5 Oct 2009, 9:44pm
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Preston Fox Fire

Location: 20 miles NW of Entiat, 10 miles W of Hollywood Beach on Lake Chelan, Chelan Co. WA
Specific Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee NF, Brennegan Creek above Preston Falls on the Entiat River, Lat 47° 55´ 27″, Lon 120° 24´ 59″

Date of Origin: 10/4/2009
Cause: Escaped prescribed fire

Situation as of 10/04/2009 8:00 am
Personnel: 12
Size: 450 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

The fire crossed the contingency boundary in the burn plan and has been converted to a wildfire. The Preston Creek road system has been closed to the public.

Fire is burning actively in shrub areas where wind and slope align. Single tree torching and active backing and flanking fire have been observed.

Planned Actions: Monitor the incident with aircraft as needed. Evaluate need for additional action if significant weather change occurs.


4 Oct 2009, 2:37pm
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Twin Fire

Location: 1 mile SW of Williams, Coconino Co., AZ
Specific Location: Kaibab NF, S of I-40 at the base of Bill Williams Mtn., Lat 34° 16´ 01″, Lon 117° 28´ 59″

Date of Origin: 10/02/2009
Cause: Escaped prescribed fire

Situation as of 10/05/2009 4:30 pm
Personnel: 506
Size: 921 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $1,728,651

Evacuation lifted. Total acres does not include the 710 acre Twin RX.


Situation as of 10/05/2009 9:30 am
Personnel: 500
Size: 921 acres
Percent Contained: 20%


Situation as of 10/04/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 465
Size: 921 acres
Percent Contained: 10%


Situation as of 10/04/2009 2:00 pm
Personnel: 250
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

The evacuation order west of 9th Street and south of Sheridan remains in effect.

Type I IMT (Van Bruggen) is managing the fire. Strong SW winds have grounded aircraft today. 20-30 mph SW winds are blowing the fire (and smoke) directly toward the town of Williams.

4 Oct 2009, 2:22pm
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Sheep Fire

Location: Lytle Creek Canyon and Highway 138, San Bernardino Co. CA
Specific Location: San Bernardino NF, Lat 34° 16´ 01″, Lon 117° 28´ 59″

Date of Origin: 10/03/2009
Cause: Under Investigation

Situation as of 10/06/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,890
Size: 7,128 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence , 4 outbuildings

Costs to Date: $5,518,000

The evacuation of Wrightwood was lifted at 1200hrs today. Highway 2 to Wrightwood was reopened at 1200hrs today. Lone Pine Canyon Road remains closed. The community of Lytle Creek remains open to residents only. Road closures include Lone Pine Canyon and Swarthout Canyon. The evacuation center at the San Bernardino Fair Grounds has been closed. The Eishenhower High School Evacuation Center will remain open. The projected containment date has been moved to 10/10/09 due to access and terrain difficulties. There were four minor injuries reported this operational period. Continuing extensive mop-up of numerous heat sources.

Minimal fire activity was observed today, with isolated torching of interior islands, creeping fire and smoldering.


Situation as of 10/05/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,715
Size: 7,824 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence , 4 outbuildings

Costs to Date: $3,300,000

The evacuation of the community of Wrightwood is still in progress. Lone Pine Cyn Rd and Highway 2 remain closed. As of 1900 hrs today, Highway 138 was opened to the public. Lytle Creek was opened to residents only.

Due to favorable weather conditions, minimal fire activity was observed today with creeping fire and smoldering.


Situation as of 10/04/2009 2:00 pm
Personnel: 702
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Currently the fire is moving north to northwest from Swarthout Canyon to Highway 138 through Lone Pine Canyon. The fire is burning about 1.5 miles east of any homes in the Wrightwood area. Numerous engine strike teams are in place for sturcture protection for the eastern portions of Wrightwood.

New mandatory evacuations are in place for all Wrightwood residents. Mandatory evacuations remain in place for the following areas in Lytle Creek: Applewhite Campground, Applewhite Picnic Area, and areas east of Lytle Creek Road up to and including Mountain Lakes RV Park. Mandatory evacuations are in place also for Swarthout Canyon, Lone Pine Canyon, and areas along Hwy 138 between I-15 and Hess Rd. Evacuation Centers are located at Eisenhower High School in Rialto and at Victorville Fairgrounds. Small animals can be taken to the Devore Animal Shelter. Large and small animals may be taken to the Victorville Fairgrounds. Glen Helen Rodeo grounds was taking large animals but is now full.

4 Oct 2009, 11:47am
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Gird End Foofurb* Fire

Location: 10 Miles E of Hamilton, Ravalli Co., MT
Specific Location: Bitterroot NF, Lat 46° 14´ 48″, Lon 113° 53´ 14″

Date of Origin: 09/09/2009
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/28/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 6
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

MMA: not reported

Monitor backing of fire to east toward State Highway. Possible trail closures and restricted highway travel.

*foofurb: euphemism for “fire used for resource benefit.” However, as is usual with foofurbs, no benefits have been elucidated, no EIS created, no public involvement or hearings held.

4 Oct 2009, 11:46am
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Big Sheep Fire

Location: 12 Miles SW Enterprise, Wallowa Co., OR
Specific Location: Wallowa-Whitman NF, Lat 45° 23´ 16″, Lon 117° 35´ 1″

Date of Origin: 08/29/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 10/04/2009 12:50 pm
Personnel: 28
Size: 3,450 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $1,100,000

This is the last 209 report for this incident.


Situation as of 10/01/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 269
Size: 3,450 acres
Percent contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $350,000

The fire is being managed with two objectives. The S portion of the fire in the
Eagle Cap Wilderness is being managed for resource benefit and is in monitor status. The N
portion of the fire is being managed as a full suppression operation due to proximity to private
land and a timber sale.

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