We have returned from our week-and-a-half long vacation while out on the road and very limited access to our Blog. You can find some of our postings and pictures on our Social Media Channel Twitter page, @nwfireblog. We are happy to be back and playing catching up to all of the news that has occurred in the last eight days, as well as major incidents occurring today.
Here are the current wildfires for the State of California, which we were in the area of the Rams Horn Fire in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. We were able to capture some aircraft making water drops. We felt super spoiled!
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There were 201 new wildfires as of yesterday that required moderate initial attack activity. Of those fires, six of them were considered as new large wildfire incidents. Five large fires were contained, however, there were still 22 that are continuously burning. Forty-seven large wildfires are burning across the United States that are currently being managed under a strategy other than full suppression.
There were 17 wildfires as of September 9, 2019, and reported this morning there was one that is a new large incident that now equals to eight not contained large fires. Currently, deployed there are two Type-1 IMTs and two Type-2 IMTs committed.
Today, there were 21 new wildfires reported with none of them being large incidents, which is great news. However, two are still considered as being not contained with one Type-2 IMTs committed.
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SWEDES FIRE | 400 acres | 60% contained
The SWEDES FIRE started on September 7, 2019 at 1506 hours PDT from an unknown cause that is under investigation. It is located on Swedes Flats Road and Oro Bangor Highway. It is also east of Oroville and five miles of Bangor, California. Fire fuels include: brush and tall grass.
There are 338 personnel deployed on this wildfire alongside 14 hand crews, 25 engines and one helicopter. Fire crews have the fire perimeter almost fully lined and will continue to reinforce them along with mop-up operations. Total costs have reached $850,000.
The same IMT is also managing the following wildfire incident:
FORBESTOWN FIRE | 58 acres | 90% contained
The FORBESTOWN FIRE started on September 9, 2019. Crews are currently checking for hot spots and will continue with damage assessments. 2 structures were destroyed. Total for both fires are 226 fire personnel, eight hand crews, 20 engines, four dozers and nine water tenders. This is a CAL FIRE – Butte County FD incident.
COW FIRE | 1,975 acres | 30% contained
The COW FIRE started on September 6, 2019 at 1223 hours PDT. There are 30 fire personnel assigned along with one helicopter. Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1.9 Million Dollars.
TABOOSE FIRE | 9,235 acres | 30% contained
The TABOOSE FIRE is located 10 miles southwest of Big Pine and NW of Aberdeen in Inyo County. It is burning on the Inyo National Forest, which started from an unknown cause on September 6th around 1243 hours PDT. This incident is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo National Forest and Inyo County Sheriff Office. (CA Team 11, a IMT Type 2)
Fire crews have been focusing on continued efforts in the north and northeastern areas. With decreased winds overnight, firefighters were able to gain a large percentage of containing the fire.t They will continue to focus on all fire objectives, including reaching a full containment status.
Evacuations were lifted at 1300 hours today for the areas of Big Pine Canyon, Glacier Lodge, Cone Road, Sugarloaf Road and Bernasconi Center.
There are 360 personnel that include 11 crews, four helicopters, 30 engines, three bulldozers and two water tenders. One structure has been lost. The cost-to-date expenses have reached $3 Million Dollars.
R-6 FIRE | 260 acres | 80% contained
The R-6 FIRE started on September 6, 2019 at 0620 hours PDT. Limited information available.
LONE FIRE | 5,737 acres | 87% contained
The LONE FIRE started on September 6, 2019, at 1134 hours PDT. The fire is burning on the Modoc National Forest that is being managed by the U.S. Forest Service and is located about five miles southeast of Clear Lake, California. Fire fuels include: timber, brush and tall grass. Fire behavior is reported as minimal with smoldering. There are still 57 personnel attached to this incident, along with one hand crew and three engines. The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a high $1.3 Million Dollars.
SPRINGS FIRE | 4,840 acres | 98% contained
The SPRINGS FIRE started on September 6, 2019. Limited information available.
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
MCMURRAY FIRE | 200 acres | 30% contained
The MCMURRAY FIRE started on September 9, 2019 around 1042 hours PDT. It is located on McMurray Road and Hwy 101, North of Buellton and could be seen by a lot of drivers both inside and outside of City limits. This is in Santa Barbara County. Currently, Hwy 101 North is closed. Structures are threatened and evacuations are in progress. Santa Barbara County FD is the lead agency on this incident.
DUZEL FIRE | 15 acres | 80% contained
The DUZEL FIRE started on September 7, 2019, at 1119 hours PDT near Duzel Rock Lockout that is NE of Etna. Cause is under investigation. This is a CAL FIRE – Siskiyou unit incident. Limited details available.
LIME FIRE | 1,620 acres | 0% contained
The LIME FIRE is burning in the Ash Creek area and Hwy 96, just southwest of Hornbrook in the Klamath National Forest. It is about 10 miles north of Yreka. Fire fuels include timber and brush. The fire is being managed by an IMT Type 2 (CA Team 15) which is also managing the KIDDER 2 FIRE. This lightning caused wildfire started on September 7, 2019. Fire fuels include: Timber and brush. There are currently 515 personnel assigned along with 16 crews, 18 engines and 8 helicopters. Cost-to-date have reached an all-time high of $2.4 Million dollars.
KIDDER 2 FIRE | 141 acres | 15% contained
The KIDDER 2 FIRE started on September 7, 2019, on Marble Mountain Wilderness and Kidder Creek, northwest of Etna that was sparked by lightning. The fire is burning in the Klamath National Forest in Yreka. Fire behavior is reportedly as moderate with creeping, backing and smoldering. There are 96 personnel deployed along with six hand crews and one engine. The cost-to-date has reached $200,000.
SOUTH FIRE | 2,746 acres | 5% contained
The SOUTH FIRE started on September 5, 2019. This wildfire is burning on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest and being managed by a Type-2 IMT (CA Team 16). It is located about 15 miles south of Platina, CA. Fire behavior is moderate with isolated torching, flanking and backing. Structures and communication infrastructures are threatened. 296 personnel are assigned along with seven hand crews and 12 engines. Cost-to-date expenses have reached $734,000.
RED BANK FIRE | 8,838 acres | 55% contained
The RED BANK FIRE is located 25 miles west of Red Bluff, California. It is staffed by firefighters from CAL FIRE’s Tehama-Glenn Unit and managed by the CAL FIRE’s Team 5. Fire fuels include: chaparral, brush and tall grass. Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.
Communications infrastructure is reportedly being threatened. Total costs for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $9.5 Million Dollars. There are still 2,193 personnel assigned long with 54 hand crews, 145 engines and 24 helicopters. Two structures have been destroyed.
RAMSHORN FIRE | 238 acres | 30% contained
The RAMS HORN FIRE is burning in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest on Hwy 3 and Bear Creek Loop, and seven miles northeast of Coffee Creek in Trinity County. This fire was lightning caused and started on September 7, 2019. Fire fuels include: timber, brush and tall grass. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping. There are 308 personnel along with one hand crew and 26 engines. Cost-to-date expenses have reached $2.4 Million Dollars.
BRODER FIRE | 370 acres | 40% contained
The BRODER FIRE started on September 6, 2019 at 1239 hours PDT. Limited details.
There are some wildfires that we left off due to time constraints but we will add them to our next posting, scheduled on Wednesday, September 11th.
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