28 Jun 2008, 10:15am
California
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CA Fire Map Saturday 06/28 AM

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RED FLAG WARNING in effect from 1 pm this afternoon to 5 am PDT Monday for Northeast California for scattered dry thunderstorms. Low pressure off the California coast will produce an unstable air mass leading to development of isolated to scattered thunderstorms this weekend. Many storms today will produce little to no rainfall due to dry air above the surface. By Sunday more storms will become wetter but shorter rainfall duration is expected due to increased storm motion.

Western Nevada Sierra Front including a portion of the Humboldt Toiyabe NF 10:06 am PDT Sat Jun 28 2008: Winds upslope 3 to 7 mph becoming SE 6 to 12 mph in the afternoon. Ridge top NE winds 6 to 12 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Partly cloudy with isolated thunderstorms through the night.

Total Fires: 1,345
Total Acres Burned: 308,893

Resources Committed
Personnel Committed: 17,264
Fire Engines: 1,194
Hand Crews: 451
Dozers: 296
Water Tenders: 351
Helicopters: 85

(These numbers are totals from state, local and federal firefighting agencies. Updated 6/28 at 9:00 a.m.)

Highway closures: State highways and local roads are closed throughout California due to wildfire activities. Closures and delays are in place for State Highways 1 (Big Sur Area), 32, 36, 70, 96 and 299. Numerous county and local roads are closed as well. Travelers are advised to seek current information from local law enforcement.

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

Structures Destroyed: 28 residences, 1 commercial, 18 outbuildings.

27 Jun 2008, 11:41pm
California
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Alps Complex WFU Fires

Location: 15 Fires all near or within Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Shasta Trinity NF, Trinity Co., CA

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

Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 92
Size: 1,218 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $818,856

Alps Complex now a suppression fire. The last report for Alps Complex has been issued because it is being operationally merged into the Iron Complex [here]. We will attempt to sort it out and continue tracking the Alps Complex.

Granite 542ac 80% 7/22, Carey 567ac 30% 7/22, Rip 3ac 70% 7/15.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 100
Size: 902 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $710,614

New smoke this morning west of the Granite Fire is called the Rip Fire and was jumped by 4 smokejumpers.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 79?
Size: 816 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Granite (530 acres, campground and trailhead, active fire, 80% contained, expected containment date, Jul 10, 2008), Carey (219 acres, active fire, 30% contained, expected containment date, Jul 22, 2008).

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Situation as of 07/07/08 4:45 PM
Total Personnel: 79
Size: 792 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $575,106

Est containment date: 07/25/2008. The Buckhorn Fire was taken over by the Broyles Type 1 IMT managing the Iron Complex. All the Alps Complex fires are slated for containment at the earliest possible date. The prior threat by the Shasta-Trinity NF to allow these fires to burn all summer has been wisely rescinded.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 5:15 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 786 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $448,988

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Situation as of 07/04/08 4:40 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 708 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $391,094

Acreage change due to transitioning of the Buckhorn Fire to the Iron Complex.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 85?
Size: 3,993 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: unreported

Expected containment date: 11/15/08

Burn baby burn. This fire represents long term employment for firefighters. No strategy to contain, control, or extinguish. Taxpayers expected to shovel money into the fire all summer long. No NEPA, no ESA, no NHPA, no compliance with any environmental law. Trinity Wilderness closed indefinitely. Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, will be smoky all summer long.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 3,579 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $212,689

Long Term Implemenation Plan(LTIP) for all active fires means no containment, burning expected to go on until November rains.

Expected costs to exceed $10 million ($100,000 per day x 100 days), assuming no major fire blow ups between now and next Fall. Resource damage will be very significant to vegetation, wildlife, watersheds, and airsheds. Trinity Alps recreation canceled for the rest of the summer in all likelihood. No public hearings were or will be held.

All public comments should be directed to the individual responsible for this executive decision, Shasta-Trinity NF Supervisor Sharon Heywood, 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002, (530) 226-2500.

A Fire Use Module and some overhead will hike into the Carey WFU Fire. No explanation regarding what “some overhead” might be, but chances are it is a mule train.

Buckhorn (1870 acres, 2 residences and 1 outbuilding threatened, active fire, 12% contained, expected containment date, Oct 17, 2008), Granite (431 acres, campground and trailhead, active fire, 24% contained, expected containment date, Oct 2, 2008), Clem (1024 acres, archaeological site, active fire, 0% contained, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008), Carey (186 acres, 1 residence threatened, active fire, 0% contained, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008), Soldier (2 acres, unstaffed expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008), Bacon (2 acres, unstaffed, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008), Gorge (1 acre, unstaffed, trailhead and bridges, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008), Gwin (7 acres, unstaffed, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008), North Fork (8 acres, unstaffed, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2008).

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Situation as of 07/01/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 39
Size: 3,245 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $116,689

The dozer line at Brooks Ranch is currently limiting the fires spread to the south. Last night’s slop over of the Buckhorn Fire to the west on French Creek Road was successfully picked up during today’s operational period. The Granite Fire continues to be held from moving west on the Canyon Creek trail. The draft of the Long Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) for the Alps Complex was presented to the Forest Supervisor and Area Command this afternoon.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 31
Size: 2,650 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $100,242

The dozer line at Brooks Ranch which is currently limiting the fires spread to the south. Tentative completion of the Long Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) for the Alps Complex is 7/01/08. Sucessfully holding the Granite Fire from moving west on the Canyon Creek trail.

The complex includes 13 fires. Buckhorn (1409 acres, 2 residences and 1 outbuilding threatened, active fire), Granite (415 acres, campground and trailhead, active fire), Clem (687 acres, archaeological site, active fire), Carey (71 acres, 1 residence threatened, active fire), Soldier (2 acres, unstaffed), Bacon (2 acres, unstaffed), Gorge (1 acre, unstaffed, trailhead and bridges), Gwin (7 acres, unstaffed), North Fork (8 acres, unstaffed), Willow (38 acres, unstaffed), Devils (6 acres, contained), Pony (3 acres, contained), and Thurston (2 acres, contained).

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Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 18
Size: 2,445 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

The complex includes 15 fires. Currently 5 fires are known to be active. Buckhorn (915 acres), Clem (601 acres), Denny (20 acres), Carey (7 acres) and Granite (391). Buckhorn Fire has reached the dozer line at Brooks Ranch which is currently limiting the fires spread to the south.

Tentative completion of the Long Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) for the Alps Complex is 6/30/08.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 18
Size: 1,800 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fire were previously reported as part of the Iron Complex Fires [here].

27 Jun 2008, 3:33pm
California
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Smoke Screen

Pyramid Lake from the computer cam a day before the fires.

Same view, same computer cam, on Wednesday. Courtesy Eric Ingraham PLPT, Utility Operations, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe.

27 Jun 2008, 9:53am
California
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CA Fire Map Friday AM

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26 Jun 2008, 6:49pm
California
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Soda Complex Fires

Location 7 mi E of Potter Valley, Lake Co. CA

Specific Location: Mendocino NF, Pine Mtn., Lat 39° 22′ 19″, Lon 122° 58′ 18″

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

Situation as of 07/27/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 120
Size: 8,652 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $17,563,075

Today was the last operational period under SoCal Team 3 (Fiorella). Soda Fire spike camp has been closed as of 1400. Nearly all suppression resources were demobilized today.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 655
Size: 8,652 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $16,702,085

Unified Command with Cal Fire (Bradley) was terminated at 0800 this morning. The number of injuries reported for the incident has been reduced to a total of seven after a thorough review of the incidents/outcomes by the Safety Officer and Comp/Claims Unit. Significant demob of surplus resources will continue tomorrow.

All in all, it looks like the party is over.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 860
Size: 8,652 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $13,400,000

Mill Fire is 3,043 acres with 85% containment (est containment 7/26). The Soda Complex has now been burning for a month. Fire suppression costs exceed $1,500 per acre and are still growing.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 855
Size: 8,581 acres
Percent Contained: 79%

Costs to Date: $12,500,000

Sufficient resources are available to allow for a night shift again tonight. Crews continued to construct direct and indirect line around the slopover and spot fires on Mill Fire. Yesterday’s burnout in Division L was sucessful and crews are mopping up and improving the lines. If direct line construction is not effective in controlling the fire that crossed the Division K/Y lines, there is the potential for the Mill Fire to grow by 2,000 acres before full containment is achieved.

Est containment date: 07/26/2008

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Situation as of 07/18/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 744
Size: 8,360 acres
Percent Contained: 79%

Costs to Date: $11,026,035

Some Type I crews have arrived, assisting with containment efforts. There was a 3-5 acre slopover on the Mill Fire earlier today that is not yet contained and is well down into the drainage. Additionally, multiple spot fires are well established on the west side of the road coming south out of Deadman’s Flat. Air and ground resources will continue to work the slopover until the end of shift.

Several crews will be spiked out at Ascherman Ranch tonight in anticipation of a potential firing operation early tomorrow.

No request for Armed Law Enforcement officers in today’s report. Whether they arrived or not was not reported.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 655
Size: 8,337 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $9,503,233

Mill Fire is now 2,748 acres with 60% containment (est containment date 7/23).

Fire managers are requesting Armed Law Enforcement officers to mitigate threats against fire crews and provide for safety on the fireline. Evidently marijuana growers in the area are taking pot shots at the fire crews. No night shift due to safety concerns and a lack of resources.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 noon
Total Personnel: 455
Size: 8,317 acres
Percent Contained: 69%

Costs to Date: $8,514,932

Mill Fire is now 2,728 acres with 52% containment (est containment date 7/23).

Fire managers still requesting Armed Law Enforcement officers to mitigate threats against fire crews and provide for safety on the fireline. Lake Co. government unable or unwilling to assist.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 422
Size: 7,645 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $7,926,682

Decrease in overall cost due further refinement of data.

Mill Fire is 1,978 acres with 63% containment (est containment 7/23). Monkey Rock Fire is 1,829 acres with 100% containment on 7/14/08. Big Fire is 2,193 acres and was contained on 7/5/08. Back Fire is 1,567 acres and was contained on 6/29/08.

Fire managers request Armed Law Enforcement officers to mitigate threats against fire crews and provide for safety on the fireline.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 325
Size: 7,567 acres
Percent Contained: 66%

Costs to Date: $8,054,168

Armed Law Enforcement officers are requested to mitigate threats against fire crews and provide for safety on the fireline.

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Situation as of 07/12/08 6:30 AM
Total Personnel: 343
Size: 7,300 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $7.4 million

Mill Fire is 1,600 acres, 40% contained, est. containment 7/19. Monkey Rock Fire is 1,630, 65% contained, est. containment 7/16.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:30 AM
Total Personnel: 312
Size: 7,020 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $6,800,000

Mill Fire NW flank continued its spread beyond Rocky Point and southwest of Rocky Point towards Thomas Creek. Monkey Rock Fire threw embers outside the NE flank but these were picked up by crews.

The Heintz IMT2 will transfer command to the Fiorella #3 IMT2 at 1800 07/12/2008.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 301
Size: 6,325 acres
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: $6,502,000

Mill Fire: Divisions C/F/J were patrolled. Division G’s crews disengaged from the fire line for most of the shift because of a conflict with non-fire personnel on the northern flank. [That's what the report said. Have no idea what happened - Ed].

Mill Fire NW flank has spread to Rocky Point and southwest of Rocky Point towards Thomas Creek; 1,030 acres, 50% contained, est containment 7/16/2008.

Monkey Rock Fire 1,505 acres, 60% contained, est containment 7/14/200.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 307
Size: 6,120 acres
Percent Contained: 83%

Costs to Date: $6,243,000

2 remaining uncontained fires: Mill Fire, 940 acres, 60% contained, est containment 7/10/08; Monkey Rock Fire, 1,390 acres, 30% contained, est containment 7/14/08.

Mill Fire overnight had a spot fire along the north flank. The spot burned into a large grass slope and the fire made a strong uphill run through the grass. The fire spread to the adjacent timber and primarily moved to the northeast. Monkey Rock Fire activity increased in the northeast corner around 1200 and by 1300 the fire activity created a column which spread embers across the control lines.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 341
Size: 6,080 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $5,683,000

Est containment date: 07/15/2008.

Both crews on the Monkey Rock Fire constructed hand line on the southern perimeter. A crew was diverted to the north flank to line the 5 acre slop over. An IR flight last night identified heat sources in the south east corner.

Mill and Monkey Rock fire behavior increased due to the warming day and night temperatures. Both fires had active surface fires, group torching and spotting. The fire activity was internal and along the open flanks. Monkey Rock Fire along the northern flank had 5 acre slop over.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 391
Size: 6,070 acres
Percent Contained: 74%

Costs to Date: $5,300,000

Mill and Monkey Rock fire behavior increased due to the beginning of a warming trend. The fire behavior varied from single tree torching, short up hill runs and ground fire was prevalent on both fires.

Complex contains four fires and they are listed in priority: (1) Mill Fire, 1390 acres, 50% contained, est containment 7/10/08; (2) Monkey Rock Fire, 1060 acres, 20% contained, est containment 7/15/08. (3) Big Fire, 2190 acres, contained 7/5/08; (4) Back Fire, 1600 acres, contained 6/29/08.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 419
Size: 5,740 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $4,900,000

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 444
Size: 5,600 acres
Percent Contained: 73%

Costs to Date: $4,400,000

Mill Fire, 750 acres,40% contained, est containment 7/10/08; Monkey Rock Fire, 1060 acres, 10% contained, est containment 7/15/08. Big Fire, 2190 acres, 95% contained, est containment 7/5/08; Back Fire, 1600 acres, contained 6/29/08;

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 444
Size: 5,600 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $4,000,000

Monkey Rock Fire finally engaged. Two crews began line construction and will spike at Monkey Rock. An IR flight was completed last night and identified Monkey Rock Fire expanded to the north and south. The western perimeter of Mill Fire burned an estimated half mile down slope to the west.

Monkey Rock Fire, 1060 acres, 10% contained, est containment 7/15/08; Mill Fire, 750 acres, 30% contained, est containment 7/7/08; Big Fire, 2190 acres, 95% contained, est containment 7/4/08; Back Fire (unstaffed) , 1600 acres, contained 6/29/08.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 438
Size: 5,090 acres
Percent Contained: 74%

Costs to Date: $3,600,000

Complex contains four fires and they are listed in priority: Monkey Rock Fire, 750 acres, 0% contained, est containment 7/15/08; Mill Fire, 550 acres, 40% contained, est containment 7/7/08; Big Fire, 2190 acres, 90% contained, est containment 7/4/08; Back Fire, 1600 acres, contained 6/29/08.

Mill Fire is consuming large fuels. Monkey Rock Fire burned actively throughout the day in heavy timbered fuels and light flashy fuels. Also group torching and short runs were observed throughout the day. Live fuels are drying out and adding to the fuel bed.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 406
Size: 5,100 acres
Percent Contained: 72%

Costs to Date: $2,200,000

Complex contains four fires and they are listed in priority: Big Fire, 2200 acres, 85% contained, est containment 7/3/08; Mill Fire, 550 acres, 35% contained, est containment 7/7/08; Back Fire, 1600 acres, contained 6/29/08; Monkey Rock Fire, 750 acres, 0% contained, est containment 7/15/08.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 403
Size: 5,100 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $1,582,000

Complex contains four fires: Big Fire, 2200 acres, 75 % contained; Mill Fire, 550 acres, 0% contained; Back Fire, 1600 acres, 100% contained; Monkey Rock Fire, 750 acres, 0% contained.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 317?
Size: 4,920 acres
Percent Contained: 56%

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 317
Size: 3,560 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $800,000

Big Fire will have crews patrolling until 2000 hours. The other fires will not be staffed after 1800 hours.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 284
Size: 3,560 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Type 2 IMT (Heintz). Complex Contains: Big Fire, 1,400 acres, 40 % contained; Back Fire, 1600 acres, 85% contained; Mill Fire, 400 acres, 0% contained; Monkey Rock Fire, 160 acres, 0% contained.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: 3,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

26 Jun 2008, 6:49pm
California
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Gould Fire

Location: ~12 mi SW Etna, Siskiyou Co., CA

Specific Location: Gould Gulch, S. Fork Salmon River, Klamath NF, Lat 41° 12′ 1″ , Lon 123° 2´ 47″

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

Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 52
Size: 229 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $678,000

Crews will be demobilized tonight so they can leave early in the morning for reassignment.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 52
Size: 229 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $557,000

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 25?
Size: 229 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 74
Size: 229 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Personnel pulled off fire line mid-day due to significant thunderstorm development. Spike camp is located on an exposed ridge with no other practical alternatives. Helicopter support not available today.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 74
Size: 228 acres
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $135,645

Close to containment, but far from controlled due to extremely steep terrain and high risk of rollout. High re-burn potential.

Very steep terrain with minimal personnel. C5 repeater installed and functional, but unuseable due to conflict with Lime Complex.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 172
Size: 350 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

26 Jun 2008, 5:57pm
California
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CA Fire Map Thursday AM

Map courtesy Cal OES, CalFire, USFS and Firefighter Blog [here]. Click map for larger image.

More than 150,000 acres (235 sq miles) has been burned so far, destroying nearly 40 structures and forcing the evacuation of more than 900 people.

A total of 7,000 firefighters, 536 engines and more than 50 aircraft had been deployed.

25 Jun 2008, 11:52pm
California
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Corral Fire

Location: ~12 mi NW of Eagle Lake, Lassen Co., CA

Specific Location: Upper Gooch Valley, Lassen NF, Lat 40° 52′ 5″, Lon 120° 52′ 57″

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

Situation as of 07/08/08 7:30 AM
Total Personnel: 281
Size: 12,434 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Cost to date: $3,600,000

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 359
Size: 12,500 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Cost to date: $3,000,000

The previously reported acreage of 15,000 included spots and fingers. The current acreage reduction is a result of direct line construction and cold trailing along numerous miles of non-continuous burn, and excludes small spot fires outside the main fire perimeter.

Ownership includes: 38 USFS, 9% BLM and 53% private

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 381
Size: 15,000 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Cost to date: $2.7 million

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 397
Size: 15,000 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Cost to date: $2.4 million

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Situation as of 07/01/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 382
Size: 15,000 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Cooperating Agencies: CAL FIRE, USFS, BLM, Janesville Fire, Spaulding Fire, Big Valley Fire, Beaty & Associates, California National Guard, CDCR and CCC. A federal team is being assigned to this incident.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 8:00 PM
Total Personnel: 257
Size: 15,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Resource concerns include loss of commercial timber, impacts to multiple range allotments within or adjacent to the fire area, watershed impacts, potential impacts to old growth juniper, and potential impacts to cultural sites.

Social concerns include smoke impacts to local and regional communities, potential impacts to recreationist on Eagle Lake, and impacts to recreational users during the upcoming Fourth of July weekend.

A federal team is being assigned to this incident.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 171?
Size: 15,000 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

The fire is burning in small to medium sized commercial timber. Spotting over the line in dry fuels is occurring during the afternoon. Significant runs to the north/west ahead of thunderstorm downdrafts.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 171
Size: 5,200 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fairly calm until a thunder cell hit at 1500 resulting in rapid spread from Division A to the NW. Approximately 400 acres were consumed in 3 hours.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 7:00 AM
Total Personnel: 107
Size: 3,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire made a major run across the W side of Slate Mtn prior to midnight 06/26. Fire is believed to be near Gooch Camp. Fire is now large enough to make its own weather and could move in any direction. Predicted winds will be from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: unreported
Size: 2,200 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

The fire is now burning in small to medium sized commercial timber. Heavy spotting over the line in dry fuels is occurring under gusty winds of 16 mph during the afternoon.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 95
Size: 1,740 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Structures Threatened: 2 OUTB Structures Destroyed: NONE

Crews had to disengage several times to avoid entrapment. The fire was 955 acres at noon and grew to approximately 1,740 acres by 1600 (helicopter estimate). The fire is now primarily in commercial timber with spotting 1/2 mile ahead of fire and rapid growth of spots. Looking for roads through dry meadows to slow the advance.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: ~500 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

25 Jun 2008, 5:59pm
California
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CA Fires Wednesday Noon Update

The latest count is 1,026 fires across California. Here are the latest updates extracted from some of the fire reporting sites. The following information is as much as 24 hours old in some cases. From north to south:

Del Norte Co. — Blue Fire, Crescent City Fork of Blue Creek - 250 acres, 5% contained.

Siskiyou Co.
— Siskiyou Complex Fires in Dillon Creek near Happy Camp are 2,000 acres. A Type 2 IMT has been called in. At last report 428 personnel and 0% containment. Multiple starts, many unstaffed.

– SRF Lightning Complex Fires, Klamath NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Salmon River area, is also 1,000+ acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed. Fires include the Travis, Blue, Jake Allgood, Sims and Packsaddle Fires. Trinity Alps Wilderness may or may not be closed.

Trinity Co. — Iron Complex Fires, 3,000 acres. Approximately 11 of 36 fires are in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. Within the next 12 to 72 hours a total of 6 residential area’s will be threatened.

- Hells Half Complex Fires - 825 acres, 2% contained. Potential to enter into residential areas, expected later this week.

– Lime Complex Fires, over 70 fires, 17 contained. 7,500 acres. multiple starts, many unstaffed. The communities of Hayfork and Hyampom are threatened.

Shasta Co. — Whiskeytown Complex Fires, 8 miles west of Redding, 1,250 acres, 0% contained at last report. Fire 5-2 reached Shasta Bally road which has been closed due to fire activity. Boulder Creek Falls Trail remains closed due to Fire 5-3 Boulder Fire).

– SHU Lightning Complex Fires, east of Redding. 12,000 acres. Over 156 fires have been reported in the Shasta-Trinty Co. Evacuations remain in place for Shingletown and Burney. New fires on west of Redding are unstaffed and have large growth potential. Hwy 299 closed in the area. The Shingletown Fire is 455 acres with evacuations in place, the Venture Fire is 1,000 acres, the Donkey Fire is 360 acres with the potential to evacuate, the Democrat Fire is 360 acres, the Kirkwick Fire is 1,500 acres, and the Pine Fire is 750 acres.

Humboldt Co. — HUU Lightning Complex Fires, at least 50 fires, 1,000+ acres. The Paradise Fire is north of Shelter Cove and is 600 acres and 25% contained, The Redcrest Fire is 35 acres and 100% contained, the High Fire is in Humboldt Redwood State Park is 45 acres and 100% contained, the Carson Fire is 66 acres and 100% contained, the Hansen Fire is 6 acres and 100% contained, the Williams Fire is 40 acres and 100% contained, the Larabee Fire is 45 acres and 100% contained, the Lone Fire is 80 acres and 100% contained, the Williams Fire is 40 acres and 100% contained, and all the remaining fires of 5 acres or less have been contained.

– Mad Complex Fires on the Orleans RD, Siskiyou NF, Klamath River area, is also 1,200+ acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed.

- Orleans/Ukonom Complex Fires near Somes Bar, Salmon River. 1,200 acres, 3% contained. Jake Fire reached the Salmon River threatening structures. Mountain, Merrill and Jake Fires are threatening important cultural resources and impacting fisheries. Packsaddle Fire on Lower Trinity District.

Lassen Co. — 45 total fires reported. The Popcorn Fire has merged with Petersen Fire east of Burney, 3,100. Little Valley and Pittsville under a precautionary evacuation.

Tehema Co. — TGU Lightning Complex Fires. Over 37 fires for a total of 11,000 acres. 35 fires are contained. The Antelope Fire is 4,000 acres and 20% contained, the Mill Creek Fire is 7,000 acres with no containment.

Plumas Co. — Cub Complex Fires SW of Chester, 1,600 acres. The Onion Fire has high potental to close Cal Highway 32 in the next 1 to 3 days, which is the primary link between Chico and Chester. The Cub fire has a high potential to grow into a long duration (multiple team rotations) incident.

Sierra Co. — Canyon Complex Fires, 4,000 acres. Lack of sufficient suppression resources. Limited communications due to terrain and large incident area. Possible threat to Hwy 70 in the Cold Fire area.

Mendocino Co. — The Mendocino Lightning Complex has reported approximately 106 fires that have burned approximately 20,294 acres. 34 of these fires are contained. Incident Command Team #4 has been assigned to this complex. Multiple fires with minimal staffing with evacuations in place or imminent.

Lake Co. – June ABCD Complex Fires, W of Willows, 2,800 acres, 20% contained. 49 fires reported. Walker Fire, Indian Valley Reservoir, 15,000 acres, 5% contained.

Butte Co.
– N of Paradise. 25 fires for a total of more than 5,000 acres, 8 fires are contained. Fires are immediately threatening communities. If the inversion layer lifts, fire intensity will greatly increase, causing additional evacuations and significant fire spread. Some of the fires are in remote areas making containment difficult and will require large numbers of hand crews.

Nevada Co. — Yuba River Complex Fires 2,035 acres.

Placer Co. — American River Complex Fires: 1,300 acres. Fatigue and lack of resources are compromising control objectives. The Gov and Westville fires may burn together. Significant up-canyon runs. Air quality health issues are currently affecting the community of Foresthill. Due to heavy smoke inversion the fires spread cannot be determined, there is the potential for rapid fire growth when the inversion lifts.

Napa Co. — Wild Fire, 4,089 acres, 100% contained.

Santa Clara Co. — 15 fires have been contained, burning more than 964 acres. Whitehurst/Hummingbird Fires 100% contained.

Amador Co. — All fires for a total of 80 acres have been contained.

Tolumne Co. — 9 fires for a total of 5,720 acres. All fires reported contained, except North Mountain Fire, 550 acres, 0%, 7 mi NE of Groveland.

Madera, Mariposa, Merced Cos. — 40 fires reported. Oliver Complex Fires, 2,000 acres, 5% contained. Signs are posted for residents and travelers along Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 corridors of hazardous driving conditions. Reverse 911 system will be activated when needed.

Monterey Co. — Indians Fire 58,000 acres, Los Padres NF, burning since June 8th, 66% contained, costs to date over $30 million. Basin Complex Fires 5 mi S of Big Sur, lightning-ignited June 21, 13,000 acres, 3% contained. Landslide on Hwy 1 south of the fires has closed the Hwy, Caltrans is monitoring, unsafe to take action to mitigate. Mandatory evacuations from Ventana Inn south to Julia Pfeiffer Day Use Area. Brown Fire, Hollister, 3870 acres, 100% contained.

Tulare, Inyo Cos. — Clover Fire, 13,250 acres.

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25 Jun 2008, 11:02am
Arizona California Nevada New Mexico
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Wed AM Update

We have updated all listed fires from information we gleaned last night. That info was sparse, as might be expected during this major fire bust (of historic proportions).

To access all active fires, click on “Archives_June 2008″ in the righthand sidebar. Scroll to the bottom and click “keep looking”. There are 15 postings per page, and 3 pages of active fires at present.

24 Jun 2008, 8:19pm
California
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Orleans/Ukonom Complex Fires

Location: 3 mi SW Somes Bar, Salmon River area, Six Rivers NF, Humboldt Co., CA

Specific Location: Lat 41° 21´ 17″ Lon 123° 32´ 11″

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

Situation as of 09/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 279
Size: ~60,500 acres (it is impossible to determine because the Ukonom Fire has been split in two and then combined with the Bear Wallow and Panther Fires. A whole lot of number juggling has gone on with the Klamath NF fire reports.)

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

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $30 million ???

Addition 500 acres incinerated yesterday. Fire progressed north of the Little North Fork of the Salmon River towards English Peak and the Uncles Fire of 2006. More deliberate backburning occurring today.

Three month old fire still expanding. Talk about your crappy fire suppression! There has never any attempt to suppress this fire. All actions taken over the last 3 months have been to expand it. Tremendous graft and drainage of taxpayer coffers into the hands of pirates and profiteers who destroy forests for a living.

Nearly 3 months of this fire and it is still killing forests, still uncontained, still expanding, still costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.

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Situation as of 09/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 185?
Size: ~60,000 acres (it is impossible to determine because the Ukonom Fire has been split in two and then combined with the Bear Wallow and Panther Fires. A whole lot of number juggling has gone on with the Klamath NF fire reports)

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

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $28 million ???

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! There was never any attempt to suppress this fire. All actions taken over the last 3 months have been to expand it.

Nearly 3 months of this fire and it is still killing forest, still uncontained, still expanding, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a day.

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Situation as of 09/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: ~56,000 acres (it is impossible to determine because the Ukonom Fire has been split in two and then combined with the Bear Wallow and Panther Fires. A whole lot of number juggling has gone on with the Klamath NF fire reports)

Percent Contained: 82% (despite the massive spending that has gone on, no gain in containment has been achieved for weeks)

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $28 million

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

The Ukonom Fire is a travesty. Six Rivers NF Supervisor Tyrone Kelley is a stone cold forest killer.

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Situation as of 09/02/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 52,908 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $27.5 million

Increased fire activity with most of the fire spread still a slow backing fire with some flanking and small uphill runs. Heavy down fuels are burning intensely with torching and occasional group torching. The main fire activity is between Ukonom Lake and Bridge Creek and between Yellow Jacket Ridge and English Peak within the Marble Mountain Wilderness.

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Situation as of 09/02/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 52,908 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $26.5 million

The fire is backing slowly in timber fuels with occasional torching. Rollout on steep slopes is causing small uphill runs. In sparser fuels the fire is creeping through large dead and down fuels. The main fire activity is between Ukonom Lake and Medicine Mountain and in the area North of Yellow Jacket Ridge.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 52,908 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $25.5 million

Preparing for Fire Weather Watch (gusty winds and low RH) from 2300 hours tonight through 1100 hours August 29. Active burning in Wooley Creek and Crapo Mountain area of the Uknonom Fire.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 102
Size: 52,908 acres (north 23,154, south 29,754)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: est. $25 million

Ukonom acres adjusted down. Costs no longer being reported.

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 132
Size: 52,945 acres (north 23,154, south 29,791)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: est. $25 million

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 132
Size: 52,884 acres (north 23,154, south 29,730)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: est. $24.5 million

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 163
Size: 52,385 acres (north 23,058, south 29,327)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: $23,679,700

Much number juggling going on, difficult to sort out.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 51,393 acres (north 22,066, south 29,327)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: $23,660,900

Responsible official: Six Rivers NF Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley
Phone Number: (707) 442-1721

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 174
Size: 51,393 acres (north 22,066, south 29,327)
Percent Contained: 82%

Costs to Date: $23,528,500

Responsible official: Six Rivers NF Forest Supervisor Tyrone Kelley
Phone Number: (707) 442-1721

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Situation as of 08/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 198
Size: 51,017 acres
Percent Contained: 89%

Costs to Date: $23,272,000

Tomorrow the north half of the Ukonom Fire will be transferred to the Harvey IMT2 which is managing the Panther Fire.

3 historic cabins and a lookout are now threatened by backfires.

Smoldering and creeping with isolated torching and active backing where crews are performing firing operations.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 176
Size: 50,721 acres
Percent Contained: 89%

Costs to Date: $22,862,000

Crews started firing operations from Crapo Mountain bringing fire down the Little North Fork River.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 235
Size: 50,425 acres
Percent Contained: 89%

Costs to Date: $22,097,000

54 total miles of line are now planned for the Ukonom Fire. 54 of these miles have been completed. If conditions are favorable, crews will commence firing operations from Crapo Mountain northeast towards the Uncles Fire.

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 240
Size: 50,183 acres
Percent Contained: 89%

Costs to Date: $21,806,000

Unexplained reduction in costs. Haypress Spike has closed. Crews and overhead haved moved back to Orleans ICP. Division BB and CC are in monitor status. Line from Crapo Mountain to DP148 is completed and is being prepped for burning. Work continues from DP U148 towards Uncles fire.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 248
Size: 49,929 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $22,022,000

54 total miles of line are now planned for the Ukonom Fire. 51 of these miles have been completed.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 248
Size: 49,591 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $21,756,000

Crews continued line construction on Yellowjacket Ridge towards the Little North Fork of the Salmon River. Patrol and mop up continued in the Forks and Salmon River Road area. Excess equipment and resources from the Forks Base Camp are being reassigned within the complexes.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 307
Size: 48,634 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $21,420,000

Burnout operations have succeeded in joining the Ukonom and Panther Fires. Crews have begun line construction on Yellowjacket Ridge towards the Little North Fork of the Salmon River.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 308
Size: 48,012 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $21,008,000

Crews are mopping up and securing line from yesterdays burnout between Haypress Spike Camp and the Panther Fire. Crews continued to mop up in the Forks area. Increased activity in yesterdays slopover between Yellowjacket Ridge and Clear lake has caused firefighters to reevaluate line location in this area.

54 total miles of line are now planned for the Ukonom Fire. 48 of these miles have been completed. The E flank of the Ukonom fire is being managed under a confinement strategy, and is not included in the percent containment calculations.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 354
Size: 47,728 acres
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $20,560,000

A slop over occurred on the line between Yellowjacket Ridge and Clear Lake. This slop over is not yet contained, and is causing a re-evaluation of line location in this area.

Moderate fire behavior with torching and spotting. Backing and flanking fire, with 1/2 mile uphill runs in stringers of heavy timber.

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Situation as of 08/06/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 336
Size: 44,475 acres
Percent Contained: 76%

Costs to Date: $19,850,000

Ukonom costs decreased when equipment was changed to a monthly rate, and duplicate fixed wing costs were eliminated.

Red Flag Warning for thunderstorms accompanied by little or no precipitation. Warning in effect from midnight Tuesday night until noon on Wednesday.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 424
Size: 43,390 acres
Percent Contained: 66%

Costs to Date: $20,072,000

Transfer of command from Dietrich’s IMT to Wilcock’s IMT occurred on Sunday 8/3 at 0600. Type 2IA Crews = 4

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 438
Size: 42,195 acres
Percent Contained: 66%

Costs to Date: $19,690,004

Continued line construction in anticipation of burnout north of Ahlgrens Cabin.

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 41,372 acres
Percent Contained: 63%

Costs to Date: $19,190,943

Continued line preparation, and burned out to support control lines above Salmon River near Forks.

For the Ukonom Complex, 63% (36 miles) of the total planned line (57 miles) has been completed, with 21 miles (27%) remaining to complete; 11 miles (16% of total) has a confinement strategy and cannot be shown as planned containment.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 422
Size: 40,250 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $18,667,546

Pack trains (mules) to support the Haypress and Ahlgens Spike Camps.

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 422
Size: 39,840 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $18,153,384

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 38,089 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $16,340,920

Est date of containment: 09/15/2008

Road closures still in effect. Continued burnout near Haypress Mountain.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 474
Size: 34,466 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $16,340,920

Voluntary evacuation notice for Forks of the Salmon to Nordheimer Road and in the Pollacks subdivision along North Fork Salmon Road.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 565
Size: 32,266 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $15,029,226

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 712
Size: 31,281 acres
Percent Contained: 24%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $14 million

Estimated Containment Date: September 15th, 2008

Increased fire activity with torching short uphill runs, frequent rollout, and aggressive persistent backing. Scattered active flare ups and occasional single tree/group torching with short range spotting. Wind aligned uphill spread with torching and fingering runs on steeper slopes is likely. Fire growth continues to the north and east on multiple flanks of the fires edge.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 712
Size: 30,231 acres
Percent Contained: 24%

Costs to Date: $13,601,711

Since the last report the fire has expanded 5,000 acres, $3 million has been spent, and no change has been made in containment percentage.

Road closures are still in effect. A closure order is in effect for numerous Forest Service roads and trails. There is a pre-evacuation notice for Forks of the Salmon. There is a voluntary evacuation for structures in the Pollocks subdivision along the North Fork of the Salmon road.

Crews continue to monitor the fires, allegedly.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 706
Size: 25,155 acres (not updated)
Percent Contained: 24%

Costs to Date: $11,220,287

Hot and dry weather persists. Steeper slopes and areas influenced by wind will generate accelerated spread rates and flame lengths. Single tree and group torching may be expected with spotting up to .4 miles, short-range spotting can be expected from flare-ups. Brush fuels will contribute to fire spread and intensity on steep/windy slopes, especially below 4500’. Fire growth continues to the north and east on multiple flanks of the fires edge.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 727
Size: 25,155 acres
Percent Contained: 22%

Costs to Date: $10,637,350

Estimated Containment Date: 09/15/2008

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 695?
Size: 24,593 acres
Percent Contained: 22%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $10.4 million

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 695
Size: 23,992 acres
Percent Contained: 22%

Costs to Date: $9,656,860

Estimated Containment Date: 09/15/2008

Hot and dry weather persists. Increased fire activity today with torching short uphill runs, frequent rollout and aggressive persistent backing. Surface fires are more active today. The probability of ignition is 90-100% so any spots produced will ignite spot fires. Fire growth continues to the north and east on multiple flanks of the fires edge.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 691
Size: 22,926 acres
Percent Contained: 22%

Costs to Date: $8,909,706

Est containment date: 09/15/2008

Efforts in Moorehouse Creek have been abandoned due to fire crossing drainage and becoming established on west aspect. Line construction has started on SE corner near Nordheimer progressing to the NE up Yellowjacket Ridge.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 530
Size: 22,176 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $6,977,195

Est Containment Date: 10/01/2008

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 545
Size: 18,477 acres
Percent Contained: 18%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $7.5 million

The fire has established itself in the 1987 fire area with large amounts of dead and down material and large snag patches.

Est containment date: 10/01/2008. Est final fire size if fire burns until 10/01: 100,000+ acres. Est final fire cost if fire burns until 10/01: $50+ million.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 486
Size: 17,847 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $5,780,936

This mornings IR map shows that all the wildfires fires have joined.

Major firing operation planned in Division M. Complete fireline along the West side of Merrill Creek, utilizing roads, dozer lines, and handlines. Continue to burn off this completed line from junction of the 12N02 and the 12N48 road north to the junction of the 12N48 and the 15N17 road if weather permits. Crews will be holding recently fired lines along the Salmon River Road, from junction of the 15N17 and the 12N02 road to the junction of the 12N02 and 12N48 road, and around Oak Bottom residences.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 409
Size: 13,034 acres
Percent Contained: 14%

Costs to Date: $4,790,245

Est containment date: 10/01/2008.

Merrill Fire ~ 8605 acres and 31% contained; Jake Fire ~ 4429 acres and 25% contained. The Merrill and Jake fires have merged.

Surface fires are more active with isolated and group torching and spotting. Snags provide for spotting potential across the Salmon River. The probability of ignition is 88%-100% so any spots produced will ignite spot fires.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 364 (Blue2 - 32, Unokom - 332)
Size: 11,176 acres (Blue2 - 1,150, Unokom - 10,026)
Percent Contained: 12%

Costs to Date: $4,550,000 (Blue2 - $550,000, Unokom - $4,000,000)

The Blue2 Fire (previously reported as Blue Fire) is 1,150 acres, 7% contained.

Closure order has been established for the Salmon River Road as fire imminently threatens structures.

Est containment date: 10/01/2008.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 379
Size: 9,031 acres
Percent Contained: 8%

Costs to Date: $3,398,244

Transition of the Blue Fire to Svalberg IMT 2 will occur tomorrow at 1500.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 388
Size: 8,492 acres
Percent Contained: 7%

Costs to Date: $3,000,000

Expected containment date: 10/01/08

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 405?
Size: 7,865 acres
Percent Contained: 4%

Expected containment date: 10/01/08

Burn baby burn. This fire represents long term employment for firefighters. No strategy to contain, control, or extinguish. Taxpayers expected to shovel money into the fire all summer long. $3 million spent already. When the fire blows up, then shovel some more. Extremely critical Native American cultural and spiritual sites to be incinerated, including the only known fully intact Karuk spiritual site. Salmon spawning endangered. No NEPA, no ESA, no NHPA, no compliance with any environmental law by rogue USFS officials.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 405
Size: 7,244 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $2,300,000

Contained significant spots outside containment line and continued firing operations along the 15N17 road northeast of Offield Saddle. Burn out completed on the 12N07 road from East Peak to Offield Saddle. Burn out operations will serve to prevent movement of the Merrill fire towards Highway 96. Continue line construction from East Peak to the Salmon River. Assessment continues on the structures near Somes Bar and north along the Klamath River.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 403
Size: 6,358 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $2,021,000

Burn out implemented along the 12N07 road to Offield Saddle to prevent movement of the Merrill fire towards Highway 96. Continued construction of hand line and line preperation occuring for further burn out operations along the 12N07 road.

Merrill Fire ~3715 acres and 7% contained; Jake Fire ~1982 acres and 1% contained; Blue Fire ~661 and 8% contained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 357
Size: 5,884 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $1,700,000

The reduction in acres for the Merrill Fire was due to IR flight which better defined the perimeter.

Merrill Fire ~3502 acres; Jake Fire ~1775 acres; Blue Fire ~607 acres. Developing Long Term Implementation Plan for the complex.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 336?
Size: 6,256 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

When conditions permit, a burnout will be conducted, along Road 12N07, the western flank of the Merrill fire, to prevent movement towards Highway 96 corridor.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 336
Size: 6,009 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $1,250,000

The Ukonom Complex consists of the following fires in priority order: #1 Jake Fire ~1397 acres; #2 Merrill Fire ~4,131 acres; #3 Blue Fire ~481. No acre change on the Blue Fire as IR was not completed and no other intel was received.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 228
Size: 5,548 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $1,033,000

The Ukonom Complex now consists of the following fires in priority order: #1 Jake Fire ~ 1272 acres; #2 Merrill Fire ~ 3795 acres, #3 Blue Fire ~ 481 acres. Cost differential increase due to including Blue Fire within the Ukonom Complex. Begining devlopment of Long Term Implementation Plan. Need for crews may be influenced by the LTIP.

Planned burnout for western flank of the Merrill fire to attempt to stop westward movement towards Highway 96 corridor. Unable to take significant actions without aerial support. Helicopter support is a high priority for safety of burnout operations, assisting crews with bucket work to help hold lines of burnout. The Jake fire continues to threaten structures within the Salmon River drainage and the Merrill Fire threatens residences along Somes Bar. Merrill and Jake fires are threatening important Cultural resources and impacting fisheries. Archeologist will assist Heritage Resource Advisors in the identification of Cultural resources to protect. Wooley Creek historical cabins (used by President Hoover) are in danger in addition to private property in the area. Possibility of extensive damage to timber resources exists with significant impact to watersheds properties.

The Blue Fire will be managed by a Fire Use Module and a Division Supervisor; all resources currently assigned are being reassigned to the Merrill Fire.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 195
Size: 4,100 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Jake Fire: 1,051 acres. Merrill Fire: 2,788 acres. Blue Fire: 271 acres.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 113
Size: 1,250 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Jake and Portuguese fires have burned together and will be managed as one under the name of the Jake Fire. Jake Fire (combination of Portuguese and Jake Fires) ~985 acres; Merrill Fire ~135 acres; Blue Fire (to be reported on next 209); Mountain Fire ~130 acres; Haypress Fire.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: 750 acres
Percent Contained: unknown

Now includes the Blue Fire as well as the Jake, Portugese Mountain, Haypress Mountain and Crapo Fires. The IMT is working with the Karuk tribe and local Fire Safe Community groups in the Somes Bar/Orleans and Salmon River areas.

Access on Highway 93 (Salmon River Road) is restricted from Nordheimer Campground to Wooley Creek. The Dillion Creek and Wooley Creek Campgrounds are closed.

A public meeting is scheduled at the Junction School in Somes Bar for 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: 1,250 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Anticipate Type 2 Team to take over at 1800. Steep terrain with roll outs causing ignitions outside containment lines. Access issues with steep terrain and heavy fuels, no natural barriers. Unable to take action without aerial support. Helicopter support is an extremely high priority for safety. Jake fire reached the Salmon River threatening structures. Mountain, Merrill and Jake fires are threatening important Cultural resources and impacting fisheries. Wooley Creek historical Cabins (used by President Hoover) are in danger and there is 16 acres of private property in this area. Timber resources and Watersheds are of concern. Assisting with the Packsaddle fire on Lower Trinity District to keep in out of Red Cap drainage.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: 500 acres
Percent Contained: 3%

Type 2 IMT (Lund) committed.

24 Jun 2008, 7:57pm
California
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Hells Half Complex Fires

Location: ~8 mi SW of Burnt Ranch (Hwy 299), Six Rivers NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Trinity Co. CA

Specific Location: Hells Half Creek, S Fork Trinity River, ~Lat 40° 46′ ~Lon 123° 31′

Date of Origin: 06/22/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 262
Size: 15,146 acres
Percent Contained:100%

Costs to Date: $13,761,193

Evacuation orders for the Dry Lake Area have been lifted.

Transition to a Type 3 ICT (Stevens - Six Rivers NF) organization will occur 7/30/08 at 0600. Close out meeting with the forest to be at Hells Half ICP 7/30/08 at 1000.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 490
Size: 15,146 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $12,178,193

SoCal Team 1 (Joseph) assumed incident command at 2000hrs 7/24. A hazardous air quality alert has been issued for Humboldt Co.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 457
Size: 15,146 acres
Percent Contained: 95%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $12.4 million

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 443
Size: 15,132 acres
Percent Contained: 85%

Costs to Date: $11,877,852

Quesinberry Southern Area T1 IMT (Blue Team) preparing to transition with Joseph Southern California T2 IMT (Team 1).

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 665
Size: 11,868 acres
Percent Contained: 65%

Costs to Date: $10,642,085

Mandatory evacuation of the Dry Lake area. Evacuations continue in effect for 56 residences south of fire. Another public meeting is scheduled to be held at the Hyampom Volunteer Fire Department at 7:00 pm on Tuesday night July 22nd.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 565
Size: 10,917 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $9,695,749

Estimated Containment Date: 07/30/08

Mandatory evacuation of the Dry Lake area was coordinated today with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. Evacuations continue in effect for 56 residences south of fire.

Active surface fire and uphill advancement was observed in the Mingo Creek Drainage, Sugarloaf Mountain area, and in the Surprise Creek Drainage.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 600
Size: 10,424 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $8,994,718

Estimated Containment Date: 07/30/08

Evacuations continue in effect for 56 residences south of fire.

Current weather predictions indicate there may be a possible wind event on Sunday. A southwest wind event could have potential to create control problems along control lines to the north of the fire.

Moderate surface fire spread today with some single tree torching were observed in the late afternoon after the inversion was slow to mix out.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 593
Size: 10,192 acres
Percent Contained: 35%

Costs to Date: $8,437,187

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 602
Size: 10,039 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $7,881,779

Structures Destroyed: 1 residence. Evacuations continue in effect for 56 residences south of fire.

A Spike Camp was established today at Hyampom Elementary School where appox. 220 persons will be located. The Spike Camp will be supported by the caterer for the Lime Complex to aid in cost containment. Seven engines were also reassigned to the Iron Complex today to assist with immediate critical operation needs for that incident.

Fire behavior increased today as a result of higher winds, lower humidities and a less stable atmosphere. Backing fire with isolated torching and short uphill runs were observed. Burnout operations in Div. X were suspended early in the afternoon due to fire intensities.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 540
Size: 9,698 acres
Percent Contained: 29%

Costs to Date: $6,283,878

Evacuations still in effect for Area D-Big Slide 6 residences, Area 5-Hyampon West 50 residences. Operations will maintain communication with Humboldt and Trinity County Sheriff in regards to the Evacuations; inform sheriff when conditions warrant repopulation.

Transition date with IMT Type I will take place at 0600 on 7/14/08. If visibility allows, aerial retardant will be requested to support crews working around the structures on the south end in DivC (southwest). Retardant may also be requested to support dozer line construction in DivW (north).

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Situation as of 07/11/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 464
Size: 7,858 acres
Percent Contained: 29%

Costs to Date: $5,322,074

Significant fire growth occurred on 7/10/08. The Grouse Fire grew by 1,712 acres spreading to the Southeast. The Half Fire grew by 2,357 acres and spread to the Southeast. Active night time burning predicted in association with poor night time RH recovery. Fire behavior moderated today. Backing fire and single tree torching was observed. The fire was under an inversion all day, very poor visibility reported on the fire.

Percent Containment and Total Acres have changed based on more accurate mapping. The Grouse and Half fires grew together last night. The two fires (Grouse and Half) will be referred to as Hell’s Half Fire.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 459
Size: 4,787 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $4,438,973

IR flown on 7/9 showed that the Half Fire increased by 861 acres and the Grouse by 142 acres. The Half Fire acreage growth occurred within the perimeter of the in-direct control lines. The Grouse Fire escaped its containment lines on the NE portions of the fire. Half Fire, 2,853 acres, 29% contained, expected containment date: 7/20. Grouse Fire, 1,934 acres, 70% contained, expected containment date: 7/20.

The escape of the Grouse fire and its proximity to structures increases the complexity of incident management. Thirty five miles of dozer and handline have been constructed on the complex, seven miles of indirect line still needs to be fired off on the Half Fire. A population protection plan drafted in coordination with the Trinity and Humboldt County Sheriffs and VFDs has been approved by both County Supervisors. No night shift due to dangerous conditions and limited personnel.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 5:45 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 3,784 acres
Percent Contained: 54%

Costs to Date: $3,719,624

Est containment date: 07/14/2008.

Half Fire, 1,992 acres, 29% contained, expected containment date: 7/14. Grouse Fire, 1,792 acres, 85% contained, expected containment date: 7/11

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Situation as of 07/05/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 411
Size: 3,307 acres
Percent Contained: 46%

Costs to Date: $3,084,062

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Situation as of 07/04/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 391
Size: 3,078 acres
Percent Contained: 52%

Costs to Date: $2,767,241

On Half Fire, line improvement and burn out occurred on the E flank in both Div. M and N. Handline was tied into dozer line on the N end of the fire. Line improvement, burn out, mop-up and patrol continued on SE corner, Div. M. A media tour of the Half Fire occurred today.

On Grouse Fire, continued burnout operations on the SE portion of the fire in division C, scouted line to the S to South Fork river. The fire was active on the NE portion of the fire, Div. Z. The fire is burning in very steep terrain and threatens to burn around containment lines.

Critical short term needs for the Half Fire are 2-Type I IHCs for three operational periods to support the construction and burning of to secure the NE side of the fire (division N-P) This will stop the spread of the fire north into numerous residences.

Helicopter support is essential to support both operations. No night shift due to dangerous conditions and limited personnel.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 357
Size: 2,926 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,401,321

On Half Fire, all lines were completed along the Eastern flank in both Div. M and N. Line improvement, mop-up and patrol continued on SE corner, Div. M. Mop-up will be completed in 2-3 shifts. New division added to fire, Div P. Check line was competed on the North West portion of fire, of Div. P. Crews were supported by helicopter bucket work. On Grouse Fire, continued burnout operations on the SE portion of the fire in division C working towards Div. Z. Good progress is being made. Held and improved Dozer and handline NE portion of the fire in Div Z from DP6 South to Gary Creek. Fire activity increased resulting in a slop-over in Div. Z. Mop-up and patrol continued in Division A and B.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 351
Size: 2,876 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,138,198

Half Fire, 1,583 acres, 17% contained. Grouse Fire, 1,293 acres, 60% contained.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 345
Size: 2,620 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,880,069 (no explanation given for cost decrease)

Half Fire, 1500 acres, 7% contained. Grouse Fire, 1,140 acres, 55% contained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 338
Size: 2,440 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $2,249,876

Half Fire 1,320 acres, 2% contained. Grouse Fire 1,120 acres, 50% contained.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 356?
Size: 2,080 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Fire activity picked up again on the Half Fire (Div. M), forcing a halt to line construction.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 356
Size: 1,600 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Costs to Date: $1,030,488

Completed burnout in Div A. Construction of line around slopover in Div C proceeds. Ground recon of Half Fire continues, construction of hand line on east side, with minimal staffing.

Dangerous terrain, heavy fuels, heavy smoke, and availability of crews limited access to many areas. No night shift due to dangerous conditions and limited personnel. Inversion with heavy smoke limited recon opportunities.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 356
Size: 1,500 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

Continued inability to fill orders results in the fire’s potential to enter into residential areas, expected later this week.

Progress with dozer line and burnout made on the SW side of Grouse Fire. Ground recon of Half Fire continues with construction of hand line started, and minimal staffing. Dangerous terrain, heavy fuels, heavy smoke, and availability of crews limited access to many areas.

No night shift due to dangerous conditions and limited personnel. Inversion with heavy smoke limited recon opportunities. Fire Weather Watch for Friday evening through Sunday evening. Packsaddle Fire was turned back to District today.

Public Meeting tonight in community of Hawkins Bar.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 349
Size: 1,450 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

The Sims, Grouse, Gary and Sugarloaf fires have been merged into one incident, now called the Grouse Fire. The Grouse Fire is 30% contained; the (Hells) Half Fire is 0% contained and staffing limited to monitoring.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 247
Size: 1,142 acres
Percent Contained: 6%

Costs to Date: $427,245

Structures Threatened: 22 PRIM , 3 COMM , 28 OUTB Structures Destroyed: NONE

Half Fire spread S towards Hyampom, and E toward Burnt Ranch. Point protection measures in front of the spread were activated, but Half Fire remains essentially unstaffed at 600 acres. Merging fires on the Grouse Fire (Sugarloaf Fire, Gary Fire) total around 350 acres.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: unreported (250+)
Size: 750 acres
Percent Contained: unknown

17 fires total, 8 contained. Type 2 IMT (Secrest) to take over management today.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 247
Size: 825 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Fire activity for 6/24 included major acreage increases. Increased perimeter sizes resulted in less area effectively staffed due to overhead and crew shortages. Smoke contribution in the North Coast Air Basin was and will continue to be substantial. Plantation loss on 6/24 was significant, with more expected. Habitat loss for key fisheries and faunal species is expected. Concerns over the lack of available suppression overhead, and aircraft limit options for any aggressive suppression strategies. Associated support functions not filled have resulted in limiting the amount of support the district resources can handle. Continued inability to fill orders results in the fire’s potential to enter into residential areas, expected later this week.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: unknown
Size: 637 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

A Type 2 IMT (Secrest) has been ordered to manage this two fire complex.

24 Jun 2008, 7:42pm
California
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Blue Fire

Location: ~10 mi E of Klamath, Six Rivers NF, Del Norte Co. CA

Specific Location: Crescent City Fork of Blue Creek near the Siskiyou Wilderness boundary, ~Lat 41° 32′ ~Lon 123° 50′

Date of Origin: 06/22/08
Cause: Lightning

As of 06/25 the Blue Fire has been incorporated into the Orleans/Ukonom Complex [here]

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 140
Size: 150 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fire is inaccessible, in very steep and rugged terrain. Type 1 crews and T2 copters are needed to check fire spread in the drainage in order to keep fire within the headwaters area.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 7:00 PM
Total Personnel: 50?
Size: 100 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Five Type 2 handcrews have been assigned to the fire, and are preparing contingency lines in safe areas.

24 Jun 2008, 12:27pm
California
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CA Fires Tuesday Update

Last weekend a dry lightning storm ignited between 850 and 920 fires across California. The latest map of northern CA fires is [here]. The situation is confusing but here are the latest updates extracted from some of the fire reporting sites. From north to south:

Siskiyou Co. — Siskiyou Complex Fires in Dillon Creek near Happy Camp are pushing 1,000 acres. A Type 2 IMT has been called in. At last report 146 personnel and 0% containment. Multiple starts, many unstaffed.

- SRF Lightning Complex Fires, Klamath NF, Shasta-Trinity NF, Salmon River area, is also 1,000+ acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed. Fires include the Travis, Blue, Jake Allgood, Sims and Packsaddle Fires. Trinity Alps Wilderness may or may not be closed.

Trinity Co.
— Iron Complex Fires, Shasta-Trinity NF, Weaverville area is reporting 36 fires, 9 contained, and 4 staffed, partially contained. The community of Junction City is threatened.

- Lime Complex Fires, Shasta-Trinity NF, Hayfork area is 6,400 acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed. The communities of Hayfork and Hyampom are threatened.

Shasta Co. — Whiskeytown Complex Fires, 8 miles west of Redding, 700 acres, 0% contained at last report. Fire 5-2 reached Shasta Bally road which has been closed due to fire activity. Boulder Creek Falls Trail remains closed due to Fire 5-3.

- SHU Lightning Complex Fires, east of Redding. Over 153 fires have been reported in the Shasta-Trinty Co. areas, at least 25 unstaffed. Shingletown Fire at 455 acres with evacuations in place. Donkey Fire at 360 acres with potential evacuations for Oak Run and Round Mountain. Democrat Fire at 360 acres with structures threatened in the communities of Shasta and Keswick. Kirkman Fire at 1500 acres. Pine Fire at 750 acres with likely impact to HWY 299 East within 12 hours. Venture Fire, east of Burney, at 1000 acres, structures threatened, evacuations in place, power transmission lines threatened and HWY 299 closed in the area.

Humboldt Co. — HUU Lightning Complex Fires, at least 50 fires. The Lone Pine Fire is 80 acres, the Paradise Fire NE of Shelter Cove is 500 acres and growing. The Redcrest Fire is 30 acres, the High Fire is in Humboldt Redwood State Park with unknown acreage or containment, the Carson Fire is 40 acres and 50% contained, the Hansen Fire is 2 acres with unknown containment, the Williams Fire is 25 acres and 50% contained, at last report.

- Mad Complex Fires on the Orleans RD, Siskiyou NF, Klamath River area, is also 1,000+ acres, multiple starts, many unstaffed.

Lassen Co. — 45 total fires reported. The Popcorn Fire east of Burney is 2,500 acres at last report. Little Valley is under a precautionary evacuation.

Tehema Co. — TGU Lightning Complex Fires. Over 37 fires for a total of 3,146 acres. 35 fires are contained. The Antelope Fire is 900 acres and 10% contained, the Mill Creek Fire is 1,500 acres with no containment.

Plumas Co. — Cub Complex Fires SW of Chester, Cub Fire is 800 acres, Onion Fire is 500 acres. As of 7 pm yesterday 309 personnel, 0% containment.

Sierra Co. — Canyon Complex Fires, more than 45 fires have been detected, many in the Feather River canyon. Several fires are aggressively backing into the middle fork and the north fork of the Feather River and Nelson Creek. Tree Ranger District affected. Includes the Hartman Fire and the Crest Fire. The Cold Fire is approx. 3,000 acres. Precautionary evacuation of animals in the communities of Spring Garden, Greenhorn, and Sloat (near Quincy) is in effect. Hwy 70 is closed from 1.5 miles East of Pulga in Butte Co. to Gansner Bar.

Mendocino Co. — Approx. 131 fires have been reported, burning more than 13,000 acres. Incident Command Team #4 has been assigned to this complex. The Orr Fire is 200 acres and has evacuations of the Orr Springs Resort and 50 homes in the area, the Navarro Fire is 1,400 acres and 5% contained, the Cherry fire is 50 acres and 50% contained, the Foster Fire is 50 acres and 50% contained, the Table Mtn. Fire is 1,000 acres and 5% contained, the Mallo Pass Fire is 800 acres, and the Juan Creek Fires (2) are at 100 acres each. There are 8 additional fires at 30 acres each.

There is a voluntary evacuation recommended and issued by the Anderson Valley Fire Department for the following areas: Rancho Navarro, Nash Mill Road from Clough Ridge to the top of Nash Mill Subdivision, Mountain View Rd. near mile marker 17 in the vicinity of Hanes Ranch, Easterly portion of Signal Ridge Rd. in the vicinity of Rossi Ranch below Cold Springs Lookout. The Anderson Valley Fire Department advises that they may not be able to put out a mandatory evacuation and individuals should monitor the fires and be prepared to decide to evacuate on their own; individuals who cannot do a fire watch through the night are advised to voluntarily evacuate.

There is a precautionary evacuation issued by Cal Fire on Mountain View Road at Mile Post 9 East of Manchester.

KZYX, Mendocino Public Broadcast Radio [here] has good fire information.

Lake Co. - June ABCD Complex Fires, W of Willows. 49 fires reported. Walker Fire, Indian Valley Reservoir, 8,600 acres, 5% contained.

Butte Co. - N of Paradise. 25 fires for a total of more than 3,900 acres, 8 fires are contained. The Rim Fire has burned 50 acres with unknown containment. Butte County Sheriff’s department is affecting a Precautionary Evacuation Advisory for the Lake Concow Area for a lighting fire in excess of 100 acres burning off of Rim Rd. (also referred to as Andy Mountain Rd.) in the Concow area. The American Red Cross is setting up an evacuation shelter at the Spring Valley School at 2771 Pentz Rd. off of Hwy 70. There are four road closures in effect: Concow Rd. from Yellow Wood Rd. north to the end of the pavement on Concow Rd, Concow Rd. from Nelson Bar to end of pavement, Rim Rd. (also known as Andy Mtn. Rd) from Hwy 70 to end of Rim Rd., Deadwood from Hwy 70 to Concow Rd. June 24, 2008 11:10 am

Nevada Co. — Yuba River Complex Fires, 34 fires reported. Scotchman Fire 500 acres near Washington. Fall Fire, 1,100 acres and spreading to the N along Bowman Lake Road. Hydro-electric facilities and lines are threatened. 25 Fire, Celina Fire, Foresthill (formerly Mosquito) Fire which is 75 acres and 90% contained.

Placer Co. — American River Complex Fires: Peavine Fire, 20 acres, Middle Fork American River sub-drainage; Gov Fire, 100 acres, within Wild and Scenic River area, Westville Fire, 25 acres, N Fork American River.

Napa Co. — Wild Fire, 4,089 acres, 80% contained.

Santa Clara Co. — 15 fires have been contained, burning more than 964 acres. Whitehurst/Hummingbird Fires 100% contained.

Amador Co. — All fires for a total of 80 acres have been contained.

Tolumne Co. — 9 fires for a total of 5,720 acres. All fires reported contained, except North Mountain Fire, 550 acres, 0%, 7 mi NE of Groveland.

Madera, Mariposa, Merced Cos. — 40 fires reported. Oliver Complex Fires, 200 acres, 5% contained. The Cunningham Complex, 3,150 acres, Indian Peak Fire, 60 acres. Mariposa Complex Fires are 100% contained at 2500 acres. Sierra NF reported 25 of the 40 fires; 14 are still active.

Monterey Co. — Indians Fire 58,000 acres, Los Padres NF, burning since June 8th, 66% contained, costs to date over $30 million. Basin Complex Fires 5 mi S of Big Sur, lightning-ignited June 21, 7,025 acres, 3% contained. Landslide on Hwy 1 south of the fires has closed the Hwy, Caltrans is monitoring, unsafe to take action to mitigate. Mandatory evacuations from Ventana Inn south to Julia Pfeiffer Day Use Area. Brown Fire, Hollister, 3870 acres, 100% contained.

Tulare, Inyo Cos. — Clover Fire, 13,050 acres. The Clover Fire is a Let It Burn Fire that blew up Sunday from 4,000 acres, crossed the Sierra crest, and has burned nearly to Hwy 395. Over $2 million were been spent watching this fire since it started May 31st. Now many more millions must be spent to contain it, and fire suppression resources must be drawn away from critical need areas in the rest of the state. The Sequoia NF is responsible for this fiasco.

Map courtesy Cal OES, CalFire, USFS and Firefighter Blog [here]. Click map for larger image.

24 Jun 2008, 1:00am
California
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Whiskeytown Complex Fires

Location: 8 miles west of Redding, Shasta Co. CA

Specific Location: Lat 40° 36′ 0″ Lon 122° 38′ 0″

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

Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 218
Size: 6,240 acres
Percent Contained: 100%

Costs to Date: $8,837,081

Last nights IR flight recorded very little perceptible heat along the fire lines. Park staff continuing to monitor and coordinate with Calfire on the Motion Fire (SHU Lightning Complex) within Whiskeytown NRA. Whiskeytown NRA remains closed to the public and evacuations remain effect on Whiskey Cr Road area due to increased fire activity on the Motion fire (SHU Lightning Complex).

McNitt’s type 2 IMT will transition to a local type 3 organization at 0600 on July 16, 2008. Demob and re-assignment of excess crews and equipment continuing. This will be the last update unless a significant event occurs or until the final is completed.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 379
Size: 6,240 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: not updated, est. $9 million

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 429
Size: 6,135 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $8,400,000

The entire NRA was closed to the public this morning due to increased fire activity from the Motion fire on the NE side of the park and the Moon fire on the south side. Crews continue to hold improved jeep trail and contain spot fires on Div C as Moon fire pushes upslope North and East towards park boundary. Evacuations placed in Whiskey Cr Road area where Motion Fire continues westward march.

All fires have merged within the NRA and are being managed as one fire.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 5,500 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: not reported

Dozer line along ridge and NRA boundary in Div C holding with heavy helo bucket work from Moon complex but tenuous as Moon fire encroaches N and E. Airtankers working to keep Motion Fire from spreading W toward the NRA also.

All fires have merged within the NRA and are being managed as one fire. Daily coordination with Shasta Lightning Complex is ongoing

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 426
Size: 5,300 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $7,200,000

NRA closed to visitor use in all areas south of Whiskeytown Lake.

Task Force from Whiskeytown Complex loaned to the Moon Fire, SHU Shasta-Trinity Complex for structure protection.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 429?
Size: 5,130 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Recreation activity still taking place in the NRA is a challenge. Lack of helicopter support limits crew placement. Difficult access and steep terrain. Torching, spotting and fire growth has occurred today.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 429
Size: 5,050 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $6,045,000

Est containment date: 07/09/2008. This may be difficult to achieve if weather conditions worsen.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 438
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $4,400,000

Continuing to make good progress by going direct with hand line with bucket support where feasible.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 448
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $3,731,000

Good progress tying in w/Moon near Little Bally. Helicopter bucket support in Beartrap Gulch to slow fire spread. Intend to insert crews on Little Bally to build direct line in Beartrap Gulch.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 440
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $2,752,000

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 378?
Size: 4,730 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Expected containment date: 07/09/08

WAPA high Voltage transmission lines may be impacted by Whiskeytown Fire. This line is one of the primary lines supplying power to N. CA. Recreation activity still taking place in the NRA is a concern. Potential for re-burn is high.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 378
Size: 5,200 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,300,000

A plan is being implemented with the cooperation of Shasta Lightning Complex Branch VII for joint containment effort on the SE flank of the fire. Helicopter bucket support with water drops were utilized on the ridge between Little Bally and South Fork Mtn. A signicant number of spot fires occurred in this area. The use of retardant is being evaluated.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 371
Size: 4,800 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,200,000

Aerial recon showed fires in the Whiskeytown Complex are almost completely burned together to form the Whiskeytown fire and merged with the Moon Complex. Fire crossed the headwaters of Eagle Creek and approaching Beartrap Gulch. A joint planning operation effort with Branch 7 of the Moon Complex with the Whiskey Complex is being done and implementation will start when plan is in place and resources are gained.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 332
Size: 4,559 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $1,000,000

Potential for reburn is high on many areas of all fires.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 269?
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 20%

A Type II team McNitt is enroute and transition will take place at 0600 06/30.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 269
Size: 4,000 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Costs to Date: $795,000

PG&E power line had retardant cleaned off of it. Coordination with PG&E is continuing for re-energizing line. Radio towers critical to Redding Airtanker base are supplied by this line; currently being powered by generator. The Motion Fire is becoming a concern as it has potenial to approach the north boundary of the Whiskeytown NRA.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 232
Size: 3,600 acres
Percent Contained: 10%

Night burn-out accomplished containing the NE flank of the 5-3 (Boulder Fire). Smoke inversion lifting allowed air attack to deliver retardent to protect the communications facilities and powerlines feeder to the communications facilities. Powerline turned off during retardant delivery to prevent arcing.

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North State public radio down

Powerlines to the cluster of radio, television and emergency service communication towers on the mountain in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area have been turned off because of nearby fires, said Lorraine Dechter, the station’s news director [here].

Situation as of 06/26/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 122?
Size: 3,300 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

Commercial communications towers and associated infrastructure (several small buildings) on Shasta Bally are fairly secure from fire damage, the power line is not. In order to protect the power lines the use of heavy lift helicopters would be needed to contain the spread of fire to the power line structures. These towers are used by television, radio, and numerous public and private agencies and companies for two-way radio communications in the greater Redding area. Protection of power lines to the communication site is critical for them to maintain operations. WAPA high voltage transmission lines will be threatened if fire 5-3 (Boulder) continues backing downhill and merge into the 5-2 (Bally fire). The extreme terrain and need to contain the fires with indirect lines requires the use of experienced type 1 or type 2IA rated crews. The Mary Fire or the (5-45) Brandy fire not staffed due to lack of resources and other higher priorities.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 122
Size: 3,000 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: $154,351

Structures Threatened: 12 COMM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Fires continue to grow, Fire 5-3 continues to back downhill towards the WAPA powerlines with uphill runs threatening the powerlines to the communications towers. Closure of Mill Creek Road and trail to public use. Contact with PG&E personnel concerning powerlines. PG&E de-energized the powerline for the night leading to the communication towers.

Fire continues to grow in the vicinity of Shasta Bally Road. Fires have seen moderate behavior all day with rollout being the major concern. Fires continue backing and making runs upslope, much of the spread has been terrain enhanced. Significant burning in Mary Fire as it moves through the more exposed, drier higher elevation vegetation. Boulder Fire has been holding to the east side of the north ridge coming off Shasta Bally but has now burned in fingers to the Boulder Creek Trail.

Continue burnout operations along Brandy Creek Trail. Work powerlines with heavy helicopters to keep fire from spreading to the powerlines if possible.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 79
Size: 1,250 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Commercial communications towers and associated infrastructure (several small buildings) on Shasta Bally threatened. These towers are used by television, radio, and numerous public and private agencies and companies for two-way radio communications in the greater Redding area. Protection of power lines to the communication site is critical for them to maintain operations. WAPA high voltage transmission lines will be threatened if fire 5-3 (Boulder) continues backing downhill.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 42
Size: 700 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire 5-2 reached Shasta Bally road which has been closed due to fire activity. Boulder Creek Falls Trail remains closed due to Fire 5-3.

 
  
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