9 Jul 2009, 10:10pm
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Lion Foofurb* Fire

Location: Sequoia NF, Kern Co., CA
Specific Location: 1 mile N of Beach Meadow on the Kern Plateau, ~15 miles W of the Clover Burn (2008), Lat 36° 7´ 51″, Lon 118° 18´ 3″

Date of Origin: 06/30/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/19/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 44
Size: 3,854 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $904,330

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Situation as of 08/15/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 49
Size: 3,365 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $836,450

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Situation as of 08/14/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 49
Size: 3,272 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $818,230

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Situation as of 08/13/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 49
Size: 3,179 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $799,010

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Situation as of 08/12/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 29
Size: 3,060 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $777,290

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Situation as of 08/11/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 20
Size: 2,981 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $764,570

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Situation as of 08/09/2009 8:00 am
Personnel: 51
Size: 2,933 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $734,910

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Situation as of 08/06/2009 9:00 am
Personnel: 79
Size: 2,827 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $664,150

Lion Fire: 2,536 acres/$580,750. Granite Fire: 291 acres/$83,400.

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Situation as of 08/05/2009 9:00 am
Personnel: 49
Size: 2,645 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $640,150

Lion Fire: 2,422 acres/$556,750. Granite Fire: 223 acres/$83,400.

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9 Jul 2009, 10:44am
California
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Backbone Fire

Location: Trinity Alps Wilderness, Six Rivers NF, Trinity and Humboldt Cos., CA
Specific Location: Devils Backbone, New River headwaters, Mill Creek headwaters, within the 1999 Megram Burn, Lat 41° 2´ 24″, Lon 123° 27´ 49″

Date of Origin: 07/01/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/23/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 245
Size: 6,324 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $16,585,120

NIMO has worked with local forests to build a T3 organization, this organization will take over the management of the Backbone Fire at 0600hrs today. The incident is releasing excess resources in alignment with cost efficient strategies and resource needs of other incidents. The accident investigation team has arrived in Willow Creek, they are working with those involved. SRF acres - 1781 Backbone and 2 Redspot, SHF acres - 3414 Backbone and 1120 Red Spot, and KNF acres - 7 Redspot. Totals: Backbone 5195 acres, Redspot 1129 acres.

Minimal fire behavior was observed, mainly pockets of heavy fuels well with in containment lines.

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Situation as of 07/21/2009 6:00 am
Personnel: 458
Size: 6,324 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $15,639,466

Rappeler Fatality 07/21/2009

Fatal Accident During Routine Training At the Backbone Helibase Update

WILLOW CREEK, Calif. – Thomas Marovich, 20, of Hayward California incurred fatal injuries while performing routine rappel proficiency skill training, at the Backbone Helibase in Willow Creek.

Marovich was a second year apprentice with the Forest Service at the Modoc National Forest, and was working with the Chester Helitack Crew from the Lassen National Forest which was assigned to the Backbone Fire at the time of the accident.

At 10:10 this morning Marovich fell and incurred fatal injuries while performing the required training which is conducted at a minimum every 14 days to insure the crew’s skill and proficiency.

Mr. Marovich was provided advance life support treatment immediately at the scene. The Base medical staff, the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office, and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office were also involved in the response.

The Forest Service has mobilized an accident investigation team and is working with the National Transportation Safety Board

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Situation as of 07/20/2009 10:00 pm
Personnel: 514
Size: 6,324 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Swartzlander’s T2 Incident Management Team was released at 0600 hrs this morning.

The National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) will build a T3 organization over the next few operational periods to meet Forest objectives for turn back. SRF acres - 1781 Backbone and 2 Red Spot. SHF acres - 3414 Backbone and 1120 Red Spot. KNF acres = 7 Red Spot. Backbone total 5195 and Red Spot 1129.

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Situation as of 07/19/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 738
Size: 6,324 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

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Situation as of 07/19/2009 8:00 am
Personnel: 828
Size: 6,324 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Estimated Containment Date: July 24th, 2009

Transitioning Swartzlander’s T2 Team with T3 team today. Working towards release of excess resources.

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Situation as of 07/17/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 994
Size: 6,306 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

An accident occurred today involving an S-61 helicopter. The aircraft was extensively damaged. Both personnel walked away from the scene and were transported to a medical facility for examination.

The Sikorsky helicopter was working at a heliwell which is located N of the fire’s edge on the Klamath NF. The aircraft was flipped on its side which resulted in a small fuel spill, but there was no fire. Sikorsky-61, is owned by a private company under contract to the US Forest Service. An investigation team has been ordered.

Improving and securing handline on both fires. On the N end of the Backbone Fire good progress has been made. Six Rivers NF acres = 1781 Backbone and 2 Red Spot. Shasta-Trinity NF acres = 3396 Backbone and 1120 Red Spot. Klamath NF acres = 7 Red Spot. Backbone total 5177 and Red Spot 1129. Revised acreage due to updated gps data.

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Situation as of 07/16/2009 7:00 am
Personnel: 1,075
Size: 6,343 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Minimal fire growth. Because of the success of the direct attack, the Estimated Containment Date has been changed from August 30th to July 24th, a reduction of 5+ weeks, representing a savings in suppression costs of $35 to $40 million.

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30 Jun 2009, 11:37pm
California
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Harden Fire

Location: 13 miles N of Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Co., CA
Specific Location: W of Harden Lake and within the 1996 Ackerson Fire perimeter, Hetch Hetchy watershed, Lat 37° 53´ 37″, Lon 119° 42´ 13″

Date of Origin: 06/08/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/06/2009 6:30 pm
Personnel: 68
Size: 1,661 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Demobed 2 Type 1 crews. Transitioned to a Type IV organization.

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Situation as of 07/06/2009 6:00 pm
Personnel: 137
Size: 1,661 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $679,000

Smith Meadows and Harden Lake trails remain closed.

Perimeter is 90% blacklined within containment lines. Holding and continue burnout of unburned fuels along containment line. 2 crews, 1 engine and 2 Information Officers demob tomorrow.

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Situation as of 07/05/2009 12:00 pm
Personnel: 136
Size: 1,594 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

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Situation as of 07/04/2009 3:00 pm
Personnel: 141
Size: 1,120 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $589,700

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Situation as of 07/03/2009 2:00 pm
Personnel: 141
Size: 931 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Photo courtesy Inciweb [here]. The snags in the photo were green old-growth trees killed by the 1996 Ackerson Fire (47,000 acres, the largest fire in Park history). The Harden Fire is a repeat fire 13 years later.

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29 Jun 2009, 4:27pm
California
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Shotgun Foofurb Fire

Location: Golden Trout Wilderness, Sequoia NF, Kern Co. CA
Specific Location: N of Glacier Pt. Road, Lat 36° 20´ 11″, Lon 118° 32´ 8″

Date of Origin: 05/30/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/09/2009 6:30 am
Personnel: 90
Size: 900 acres
Percent Contained: not reported

Costs to Date: $354,000

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Situation as of 07/07/2009 7:30 am
Personnel: 90
Size: 899 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $280,000

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Situation as of 07/06/2009 7:30 am
Personnel: 89
Size: 615 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $280,000

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Situation as of 07/05/2009 7:15 am
Personnel: 89
Size: 615 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $240,000

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Situation as of 07/04/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 89
Size: 478 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

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Situation as of 07/03/2009 6:30 am
Personnel: 89
Size: 412 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

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29 Jun 2009, 4:26pm
California
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Grouse Fire

Location: 3 miles S of Yosemite Valley, Mariposa Co., CA
Specific Location: N of Glacier Pt. Road, Lat 37° 41´ 27″, Lon 119° 41´ 1″

Date of Origin: 05/30/2009
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/11/2009 5:00 pm
Personnel: 149
Size: 3,047 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: $2,968,000

Incident Command transitioned from Type 3 IMT to ICT4 Kelly Singer, ICT4 (T) Curtis Richmond. This will be the last report unless significant fire activity occurs.

As predicted, the final fire size is ~3,000 acres. Suppression costs are ~$1,000 per acre burned.

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Situation as of 07/09/2009 8:00 am
Personnel: 232
Size: 3,039 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $2,601,330

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Situation as of 07/07/2009 6:30 pm
Personnel: 227
Size: 3,007 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $1,702,000

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Situation as of 07/05/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 358
Size: 2,592 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $1,702,000

Division Y is almost tied in from Glacier Point Road to Wawona Road. Continue burnout along Division Y containment line, burn out interior south of Grouse Creek, holding.

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Situation as of 07/04/2009 5:30 pm
Personnel: 358
Size: 2,300 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $1,480,000

The planned fire size is approximately 3,000 acres.

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Situation as of 07/04/2009 1:00 pm
Personnel: 348
Size: 2,160 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

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Situation as of 07/03/2009 8:00 pm
Personnel: 335
Size: 1,500 acres
Percent Contained: 17%

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1 Jun 2009, 11:33am
California
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Recent Lightning Activity Sparks Fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest

US Forest Service News Release [here]

REDDING , Calif. (May 29, 2009) – Severe thunderstorm activity on Thursday produced over 900 lightning strikes in Northern California resulting in four small fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. As the lightning-caused fires were discovered, Forest Service firefighters immediately responded and began fire suppression activity.

The Corral Fire, located about ten miles west of Hayfork, in the vicinity of the Indian Valley Guard Station, was discovered around 4 p.m. Thursday. The fire is controlled and was successfully contained to ¼ of an acre in size.

The Wilson Fire, located about six miles west of Platina, was called in at 7:21 p.m. Thursday. It was successfully contained at ¼ of an acre. Firefighters are on scene and will continue to work on fully controlling the fire.

The Donaldson Fire, located about four miles NE of Hayfork, is contained at 1/2 acre in size. Firefighters predict full control of this fire Friday evening.

Firefighters are also on scene at a fire discovered earlier today. The West Fire, a small fire located just north of the Yolla Bolla-Middle Eel Wilderness, was successfully controlled Friday evening.

Fire lookout facilities are staffed and aerial reconnaissance is on-going during this period of high fire potential.

Forest Service meteorologists expect continued lightning activity for the next four to seven days with an accompanying increased chance of precipitation.

Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

General fire information can be found at: http://www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity

6 May 2009, 4:21pm
California
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Jesusita Fire

Location: Mission Canyon, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Co. CA
Specific Location: Los Padres NF N of Jesusita Lane, Lat 37° 28´; Lon 114° 43´ 30″

Date of Origin: 05/05/2009
Cause: Human

Situation as of 05/15/2009 7:00 pm
Personnel: 1,857
Size: 8,733 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Suppression Costs to Date : $18.6 million

80 homes destroyed, 15 homes damaged; 79 outbuildings destroyed; 2 outbuildings damaged; 1 commercial property destroyed.

All evacuation warnings have been lifted.

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Situation as of 05/10/2009 7:00 pm
Personnel: 4,543
Size: 8,733 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Suppression Costs to Date : $7.4 million

The influence of the fog continues to cause the fire to lay down at night. Interior burning North towards East Camino Cielo will continue. Fire is in the West Cold Springs Creek but fire has slowed its progression due to the marine influence.

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Situation as of 05/09/2009 1:30 pm
Personnel: 4,321
Size: 8,733 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Suppression Costs to Date : $6.8 million

Structures Destroyed Updated: 47 residences have been damaged and 33 destroyed

The fire showed minimal growth overnight, due to the marine inversion that pushed inland.

Total Fire Personnel: 4,321 Total Personnel (2,054 CAL FIRE)
498 Engines (90 CAL FIRE)
104 Hand Crews (84 CAL FIRE)
35 Dozers (20 CAL FIRE)
0 Helicopters
45 Water tenders

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Situation as of 05/09/2009 7:00 am
Personnel: 4,222
Size: 8,700 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Suppression Costs to Date : $4.3 million

Structures Destroyed: 80 residences either damaged or destroyed

The fire showed minimal growth overnight, due to the marine inversion that pushed inland.

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Situation as of 05/08/2009 7:00 am
Personnel: 2,335
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

The fire continues to spread N towards Camino Cielo, E towards Cold Spring Creek, W towards Mario Ignacio and S along the foothills of Santa Barbara and Goleta.

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Situation as of 05/07/2009 7:00 pm
Personnel: 2,303
Size: 2,739 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Suppression Cost to Date : $1.8 million

Structures Destroyed: 75 residences

Structures Threatened: 3,500 residences and 100 commercial properties

Strong downslope winds that pushed the fire to the East are predicted to continue this evening.

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Situation as of 05/07/2009 11:40 am
Personnel: 1,394
Size: 1,300 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Reported 14,000 people evacuated, “dozens” of homes burned.

Mandatory evacuation orders cover areas to the east of Morada Lane and Ontare Road, from Foothill to San Roque roads, down to Alamar Roads, along State Street to Constance Avenue, along Garden Street to Micheltorena and up to Alameda Padre Serra, continuing to Sycamore Canyon Road to Foothill Road, tying in to El Cielito Road and up to East Camino Cielo.

Warning areas include areas east of La Cumbre Road to State Street, north of De la Vina to Anapamu streets, up to Anacapa and south to De La Guerra streets, north to Milpas Street, down to Montecito Street and up to Alameda Padre Serra

Residents in the mandatory evacuation area who are physically unable to evacuate on their own, should call the Jesusita Fire Call Center at 681-5197. Please do not call 911 as the system is overloaded.

Ten helicopters are on the scene, with 12 more on order. In addition, 12 airtankers are expected to be making drops while conditions permit.

Five Ventura County Firefighters were injured when their engine was over-run atop Spyglass Hill melting the plastic on interior of engine, burning all 5 firefighters on board. All were sent to Cottage Hospital initially then three firefighters were airlifted to the Grossman Burn Center with 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns but none of them are considered critical.

Red flag warning in effect until 10 am Friday for the Santa Ynez range and Santa Barbara south coast due to gusty northerly winds and low humidity. Temps in the 90’s.

Note: this fire is very close to the area burned last Fall by the Tea Fire [here]

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Situation as of 05/06/2009 at 2:00 pm
Personnel: 884
Size: 196 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

An evacuation order is in place for all locations North of Hwy 192 / Foothill from Orada Rd and Ontare Rd to El Cielito Rd / Gibralter Rd to East Camino Cielo. For more information contact the County of Santa Barbara Call Center at (805) 681-5197.

1,200 homes evacuated, 2,000 threatened. Sixteen schools and child care centers closed.

Red flag warning in effect until 10 am Friday for the Santa Ynez range and Santa Barbara south coast due to gusty northerly winds and low humidity. Temps in the 90’s.

Update 05/06/2009 5 pm:

~12 homes burned. Fire 400+ acres. Aerial video [here]

Post-Fire Vegetation Conditions on the National Forests

The USFS RAVG interactive website [here]:

… offers an initial description of post-fire vegetative conditions using the Rapid Assessment of Vegetation Condition after Wildfire (RAVG) process. RAVG analysis looks at fires that burn more than 1,000 acres of forested National Forest System (NFS) lands, beginning with fires that occurred in 2007. These fires result in direct losses of vegetative cover and many of the benefits associated with forested ecosystems.

NFS lands experience thousands of wildfires every year, most of which are relatively small. The largest fires typically account for 90% of the total acreage burned. RAVG analysis provides a first approximation of areas that due to severity of the fire may require reforestation treatments. These reforestation treatments would re-establish forest cover and restore associated ecosystem services. This initial approximation could be followed by a site-specific diagnosis and development of a silvicultural prescription identifying reforestation needs.

Search for RAVG wildfire summaries using the Select Wildfires… “By Year…”, “By State…”, or “By National Forest/Grassland…” menus (does not allow multiple criteria selection) to produce lists of wildfires; or, you may select an individual wildfire using the “By Wildfire…” selection menu. You may also select a Forest Service Region on the map below to display a wildfire list for that region of the United States.

15 Nov 2008, 5:01pm
California
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Freeway Complex Fires

This Complex’s name has now been changed back to the Freeway Complex. It was changed to the Triangle Complex Fires yesterday morning, and includes the Freeway Fire (Riverside Fwy, Corona, Yorba Linda) and the Landfill Fire (Brea Fire, Carbon Canyon area). The fires merged on 11/16. The game with the name has to do with paperwork at CalFire. The switcheroos were meant to clarify but instead have obfuscated.

Location: Riverside and Orange Cos., CA
Specific Location: Anaheim Hills, 91 Fwy at Green River heading into Orange Co. towards Yorba Linda, Brea, Diamond Bar

Date of Origin: 11/15/2008
Cause: Unknown at this time

Situation as of 11/19/2008 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,633
Size: 30,305 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Cost to Date : $16.1 million

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15 Nov 2008, 8:44am
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Sayre Fire

Location: Sylmar, Los Angeles Co. CA

Specific Location: Schoolhouse Canyon to Kagel Mountain, Sylmar Hills

Date of Origin: 11/14/2008
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as 11/19/2008 at 9:15 PM
Personnel: 1,360
Size: 11,234 acres
Percent contained: 85%

Los Angeles City and County damage inspection teams continue fire damage assessment.

Fire activity in the Placerita Canyon area was limited to a creeping, smoldering ground fire. Firefighters are continuing to hold and improve constructed firelines south of Placerita Canyon and are putting out any hot spots 300 feet inside the fire lines.

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14 Nov 2008, 8:45pm
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Tea Fire

Location: Montecito, Santa Barbara Co. CA

Specific Location: Cold Springs Creek and Hot Springs Road

Date of Origin: 11/13/2008
Cause: Under investigation

Situation as 11/17/2008 at 6:30 PM
Personnel: 756
Size: 1,940 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Cost to Date: $5.7 million

100 percent containment achieved this evening. Significant mop up, damage assessment, and fire clean up remains. Traffic restricted for public safety.

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13 Oct 2008, 7:00pm
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Juliet Fire

Location: SE portion of Camp Pendleton Marine Base, 2 mi N of Oceanside, San Diego Co, CA

Specific Location: Lat 33° 18´ 39″ Lon 117° 17´ 46″

Date of Origin: 10/13/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 10/15/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 148
Size: 4,026 acres
Percent Containment: 90%

Costs to Date: $1,650,000

Structures Destroyed: NONE

Some residential areas on Camp Pendelton remain evacuated due to damaged infrastructure.

Expectation is to transition incident back to Camp Pendelton Fire and Emergency Services at 0700 on 10/16/08. Small increase in acreage is due to more accurate mapping with GIS staff. Isolated interior hot spots remain to be mopped up.

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Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 719 (not updated)
Size: 3,980 acres
Percent Containment: 60%

Costs to Date: $700,000

Some residential areas on Camp Pendleton remain evacuated due to fire hazard and damaged infrastructure. All of the off-base evacuations have been lifted and all roads within Oceanside and Fallbrook will be opened to unrestricted traffic at 2200.

Smoldering surface fire in heavier fuels. Incident resources assisted with an IA fire in the Las Pulgas area that closed I-5 for an hour today.

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Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 AM
Personnel: 351 (not updated)
Size: 3,650 acres
Percent Containment: 25%

Google Earth fire map from 7:00 AM today shows active fire in N. Camp Pendleton and less than a half mile from residential areas of Fallbrook, Hellers Bend, and Bonsall (adjacent to Sleeping Indian Road).

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Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 351
Size: 1,500 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Evacuations on Camp Pendleton and in residential housing tracts SE of the Base in Oceanside. Federal Type 2 team is svheduled to assume management of the fire at 6:00 AM Tuesday. No mention of possible threat to San Onofre State Park and nuclear generating station.

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Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel:
Size: 500 acres
Percent Containment: 5%

13 Oct 2008, 6:54pm
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Sesnon Fire

Location: San Fernando Valley, E of Simi Valley, Los Angeles Co., CA

Specific Location: Browns Canyon, Porter Ranch, Aliso Canyon, Mormon Canyon, Hialeah Springs, Lat 34° 18´ 35″ Lon 118° 36´ 32″

Date of Origin: 10/13/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 10/17/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 1,377
Size: 14,703 acres
Percent Containment: 100%

Costs to Date: $12,062,314

Structures Destroyed: 15 residences, 63 outbuildings

Demob efforts continue to progress quickly and smoothly. Transition to jurisdictional agencies is planned to occur on 10/19 at 0700.

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Situation as of 10/15/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 2,847
Size: 13,825 acres
Percent Containment: 50%

Costs to Date: $6,100,000

Structures Destroyed: 15 residences (revised), 47 outbuildings

Previously evacuated citizens are being allowed to return in selected areas. Reduction in number of structures “destroyed” is a result of more comprehensive assessment by damage assessment personnel.

Continue direct line construction. Due to the favorable change in wind and weather, decreasing fire behavior, and significant success in containment operations, significant demob of resources is expected to begin tomorrow.

Moderate to high intensity fire behavior was observed with isolated wind and slope driven runs on the southwest and northwest flanks of the fire.

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Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 2,338
Size: 13,285 acres
Percent Containment: 20%

Costs to Date: $2,500,000

Structures Destroyed: 19 residences , 47 outbuildings

Fire extends from Las Llajas Canyon near Simi Valley to Bee Canyon near San Fernando. Fire is still W of Balboa Blvd.

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Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 AM
Personnel: 789 (not updated)
Size: 10,000 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Google Earth fire map from 7:00 AM today shows active fire from Northridge to Bee Canyon S of Sesnon Blvd.

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Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 789
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Fire behavior has been extremely erratic due to Santa Ana winds. Long range spotting has been observed.

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Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel:
Size: 6,000+ acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Evacuations: Twin Lakes, Indian Hills, Porter Ranch, Renaissance community, Hialeah Springs, Box Canyon, Bell Canyon, Woolsey Canyon, Lake Manor, Dayton Canyon, Browns Canyon, Twin Lakes area, W of Valley Circle.

Evacuation Centers: Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, Ventura County Fairgrounds (for livestock only).

Fire jumped Hwy 118 in the Porter Ranch area. Hwy is closed at Reseda. Fatal traffic accident w/vehicle fire on the 118 freeway near Porter Ranch evacuations.

Winds gusts are 60 to 70 mph. Unconfirmed reports of the Aliso oil field on fire. Fire has come S out of the hills and is burning in residential areas near Chatsworth at the N end of Topanga Canyon Blvd, S of the Reagan Freeway (Hwy 118).

Driven by Santa Ana winds, the fire has spread W from Mission Peak to the hills W of Rocky Peak just E of Simi Valley.

12 Oct 2008, 1:32pm
California
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Marek Fire

Location: 3 mi E of San Fernando, Los Angeles Co., CA
Specific Location: Little Tujunga Canyon, Kagel Canyon, Lake View Terrace, Lat 34° 17´ 41″ Lon 118° 21´ 40″

Date of Origin: 10/12/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 10/17/2008 at 6:00 AM
Personnel: 262
Size: 4,824 acres
Percent contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $6,097,386

Structures Destroyed: 41 residences , 22 outbuildings, 2 commercial buildings

The fire will be turned back to the forest and a type 3 organization at 0600 today.

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Situation as of 10/15/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 499
Size: 4,824 acres
Percent contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $4,059,455

Structures Destroyed: 41 residences , 22 outbuildings, 2 commercial buildings

All evacuations have been lifted. Osborne Road south of the 210 Fwy to Foothill Blvd and Pacoima Road to Pacoima Dam remains closed. The evacuation center at San Fernando High School remains open.

The following structures were lost during the fire storm on the morning of October 13th: Skyview Terrace Mobile Home Park, 6 residences damaged and 38 destroyed; Dexter Canyon, 2 residences damaged and 2 destroyed; Lower Lopez Canyon, 1 residence damaged, 1 commercial building damaged and 2 commercial buildings destroyed.

With diminishing winds and successful suppression efforts, fire activity was limited to creeping a smoldering of unburned fuels well within containment lines. Significant demob of resources occurred today. Crews completed line construction on the north perimeter. Major progress was made on mop-up and rehab. Resources continued to patrol and provide structure protection resources.

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Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,471
Size: 4,824 acres
Percent contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $3,204,323

Structures Destroyed: 39 residences , 5 outbuildings

Lopez Canyon remains under mandatory evacuation with limited access to some businesses and Kagel Canyon is open to residents only. All other evacuations were lifted today. All freeway and road closures were lifted today with the exception of Osborne Road south of the 210 Fwy and Pacoima Road to Pacoima Dam. The evacuation center at San Fernando High School remains open. The large animal evacuation center located at Pierce College and small animal evacuation center located at the North Mission Shelter remains open.

With diminishing winds and successful suppression efforts, active burning was limited to unburned islands of fuels well within containment lines and the burnout operation on the north perimeter. Demob of excess resources is in progress.

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Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 AM
Personnel: 1,297 (not updated)
Size: 4,824 acres
Percent contained: 70%

Google Earth fire map from 7:00 AM today shows active fire NW of Pacoima Reservoir and on Kagel Mountain.

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Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 1,297
Size: 4,726 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Structures Lost: 39 residences, 5 outbuildings. Structures Threatened: 3,000 residences, 600 outbuildings

Mandatory evacuations were established for Lake View Terrace north of the 210 Fwy, Sylmar on the north and east interface, the area east of the Pacoima Wash and the area north of the 210 Fwy from Hillside to the 5 Fwy. Olive View Hospital is under evacuation in place. Mandatory evacuations and road closures will remain in effect for Lopez, Kagel and Tujunga Canyon. Evacuation centers are established at San Fernando High School and Sylmar High School. A large animal evacuation center is established at Pierce College and a small animal evacuation center is established at the North Mission Shelter.

38 mobile homes were destroyed in the Valley View Estates this morning. One single family dwelling and garage was destroyed in the Dexter Park area. The 210 Fwy was closed between the 5 Fwy and Hwy 2. A transient citizen in the Sylmar area was found fatally burned in a makeshift dwelling this morning.

Extreme Santa Ana wind driven fire runs with spotting ahead of the fire front. Progress constructing line and mop-up around structures and along containment lines. Resources conducted burnout operations on the northwest perimeter.

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Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: no update
Size: 4,726 acres
Percent contained: 5%

Structures Lost: 35 residences, 5 outbuildings. Structures Threatened: not updated

3,800 residents evacuated from Lopez Canyon to Hubbard St and North of 210 Fwy, Kagel Canyon. Lopez Rd closed to the 210 Fwy. MacClay Health Center and UCLA Olive View Medical Center evacuated most fragile infirm patients and newborns this morning.

Evacuation Center: Sylmar HS, 13050 Borden Ave, Sylmar and San Fernando H.S., 1133 Omelveny St., San Fernando. Livestock Evacuation Center: Hansen Dam equestrian center.

Wind driven fire runs with spotting 1/8 mile ahead of the fire were common. Coordinated air and ground suppression limited fire spread.

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Situation as of 10/12/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 835
Size: 2,212 acres
Percent contained: 25%

Structures Lost: 1 residences, 5 outbuildings. Structures Threatened: 450 residences, 200 outbuildings

Evacuations of Lopez and Kagel Canyons. An evacuation center has been established at San Fernando High School, 1133 O’Melveny, San Fernando, CA. An animal evacuation center has been established at Lake View Terrace and the 210 Fwy. Mandatory evacuations and road closures remain in effect for Lopez, Kagel and Tujunga Canyon.

Wind driven fire runs with spotting 1/8 mile ahead of the fire were common. Coordinated air and ground suppression limited fire spread. Line construction on the west/southwest perimeter. Patrol and mop-up along Little Tujunga Canyon Road. Continue to provide structure protection resources.

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Situation as of 10/12/2008 at 1:00 PM
Personnel: 1,000+
Size: 750+ acres
Percent contained: 50%

Structures Lost: 2 residences, 1 outbuilding

Evacuations of Lopez and Kagel Canyons. An evacuation center has been established at San Fernando High School, 1133 O’Melveny, San Fernando, CA.

Fire activity is expected to be extreme with Santa Ana wind conditions predicted.

3 Oct 2008, 9:34am
Arizona California
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Sacramento Fire

Location: N of Topock, AZ, 10 mi SE of Needles, CA

Specific Location: N of I-40, both sides Colorado River, Havasu Natl Wildlife Refuge to Moab Regional Park, Lat 34° 43´ 38″ Lon 114° 28´ 39″

Date of origin: 09/29/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 10/01/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 119
Size: 328 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Hwy 66 closed. Structures Threatened: 20 residences , 2 commercial , 12 outbuildings

Firefighter Fatality: from the Havasu Sun News, Thursday, October 2, 2008 [here]

An Arizona Department of Corrections officer collapsed and died of apparent natural causes Wednesday while fighting a wild fire near Topock.

Douglas Falconer was the supervisor of an inmate wild fire hand crew from Globe brought in to fight the so-called Sacramento Fire under the direction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The fire, which started Sunday, has burned at least 328 acres in the Havasu Wildlife Refuge and was 30 percent contained Wednesday, according to a USFWS press release.

According to the Department of Corrections, officers and inmates on the hand crew responded with emergency medical assistance when Falconer collapsed, but they were unable to revive him. …

 
  
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