4 Aug 2008, 9:47pm
California
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Craig Fire

Location: Lake Oroville, Butte Co., CA

Specific Location: Craig Access, Lat 39° 34´ 0″ Lon 121° 22´ 1″

Date of Origin: 08/03/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 295
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $11,900,000

CAL FIRE Incident Command Team 5 will transition the incident back to the Butte Unit at 11:00 on 8/13/08.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 952
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $10,400,000

100% containment. All evacuations and road closures have been rescinded. Continue mop-up and fire line suppression repair, and demobilization of excess resources.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,365
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $8,800,000

All evacuations and road closures have been rescinded. Expected containment this evening at 1800 hrs.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,365
Size: 2,001 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: no update, est. $6.5 million

All evacuations and road closures have been rescinded. Acreage reduction due to more accurate mapping.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,517
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: no update, est. $5.5 million

The fire made minimal short runs in the afternoon, with slow backing fire near the river’s edge. Fire continues to be burning in surface litter with flame length’s not exceeding 5 feet, with occasional transition into the ladder fuels.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,435
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence , 1 outbuilding

Road closures at Lumpkin Road and Happy Hollow Lane in Feather Falls. Evacuations on Mills Ranch Road, Onyett Road, Kanaka Ranch Road.

Butte Unit still working the Butte Lightning Complex along with the SRA portion of the Canyon Complex. Unit drawdown creating problems with supporting all three incidents at this time due to fire burning conditions and the structure threat to Berry Creek and Feather Falls. All the fires from the recent lighting series that came through the area have been contained.

Fire continues to move N and NE making short intense runs through the brush. Single and group torching leading to spot fires across the containment lines.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 1,225
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $2,400,000

Road closures at Lumpkin Road and Happy Hollow Lane in Feather Falls. Evacuations on Mills Ranch Road, Onyett Road, Kanaka Ranch Road.

There has been increased fire activity in the mid morning to the late afternoon hours, where the drainages and wind align. Short intense fire runs with flame lengths in excess of 15 feet and a rate of spread between 65 and 70 chains per hour. Slight RH recovery in the afternoon has had minimal impact on the fuel moistures.

Butte unit experienced moderate to heavy amounts of lightning in the Chico, Paradise, Forest Ranch, Butte Meadows and Stirling City areas with one confirmed new fire and two other possible fires as of this morning.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 10:00 PM
Personnel: 1,067
Size: 2,500 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Structures threatened north of Lumpkin Road to Island Bar Hill Road. Immediate evacuations in progress in these areas.

Torching and spotting. The fire continued to make up-canyon runs to the east during the day. Late afternoon development of thunder cells over the incident caused erratic downdrafts which affected fire control operations, forcing crews to retreat to safety zones.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 678
Size: 1,000 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Potential structure threats if fire cannot be held at Lake Oroville. Spotting 1/2 mile, Middle Fork of the Feather River may not hold the spread. Large Potential for spotting across and into the community of Berry Creek where hundreds of homes are located. Fire spread to the east up canyon. North winds are predicted for Tuesday.

4 Aug 2008, 8:54pm
California
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Sherwin Fire

Location: 2 miles S of Mammoth Lakes, Mono Co., CA

Specific Location: Inyo NF, Lat 37° 36´ 38″ Lon 118° 56´ 25″

Date of Origin: 08/03/2008
Cause: human

Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 AM
Personnel: 80
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,992,608

Transfer of command today from SoCal Team One to a local Forest Team.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 461
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $2,584,214

The fire was fully contained today and crews will continue to mop up well with the containment lines to suppress heat sources and smoke. One fire fighter was burned today while mopping up, received partial thickness burns to his leg and was transported to local hospital.

Demobilization of resources in support of other incidents has begun. There is a tentative plan to return the fire back to the Inyo National Forest on 8/10/2008 at 0600hrs.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 601
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 71%

Costs to Date: $1,342,646

Crews were able to establish water handling operations from the top and bottom of the fire. This will allow the firefighters to mop up the fire well within the containment lines and prevent any further spread of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 AM
Personnel: 588
Size: 347 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $555,405

Crews will continue to implement direct attack on the fire. Structure protection in the immediate fire area as well as for the Town of Mammoth Lakes. Building lines in critical areas of the fire. Crews where unable to work some areas of the fire due to snags and heavy dead and down fuels. The majority of fire activity was interior with no apprehensible fire growth.

The fire was able to support initial attack in the Eastern Sierra/Inyo National Forest, providing handcrews, aircraft and engines.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 11:30 AM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 230 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire is backing down the ridge towards a private group camp with ~10 cabins and YMCA camp with 10-15 cabins. Moderate runs and individual tree torching.

30 Jul 2008, 12:51am
California
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Rich Bar Fire

Location: 2 miles E of Rich Bar, Plumas Co., CA

Specific Location: S of Hwy 70, Serpentine Canyon, E Fork Feather River, Lat 40° 01´ 18″ Lon 121° 09´ 56″

Date of Origin: 07/29/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 AM
Personnel: 198
Size: 6,112
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $13,233,637

Transfer of command to Type 3 IC and return of incident management to the Forest at 0600 today. Minnesota IMT closeout at 1200 hrs.

Fuels within interior islands continue to be consumed.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 239
Size: 6,112
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $12,403,104

Little or no fire spread. Fuels within interior islands continue to be consumed.

Continue with suppression rehab and patrol. 75% of the fire is in patrol status only.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 435
Size: 6,112
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $11,948,366

Crews continue with mop-up with Divs B & C in patrol status. Rush Creek and Virgilia Roads are open only to residents. Caribou Road and adjacent campgrounds on the North Fork open to public use.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 472
Size: 6,112
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $11,529,946

The Forest closure was reduced today to encompass a smaller area around the fire. The Caribou Road and the adjacent campgrounds on the North Fork of the Feather River are now open to public use.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 515
Size: 6,112 (Rich Fire 6,112 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs again reported with Canyon Complex)
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $11,127,960

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 572
Size: 6,112 (Rich Fire 6,112 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs again reported with Canyon Complex)
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $10,613,444

100% containment today. Transfer of command to Mannelin’s Minnesota IMT will take place at 0600 hours on 8/10. Continue mop-up on entire fire and begin suppression rehab.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 707
Size: 6,586 (Rich Fire 6,112 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $9,986,000

Crews continue with heavy mop-up on all divisions. The Rush Creek and Virgilia Roads are open only to residents. Forest closures include Bucks Lake Wilderness and the Middle Fork of the Feather River Canyon. Continued transition with Type 2 IMT (Mannelin)

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Situation as of 08/07/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 912
Size: 6,586 (Rich Fire 6,112 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $9,403,000

Structures Destroyed: 2 residences, 7 outbuildings

The Rush Creek and Virgilia Roads are open only to residents. Forest closures include Bucks Lake Wilderness and the Middle Fork of the Feather River Canyon.

PNW Team 2 began transition with Type 2 IMT (Mannelin). Little or no fire spread was observed. Fuels within interior islands continue to be consumed.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 1,137
Size: 6,570 (Rich Fire 6,042 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 57%

Costs to Date: $6,981,526

Structures Destroyed: 2 residences, 7 outbuildings

All evacuations were lifted at 1000. This includes Rich Bar, Rich Gulch, Rush Creek, and Virgilia. The Rush Creek and Virgilia Roads are open only to residents. Highway 70 continues to use a pilot car operation. Forest closures include Bucks Lake Wilderness and the Middle Fork of the Feather River Canyon.

Crews continue with heavy mop-up on the southern and western perimeters. Burnout operations were completed on the eastern perimeter.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 1,170
Size: 6,571 (Rich Fire 6,043 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 53%

Est containment date: 8/10/08

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Situation as of 08/03/08 5:30 PM
Personnel: 1,065
Size: 6,371 (Rich Fire 5,897 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $4,189,164 (Rich Fire: $4,114,000. Belden Fire $75,164 costs. Belden Fire costs reflect only suppression activities (air operations only) since 7/30. Previous Belden Fire costs are included in Canyon Complex costs.)

Structures Destroyed: 2 residences

Highway 70 continues to use a pilot car operation. Evacuated residents are being escorted into their property for a short term assessment of damage. No evacuees are being allowed back into their residences on a permanent basis.

Completion of burnout operations in the Fales Basin area. Crews continue to construct direct and indirect handline on the eastern perimeters. Moderate slopover occurred from burnout operations on the northwestern portion of the fire near the 26N22 road. Helicopter bucket drops were heavily used in conjunction with hand crews and engines.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 5:00 PM
Personnel: 890
Size: 5,673 (Rush Fire 5,199 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $2,209,500

Highway 70 continues to use a pilot car operation. The USFS structure protection/evacuation plan was revised by CalFire, County O.E.S. and local Sheriff’s office.

Burnout operations conducted in the Virgilia area. Crews continue to construct direct and indirect handline on the northwest and eastern perimeters.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 4:30 PM
Personnel: 646
Size: 5,198 acres (Rush Fire 4,724 acs, Belden Fire 474 acs)
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $1,595,500

Re-opened Highway 70 utilizing pilot cars.

Belden Fire, formerly with the Canyon Complex, is now included in this fire (since they are only 2 mi apart). Rich Fire: 4,724 acres, 10% contained, $1,590,000 costs. Belden Fire: 474 acres, 70% contained, $5,500 costs reflecting suppression activities (air operations only) since PNW Team 2 took command on 7/31 at 1800. Previous Belden Fire costs are included in Canyon Complex costs.

Moderate to high fire behavior with group torching and low-duration crowning. In Branch I, south of East Branch North Fork Feather River, continue burning the east flank of the fire to the river. In Branch II on the western flank, hold and secure line from Deadwood Gulch to Road 26N22 and continue preparation Road 26N22 to the north. In Branch III on the western flank, continue line construction from Road 26N67 to Rush Creek. Hold and secure line from the Rich Gulch area to Rush Creek. Improve roads and construct dozer line from Road 26N67 northerly.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 284
Size: 4,200 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: not updated

High fire behavior; group torching and short duration crowning. Continuing structure protection assessment for communities at risk along CA Highway 70 and plan for potential additional evacuations.

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: 170
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $200,000

Evacuations in-place for the communities of Rich Bar, Rush Creek and Virgilia. Hard road closure in-place on CA Highway 70.

Transition from Arizona CWZ Type 2 Team (Sciacca, IC) to PNW 2 Type 1 Team (Hoff, IC). Continue structure protection assessment for communites at risk along CA Highway 70 and plan for potential additional evacuations.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Personnel: not reported
Size: 50 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Initial attack by crews from the Canyon Complex [here]. Fire is 4 mi E of Belden Fire in Canyon Complex. High fire behavior with group torching, spotting, and extended uphill runs.

26 Jul 2008, 11:25pm
California
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Telegraph Fire

Location: Merced River Canyon and watershed, Mariposa Co., CA

Specific Location: between Hwys 140 and 49, Midpines Area, Lat 37° 34´ 3″ Lon 119° 59´ 49″

Date of Origin: 07/25/2008
Cause: Human, target shooting

Situation as of 08/07/08 noon
Total Personnel: 336
Size: 34,091 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $38,350,000

Incident transitioned to local Unit at 1100 today, Aug 7.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 noon
Total Personnel: 907
Size: 34,091 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $37,620,588

Structures Destroyed: 30 residences , 100 outbuildings

After a thorough damage inspection there were more destroyed residences and outbuildings than originally reported.

Normal power was restored to Yosemite and El Portal. Minimal fire behavior observed. Strengthen and improve fire lines. Continue fire suppression repair.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 noon
Total Personnel: 1,926
Size: 34,091 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $34,822,386

A Local Assistance and Distribution Center has been set up by American Red Cross and Mariposa County. The Center is located at the Midpines Community Center.

Fire suppression repair and damage inspection has underway. PG&E plans on reenergizing the 70kv line this evening restoring normal power to Yosemite and El Portal.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 noon
Total Personnel: 3,974
Size: 34,091 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $32,090,376

Structures Destroyed: 21 residences , 33 outbuildings

A Local Assistance and Distribution Center has been set up by American Red Cross and Mariposa County. The Center is located at the Midpines Community Center. The incident will continue damage inspection over the next several days.

Approximately 35 percent of Suppression Repair is completed; the majority of repair left is on Federal Land. Significant demobilization of resources is in progress. PG&E is currently working to restore the damaged 70kv line to Yosemite and El Portal.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 noon
Total Personnel: 3,974
Size: 34,091 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $28,923,147

All evacuation orders and warnings were been lifted as of 2200 last night. Fire suppression repair is ongoing. Significant demobilization of resources is in progress.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 4,541
Size: 34,034 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

The majority of residents were allowed to re-enter with the exception of Sherlock Road and parts of the community of Midpines. Road restrictions on Highway 140 East of Mariposa may affect access to Yosemite National Park. Visitors to Yosemite National Park are encouraged to explore other access routes. Various other road restrictions remain in place in and around the fire area. Sherlock Road remains closed to residents.

Active fire behavior has been isolated to the north and east flanks of the fire. Other areas are experiencing short runs in the interior fire area due to lower humidity and higher temperatures.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 4,427
Size: 33,705 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Structures Destroyed: 21 Residences and 33 Outbuildings

Cost to Date: $18.8 million

The communities of Midpines, Greeley Hill and Coulterville are under an evacuation advisory.

Hwy 140 will have various restrictions East of Mariposa. As of 12 p.m. the following roads are in the evacuation area: Texas Hill Rd., Dogtown Rd from Texas Hill Rd to Schilling Rd., Schilling Rd to Hwy 49N, Mikleoaks Rd. with road closure beginning at Hwy 49N.

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Situation as of 07/30/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 3,792
Size: 32,063+ acres (not updated but the fire has grown ~1,000 acres since last report, according to satellite imagery, see below)
Percent Contained: 40%

Structures Destroyed: 21 Residences and 33 Outbuildings

Cost to date: $15 million

Hwy 140 has various restrictions East of Mariposa. As of 12 p.m. the following roads are in the evacuation area: Texas Hill Rd, Dogtown Rd from Texas Hill Rd to Schilling Rd, Schilling Rd to Hwy 49N, Mykleoaks Rd with road closure beginning at Hwy 49N.

Two Incident Command Teams employing 443 Fire Engines, 74 Hand Crews, 65 Dozers, 39 Watertenders, 13 Helicopters, 12 Airtankers. [Quite an array of equipment, possibly some sort of record for a fire this size. CalFire has pulled out all stops, which we approve of and salute - Ed].

Map image courtesy Firefighter Blog [here]

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Situation as of 07/30/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 3,790
Size: 32,063 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Structures Destroyed: 21 Residences and 32 Outbuildings

Cost to date: $13.9 million

Mandatory Evacuations: Various roads between Mariposa, Midpines and Greeley Hill.

Evacuation Warnings: Parts of the communities of Mariposa, Midpines, Greeley Hill, Coulterville, and Briceburg.

Partial and/or complete closure of Hwy 140 leading to the main entrance to Yosemite National Park.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 3,458
Size: 29,600 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Destroyed: 25 Residences and 27 Outbuildings

Cost to date: $9,096,147.00

A mandatory evacuation for the Midpines Community is in effect. An evacuation advisory is in effect for all residences in the immediate fire area; which includes communities East of North Highway 49 at Mykleoaks Road south to the Highway 140 junction. This also includes communities west of Highway 140 from Mariposa north to Briceburg.

Evacuation Center: Mariposa Elementary School – 5044 Jones Street, Mariposa.
Animal Evacuations: Contact the animal evacuation hotline at 209-966-3615.

The fire is making major runs in all directions thru thick stands of Manzanita, Chamise, and Oak. Extreme fire behavior was observed with flames lengths of up to 100 feet reported. Similar burning conditions are expected in the next 24 hours. The fire is moving into the Sierra and Stanislaus Forest, affecting 70kv transmission line providing power to Yosemite Valley. A firing operation in the Dogtown area may generate visible smoke over the next 24 hours.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 3,173
Size: 26,130 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Destroyed: 12 Residences and 27 Outbuildings

As of 5 p.m. the following roads are in the evacuation area: Texas Hill Rd., Dogtown Rd from Texas Hill Rd to Schilling Rd., Schilling Rd to Hwy 49N, Mykleoaks Rd. with road closure beginning at Hwy 49N.

A community meeting will be held on July 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mariposa High School Gymnasium located at 5074 Old Highway North, Mariposa.

Note: some of the above info conflicts slightly with info received earlier. The above info is official, the other was unofficial.

Note #2: unofficially, the unofficial info is better. The unofficial info is that as many as 25 residences have been destroyed, and that fire acreage actually DID increase between 6:30 AM and 5:00 PM today. We shall see in the morning what the official updates say.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 4:30 PM
Total Personnel: 3,173
Size: ~30,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Destroyed: ~16 residences and 30+ outbuildings

An evacuation order is in place for the Midpines community. Various roads between Mariposa, Midpines and Greeley Hill are under a mandatory evacuation. A pre-evacuation advisement was issued to the communities of Mariposa, Midpines, Briceburg, Greeley Hill, Coulterville, Bear Valley, and Mt. Bullion Conservation Camp.

Evacuation warnings and/or orders are in place for residences in the immediate area of the fire.

An Evacuation Center has been established at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones St, Mariposa. A Community Meeting is scheduled for tonight at Mariposa High School, hour unspecified.

Hwy 140 is closed 3 miles E of Briceburg. The power to Yosemite Valley has been shut down for powerline safety reasons. The water supply system for the Mariposa Public Utility District is threatened.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:30 AM
Total Personnel: 2,543
Size: 26,130 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Structures Destroyed: 12 residences and 27 outbuildings

An evacuation order is in place for the Midpines community.

Evacuation warnings are in place for residences in the immediate area of the fire, which include the communities east of North Highway 49 at Mykleoaks Road south to the Highway 140 junction and communities west of Highway 140 from Mariposa north to Briceburg, including Greenley Hill, Coulterville, Bear Valley, and Mt. Bullion Camp.

Evacuation Center at Mariposa Elementary School, 5044 Jones St, Mariposa. A Community Meeting is being planned for night at the Mariposa High School.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 5:00 PM

Evac Orders (this is the best info I have at this time. If you have better info, please advise):

Evacuation order is in place for the Midpines community and the following areas: Foran, Avoca Vale, Alta Vista, Grosjean, Lake View, Serpentine, Penny Royal, French Camp.

A hard closure is being requested for Jenkins Hill as numerous residents are sheltering in place. Whitlock and Blue Oak Ridge may or may not be under evacuation.

Evacuation warnings are in place for the communities east of North Highway 49 at Mykleoaks Road south to the Highway 140 junction and communities west of Highway 140 from Mariposa north to Briceburg. In addition, Dog Town Road, Texas Hill, Wagner Road, and Schilling Road, and Mt Bullion Camp may have received evacuation warnings.

The following areas are under pre-evacuation advisement: The N side of Hwy 49 from Mykleoaks Road to Hwy 140 and 49 North intersection [that's the four-way stop]; Hwy 140 North Areas to through the Midpines areas continuing to the Briceburg area.

Phone lines are down in many places, eliminating the possibility of reverse-911 warnings. Sheriff deputies may be going door to door to warn residents in evacuation areas (if they have not all ready packed up and left).

Latest reports state the fire is moving briskly north/northeast deeper into the Merced River canyon. Further evacuations are being contemplated by CalFire.

Evacuation centers are at the Mariposa High School and Mariposa Elementary School; for animals at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. Offers to shelter large animals may be found at Telegraph Fire Mariposa/Midpines web forum [here].

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Situation as of 07/27/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,922
Size: 18,145 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

15 structures have been lost including 8 homes.

The northeast end of the community of Mariposa (Avaca Vale, French Camp and Penny Royal Roads) is being impacted by the fire at this time. A pre-evacuation advisement was issued to the communities of Midpines and Briceburg.

Active fire behavior is being observed in all directions primarily in the south and east flanks near the advisement areas. As of 2:00 pm satellite photos show a large plume of smoke from the fire being pushed by a wind out of the south. This would indicate that additional acres are most likely being consumed on the north side of the fire, east and southeast of Coulterville.

The national cable news channels are headlining the Telegraph Fire as a “Yosemite Fire”, but it is not near nor a threat to Yosemite. The fire is burning near and around Mariposa, (population of 17,000), 27 miles from Yosemite National Park (10 miles from El Portal, the Park entrance).

This information thanks to Ret. Capt. Mike at Firefighter Blog [here] and Bill Gabbert at Wildfire Today [here]

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Situation as of 07/27/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 900+
Size: ~24,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire expanded southward overnight. Now within 2 miles of Mariposa and Mt. Bullion according to GEOMAC mapping.

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Situation as of 07/26/08 9:00 PM
Total Personnel: 800+
Size: ~18,000 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Evacuation Warning to 150 homes with potential for warning and advisory to 300 homes (update: 2000 homes threatened). If fire continues in its current paths, the communities of Mariposa, Coulterville, and Greely Hill will be impacted. The fire has the potential to overrun communities. Midpines on Highway 140 and Bear Valley on Highway 49 are the most vulnerable overnight. An evacuation center has been established at the Mariposa High School.

The Merced River BLM Wild and Scenic Area had significant fire spread there today. The fire is moving toward the boundaries of the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests. Power has been lost in Yosemite Valley.

Fire on the north and south sides of the Merced River Canyon. Fire estimated to have grown from 1,000 to 18,000 acres today. For maps and latest updates see Firefighter Blog [here].

26 Jul 2008, 10:31am
California
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Yolla Bolly Complex Fires (Repost)

The Yolla Bolly Complex was originally named the June ABCD Complex [here]. On 6/29 these fires received a name change to Yolla Bolly Complex Fires. On 7/11, the Yolla Bolly 209 information was merged with the Lime Complex 209 information [here]. On 7/25 the complex was split off, and is now reporting on its own again.

Location: ~30 mi W of Red Bluff, Trinity, Tehema, Mendocino Cos., CA

Specific Location: Yolla Bolly Wilderness, Mendocino NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Lat 40° 4´ 13″ Lon 122° 57´ 55″

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

Situation as of 08/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 145
Size: 89,994 acres
Percent Contained: 100% (reported, but 85-90% actual)

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $16,100,000

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 235
Size: 89,994 acres
Percent Contained: 100% (reported, but 85-90% actual)

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $15.8 million

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Situation as of 08/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 253
Size: 89,994 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $15,400,000

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 297
Size: 89,389 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $15,200,000

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 311
Size: 89,389 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $15,100,000

Responsible official: Mendocino NF Forest Supervisor Tom Contreras
Phone Number: (530) 934-3316

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Situation as of 08/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 320
Size: 88,515 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: $14,700,000

Two Crews have suppressed a 9 acre spot fire near the break at Divisions I/J that was identified during yesterdays patrol flight and Rappelling and Helitack resources staffed two more hot areas near the perimeter of Division J. IR confirms that the fires within the wilderness continue to grow daily.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 334
Size: 87,987 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $14,600,000

The IR flight report indicated an intense heat near the line by the Division I/J break. The IA group was deployed to investigate and they found a burning snag several hundred feet inside the line. IA Crews are suppressing a 2 acre spot fire near the break at Divisions I/J that was identified during an afternoon recon flight. Currently the spot fire is causing no problems. IR confirms that the fires within the wilderness continue to grow daily.

Continued containment, mop-up, and rehab operations. Mop up and patrol in Divisions C and B. Fireline repair progressing on Trough Fire.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 354
Size: 87,456 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $14,400,000

The fixed wing Air Attack ship assigned to this incident experienced a mechanical failure with it’s landing gear and sustained some damage upon landing at the Redding Airport. There were no injuries associated with this incident.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 402
Size: 87,132 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $13,500,000

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 397
Size: 86,531 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $13,100,000

Lime Complex loaned a Skycrane which was utilized along with Martin Mars fixed wing for water drops. Short-range spots and numerous falling snags caused control problems on Division B slop over.

Active surface fire through heavy fuel concentrations, short crown runs, occasional torching and short range spotting up to 200 yds on isolated portions of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 422
Size: 86,192 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $12,600,000

Slopover resulting from a burning snag began to grow in early afternoon. The slopover grew fast enough that additional air resources were needed. Lime Complex loaned 2 Skycranes and Martin Mars was utilized for water drops. By 1730 three handcrews were on scene and will work much of the night if terrain allows.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 452
Size: 85,529 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $12,100,000

IR confirms that the fires within the wilderness continue to grow daily.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 487
Size: 83,806 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $11,400,000

Rocky Mountain IMT2 will take command of the Yolla Bolly complex at 0600 on 8/9/07, and will have their ICP out of the Ruth Camp.

Burnout along Powell Ridge to the Trinity River last evening and continued reinforcement of that line throughout the day. This action closed the last open section of line, however there about 10,000 acres of internal unburned area between the Yellow, Vinegar and Grouse Fires.

Grouse Fire 4,241 acs 90% contained. Vinegar Fire 45,255 acs 90% contained. Yellow Fire 30,624 acs 90% contained.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 553
Size: 82,259 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $10,900,000

All operational resources have been moved to Ruth Camp. Larsen’s Northern Rockies IMT inbriefed Pete Blume’s Rocky Mountain IMT2 at 0800 this morning for a Transfer of Command. Blume’s Team will take command of the Yolla Bolly complex at 0600 on 8/9/07, and will have their ICP out of the Ruth Camp.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 545
Size: 81,094 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $10,200,000

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Situation as of 08/05/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 568
Size: 79,629 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $9,200,000

The fire was active again today on the southern perimeter of the Grouse Fire. Operations continued to cleanup unburned islands along Dead Puppy ridge to tie in the Grouse and Yellow Fires. A control line has been completed from the head of the Grouse Fire up Powell Ridge, and the burn plan has been prepared

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 562
Size: 77,918 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $8,200,000

Initiated burnout between the head of the Grouse Fire and the Yellow Fire along Dead Puppy Ridge. Active ground fire through heavy fuel concentrations and within the Dead Puppy Ridge burnout, short uphill runs, isolated and group torching, and short range spotting.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 547
Size: 77,006 acres
Percent Contained: 48%

Costs to Date: $7,500,000

Burnout operations on the head end of the Grouse fire between Dead Puppy Ridge and the Yolla Bolly, Middle Eel Wilderness boundary. Prep for burnout operations between the Grouse Fire and the head of the Vinegar Fire. Crews will continue to coyote spike as they progress further into the wilderness, and to facilitate early evening burnout operations.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 508
Size: 75,648 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $7,000,000

IR confirms that the fires within the wilderness continue to grow daily.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 570
Size: 75,091 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: not updated, est. $6.5 million

Seasonal curing of the vegetation may increase fire behavior, and areas that have served as a barrier may begin to carry fire. Vegetation curing combined with the mosaic nature of the burn, and the potential for internal burning and re-burning, could contribute the potential for large fire growth. Heavy smoke continues to impact local and regional communities, and can restrict the use of aviation resources for fire suppression and support. Terrain is steep and inaccessible, and safety zones are limited. Due to inaccessibility and long travel times, most operational resources are in remote spike camps and information and communications with ICP are a challenge.

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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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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 242
Size: 64,658 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $2,300,000

The Yolla Bolly Complex now consists of the Yellow Fire (24,074 acres and 10% contained), Vinegar Fire (35,238 acres and 10% contained, Grouse Fire (1,660 acres and 0% contained), and the Trough Fire (3,686 acres and 100% contained).

Dave Larson’s Northern Rockies Type 1 Incident Management Team assumed command at 0600 this morning. The NRIMT was instrumental in burning 800,000 acres of Idaho forests last summer. They do not fight fires, they backburn in massive acreage chunks.

Reconnaissance and control line construction for burnout operations on the south and southwest portions of the Yellow Fire and southern portions of the Vinegar Fire are planned for the next operational period.

26 Jul 2008, 10:00am
California
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Panther Fire

Location: 15 miles south of Happy Camp, Siskiyou Co., CA

Specific Location: Panther Ck, trib to Ukonom Ck, Klamath NF, Lat 41° 35´ 55″ Lon 123° 25´ 52″

Date of Origin: 07/22/2008 (reported 7/24)
Cause: lightning

Situation as of 09/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 38
Size: ~28,500 acres (it is impossible to determine because the Panther Fire has been combined with the northern portion of the Ukonom Fire. Number juggling with intent to cover up and deceive taxpayers/forest owners has gone on with the Klamath NF fire reports)

Percent Contained: 75% (despite the massive spending that has gone on, no gain in containment has been achieved for weeks)

Costs to Date: $15,644,600 alleged

Yesterday’s shock and awe was on the southern portion of the Ukonom Fire, so somebody else’s problem. No actions taken by Panther Fire crews.

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Situation as of 09/09/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 176
Size: ~28,500 acres (it is impossible to determine because the Panther Fire has been combined with the northern portion of the Ukonom Fire. Number juggling with intent to cover up and deceive taxpayers/forest owners has gone on with the Klamath NF fire reports)

Percent Contained: 75% (despite the massive spending that has gone on, no gain in containment has been achieved for weeks)

Costs to Date: no update, est. $16 million

Extremely active fire behavior in the English Peak area of the Ukonom fire. Snowslide Creek and adjoining unnamed creek are experiencing crown fire runs to the ridge tops. Fire also progressed downslope more aggressively than anybody involved expected. It was a shock and awe day at the Panther Fire.

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Situation as of 09/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 214
Size: ~28,000 acres (it is impossible to determine because the Panther Fire has been combined with the northern portion of the Ukonom Fire. A whole lot of number juggling has gone on with the Klamath NF fire reports)

Percent Contained: 75% (despite the massive spending that has gone on, no gain in containment has been achieved for weeks)

Costs to Date: $15,520,368 (allegedly; these numbers have been seriously juggled, too)

The fire continues to back and flank out of some larger runs that developed yesterday. Almost all of the fire activity is in timber fuels [aka forest] with occasional torching and group torching when flanking fire is capable of making uphill runs. The main fire activity is between Yellow Jacket Ridge and English Peak and between Ukonom Lake and Bridge Creek.

Nearly two months of this fire and it is still killing forest, still uncontained, still costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.

The Panther Fire is a travesty. Klamath NF Supervisor Patricia Grantham is perhaps the WORST Forest Supervisor in the nation. She certainly has destroyed more forest and wasted more tax dollars in her short unhappy term than anyone in history.

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Situation as of 09/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 214
Size: 24,954 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $15,189,492

Fire behavior increased today with larger areas of backing fire and increased torching. Most of the fire activity was still a backing fire in timber fuels with the fire creeping through down and dead heavies in areas with sparse fuels. Most of the fire activity is in the area from Ukonom Lake to Bridge Creek and the area north of Yellow Jacket Ridge.

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Situation as of 08/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 156
Size: 24,954 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $15,037,553

Personnel on the Klamath Theater continued to re-evaluate management action points for a more flexible and cost efficient long term plan analysis for utilizing the WFDSS as the “test” pilot on the Klamath National Forest. The workforce has been organized into groups that provide manuverability to meet both the suppression and repair missions within the Theater. Division organizations are still active in geographic/operational assignments.

Cooler weather helped to moderate fire behavior. The fire continued to back slowly in timber fuels with minimal torching. The fire continued to slowly creep through acreas with discontinuous fuels. Most of the fire activity is between Ukonom Lake and Wooley Creek, with another area north of Yellow Jacket Ridge.

Note: the “Theater of War” metaphore is revolting. The very idea that the Klamath NF is “testing” megafire as a management tool is also revolting. Illegal incineration of national forests is the worst and most destructive plan in the history of the USFS. -Ed

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Situation as of 08/28/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 188
Size: 24,954 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $15.3 million

Red Flag Warning remains in effect until 11AM Friday.

Achieved containment strategy for the non-wilderness portion of the fire 8/28. Will continue to monitor and confine the fire within the Marble Mountain Wilderness. Minimal action is being taken within the wilderness. Replacement crews are arriving.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 88
Size: 24,954 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 75%

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

Preparing for Fire Weather Watch (gusty winds and low RH) from 2300 hours tonight through 1100 hours August 29. Heat intensity concentrated northwest of Secret Lake near Onemile Creek and Flems Fork on the Panther Fire.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 176
Size: 24,954 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $14,597,300

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Situation as of 08/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 172
Size: 24,848 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $14,435,958

Crew was inserted into the wilderness (Div L) and began construction on segment of line south of Ukonom Lake to check eastward fire progression.

First they are in, then they are out, and now they are in again. They are suppressing, then not suppressing, then suppressing again. How did the fire get to wilderness anyway? It wasn’t in the wilderness when it started. But now, a month later, the fire has consumed 25,000 acres (39 sq miles) and it is in the wilderness. Now they suppress? Or not? Which is it? What in the Sam Hill are those wild and crazy government functionaries up to today? Would you buy a used car from these folks? Do you want them managing your watershed?

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 172
Size: 24,848 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $14,435,958

Minimal suppression action is being taken in the wilderness area.

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Situation as of 08/21/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 175
Size: 24,756 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $14,059,834

Fire continues to spread east into the Marble Mountain Wilderness area. A crew has been “inserted” into wilderness to construct a short segment of line utilizing MIST tactics.

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 211
Size: 24,756 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $13,710,425

Fire continues to spread east into the Marble Mountain Wilderness area. No suppression action is being taken.

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Situation as of 08/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 256
Size: 24,414 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $13,508,000

Fire continues to spread east into the Marble Mountain Wilderness area. No suppression action is being taken.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 23,589 acres
Percent Contained: 73%

Costs to Date: $13,143,604

Active surface fire with short runs in the wilderness area. Interior burning with isolated torching elsewhere. Fire continues to spread east into the Marble Mountain Wilderness. No suppression action is being taken on fire within the wilderness area.

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: 451
Size: 23,589 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $12,783,500

Firefighter fatalities to date: 1

Fire continues to move east into the Marble Mountain Wilderness area.

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: 479
Size: 23,214 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $12,357,000

Harvey’s IMT2 will assume command of the Ukonom fire north of Wolley Creek tomorrow morning at 0700.

Test fire started in Div G for proposed burnout of small interior island between 14N22 road and cat line. Burnout will increase line depth on south side of the fire.

Suppression action is not being taken on portion of the fire within the Marble Mountian Wilderness area.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 555
Size: 22,778 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $11,582,600

Crews continue to make good progress improving line, holding and moping up. Burnout initiated in Div K and will continue tomorrow if conditions permit.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 601
Size: 22,385 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $11,082,000

Highway 96 opened to two-way traffic. Burnout in Div J completed securing NW corner of fire.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 660
Size: 21,663 acres
Percent Contained: 41%

Costs to Date: $10,500,000

Highway 96 remains impacted with one way traffic control and piloting from Dillon Creek to Ti Bar.

Fire activity increased in Coon Creek drainage. Harvey’s Type 2 IMT assumed command at 0600. Burnout in the Titus Gap area completed.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 864
Size: 21,018 acres
Percent Contained: 33%

Costs to Date: $9,500,000

Acreage in previous 209’s based on infrared interpretation of burned acreage. Acreage reduction due to more accurate GIS calculations. East Great Basin IMT continues to shadow and assumes to take command at 0600 tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 793
Size: 21,802 acres
Percent Contained: 28%

Costs to Date: $8,800,000

Highway 96 has been impacted with one way traffic control and piloting. Traffic control in place from Dillon Creek to Ti Bar.

The fire progressed east to Ukonom Lake. Single and group tree torching. Crews initiated direct attack on the slop over in Division K with helicopter support.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 747
Size: 18,197 acres
Percent Contained: 23%

Costs to Date: $8,100,000

Hwy 96 has been impacted with lane closure down to one lane. Traffic control in place from Dillon Creek to TiBar. Burning operation to be completed by 10pm ending at Hwy 96 along the Klamath River.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 751
Size: 14,402 acres
Percent Contained: 14%

Costs to Date: $7,500,000

Fire crossed into headwaters of Bishop Creek. Rolling rocks into the Klamath River forced closure to recreational river rafters.

Crews are working to limit spread into Elk Creek Watershed and are building a second contingency line to keep from fire from impacting Hwy 96.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 751
Size: 12,659 acres
Percent Contained: 14%

Costs to Date: $6,800,000

Successful firing operations today on 14N22 and the hand line toward the Klamath River.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 762
Size: 11,022 acres
Percent Contained: 9%

Costs to Date: $6,200,000

Fire was active today on the north side crossing Coon Hollow and the west side toward the Klamath River. Firing operations were also successful today on Ukonom Mountain and south of Ten Bear Mountain along 13N01.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 794
Size: 9,806 acres
Percent Contained: 8%

Costs to Date: $4,800,000

Completed firing 3/4 mile on southern perimeter.

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: 807
Size: 8,002 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

The fire made strong movement on the S end of the fire in McCash Creek. Otherwise, higher humidities moderated fire behavior limited the opportunity to initiate firing operations today.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 782
Size: 7,115 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,200,000

Fire moved upslope toward Ukonom Mountain Lookout triggering Management Action Point that required initiating firing operation from the lookout to Lick Creek. Firing operation also started on the North side of fire from the Marble Mountain Wilderness Boundary to DP 30-6.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 706
Size: 6,232 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,100,000

A remembrance service for Chief Daniel Packer was held at 1900 hours.

Fire crossed Ukonom Creek this afternoon and is moving toward the Ukonom Mountain Lookout. Completed line construction above Independence Creek on 15N17Y and continued line preparation on the south end near Ukonom Mountain and Ten Bear Mountain.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 608
Size: 5,338 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,400,000

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 356
Size: 4,099 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $675,000

Continued coordination with the IMT managing the Ukonom and Siskiyou Complex Fires. Continued to support the Serious Accident Investigation Team.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 356
Size: 2,056 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

CIIMT 1 (McGowan) transition complete with ICP located in Happy Camp. Coordination with the IMT managing the Ukonom and Siskiyou Complex Fires. Supporting the Serious Accident Investigation Team.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 6
Size: 650 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire spread being monitored

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Situation as of 07/27/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 554 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Firefighter fatality confirmed as Daniel Packer, chief of East Pierce Fire & Rescue and past president of the Washington Fire Chiefs. He was overrun by the fire when the wind shifted unexpectedly.

Type 1 IMT (Dietrich) assumed command of Panther Fire at 0600 today. Tentative transfer of Command to Type 1 IMT (McGowan) 07/29/2008 at 0600. Coordination with Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, Serious Accident Investigation Team Support.

Steep terrain, rolling material, snags from ‘87 King Titus Fire, active fire movement with downhill progress driven by rolling material, large standing snags actively burning.

Update: firecrews have been pulled off the Panther Fire because of the impact the loss of Daniel Packer has had mentally and emotionally on his fellow firefighters.

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Firefighter fatality

An unidentified firefighter died Saturday 7/26 while working on the Panther Fire south of Happy Camp on the Klamath National Forest in northern California. There has been no official release of the person’s name at this time.

This follows the death of Andrew Palmer, a National Park Service firefighter who died on Friday, struck by a falling tree, and Robert Roland, a volunteer with the Anderson Valley Fire Department who collapsed on the fireline due to a heart attack on July 3 and died a few hours later. - from Wildfire Today [here]

Situation as of 07/25/08 4:00 PM
Total Personnel: 124
Size: 180 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Direct attack, building handline and utilizing air support. Unlike the Ukonom Complex (32,266 acs last report) and the Siskiyou Complex Fires (54,657 acs last report), USFS managers decide to fight the Panther Fire. Expected containment date is next Friday but may be achieved much sooner.

No costs were reported but they are expected to be less than $1 million when this fire is out. In contrast, the Let It Burn fires in the same area have cost taxpayers over $40 million to date. Resources damages from the Let It Burn fires are roughly ten times that amount.

25 Jul 2008, 9:41am
California
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Basin Complex Fire (Reposted)

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 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 562
Size: 162,818 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Cost to date: $76,096,015

The Basin Complex has been declared 100% contained. All the backburning has ceased. Firefighting crews are demobilizing. A Type 3 IMT will take over fire management next Tuesday.

The Basin/Indians Fire has now consumed 244,000 acres and is the 3rd LARGEST fire in California history. With more than $120,000,000 spent on fire “suppression,” it is now the MOST EXPENSIVE fire in California history, and the 2nd most expensive in U.S. history (the Biscuit Fire in Oregon in 2002 cost $150,000,000).

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,124
Size: 162,818 acres
Percent Contained: 79%

Cost to date: $73,456,092

The Basin/Indians Complex Fire now exceeds 244,000 acres and is officially the second largest fire in California since the 1800’s (the largest modern era fire was the 273,000 Cedar Fire in 2002, see [here]).

Yesterday USFS Chief Gail Kimbell visited the fresh desolation and marveled at the destruction her agency has wrought upon the Los Padres NF. Chief Kimbell hopes to burn every national forest in America to ashes in exactly the same fashion, before she is unceremoniously kicked to the curb.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,415
Size: 149,924 acres
Percent Contained: 79%

Cost to date: $71,890,017

Structures Destroyed: 26 residences , 32 outbuildings

After more than a month the Basin Fire is still burning. Together with the contiguous Indians Fire, more than 230,000 acres (360 sq miles) of the Los Padres NF have been incinerated at a cost to taxpayers of nearly $115 million to date. Most of that acreage has been backburned deliberately, not to halt the fire but to burn out the landscape. The fresh desolation has been extended to private lands adjacent to the Los Padres NF, where federal firefighters have failed to assist homeowners in saving their homes.

In case after case, private homeowners have risked arrest to single-handedly fight the fires threatening their homes. The Tassajara Zen Center was abandoned by fire managers but monks fought the fire on their own and managed to save most of the buildings. Not even a single helicopter was dispatched to assist. In Big Sur volunteer firefighters who dodged roadblocks saved their own homes despite bellicose threats of arrest from federal fire officials. In Pine Valley Hot Shots “dropped off a nozzle” and then fled rather than assist homeowners.

The Basin Fire started as a lightning strike on June 21. It quickly grew to 40 acres. Firefighters from the Indians Fire were on the scene within minutes. The choice of the USFS was not to fight the fire, however, but to Let It Burn, encouraged by deliberate backburning. The Basin Fire continues to grow in 10,000 acre backburned chunks. The same “techniques” were used in the southern portion of the Los Padres NF last summer when the Zaca Fire incinerated more than 240,000 acres and cost more than $120 million to backburn. The Zaca Fire was the second largest fire in California since the 1800’s, and the most expensive in state history, but the Basin/Indians Complex may exceed it in acreage and cost.

Today backburning operations continued from Miller Canyon to the Los Padres Dam. The Carmel River watershed, water source to more than 100,000 people, has been roasted to the dirt. Massive erosion and flash floods are expected, damaging the water system for the entire Monterey Peninsula. Fire activity increased today, allegedly due to “higher temperatures and lower relative humidity” but actually because federal crews have set more acres on fire in the Carmel River watershed.

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24 Jul 2008, 10:19am
California
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CA Fire Map Thursday 07/24 AM

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California Summary 07/24/08

Total Fires at Peak: 2,093
Total Fires Contained: 2,062
Total Active Fires: 31
Total Acres Burned: 1,032,722 (1,614 sq miles)

These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

Highway closures: Firefighters remind everyone to use extreme caution while driving on roads affected by fires. All major roads are now open. There may be some delays State Highways 70 and 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information on secondary road closures from local law enforcement. Click here for detailed road closures.

Evacuations: Areas of Shasta, Trinity and Humboldt counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas of Monterey, Siskiyou and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary.Click here for detailed evacuation information.

Structures Destroyed : 158 residences, 1 commercial, 139 outbuildings.

18 Jul 2008, 9:22am
California
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CA Fire Map Friday 07/18 AM

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California Summary 07/18/08

Total Fires at Peak: 2,093
Total Fires Contained: 2,055
Total Active Fires: 38
Total Acres Burned: 907,568 (1,418 sq miles)

These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

Highway closures: Travel on state highways, county and local roads remains restricted throughout California due to wildfire and flood activities. All major roads are now open with delays on State Highways 32, 70 and 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information on secondary road closures from local law enforcement.

Evacuations:Areas of Monterey, Shasta and Trinity counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas in Kern (flash flooding), Shasta and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary.

Structures Destroyed : 102 residences, 1 commercial, 138 outbuildings.

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InciWeb, the government fire reporting site, has been up and down this year. Right now it is functional again. If the InciWebbers show they can report fires consistently and without server glitches, we may pick and choose which fires we track more selectively. Our intention was never to compete with InciWeb or supplant them. We only provided a comprehensive fire reporting service because we thought such was needed during their long absence.

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14 Jul 2008, 12:47pm
California
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CA Fire Map Monday 07/14 AM

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California Summary 07/14/08

Total Fires at Peak: 1,781
Total Fires Contained: 1,493*
Total Active Fires: 288*
Total Acres Burned: 839,343 (1,311 sq miles)

These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

* Numbers reflect data as of 7/13 at 7:30 a.m.

Highway closures: State highways, county and local roads are closed throughout California due to wildfire activities. Closures and delays remain in place for State Highways 32, 70, 199 (delays) and 299 (delays). Travelers are advised to seek current information from local law enforcement.

Evacuations:Areas of Kern, Monterey, Shasta, and Trinity counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas in Butte, Kern, Mendocino, Monterey, Plumas, Siskiyou, Shasta, and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary.

Structures Destroyed : 100 residences, 1 commercial, 127 outbuildings

Note the fires in the NW corner of the state. Expect those to grow to a total of over 500,000 acres by the end of October. Few firefighting resources are engaged, and Long Range Contingency Plans are already in place for Let It Burn actions.

Note also that firefighters on the Soda Complex are being harassed by residents. Law Enforcement personnel have been requested to permit fire suppression operations to continue.

12 Jul 2008, 9:49am
California
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CA Fire Map Saturday 07/12 AM

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California Summary 07/12/08

Total Fires at Peak: 1,781
Total Fires Contained: 1,459
Total Active Fires: 322
Total Acres Burned: 793,483 (1,240 sq miles)

These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

Statewide Resources Committed
Personnel Committed: 20,274
Fire Engines: 1,503
Hand Crews: 467
Dozers: 291
Water Tenders: 423
Helicopters: 142

Highway closures: State highways, county and local roads are closed throughout California due to wildfire activities. Closures and delays remain in place for State Highways 1 (Big Sur Area), 32, 70 and 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information from local law enforcement.

Evacuations: Areas of Butte, Monterey, Shasta and Trinity counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas in Butte, Kern, Mendocino, Monterey, Plumas, Santa Barbara, Shasta and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary.

Structures Destroyed: 100 residences, 1 commercial, 126 outbuildings.

10 Jul 2008, 9:41pm
California
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Bear Wallow Complex Fires

Location: ~15 miles NW of Greenview, Scott Valley, Klamath NF, Siskiyou Co. CA

Specific Location: Maple Falls, Kelsey Ck., Marble Mtns. area, Lat 41° 39´ 36″ Lon 123° 11´ 6″

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

Situation as of 09/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 185
Size: 47,317 acres (Ukonom South - 32,470 acs. Anthony Milne Fire - 1,779 acs. Caribou Fire - 13,068 acs.)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $13,599,700 (some portion of this is Ukonom)

Fire progression north of the Little North Fork of the Salmon River near English Peak progressed rapidly to the E. Three month old fire still expanding. Talk about your crappy fire suppression!

A re-evaluation of Management Action Points are being conducted to determine what in the bloody hell the fire crews are supposed to be doing.

IC Steve Gage and Klamath NF Forest Supervisor Patricia Grantham [Phone Number: (530) 842-6131] are doing what????? Conducting assessments to determine necessary suppression repair work in cultural site areas that were unecessarily incinerated at huge taxpayer expense.

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Situation as of 09/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: 14,847 acres (Anthony Milne Fire - 1,779 acs. Caribou Fire - 13,068 acs.)
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $13,146,844

Low intensity surface fire.

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Situation as of 09/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 0
Size: 14,767 acres (Anthony Milne Fire - 1,779 acs. Caribou Fire - 12,988 acs.)
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $12,665,110

The only change in intelligence since the previous final 209 is updated costs. All resources present at the Klamath Theater are being accounted for in the Panther Fire 209.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 97
Size: 14,767 acres (Anthony Milne Fire - 1,779 acs. Caribou Fire - 12,988 acs.)
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $11,293,971

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 144
Size: 14,752 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $10,860,090

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 14,748 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $10,613,552

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 132
Size: 14,742 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $10,458,624

Containment percent has changed due to incorporation of the South Ukonom Fire into calculations. A lot of fire swapping with intent to juggle numbers is going on right now, but we will endeavor to sort it out.

Active surface fire with some isolated torching to creeping and smoldering.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 75
Size: 14,601 acres
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $10,195,027

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: 75
Size: 14,595 acres
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $10,137,615

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: 76
Size: 14,591 acres
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $10,074,947

Checking fire spread on Anthony Milne Fire with Type I Helicopter to keep fire contained south of Wooley Creek.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 88
Size: 14,310 acres
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $10,016,555

Increased fire activity. Caribou and Anthony Milne fires both active with backing and flanking fire and isolated tree torching.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 84
Size: 14,178 acres
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $9,931,791

Inserting fire use module and DIVS into a spike camp on the Anthony Milne Fire. Otherwise, continued mop-up, patrol and recon.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 82
Size: 14,060 acres
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $9,764,647

Caribou Fire activity is limited to the high elevation fuels along the S flank. Anthony Milne Fire has a single narrow finger that may cross Wooley Creek to the N, but is currently hung up along that drainage. Elsewhere, both fires are quiet.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 145
Size: 14,060 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $9,500,000

The reduction in percent containment is based on a confinement boundary adjustment. Transition between Swartzlander’s Type 2 IMT and Beckman’s Type 2 IMT is underway with transfer of command to Beckman’s team planned for 0600 on 8/11/2008.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 350
Size: 14,016 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 51%

Costs to Date: $9,100,000

Anthony Milne Fire reached the bottom of Wooley Creek today.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 527
Size: 14,016 acres
Percent Contained: 51%

Costs to Date: $8,800,000

Holding and mop up operations and spot fire containment have been successful.

Caribou fire 12,349 acs 68% containment. Anthony Milne fire 1,667 acs 0% containment.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 668
Size: 13,988 acres
Percent Contained: 51%

Costs to Date: $8,300,000

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 665
Size: 13,988 acres
Percent Contained: 42%

Costs to Date: $7,700,000

Holding operations and spot fire containment has been successful. Roads and trails in the fire areas have been closed. Voluntary evacuation advisories will be lifted tonight.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 643
Size: 13,073 acres
Percent Contained: 19%

Costs to Date: $5,700,000

Spot fires from yesterday were contained and burnout operations in Div X tied in to the river. Structure protection forces in place.

The priority fire is the Caribou Fire at 11,425 acs 27% containment. The Anthony Milne Fire is 1,648 acs 0% containment.

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Situation as of 08/04/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 603
Size: 12,567 acres
Percent Contained: 19%

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 605
Size: 11,748 acres
Percent Contained: 19%

Costs to Date: $5,100,000

Caribou Fire 10,100 acs 27% containment. Anthony Milne Fire 1,648 acs 0% containment.

Firing and holding operations in Division X of the Caribou Fire utilizing crews, engines and helicopters. Holding and mop up in Div. W, Y and Z of the Caribou Fire.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 483
Size: 11,475 acres
Percent Contained: 17%

Costs to Date: $4,600,000

Crews continued firing and holding operations with helicopter support in Div X of the Caribou Fire. There is a critical need for a ALS Ambulance due to the long travel times from the line to a hospital and inversions (smoke) that are restricting the use of medivac helicopters. Type 1 and Type 2 IA Hand Crews are also needed to support and hold the firing operations for the next 5 days.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 484
Size: 10,376 acres
Percent Contained: 14%

Costs to Date: $4,100,000

For the first time on this fire more than 0% containment was reported.

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 416
Size: 9,905 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,700,000

Northern California IMT 1, Swartzlander, assumed command at 1800 today.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 455
Size: 9,054 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $3,100,000

Pacific Crest Trail remains closed as well as the Klamath National Forest portion of the Trinity Alps Wilderness. The fire still has the potential to threaten residences and structures along the Salmon River near Summerville.

Caribou Fire: 7,417 ac. Anthony Milne Fire : 1,637 ac.

Fire is making short run towards Little Caribou Lake. Burning operation was carried out successfully to the Salmon River.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 494
Size: 8,232 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $2,350,000

Increased fire activity on the Caribou Fire resulting from hotter and dryer conditions. Isolated torching trees and snags are providing embers for spotting. Ground fire continues to spread at a steady rate. Fire will continue to spread laterally along the Salmon River. Anthony Milne Fire showed no line movement.

Caribou Fire, 6,601 acs: The fire continues to back towards Blind Horse Creek. Firecrews have begun to scrape a contingency line from Glacier Point to a dozer line and build indirect line on the E side from Big Flat Campground towards Caribou Meadows. Crews continue to scout for opportunities to construct direct line and to patrol the N flank along the Salmon River. Work continues on a slop-over from the 25th.

Anthony Milne Fire, 1,631 acs: Fire perimeters and acres have been derived from the IR interpretations. Due to visibility and steep terrain direct measurement of the fires has been difficult.

Portions of the Pacific Crest Trail remain closed. The Klamath National Forest portion of the Trinity Alps wilderness still remains closed.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 276
Size: 7,565 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $1,500,000

One month and $1.5 million into these fires, USFS managers continue to mull over containment strategies.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 169
Size: 7,114 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $1.4 million

The Klamath National Forest portion of the Trinity Alps wilderness east of Cecil Lake remains closed to the public. The Caribou fire continues to spread to the west and to the north. Both fires continue to have interior activity.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 158
Size: 6,432 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $1,100,000

Continuing to develop containment strategies on both fires, now 2 weeks since discover of the fires and more than one month since ignition. Planners mull and mull. Lots of head scratching going. It’s a real conundrum. Stumps the heck out everyone involved. Meanwhile the fires have expanded 20-fold in acreage and 150+ firefighters monitor the situation. No monitoring reports reported, so evidently they aren’t writing anything down, just in case. That’s pro USFS fire monitoring for you.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 127
Size: 5,204 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $975,000

Recommended evacuations along Caribou Creek and the Salmon River south of Peterburg Ranger Station. Caribou: 8 structures threatened, evacuation have been recommended. Caribou: 3,593 ac. Anthony Milne: 1,611 ac.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 121
Size: 2,690 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $770,000

Anthony Milne Fire 1,535 ac. Caribou Fire 1,155 ac. Caribou observed increased fire activity today, a SSE wind pushed fire to the north with spotting of a 1/4 mile in Little South Fork of Caribou Creek. A spot fire of 30 plus acres is being wind driven to the N. Anthony Milne continues to have interior activity.

Planned Actions: Use air support, if available, to contain spread on Caribou, pull crews out of the fire area due to anticipated increase in fire activity.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 117
Size: 2,565 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $575,000

Anthony Milne Fire 1,535 ac. Caribou Fire 1,030 ac. Caribou Fire activity on the north flank forced crews out of the area. Burn out operations planned for the west flank of the Caribou fire.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 104
Size: 2,320 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $470,000

Milne Fire 1,505 ac. Caribou Fire 815 ac. Continued monitoring of resource damage.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 99
Size: 2,189 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $370,000

A Fire Use Module was flown into today to monitor resource damage.

Fires are being monitored, i.e. watched, not fought. Recon continues; fires grow larger.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 94
Size: 1,620 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fires are being monitored, i.e. watched, not fought. Recon continues; fires grow larger.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 84
Size: 1,620 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Milne Fire 1,270 acres, Caribou Fire 350 acres. Smoke prevents air recon or helicopter work on Complex. Smoke limited observation of fire movement/spread.

Ukonom Complex Fires continues to burn toward the Milne fire; fires may merge.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 55
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Good progress with falling teams & crews along trails, spike camp established, supplied. Transition with Type 2 team, Central Sierra Type 2 (Johnson).

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Situation as of 07/11/08 3:30 PM
Total Personnel: 25
Size: 570 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Scouting trails, natural barriers for large fire planning. Complex includes the Caribou & Anthony Milne fires in the Marble Mtn. Wilderness.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 15
Size: 350 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Order placed for team. Helicopter water drops to check spread. Fire use module to scout lines/trails.

10 Jul 2008, 2:30pm
California
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CA Evacuations Thursday Noon

Immediate Threat Evacuation has been issued for residents living near or in the communities of Jarbo Gap, Yankee Hill, and Big Bend. The Immediate Evacuations encompass Hwy. 70 from Deadwood to the west branch of the Feather River and all areas East of Hwy. 70 the Lake Oroville.

Public Evacuation Location:
* Church of Nazarene – 2238 Monte Vista, Oroville, CA 530-533-7464
* Chico State – Yolo Hall - 400 W. First St. , Chico
Animal/Pet Shelter Location: Small animals should be housed with family or friends if possible.
* Chico State Farm (Large Animals) – 311 Nicholas C. Schouten Lane. Contact the North Valley Animal Disaster Group at (530) 895-0000.

Immediate Threat Evacuations are taking place in the communities of Ono, Igo, Platina, the Zogg Mine Road area, and Rainbow Lake area:

* Rock Creek Road and Iron Mtn. Road, Benson Drive, South Fork at Placer and Cloverdale, Gas Point at Lower Gas Point, Zogg Mine Road to Muletown, Platina and Gas Point, Bland/Trinity Alps Preserve, Platina Road at Placer Road, Rainbow Lake and all tributaries, Buell Road, and South Fork at 299 West.

Evacuation Center: Shasta Learning Center at 2200 Eureka Way, Redding, adjacent to Shasta High School.

Immediate Threat Evacuation for town of Paradise:

* All residences south of Wagstaff Rd to Billie Rd between Clark Rd and Pentz Rd and south of Billie Rd to the southern town limits, between Sawmill Rd and Pentz Rd.
* All residences on the east side of Pentz Rd from Skyway South to Malibu Drive.
* Pentz Rd. south to Micoene Circle and all cross roads

Evacuation Shelter:
Las Plumas High School,
2380 Las Plumas Ave, Oroville.
530-538-2310

Neighborhood Church
2801 Norte Dame Blvd, Chico
530-343-6006

Church of Nazarene
2238 Monte Vista, Oroville
530-533-7464

Chico State Yolo Hall
400 West First Street, Chico

Immediate Threat Evacuation for towns of Butte Meadows and Jonesville:

* Due to fire activity from the Cub Complex.
* Bald Rock Rd at Greystone Ln to Zink Rd. and all cross streets north and south of Bald Rock Rd.
* Upper and Lower Bald Rock Rd. off Oro Quincy Hwy
* Bean Creek Rd. and all cross roads between Rockefeller Rd. and Bald Rock Rd.
* Milsap Bar Rd. to the Feather River

 
  
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