This is the Official Sit Rep (Situational Report) of Wildfires that are currently burning for Wednesday, July 15, 2020, for the State of California.
========== CURRENT WILDFIRES ==========
Start 7/15/2020. Vegetation Fire. Ben Hur Road and Buckeye Road, South of Hwy 49 and southwest of Yosemite. CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit. Mariposa County. 35 acres. 5% contained. Moderate rate of spread. Structures threatened.
Start 7/13/2020. Hwy 371 and Santos Road, south of Anza. Riverside County. CAL FIRE Riverside County Fire Unit and USFS San Bernardino National Forest. 91 acres. 95% contained.
Off Panoche Road and Coyote Creek. West of Panoche. CAL FIRE – San Benito-Monterey Unit. San Benito County.
1,407 acres. 20% contained. Tanker 914 (VLAT) was originally assigned to the Mineral Fire but was diverted to this fire. They were placed on hold 30+ minutes ago. No lead plane on that incident. Lead plane on order.
Off Hwy 198 and 9 miles south Coalinga Mineral Springs Road. West of Coalinga. Fresno County. CAL FIRE and Fresno County FD. Start 7/14/2020. 14,300 acres. 15% contained. Timber, chaparral and tall grass.
No injuries to civilians and/or fire personnel have been reported.
$1.2 Million cost-to-date.
Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SLO
Air Attack reported (1939 PT) to Operations: main fire front will reach Los Gatos Creek Road in next 6-12 hours. Structure protection should be ready. 60 structures are under threat.
Photo Credit | CAL FIRE CZU
922 total personnel from 9 agencies. Strike Team: 4 Metro Fire Firefighters, part of the Regional Type 3 Cal OES Strike Team.94 engines, 19 water tenders, 11 helicopters, 36 dozers and 18 hand crews.
Additional request for 8 tankers – 4 large air tankers and 4 S-2 tankers requested, along with 8 more helicpters for Thursday, July 16, 2020. 8-10 tankers are loading and returning the fire an hour.
Photo Credit | Metro Fire of Sacramento
On-scene Aircraft are based at the CAL FIRE Paso Robles Air Attack Base (PRAAB) will be flying in/out of the base within the County.
Incident Cooperators: Fresno Co Sheriff Office, Colinga City PD, Coalinga Public Works, California Dept. of Corrections and REHAB, PG&E, California Conservation Corps, CalOES and CALTrans, NWS Bay Area, Red Cross Central California.
Extreme fire behavior with running, short-range spotting and wind-driven. Fire burning in area that is difficult to access and heavy fire fuels. No previously reported fire history in the area.
SWEETWATER DRIVE FIRE
Start 7/15/2020 2115PT. Sweetwater Drive, San Leandro. Alameda County. ACFD. 100 x 100 ft vegetation fire into eucalyptus trees. Forward progression has been stopped. In mopping operations.
Start 7/15/2020 2115 PT. Vegetation fire. Tesla Road, Tracy. ACFD assisting.
========== EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT ==========
– MINERAL FIRE –
Evacuations —> Bringham Springs, Los Gatos Creek Road residents from Indian Springs to Union Carbide Road.
All areas/homes within area of Hwy 198 from Parsons Road west to the Monterey County line.
From the Monterey/Fresno County line from Hwy 198 north to Coalinga/Los Gatos Creek Road.
Los Gatos Creek Road east to Parson/Mud Run Road.
Mud Run/Parson Road south to Hwy 198.
Temporary Evacuation Point —> West Hills College – Coalinga. 300 West Cherry lane, Coalinga, California 93210.
========== PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS ==========
Dead fuel moisture values are near to below average in some areas. With hot and dry weather, one spark from your vehicle could start a wildfire. Check it out, before you head out. – USFS Fire – California
========== SOCIAL MEDIA ==========
PG&E exits bankruptcy. Pays $5Billion into the California Wildfire Fund. – Insurance Journal.
Thunderstom chances return to the NorCal mountains over the next few days. Later afternoon and early evening activity will mostly be confined to the Sierra Nevada south of I-80 today but may spread northward to around the Mt. Lassen area on Thursday. – NWS Sacramento
(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/15/2020 2150 PT