Fire Area, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 251.52(a)

2. Being on any National Forest System road within the Clover Fire Area, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 251.54(a)

3. Being on any National Forest System trail within the Clover Fire Area, as shown on the attached map. 36 CFR 251.55(a)

Pursuant to 36 CFR 251.50(a), the following persons are exempt from this order: Any Federal, State, or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or fire fighting force in the performance of an official duty.

A violation of these prohibitions is punishable by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual of $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both 16 USC 551 and 18 USC 3559, 3571, and 3581.

Signed Jeff Marsolais, Acting Forest Supervisor, Inyo National Forest and Tina Terrell, Forest Supervisor, Sequoia National Forest

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Situation as of 06/26/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 647
Size: 13,400 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

The potential for extreme fire behavior with spotting and tree torching continues this afternoon. A structure protection group lead by Tulare County Fire Department is in place at Kennedy Meadows.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 640
Size: 13,250 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

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Situation as of 06/23/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 445
Size: 13,049 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $2,200,000

Clover Fire Blows Up! Fire expanded three-fold yesterday, crossed the crest of the Sierras and burned nearly to Hwy 395.

The fire has been split at the crest of the Sierra’s. A second Type 2 team to manage the east side of the incident has been ordered. The north and west flanks of the fire will continue to be managed as Fire Use and the south and eastward spread will be managed under suppression tactics. Two structures in Dunmoving and ten in Kennedy Meadows may be threatened.

Failure is no reason to stop repeating your mistakes!!!

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Clover WFU Fire map as of 06/18 — 2,172 acres

Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 269
Size: 3,929 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,500,000

Transition to Allen Johnson’s Type 2 Team at 0600 this morning. Continued progress was made on the south flank. The east flank became active in the early afternoon and containment efforts were lost on some portions of the line. The fire made a significant run to the east and has jumped the Kern River. Helicopters were used to help slow the east flank and for support on the rest of the fire. Air tankers not available. De-mob of Beckman’s team

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Situation as of 06/21/08 PM
Total Personnel: 289
Size: 3,898 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,475,000 (reported, but not up to date)

Transitioning to a Type 2 IMT (Johnson) tomorrow at 0600 hrs for active suppression actions. Activities include handline construction, helicopter water drops, and utilization of air tankers during the morning hours. CA FUMT will demob tomorrow.

Fire starts across CA from lightning of 06/20-21 have put considerable pressure on firefighting resources. The Clover WFU has and is pulling resources away from critical need areas. This fire could have been suppressed in early June at less than 100 acres and less than $100,000. Instead $2 million have been spent, 4,000 acres have burned, and the rest of the state has been placed at reduced readiness for fires that are occurring elsewhere today.

The Clover WFU was never subject to any NEPA process or public involvement. Those actions could have prevented the serious mistakes made. If the individuals responsible for the Clover WFU are held accountable, it might help prevent future poor decision-making.

Update 06/22/08 noon:

The Sequoia National Forest has reported 25 fires from lightning storms of yesterday.

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Situation as of 06/20/08 PM
Total Personnel: 165
Size: 3,350 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,600,000 (estimated)

Increased fire activity with spotting up to 0.25 miles along the southern flank. Several helicopters continued to make strategic water drops, utilzing airtankers. Seven handcrews are working to construct handline.

Pacific Crest Trail hikers are being rerouted out of the fire area. [See Comments for Sequoia NF Media Alert re PCT]

Wind NW-W 11-30 mph.

It has been reported that officials at the Sequoia and Inyo NF approved the Stage III WFIP Plan. The costs for the Clover Fire do not come out of their budgets.

No reports as yet on the resource benefits accruing from this Wildland Fire Used For Resource Benefit. No cost/benefit analysis. No impact analysis on wildlife, watershed, airshed, recreation, anthropological sites, or other resource values.

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Situation as of 06/19/08 PM
Total Personnel: 107
Size: 2,842 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,201,633

Fire has grown by 50 percent in the last two days. Two Type I Hotshot Crews and additional helicopters have been ordered. They are expected to arrive Friday morning.

Meanwhile, it is reported, “Fire scientists to monitor fire monitoring equipment on plots they established on Wednesday to study fire behavior.”

A Stage III WFIP has been presented to the Sequoia and Inyo National Forests. Whether there was some sort of ceremony involved was not reported, nor what they did with it.

***************Situation as of 06/19/08 AM
Total Personnel: 89
Size: 1,917+ acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,099,000+

On Wednesday afternoon 20 mph NW winds pushed the fire against pre-defined management action points (trigger points). This caused fire managers to implement additional management actions to contain the SW edge of the fire. Additional crews and helicopters have been ordered.

The Pacific Crest Trail is currently open but many hikers are using alternate routes to bypass the fire. Warning signs are posted and hikers are discouraged from traveling at night. Hikers are encouraged to hike through the fire area before 1 pm.

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Situation as of 06/18/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 89
Size: 1,917 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,099,000

Moderate intensity and spread along southwest flank with group tree torching and some short-range spotting. Presenting Stage III WFIP to Inyo and Sequoia Forest staffs in afternoon.

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Situation as of 06/17/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 89
Size: 1,788 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $1,048,000

Continue monitoring fire behavior, spread, and smoke. Checking any fire spread that is in a southerly or easterly direction. Presenting Stage III WFIP to Sequoia and Inyo National Forests

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Situation as of 06/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 84
Size: 1,670 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $985,000

Significant Events: Finishing construction of handline to check any southerly fire spread Improving Jackass Trail for packtrain access. Developing Stage III WFIP. (So far that plan has been in development since 06/09, a week — admin).

Remarks: Fire Behavior Assessment Team will begin monitoring fire behavior and effects tomorrow. (What have they been doing since they arrived on 06/11? — admin).

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Situation as of 06/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 81
Size: 1,597 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $873,000

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Situation as of 06/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 81
Size: 1,570 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $740,000

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Situation as of 06/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 99
Size: 1,478 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $700,000

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Situation as of 06/12/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 108
Size: 1,311 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $650,000

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Situation as of 06/11/08 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 1,311 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Costs to Date: $600,000

Fire is being monitored.

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Situation as of 06/11/08 AM
Total Personnel: 60
Size: 1,164+ acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Individual and group tree torching in 25 mph winds. Personnel continue to monitor fire progression, fire effects and behavior, and smoke.

For further information, please contact Cindy Thill, Public Affairs Officer, Kern River Ranger District at (760) 376-3781.

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Vicinity maps:

Clover WFU Fire map 06/04/08 but updated to fire size of ~800 acres. Courtesy InciWeb.

Honeybee WFU Fire map (red) of 05/15/08 but updated to fire size of ~1200 acres. Clover Fire in yellow (~800 acs). Note that each square section on the map is 640 acres. Honeybee WFU Fire updates [here]. Courtesy InciWeb and the Inyo NF.

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Situation as of 06/10/08
Total Personnel: 105
Size: 1,164 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $400,000

RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO 9 PM THIS EVENING. WEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH.

USFS removed firefighting crews today at 1800 hours. Clover Fire now officially in Let It Burn status.

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Situation as of 06/09/08
Total Personnel: 47
Size: 983 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $350,000

Pacific Crest Trail open, firefighters assisting hikers through the fire.

Fire made a 350 + acre run 06/08/08 and moved north out of Crag Creek, and 200 additional acres burned today. Expected growth up to 300 acres per day for the next 3 days.

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The Clover Fire has been declared a “wildland fire-use” fire as of 06/06/08.

From InciWeb: Upon initial investigation the probable cause of fire appeared to be human-caused. Further investigation has revealed the cause more likely to be lightning. Each lightning caused fire is evaluated to determine the optimal response (suppression or fire use). When making decisions, fire managers consider the fire’s proximity to private property, potential smoke impacts, fire fighter safety, and other fire activity occurring in the area. The main focus for fire fighting personnel still remains to hold the fire from spreading south toward the community of Kennedy Meadows.

No NEPA process was instigated or even contemplated for this Federal management action on public property. No evaluation of impact to endangered species, water or air quality, no public hearings, no public input, and no legal review whatsoever was performed.

No actual detection or investigation of the fire ignition was done.

From InciWeb: Initial investigation into the lightning detection/reporting program did not show recent strikes in the Clover Fire vicinity. The detection program is a computer program which may have not recorded all strikes due to a glitch in the system.

Situation as of 06/06/08 at 2 pm
Total Personnel: 140
Size: 382 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Active fire on the north side. High winds reported.

Costs to Date: $250,000

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Situation as of 06/05/08
Total Personnel: 165
Size: 382 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

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Current Situation
Total Personnel: 165
Size: 339 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Summary: same vicinity as the Honeybee Fire [here].

The Pacific Crest Trail will remain OPEN with a “warning sign” posted for public safety. Hikers in the fire area will be escorted, during daylight hours only, through the fire area. The escorted section is approximately 3/4 of a mile. It is highly discouraged to try and hike in the area after dark - many hikers have mistaken the fireline for the trail and put themselves in a dangerous situation.

Fire crews are constructing direct line as much as possible, securing the south end. Active fire in brush on the north end.

Red Flag Warning in effect until 8 pm PST June 4 for strong winds and low relative humidity over much of southeast California. Wind gusts predicted up to 30 mph. A cold front moving through is producing very windy conditions and isolated thunderstorms. Winds are expected to subside by morning as the front moves through the region.

22 Jun 2008, 11:57am
California
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Whitehurst / Hummingbird Fires

Location: West of Gilroy and Morgan Hill

Date of Origin: 06/21/2008
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 142
Size: 994 acres (Hummingbird - 794 acres, Whitehurst - 200 acres)
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: Hummingbird - $213,963 acres, Whitehurst - $371,776

Highway 152 has been re-opened to residents with I.D. Re-opened Oak Dell RV Park at 1700 hours.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 7:15 PM
Total Personnel: 250
Size: 950 acres (Hummingbird - 750 acres, Whitehurst - 200 acres)
Percent Contained: 50%

Several areas were evacuated and a few remain in effect. Many of the residents evacuated are being allow to return to their homes. No structures burned.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 AM
Total Personnel: 118
Size: 1,100 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures destroyed: none reported

Evacuations: Several areas were evacuated.

Forward spread of the Hummingbird Fire has slowed and the Whitehurst Fire is actively burning in heavy fuels.

22 Jun 2008, 11:55am
California
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Wild Fire

Location: NE of Napa and NW of Fairfield

Date of Origin: 06/21/2008
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 540
Size: 4,089 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $510,397

Suisun Valley and Wooden Valley Roads were reopened today.

Early reports stated a residential structure was destroyed. On further investigation no residential structures were destroyed on this fire.

Personnel assigned to the incident still lack sufficient rest, severe fatigue a problem. Will be resting personnel.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 438
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

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Situation as of 06/22/08 AM
Total Personnel: 200
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Structures Destroyed: 1 residences and 1 outbuildings have been destroyed. Threatened: 108 structures currently threatened.

Evacuations: Mandatory evacuations in place on Joyce Lane, Twin Sisters Road and Wooden Valley Roads in Napa and Solano County.

Incident Command Team 8 has been activated to this incident. An evacuation center has been established at the Fairfield Community Center.

21 Jun 2008, 9:17pm
Arizona
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Walla Valley Prescribed Burn

Location: North Rim Grand Canyon NP, about 9 mi west of developed area; in vicinity of Walla Valley and Point Sublime

Date of Origin: 06/21/2008 at 1821 hrs.
Cause: Deliberate ignition by GCNP

Situation as of 07/06/08 10:00 AM
Total Personnel: 24
Size: 450 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: not reported to date

Fire received significant rain yesterday.

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ONE FATALITY. Firefighter Killed In Private Medical Helicopter Collision [here]

Situation as of 07/02/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 55
Size: 450 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: not reported to date

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Situation as of 06/29/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 144
Size: 435 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: not reported to date

Air resources continue to make excellent process in steep terrain. Fire behavior continues to be active. Planned Actions: continue to hold and prep dozer and handline. Utilize air resources.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 106
Size: 300 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Grand Canyon National Park fire management officials began the Walla Valley Prescribed Burn on Saturday, June 21, at 6:21 p.m. They intended to burn over 6,000 acres in a set fire that “mimicked” a lightning fire. After a few test starts, they backed off that plan and determined not to set any more fires. Since then firefighters from the GCNP, Kaibab National Forest, Summit Fire District, Flagstaff Fire Department, Zion National Park, Carson National Forest, Holbrook, and Saguaro National Park have been attempting to contain the test starts.

No costs to date were reported.

The following was reported: Air resources making great progress. Active group torching with short range spotting. Planned Actions: continue to hold dozer line and utilize air resources.

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Situation as of 06/21/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 45
Size: 6,132 acres planned
Percent Contained: 0%

Grand Canyon National Park fire management officials determined that weather, fuel, and air quality conditions were within acceptable parameters and began the Walla Valley Prescribed Burn on Saturday, June 21, at 6:21 p.m. Incident Commander Chris Marks.

Weather: Lightning storms raked AZ and NM today, temps above 100 degrees. From the National Weather Service:

SUNDAY…
SKY/WEATHER………MOSTLY SUNNY THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY.
MAX TEMPERATURE…..84-92.
24 HR TREND……LITTLE CHANGE.
MIN HUMIDITY……..9-14 PCT.
24 HR TREND……UP 5 PCT.
WINDS (20 FT)…….LIGHT WINDS BECOMING SOUTHWEST AROUND 10 MPH WITH HIGHER GUSTS IN THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON.
10000 FT MSL WIND…SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH.
CHANCE OF PRECIP….0 PERCENT.
LAL……………..1.
HAINES INDEX……..6 HIGH.
MIXING HEIGHT…….12200 FT AGL.
TRANSPORT WINDS…..SOUTHWEST AROUND 15 KNOTS.

21 Jun 2008, 5:56pm
California
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Lightning Alert June 21, 2008

Vaisala Lightning Explorer [here] shows that significant lightning strikes have been hitting this afternoon on central CA, western NV, eastern OR, central ID, and Western Montana. A second belt of thunderstorms with lightning strikes is sweeping across AZ and NM.

Last Updated: June 22, 2008 5:00 PM
Date/Time Started: June 20, 2008 12:00 PM

County: Various counties and locations throughout Northern California.
Location: Various counties and locations throughout Northern California.
Acres Burned: See “Conditions” below
Containment See “Conditions” below

Siskiyou Unit: 8 fires reporting minor acreage
Humboldt Unit: 50 fires for more than 200 acres
Mendicino Unit: 60 fires mapped, more than 30 additional observed; fires range in size from 1-125 acres
San Mateo-Santa Cruz Unit: 15 fires up to 2 acres in size
Amador-El Dorado Unit:8 fires for approximately 75 acres
Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit: 7 fires all less than 1 acre each
Butte Unit: 21 fires for a total of over 60 acres
Tehama-Glen Unit: 34 fires for a total of 550 acres.
Shasta-Trinity Unit: 62 fires up to 50 acres in size.
Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit: 5 fires with 4 contained and one burning near Napa West of Fairfield at 300 acres.
Lassen-Modoc Unit: 27 fires for a total of 25 acres.
Tuolumne-Calavares Unit: 15 fires for a total of 140 acres.

Fire detection ongoing.

Update 06/22/08 noon

Butte Unit: 24 fires for a total of more than 300 acres. 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.

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 Sequoia National Forest. The Sequoia National Forest has reported 25 fires.

Update 06/22/08 5:00 PM

Humboldt - Del Norte Unit: 50 fires for more than 200 acres. The Paradise Fire is Northeast of Shelter Cove and is 500 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.

Mendicino Unit: 90 fires have been reported for a total of more than 5,000 acres. The Orr Fire is 200 acres and has evacuations of the Orr Springs Resort and 20 homes in the area, the Navarro Fire is 1,400 acres and 5% contained, the Foster Fire is 60 acres with 0% containment, the Table Mtn. Fire is 1,000 acres and 5% contained, the Mallo Pass Fire is 600 acres, and the Juan Creek fires (2)are at 100 acres each. There are 8 additional fires at 30 acres each.

Amador-El Dorado Unit:16 fires have been reported. The primary fire of concern is the Soldier fire located 3 miles northeast of Pollock Pines and north of Highway 50. The Soldier fire is 35 acres and 35% contained.

 
  
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