Active Wildfires (CA) – June 29, 2016

Thank you for reading about what is happening in California and joining us on our adventures as we give daily Sit Reps on these Wildfires.

Here are the Sit Reps for Wednesday, June 29th.


Location –  2 miles E of Potrero, CA.

Fire Fuels – Chaparral, dormant brush, and tall grass.

Current Conditions – Minimal fire behavior.  7,609 acres. 97% contained.

Resources – 258 personnel.  7 crews.  9 engines.  0 helicopters.

Damage Assessment – 16 structures destroyed.  $18.7 Million (CTD)

Closures – Trail closures in effect.


Location – Off Campo Seco and Chilli Camp Road.  Near Burson.  Calaveras County.

Current Status – 33 acres.  75%


Initial stages of the Erskine Fire

Early stages of the Erskine Fire (Source: Inciweb)

Location – 1 mi SE of Lake Isabella, CA.

Command – Unified Command – BLM, Kern Co, USFS.

Current Conditions – Active fire behavior with isolated torching, uphill runs, and backing. Burning in 2008 previous burns.  46,68


Shelters – Kernville Elementary School.  13350 Sierra Way, Kernville; St Judes Catholic School. 86 Nellie Dent Dr, Wofford Heights.

Resources –  1743 personnel.  44 crews.  110 engines.  15 helicopters.

Threats – Numerous residences threatened.


Damage Assessment – 257 structures destroyed.  $15.8 Million Cost-to-Date.

Closures – Evacuations, road, area, and trail closures in effect.

Weather – Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.


Location – Off Nacimiento Lake Drive / Frazier Lake Rd.  San Luis Obispo County.

Current Status – 86 acres. 100%


Location – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.  2 ½ miles NE of Laguna Beach.  Orange County.

Current Status – 100% contained.  47 acres.


Firing Operations behind Tioga Lodge

Firing Operations on the Marina Fire (Credit: Michael Braley)

Location –  Inyo NF.  1 mile NW of Lee Vining, CA. Hwy 395 / Mono Lake.  Mono County

Command – Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Fogel) back to the local unit will occur on 7/1.

Resources – 393 personnel.  12 crews.  18 engine.

Current Conditions – Minimal fire behavior. Numerous structures threatened.   654 acres.   89%  contained.  Fire moderate.  In mop-up operations and fire suppression repairs.

Damage Assessment – 1 structure destroyed.  $2.1 Million (CTD)


Location – Whisky Hill near Middle Fork Feather River.  Plumas National Forest.

Start – 6/28/2016 afternoon.

Cause – Unknown. Under investigation.

Current Status – Fire crews working on containment line around the 14-acre (snags) located in a remote part of the forest.  Low rate of spread.

Resources – 55 personnel with the aid of Air Tankers, smoke jumpers, handcrews, multiple  engines and a helicopter.


Location – Happy Camp Ranger District, 1/2 mi NE of Pony Peak. 15 miles SW of Happy Camp.  17 miles N of Somes Bar.  Almost 3 miles W of State Highway 96 and the Klamath River.

Cause – Lightning.

Upper Elliot Creek

The aftermath in Upper Elliott Creek (Source: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels – Burning in litter, dry brush, and timber, with heavy dead and down snags in areas where fires burned before.

Current Conditions – Creeping and smoldering and expecting to have single torching throughout the rest of the week.  2,858 acres with a 63% containment status.

Resources – 142 personnel.



Location – Los Padres NF.  19 miles NW of Santa Barbara, CA.

Fire Fuels – Chaparral and tall grass.

landscape view showing burned areas and aerial retardant

Burn scars and retardant blanketed the Landscape on the Sherpa Fire. (Credit: Cathey Mattingly)

Current Conditions – Minimal fire behavior. Residences threatened.  Last report unless significant activity occurs.  Cause under investigation.  7,474 acres. 93% containment reached.

Resources – 94 personnel.  2 crews.  3 engines. 3 helicopters.

Damage Assessment – 5 structures destroyed.  $18.7 Million (CTD)

Closures – Road, area, and trail closures in effect.


Location – near Todd Valley. Placer and El Dorado Counties.  Along the Middle Fork of the American River.

Start Date/Time – 6/28/2016 @ 1345 hours.

Command – Unified Command with CAL Fire, USFS

Eldorado NF Hotshots

Active fire on the Trailhead Fire (Credit: Eldorado NF Hotshots)

Current Status – Active, prompting evacuations.  1,000 acres. 12% containment status.  Firefighters are having to fight fire in steep and forested canyons.

Evacuations – On-going in Placer and

Resources –  1928 personnel.  123 engines.   65 crews.   22 Dozers.  17 Water Tenders.

Incident Cooperators –  Local Fire Departments, Placer County , Nevada County , Sacramento County , El Dorado County.

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