15 Aug 2008, 11:02pm
California
by admin

Tehipite Fire

Location: 18 miles NE of Pinehurst, CA

Specific Location: Middle Fork Kings River, Kings Canyon NP, Lat 36° 54´ 17″ Lon 118° 47´ 55″

Date of Origin: 07/19/2008
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 11/14/08 3:00 PM
Personnel: none
Size: 11,596 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $775,000

Monitoring is being conducted by Buck Rock webcam and helicopter recon. flights as needed. At this time there are no personnel on the fireline. This will be the last report unless there is a significant change in conditions on the incident.

Observed Fire Behavior: Isolated smoldering ground fire.

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Situation as of 10/30/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 11,596 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not updated

4,140 acres within Kings Canyon National Park and 7,456 acres within the Sierra National Forest.

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Situation as of 10/14/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 2
Size: 11,286 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $760,000

Fire active, ~170 acre growth to the west over the last 24 hours.

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Situation as of 10/07/08 4:00 PM
Personnel: 2
Size: 11,115 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $750,000

Fire active. Burned area has increased 570 acres in the last 4 days.

Fire received precip on Saturday 10/4. Closest weather station reported 1.05 inches of rain. Satellite showed a layer of snow on Sunday, which has since melted. Due to precip and fire activity, IC discontinued participation in smoke management call. FEMOs have been disengaged. Monitoring is being conducted by Buck Rock Lookout, IR flights, satellite overflights and weekly recon flights.

Acreage distribution: 6,999 acres Sequoia NF, 4,116 acres Kings Canyon NP.

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Situation as of 09/30/08 4:45 AM
Personnel: 6
Size: 11,085 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Estimated Date of Containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: $733,000

Fire active. Burned area has increased 570 acres in the last 4 days.

IC is participating in the daily smoke management conference call with San Joaquin APCD, California Air Resource Board and Forest Service meteorologist. [However, the IC cannot and is not doing anything to alter the smoke from this fire. The "consultation" is perfunctory. - Ed]

Periods of rain in the last 24 hours has decreased the fire activity. Isolated thunderstorms decreasing by Wednesday. Cooler temperatures and higher RHs through Saturday. High pressure will begin to build Sunday.

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Situation as of 09/26/08 1:35 AM
Personnel: 6
Size: 10,515 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Estimated Date of Containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: $725,000

Fire active. Burned area has increased 700 acres in the last 3 days. Warm and dry conditions through the weekend. Low afternoon RH with poor recovery at night. Light terrain driven winds.

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Situation as of 09/23/08 8:45 AM
Personnel: 7
Size: 9,818 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Estimated Date of Containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: $715,000

Fire active. Burned area has increased 525 acres in the last four days. Plume behavior reported, indicating crown fire and 100% tree mortality. Heavy smoke causing air pollution and respiratory distress throughout the San Joaquin Valley. But who cares if people choke to death, as long as the National Park is incinerated and converted to scorched earth wasteland. Arson uber alles!

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Situation as of 09/19/08 8:45 AM
Personnel: 7
Size: 9,295 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Estimated Date of Containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: $650,000

Fire active. Burned area has increased 1,000 acres in the last four days. Plume behavior reported, indicating crown fire and 100% tree mortality. 4 FEMOs continue to monitor the fire from Tombstone Ridge and Crown Rock.

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Situation as of 09/15/08 7:45 PM
Personnel: 10
Size: 8,303 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Estimated Date of Containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: $640,000

Fire active. Burned area has doubled in the last week. Plume behavior reported, indicating crown fire and 100% tree mortality. KCNP officials continue to watch dumbfounded and impotent as America’s treasure is incinerated. Park Superintendent Richard Martin is worthless when it comes to caring for and protecting our national park.

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Situation as of 09/15/08 4:00 PM

no 209 report

Plume visible today, indicating active fire behavior. Fire has grown at least 3,000 acres in the past week.

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Situation as of 09/12/08 noon
Personnel: 6
Size: 5,554 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Estimated Date of Containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: $620,000

Fire active. Burned area increased 1,200 acres in the last 3 days.

4 FEMOS will continue to monitor the fire from Tombstone Ridge and Crown Rock.

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Situation as of 09/09/08 9:45 AM
Personnel: 6
Size: 4,337 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $600,000

Fire active. Burned area doubled in the last 4 days.

Long Term Implementation Plan (WFDSS) has been completed for this incident, nearly two months after the fire started. Talk about your sloooooow employees. No rush at Kings Canyon NP. Park Superintendent Richard Martin is a total ass-dragger when it comes to fire.

4 FEMOS will continue to monitor the fire from Tombstone Ridge and Crown Rock.

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Situation as of 09/05/08 9:45 AM
Personnel: 6
Size: 2,431 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $580,000

No Long Term Implementation Plan as yet.

Point source protection has been implemented on the Deer Meadow cabin.

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Situation as of 08/29/08 11:00 AM
Personnel: 3
Size: 1,331 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: not updated

No Long Term Implementation Plan as yet.

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Situation as of 08/25/08 4:45 PM
Personnel: 3
Size: 1,192 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $500,000

Two FEMO’s will continue to monitor the fire from Kettle Dome Ridge. Fire will also be monitored by Buck Rock Lookout, webcam, and helicopter as needed. A Long Term Implementation Plan will be developed with the Sierra and Sequoia National Forests over the next 7-14 days.

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Situation as of 08/18/08 3:45 PM
Personnel: 27
Size: 978 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $50,000

A Long Term Implementation Plan will be developed with the Sierra National Forest over the next 7-14 days, fully one month after ignition date.

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Situation as of 08/15/08
Personnel: no update
Size: no update
Percent Contained: no update

Est date of containment: 10/15/2008

Costs to Date: not reported

Responsible official: KCNP Park Superintendent: Richard Martin
Phone Number: 559-565-3341

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Situation as of 08/14/08
Personnel: 32
Size: 477
Percent Contained: 30%

Est date of containment: 10/15/2008

This fire was small and contained, so we did not report it. But we were wrong on both counts.

Yesterday the Tehipite Fire erupted again, making a major upslope run on the E flank. The fire spread rapidly upslope back into the burned area from rolling materials that had previously established spot fires downhill. Observed rates of spread for upslope movement were in excess of 20 chains per hour with flame lengths greater than 20 feet. Remaining flanks were relatively quiet with only light interior burning. Additional upslope movement from materials that have rolled downhill is likely to reoccur over the next several days.

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