Active Wildfires in California – Saturday, June 25, 2016

Updated 1100 Hours

We seem to adding more and more wildfires to our one single daily updates but since there are so many – we’ve decided to try to separate them by State. So, here we go – starting with California.

BORDER FIRE :  The location of this wildfire is in Potrero in San Diego County that ignited on June 19th @ 1100 hours.

It is under the Command  of the CALFire – San Diego unit.

The fire is at 7,609 acres and has reached a 70% containment status.

Resources include:

  • 1,771 personnel
  • 130 engines
  • 57 hand crews
  • 10 helicopters
  • 23 water tenders
  • 4 bulldozers

Firefighters continued with containment lines and mop up operations as the fire had minimal activity.

All evacuation orders have been lifted but some area road closures remain.  0 injuries have been reported.

There have been 5 homes and 11 outbuildings destroyed. 1 home has been damaged.

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ERSKINE FIRE  :  On June 23rd at 1600 hours, in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County.  The fire started on BLM managed public lands at the junction of Erskine Creek Rd and Apollo Way at approximately 1551 hours on Thursday, June 23rd. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The fire has now reached 30,000 acres, with a 5% containment status.  Current conditions are low humidity, wind and heat.

About 100 structures have been lost and 1500 additional are still being threatened.

Erskine Fire

Erskine Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

The types of evacuation levels and areas are as follows:

  • “Prepare for Possible Evacuation” :  Lake Isabella and Erskine Creek area .
  • “Evacuations Remain in Effect” :  Bella Vista, South Fork, Weldon, Onyx, Lakeland Estates, Mountain Mesa, South Lake, Squirrel Valley, and Yankee Canyon.

The Red Cross Evacuation Shelter is located at Kernville Elementary School  and is the only shelter for evacuees. There are approximately 125 evacuees at the elementary school. To let your loved ones know you are safe and well, use the The Red Cross Safe & Well app to register.  It is can be used to look for your own loved ones. :

Approximately 800 fire, support and overhead team personnel are attached to this wildfire incident.

Management of this fire is under Unified Command with Bureau Of Land Management, USFS & Kern County agencies.  A Type 1 IMT team is en route.  CAL Fire 5 will take management control at 2000 hours.

Incident Cooperators include:  CalFire, Red Cross, Caltrans, animal control, and law enforcement from local, county, state, and federal agencies.

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MARINA FIRE :  This wildfire has been determined be caused by human intervention on June 24th @ 0530 hours.  It is located North of Lee Vining.

The fire burning upslope from Mono Lake

Burning upslope from Mono Lake on the Marina Fire. (Courtesy: inciweb)

Fire spotted across Hwy 395, South of Mono on Friday with winds pushing fire into the canyons.  Firefighters were able to contain fire lines throughout the night with the assistance of cooler temps and more calm winds.  Fire crews on Saturday will work during the day on direct fire line on the North and South flanks.

819 acres have been consumed.  There is a 5% containment status.

Resources assigned to this include:

  • 300 fire, support and overhead personnel
  • 1-Type 2
  • 7  hand crews
  • 23 engines
  • 6 helicopters
  • 2 fixed wing aircraft
  • 2 dozers

Management of the fire is under Unified Command with the US Forest Service and Mono County Sheriff’s Office.

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PONY FIRE :  This fire is located 15 miles SW of Happy Camp on the Klamath National Forest and W of Hwy 96.  It is burning within the perimeter of previous wildfire, Swillup Fire that occurred in 2001.  The cause of the fire was from lightning that ignited a wildfire on June 7th @ 0245 hours.

The fire is at 2,858 acres and 60% contained.

Approximately 167 fire personnel remain on this fire.

Planned activities for Saturday are to again hold and patrol all containment lines and continue to monitor the slop-over into the Dillon Creek drainage. Additionally, they will use chippers to continue to improve containment lines.  An excavator has arrived and will assist in rehab operations along some of the bulldozer lines.

Mountain Medics

Mountain Medics, a Special Kind of Resource on the Pony Fire (Credit: Mountain Medics)


A Special Resource that deserves a complete Shoutout:  Mountain Medics, a contracted agency that is just like an ER minus the X-ray machine (but they are working on getting one!).  Their motto is simple:  “Instead of bringing the personnel to the ER, they bring the ER to them.” What a great concept and only seems logical since the nearest facility is 70 miles away.  Read up on their story on inciweb. @

This fire is being managed by IC James Courtright and Philip Bordelon (T) , a Klamath National Forest Type 3 Team.

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SAN GABRIEL COMPLEX FIRE:  This Complex consists of the Fish Fire and the Reservoir Fire.  They are located on the Angeles National Forest that started on June 20th.  The cause is unknown and is still being investigate.

About 5,285 acres have been burned.  Between the two of the fires, The Fish Fire is at 4,085 acres and The Reservoir Fire is at 1200 acres.  Both are at a 48% containment status.

San Gabriel Complex. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Resources attached to this incident are:

  •  1060 personnel
  • 79 engines
  • 26 hand crews
  • 14 water tenders
  • 10 bulldozers
  • helicopters
  • fixed wing aircraft

Management of this fire under the Unified Command System, which includes :

  • Mike Wakoski commanding with Vince Pena Deputy Fire Chief,
  • Los Angeles County Fire, David Halm Commander,
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lt. Paul Dennis, Azusa Police Department.

Incident Cooperators are:

  • Arcadia Fire Department
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff
  • Arcadia Police Department
  • Southern California Edison
  • Caltrans
  • Los Angeles County Public Works
  • American Red Cross
  • Los Angeles County Health Department
  • California Conservation Corp
  • California Office of Emergency Services.

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SHERPA FIRE :  This fire started on 6/15/2016 around 1515 hours.  It located 11 miles N of Goleta, CA on the Los Padres National Forest.

A Letter of Thanks from IC to Community

The NE Flank is very steep and dangerous for fire crews to work, but it appears they have successful is containing the fire perimeter. They will continue to extinguish any hot spots on the North and South sides of the perimeter.  2 Helicopters on-scene for water drops as needed.  A 3rd is tasked with recon and infrared scanning duties.



There  have been 7,474 acres scorched.  It is now 100% contained.    The fire has destroyed 1 structure.

Silhouetted firefighters against a background of flame

Firefighters on the Sherpa Fire. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Resources include:

  • 543 personnel
  • 17 crews,
  • 19 engines,
  • 8 water tenders
  • 3 helicopters

There have been 9 reported injuries.

Demobilization of excess resources will continue today. Management of the fire transferred to a local incident management team at 0600 on 6/24/2016.

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