CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE | WHALEBACK FIRE | IN IMAGES

SUSANVILLE, CALIFORNIA

UPDATE 1 – JULY 29, 2018 – 1500 HOURS PDT

PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING

TODAY!

Sunday @ 1600 (4pm) at Jensen Hall at the Lassen County Fairgrounds in Susanville.

We were allowed to walk beside our Friend, Michael Piper, a USFS firefighter and Fire Photographer from the front row of our seats and far away in a safe place we call home.  However, Michael is out there with thousands of his fellow firefighters working under extreme fire conditions and weather, battling these firestorms while they are faced with seeing these fire monsters up, close and personal.  They also have been challenged with little to no sleep.

Thank you for following us today as we lead you various fire images he has taken over the last few days.

Fire behavior is increasingly worsening as temps increase and humidity drops.

WHALEBACK FIRE

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The WHALEBACKFIRE is located northwest of Susanville and west of Spaulding, off of Whaleback Mountain and Antelope Valley Road,

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Photo Credit | Michael Piper

It  started on Friday, July 27, 2018 from an unknown cause.

It is near the community of Spaulding at Eagle Lake in California.

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Photo taken when fire was at 700 acres on July 27th – Photo Credit | Michael Piper

RESOURCES

Unified Command is combined with CAL FIRE and USFS Lassen.

There are currently 394 personnel assigned to this incident along with 10 crews, 28 engines and five helicopters.  More equipment and resources may be attached but based upon our resources, this is what they are showing as current levels at the time of this post.

EVACUATIONS

UPDATE

Spaulding Residents May Visit Their Homes This Afternoon

Spalding residents who were evacuated due to the Whaleback Fire, will be allowed to return to their homes briefly this afternoon (Sunday July 29) between 1 and 3 pm to pick up necessary items and to prepare their homes for multi-day power outage.

Residents must have ID and sign in at a checkpoint before entering the area. They must leave the area by 3pm.

Access to Spalding will be north on Highway 139 to Eagle Lake Road.


 

Mandatory evacuations in place for the community of Spaulding, the Gallatin Marina, Ronald McDonald House and the Merrill, Christie, Eagle and Aspen campgrounds.

Active flanking fire behavior.

FIRE STATUS

Extreme fire behavior with running, group torching and short-range spotting has been observed.

On July 29, 2018, the fire has consumed 8,971 acres of timber, brush and closed timber
litter.  Fire crews have reached a 6% containment status.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $180,000.

FIRE TACTICS

Per the USFS Fire Managers plan to use the fire strategies in the next 24-72 hours.

12 Hours:  The south flank of the should continue spreading up to two miles south-east influenced by dry weather, topography, and dry forest fuels. Fire should also spread south-west upslope towards Antelope Mountain up to one mile. Fire should continue burning east towards Eagle Lake.

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Photo Credit | Michael Piper

24 Hours: The south flank of the fire should continue spreading 1/2 mile south and south-east influenced by dry weather, topography, and dry forest fuels. Fie should also spread south-west upslope towards Antelope Mountain up to one mile. Fire should continue burning east towards Eagle Lake.

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Photo Credit | Michael Piper

48 Hours:  Continued fire spread to south, north, and west.

72 Hours:  Continued fire spread to south, north, and west.

WEATHER CONDITIONS

Fire weather is currently hot and dry and expected to continue into next week causing potential critical fire conditions.

FIRE MAPS

Fire map as of 0330 this morning.

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Photo Courtesy | Deer Creek Resources

Photo Credit | NOAA

Photo Credit | CAL OES

SOCIAL MEDIA

We have obtained written permission from our friend/Firefighter/Photographer, Michael Piper showcasing what is happening in these extreme fire conditions and with his authorization to republish these in any format.

We are using the following hashtags for this incident #CAwildfires2018  #WhalebackFire #CA

Please pray for rain and for these hardworking men and women on the ground and in the air, in Command and providing meal preps/base support.  Keep those prayers and thoughts flowing. – Ed.

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