13 Sep 2010, 11:27am
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Canyon Fire

Location: 8 mi W of Lake Isabella, Kern Co. CA
Specific Location: South of Hwy 178, West of the Bodfish-Caliente road, East of Cow Flat and North of the Breckenridge road, Sequoia NF, Lat 35° 33´ 24″ Lon 118° 35´ 56″

Date of Origin: 09/12/2010
Cause: Human

Situation as of 09/21/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 612
Size: 9,820 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $11,250,000 (no update)

100% containment.

Ownership: USFS, 6032Ac.; BLM, 2570Ac.; State SRA, 1217Ac.


Situation as of 09/19/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 745
Size: 9,820 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $11,250,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM

Ownership: USFS, 6032Ac.; BLM, 2570Ac.; State SRA, 1217Ac.


Situation as of 09/17/2010 6:00 pm
Personnel: 1,310
Size: 9,820 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $9,000,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM

Crews completed line in Divisions C and started holding and mop-up operations. Crews continue to making good progress on mop-up. Road Closures are still in effect on Old Kern Canyon Rd.

Substantial fireline suppression repair has started. Demob process has started for the Canyon incident. Local power company continues powerline repair.


Situation as of 09/16/2010 10:00 pm
Personnel: 1,668
Size: 9,820 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $6,500,000

Structures Threatened: 100 PRIM , 50 OUTB
Structures Destroyed: 1 PRIM

Evacuations have been lifted for Bodfish Canyon, Myers Canyon, and the Clear Creek subdivision. Caliente Bodfish road is open from Bodfish to Havilah. Travel is restricted to one lane to residence only. Road Closures are still in effect on Old Kern Canyon Rd.

Steep ground and wind are still major concerns. Air resources continue to play a key role. Local power company continues powerline repair.

Observed Fire Behavior: Interior activity in Div. B from burning operation, some line activity on Division C, otherwise very little activity over rest of fire.


Situation as of 09/16/2010 8:00 am
Personnel: 1,565
Size: 8,149 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: not reported

Evacuations are in effect for the area of Meyers Canyon, south of Bodfish Canyon Rd at the junction of Rocky Rd. Advisory evacuations are in place for Meyers Canyon north of this area and also the community of Havilah. The evacuation center is at the Kern River Valley Veterans/Senior Center, 6405 Lake Isabella Blvd., Lake Isabella. A second shelter center has been established in Twin Oaks at the community church, which is located at 16115 Caliente Creek road. Twin Oaks church is also available for small and large animal sheltering.

Closures: Bodfish Canyon Road and Caliente Bodfish Road is closed from Bodfish to Havila. Old Kern Canyon Road is closed.

Some damage was sustained by the 66 KV power lines; local power company has started repairs.

Continued air support of line construction and improvement; continue mop-up operations. Hand and engine crews are in place for structure protection along with air support. Southern Central Sierra Interagency Incident Management Team assumed command of the fire on September 13, 2010 at 6:00P.M. Estimated date of containment is September 19.


Situation as of 09/14/2010 6:15 pm
Personnel: 1,095
Size: 5,100 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $2,500,000

Road Closures are still in effect on Old Kern Canyon Rd. Continued air support and line construction. Air resources are a playing a key role in moving fire away from high risk areas.

Fire is activity burning in brush on east side of fire, timber areas are experiencing group torching and crown movement. Fire is wind driven and influenced by topographic features, this has resulted in high rates of spread and spotting.


Situation as of 09/13/2010 5:00 pm
Personnel: 626
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

The fire started near Delonegha on the south side of the Lower Kern River. The fire quickly spread to both sides of the Kern River, jumping over the Old Kern Canyon Road and back across Highway 178, resulting in active fire on both sides of the two roads.

At 6:00 p.m. Cooper’s Type-2 Team took over command of the fire.

Highway 178 is now OPEN - traffic is limited to one lane at the west and east access areas. Travelers are advised to use caution when driving along Highway 178 due to fire fighters and equipment on the road.


Situation as of 09/13/2010 8:00 am
Personnel: 500
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Evacuations: At Hobo and Sandy Flat Campgrounds, Miracle Day Use, Black Gulch South and all River raft launch sites. Unofficial fire closure on Old Kern Canyon Rd due to fire activity and public safety. Hwy 178 closed both directions from the mouth of the canyon to Borel Rd. currently. One lane of Hwy 178 expected to be open by 10:00 AM this morning. Unofficial closures for all Kern River water activities from Keysville to Democrat.

Fire Engines: 14 Helicopters: 5 Fire Crews: 8 Airtankers: 8
Water Tenders: 4 Bulldozers: 3



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