#WhittierFire | California | Newly Reported!

NEAR GOLETA, CALIFORNIA | A wildfire is burning near Goleta, California from an unknown cause that began on July 8, 2017.  It is burning on both sides of the Ynez Mountains that is located South of Highway 154 in the Lake Cachuma (Santa Barbara County) area..

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The wildfire started on July 8, 2017, from an unknown cause is about 11 miles NE of Goleta, and burning on the Los Padres National Forest.

Cause

Its cause is unknown but is being thoroughly investigated by Law Enforcement agencies.

Size

The fire has scorched 11,823 acres of chaparral and brush.  Fire crews have reached a successful containment of 48%.  NOTE :  When 100% contained has been reached, it does not necessarily mean the full is completely out.  Wildland firefighters will be working to continue to suppress and contain this wildfire until it is completely out.

RESOURCES

Personnel

There are 721 personnel assigned to this incident.

Equipment

There are 21 crews, 97 engines and 8 helicopters attached.

Incident Cooperators

  • CAL FIRE
  • American Red Cross
  • CA Conversation Corps
  • CA Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • CA Dept of Corrections (CA DOC)
  • CA Office of Emergency Services (CA OES)
  • Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCoFD)
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff Office (SBCoSO)
  • South California Edison (Utilities)
  • US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Fire Service
  • Los Padres National Forest (Los Padres NF)
  • Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD)

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Fire Status

Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs, backing and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructure is still being currently threatened.

Damage Assessments

The wildfire has destroyed 8 residential structures and 12 outbuildings.

Cost-to-Date

The cost for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $2.3 Million.

Whittier Fire

Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory

  • Highway 154 from Armour Ranch (West side) to Paradise Road (East side)
  • West CAmino Cielo @ Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club
  • Kinevan Road

Warnings

  • Las Varas Canyon East to Winchester Canyon
  • From Highway 101 North to West Camino
  • Paradise Road to Highway 154 to the 1st River bridge crossing

SHELTERS

Humans

The American Red Cross is currently staffing a Shelter at the San Marcos High School, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California.

Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society has a shelter open for people and their pets at 5399 Overpass Road in Santa Barbara, California.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using the following hashtags for this incident. #WhittierFire #CAwildfire2017 #CA #smem

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

 

CALIFORNIA | HOLCOMB FIRE | 4

NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY –

A 2nd Alarm wildfire is burning near Big Bear in California that started from an unknown cause now being reported around 1500 hours.

Just moments ago, (1900 hours) that the AA has just reported fire has consumed up to 1000 acres with a 0% containment status.

The fire behavior is said to be extreme with a high rate of spread.

RESOURCES

The Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.

Resources include: 18 Engines, 9 Water Tenders, 16 Hand-crews, 1 Dozer, 8 Air Tankers, including tanker 911 (VLAT), 6 Helicopters. The Night Flying Air-Attack has been ordered.

EVACUATIONS

There are conflicting releases from various sources, saying that there were voluntary evacuations of several areas – while another says there are no evacuations at this time.

Holcomb Fire S/E of Big Bear

Photo Credit: Audrey Scranton via Inciweb

CLOSURES

Roads 

* Highway 18 is closed between Baldwin Lake Road north to the Mitsubishi Plant Road.
*Van Duesen Canyon 3N16 at 3N09 Road.
*Holcomb Valley Rd East closed at Hwy 18 3N69 at Hwy 18.

Trails

*Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) at Hwy 18 to Van Dusen Road

Campgrounds

*Doble Trail Campground
*Tanglewood Group Campground

FIRE WEATHER

1940 PDT:  81*F temps with 32% RH.  Winds are 3 mph.  the dewpoint is 48%.  The Heat Index is 80*F and there is a 10 mile visibility.

A Heat Advisory is in effect until Wednesday, 9:00 PM PDT. ( Source: U.S. National Weather Service )

* High Temperatures…95-106*F.

* Impacts…Those working or spending time outdoors, the
elderly, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat
will be most susceptible to dangerous heat illness.

* Outlook…Lower temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday,
then slight increase in temperatures this weekend.

How to Prepare

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected which will create a situation in which heat illnesses
are possible.

  1. Drink plenty of fluids
  2. Stay in an air conditioned room
  3. Stay out of the sun
  4. Check up on relatives and neighbors

OBSERVATIONS

The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course.  Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

HAZARDS 

FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake. Years ago, the Holcomb Valley area was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California.  FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.

Shoutouts

USA, UK, Canada, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Tanzamania, Hungary, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark, Bangladesh, Ireland and Nigeria.

Thank you for reading our Blog today.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA | HOLCOMB FIRE | 3

NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA

INCIDENT SUMMARY –

A 2nd alarm wildfire is raging just North of Highway 38 and North Shore Drive in Holcomb Valley, which is East of Big Bear Lake in California.

The wildfire began on Monday, June 19, 2017, around 1700 hours from an unknown cause.

Fire has increased to 450-500 acres with extreme fire behavior with a fast rate of spread.  There is a 0% containment status.

CLOSURE

The Pacific Crest Trail has been closed West of Highway 18.

RESOURCES

Resources are responding from Big Bear FD, Big Bear Sheriff Office, CAL Fire – BDU and San Bernardino National Forest.   7 Air Tankers, 6 helicopters, 1 AA and 1 VLAT on order.

Additional resources are being called in for mutual aid (@1714 PDT).

Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.

Courtesy: Big Bear web cams  via Inciweb

FIRE WEATHER

Current weather conditions (as of 1720 PDT) are  86*F, sunny, winds are 5 mph from the SE with gusts up to 23 mph.

Heat Advisory in effect until Wednesday, 9:00 PM PDT. ( Source: U.S. National Weather Service )

* High Temperatures…95-106.

* Impacts…Those working or spending time outdoors, the
elderly, children, and those unaccustomed to excessive heat
will be most susceptible to dangerous heat illness.

* Outlook…Lower temperatures are expected Thursday and Friday,
then slight increase in temperatures this weekend.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is
expected which will create a situation in which heat illnesses
are possible. Drink plenty of fluids…stay in an air-
conditioned room…stay out of the sun…and check up on
relatives and neighbors.

OBSERVATIONS

The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course.  Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

EVACUATIONS

Evacuations are being prepared or may be in effect for those near the Big Bear dump and for residents in the Baldwin Lake area.

HAZARDS 

FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake. Years ago, the Holcomb Valley area was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California.  FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.

Social Media – We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.

Shoutouts to – USA, UK, Canada, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Tanzamia, Hungary, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark, Bangladesk, Ireland and Nigeria. Thank you for reading our Blog today.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA | HOLCOMB FIRE | 2

NEAR BIG BEAR, CALIFORNIA

Fire incident – A 2nd alarm wildfire is raging just North of Highway 38 and North Shore Drive in Holcomb Valley, which is East of Big Bear Lake in California.

The wildfire began on Monday, June 19, 2017, around 1700 hours from an unknown cause.

There has been 200+ acres already destroyed with the fire burning heavy timber.  Fire behavior is extreme with a fast rate of spread.  Some are speculating this fire could consume up to 1,000 acres!

Closures – None at this time but this is a fluid work-in-progress.

Resources – Resources are responding from Big Bear FD, Big Bear Sheriff Office, CAL Fire – BDU and San Bernardino National Forest.   7 Air Tankers, 2 medium and 1 helicopter have been ordered.

Additional resources are being called in for mutual aid (@1714 PDT).

Incident Command Post (ICP) is located at Baldwin Lake.

Courtesy: Big Bear web cams  via Inciweb

Fire Weather – Current weather conditions are 87*F temps, 14% RH, Winds at 5-10 mph with a dew point of 32%.  The heat index is at 83*F temps.

Observations – The fire can been seen from Victor Valley and from the Big Bear Golf Course.  Some have reported seeing black smoke from Gold Mountain, North of Big Bear Valley toward Baldwin Lake.

Evacuations – Evacuations are being prepared or may be in effect for those near the Big Bear dump and for residents in the Baldwin Lake area.

Threats – Though evacuations are in effect, there are reports of no current structures being under direct threat.

Hazards – FIRE IC has been notified of dynamite in a local Holcomb Valley mine located in the San Bernardino Mountains which is about 5 miles North of Big Bear Lake, was deemed the site of the most gold mines in Southern California.  FIRE IC will notify firefighters to stay away from this area.

Social Media – We are reporting this fire as #BigBearFire but there are other media outlets using #BigBearFire as well.

Shoutouts to – USA, UK, Canada, India, Vietnam, Brazil, Tanzamia, Hungary, Spain, Lithuania, Denmark, Bangladesk, Ireland and Nigeria. Thank you for reading our Blog today.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

CALIFORNIA | LAKE FIRE | 4

CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA

Photo Credit: Inciweb

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.

Photo Credit: Angeles NF

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

CALIFORNIA | LAKE FIRE | 3

CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA

Photo Credit: Inciweb

Incident Summary – A fast-moving and well-established wildfire is burning on the West side of Castaic Lake on the shoreline (as seen in the above photo) in Castaic (Los Angeles County) and north of Santa Clarita in California.

Cause – The cause  is unknown at this time.

Resources – Scores of resources poured in from Los Angeles County FD, Los Angeles City FD, Angeles National Forest, CAL Fire and the US Forest Service. Copters, Air Tankers and other aircraft were working around the lake and further away.

 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.

Photo Credit: Angeles NF

Fire Behavior – When the fire was reported, it was initially at 3-5 acres but would quickly turn into 500 acres with a short amount of time. As of this report, fire has destroyed 1,000 acres and 2 outbuildings.

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.

Operations – Night operations will continue throughout the evening on Saturday, June 17th into Sunday, June 18th when some resources are due to be reassigned to this wildfire.

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 @ 2135 Hours PDT – 6/17/2017

CALIFORNIA | LAKE FIRE | 2

BREAKING NEWS | CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA

Photo Credit: LA Co Fire Ops

Incident Summary – A fast-moving and well-established wildfire is burning on the West side of Castaic Lake on the shoreline (as seen in the above photo) in Castaic (Los Angeles County) and north of Santa Clarita in California.

Resources – 2  #CDF S-2 Tankers 72 & 73 were on-scene. A strike team was requested and to meet on I-5 as part of staging.  LA County Fire Ops (helicopters) are working in conjunction with LA County ground firefighters.

Conditions – Access to the fire is difficult and firefighters are having to go to Temple Highway and go through the power plant.  Head of the fire was visible from Torrey Peak south of Piru.

Fire Behavior – The shoreline fire has destroyed 3-5 acres with moderate rate of spread (ROS) with spotting. Fire is now threatening SR8 and structures in this area.

Social Media – Hashtags #CAwildfires2017 #LakeFire are being used for this incident. Correction:  This fire was previously reported in error as the #Blue12Fire and is actually the #LakeFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1443 Hours PDT – 6/17/2017

CALIFORNIA | ZERMATT FIRE | NEW!

WRIGHTWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary – A fire is burning on Zermatt Drive and Pacific Crest Drive in Wrightwood, California, that started from an unknown cause on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  The vegetation fire is moving fast and has scorched 10-15 acres of land so far.

Resources – The Santa Bernardino County FD is assisting the Angeles NF along with CAL Fire BDU with fire suppression and containment.  Additional resources and equipment are on order.

Evacuations – Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Pacific Crest Drive between Zermatt & Lone Pine.

Weather – Fire weather is currently 84*F with 14% relative humidity (RH).  Fire images can be found on Bloomsky’s web cam. (Copyrights prevent us from publishing current fire photos)

Social Media – Hashtags we are using are #CAwildfires2017 #ZermattFire    We can also be found on our additional Social Media Channels:  Facebook and Twitter (@nwfireblog)

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#CampPendletonFire | CA | New!

NEAR FALLBROOK, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary |  The North County Fire Protection District reported around 1545 PDT that a fire had broken out, which is approximately 3/4 mile from De Luz Road on Friday, May 19, 2017.  It is located in the “Hotel” area, near Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California.

Resources | North County Fire Protection District fire personnel.

(A request has been sent to the District for a breakdown on Resources and Equipment on-scene, including air and ground resources.)

Current Fire Conditions | Limited fire behavior is known, other than 450 acres have been destroyed and fire crews have reached a 20% containment status.   The fire is moving away from Fallbrook.  There are no assets being threatened at this time.

Photo Credit: North County Fire Protection District

 Social Media | #CampPendletonFire #HotelFire #CAwildfires2017 #CA

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog