Incident Summary – A fast-moving fire that started on Saturday, June 17, 2017, on the north shoreline of Castaic Lake in California became an inferno burning to the NE into the forest. The original fire call in the afternoon was at a small 3-5 acres turned into one of the most difficult fast-moving fires in recent times remembered.
As of Sunday, June 18, 2017, the fire has destroyed 1,000 acres though firefighters have reached a 10% containment status with 2 outbuildings being demolished.
Cause – The cause is unknown at this time.
Resources – There are 450 firefighters from the Los Angeles County FD, Los Angeles City FD, Angeles National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, BLM and CA DOF & Fire Management joined together in a massive force. Equipment and resources in the form of Air Tankers, Helicopters, Helco, Fire crews, Handcrews, Water Tenders among other high volumes of resources.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office was on hand to help with Law Enforcement objectives.
Los Angeles County FD and the Angeles National Forest are still in Unified Command.
Conditions – Access to the fire was difficult and lifeguard boats were used to shuttle crews back and forth to/from the fire on the Angeles National Forest.
Grass and brush are considered as light to medium fire fuel.
Containment Status – Fire crews have now reached a 10% containment status with the heavy presence of crews, strike teams, skillfully planned operations by Fire Managers and large volume of air resources.
Injuries – None have been reported at this time.
Social Media – Hashtags #CAwildfires2017 #LakeFire are being used for this incident.
(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 0945 Hours PDT – 6/18/2017