CA | Dixie Fire | Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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Credit | NIFC/JBLM PAO

Incident Summary

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source. This is still under investigation.

Fire Fact – This fire has been burning as an active wildfire for 59 days. – CAL FIRE

Location

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

It is burning on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, California.

Fire Fact – This firestorm is burning in five Counties: Butte, Tehama, Plumas, Shasta and Lassen. – CAL FIRE

Current Status

There has been 960,335 acres consumed and a 67% containment status.

Evacuations are still in effect. Details here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

A boil water advisory is in effect. Details here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

A TFR is in effect, meaning no drones in fire zones. Even small ones are dangerous, especially if they collide with firefighting aircraft.

Fire Fact – As of today, there were 13,325 personnel assigned to 16 active wildfires. – CAL FIRE

Damage Assessments

1,329 structures have been destroyed.

95 structures have been damaged.

One fatality has been reported.

There has been a total cost-to-date of $519 Million Dollars reached for fire suppression and containment expenses.

Fire Fact – September is National Preparedness Month and a great reminder to get prepared. – NWFB

Resources

There are 38 copters, 292 engines, 108 dozers, 174 water tenders, 4,334 personnel and 70 crews still assigned to this incident.

Hero SpotlightTruckee Meadows Fire and Rescue

Credit | TMFR

We dedicate this post to our HEROES SAVING HEROES SPOTLIGHT to the Truckee Meadows Fire and Rescue who donated and delivered a Type 1 Fire Engine, stocked with all the necessary supplies and equipment to the Indian Valley Fire and Rescue in Greenville. This was to replace what they lost in what the (Dixie) fire took from them – which was their Fire Station, equipment and engine.

We LOVE these types of good-feel stories. Nice work, TMFR!

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Dixie Fire | Update

Tuesday Update – August 31, 2021

Incident Summary

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

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Credit: Plumas Co SAR / Lassen Social Media (Facebook)

Location

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

It is burning on the Plumas and Lassen National Forests, Lassen Volcanic National Park and in five counties: Butte, Lassen, Plumas, Shasta and Tehama, California.

Current Status

Fire behavior is still now extreme with wind-driven runs, group torching and long-range spotting.

There has been 819,956 acres destroyed and crews have worked tirelessly to increase containment from 47% on Sunday to 48% on this Tuesday evening.

They are still fully engaged trying to contain this stubborn, difficult and dangerous firestorm. Estimated containment is on Saturday, October 30th.

At this time, there are still several communities, infrastructure and other structures still being threatened.

Evacuations are in effect.

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Credit | Plumas Co SAR / Lassen Social Media (Facebook)

Damage Assessments

The DIXIE FIRE has destroyed 1,282 structures and damaged 92 structures.

Resources, shelters (people and their pets), closures and other helpful information for evacuees can be found on CAL FIRE’s website here –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/

There has been a total cost-to-date of $408 Million Dollars reached for fire suppression and containment expenses.

Resources

Fire command is Unified Command, under the following three agencies: Nick Truax, CALFIRE IMT 1 Evans Kuo, GBT1 Jay Lusher, NPS/BLM.

At this time, there are about 3,970 total personnel with 19 copters, 341 engines, 90 dozers, 123 water tenders and 52 crews.

Some of the personnel represent the many fire agencies. Cooperators include: Reno Firefighters, CAL FIRE.

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Credit | Reno Firefighters

Through the Eyes of Social Media

Dixie Fire is the 2nd largest wildfire in modern California history.” – Media

“Second time in CA History that a wildfire has crossed the Sierra Nevada – first it was the Dixie Fire, now the Caldor Fire.” – Media

The fire is now larger than Rhode Island. Firefighters will be challenged in the coming days due to gusty SW winds up to 60 mph and in some areas single-digit relative humidity.” – Fire Aviation Media

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Knob Fire | New!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 | Newly Reported

INCIDENT SUMMARY – The KNOB FIRE ignited from an undetermined cause on Sunday, August 29th around 2000 hours near at Friday Ridge near Willow Creek, California.

COMMAND – Fire management is being led by Jesse Knox, a Type 3 Incident Commander.

SIZE UP – The current size up is around 1,000 acres of timber, and brush. There is no containment status at this time. Fire behavior is moderate with torching, running and flanking. Officials expect to contain this wildfire by October 3, 2021.

RESOURCES – Resources include 196 total fire personnel.

WEATHER FORECAST – Weather is forecasted to be in the cooler temps and relative humidity will increase. Good recoveries in the evening will be good for crews. However, in the afternoons valley winds are said to be present with winds gusting up to 20-miles-per-hour in the Trinity River Valley area.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | River Complex Fire

Tuesday Update | August 31, 2021

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVER COMPLEX includes three current wildfires, Haypress, Summer and Cronan Fires in Siskiyou, Trinity Counties.

Collectively, there has been 106,165 total acres consumed along with a current 23% containment status.

A large plume of smoke from the Haypress Fire is visible west of the town of Etna, CA
Credit | USFS / Courtesy of CAIIMT15

CAUSE

The fire was lightning caused by a passing storm that impacted the area. It ignited these fires on July 30, 2021, around 0700 hours.

FUELS

Fuels include timber and brush.

CURRENT STATUS

Haypress Fire

  • Active fire behavior with backing, flanking and with uphill runs
  • Burning in the 2014 Coffee Fire burn scar
  • 70,049 acres consumed
  • Priority fire

Parker Spot Fire

  • Active fire behavior with potential for growth towards the Haypress Fire

Summer Fire

  • 30,161 acres lost
  • West end – some areas have intense heat, and others have moderate rates of spread
  • South end – many areas of intense heat, will continue to spread.

Cronan Fire

  • 5,918 acres consumed
  • Firefighters have made great progress on this fire
  • Mop-up and patrolling operations will continue

FIRE MANAGEMENT

  • Command is currently under a NIMO, IMT 13 as of Monday, August 30th at 0600 hours yesterday morning.
  • 771 total personnel, 11 crews, 9 copters, 41 engines, 19 dozers, 27 water tenders, 9 masticators, two skid-steers and three packstrings.

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Orders

  • Cecilville
  • Summerville
  • Petersburg
  • Coffee Creek Road past the Sugar Pine Trailhead (Trinity County)

Warning Notices

  • Sawyers Bar
  • Coffee Creek
  • Trinity Center

Visit either or links for evacuation updates

https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/emergencyservices

https://www.trinitycounty.org/OES

CLOSURES

Trinity County – Road Closures

  • Coffee Creek Road @ North Fork Trailhead, west of Hwy 3.
  • The Callahan-Cecilville Road is closed from approximately one-mile west of the community of Callahan to Cecilville
  • The Sawyers Bar Road from Froks of the Salmon to Forest Road 40N51

Sources: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7760/

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Firestorm Dixie Fire

Sunday Update – August 29, 2021

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the DIXIE FIRE which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

It is located about 15 miles northeast of Paradise and in the Feather River Canyon above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor, California. This is burning in five Counties: Butte, Plumas, Shasta, Lassen and Tehama.

Fire management was under Bill See (CALFIRE IMT3 IC), Jerry McGowan (CIIMT1) and Jay Lusher (NPS/BLM) but has been transferred to the Great Basin Team 1 has occurred today.

This incident is broken up into various zones:

CalFire Team 1 managed the West Zone until August 8th, when the team transitioned to CalFire Team 3.

EAST ZONE

  • The East Zone was managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 until August 3rd, when the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned into command.
  • On August 17th, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 took command of the East Zone of the fire through August 28, 2021.
  • On August 29,2021, Great Basin Team 1 assumed command of the East Zone of the fire. 

WEST ZONE

  • CalFire Team 1 managed the West Zone until August 8th, when the team transitioned to CalFire Team 3.
  • RH remained low throughout the day
  • Fire resources continue to patrol fire lines; reinforce control lines
  • Control lines are holding near Janesville and Susanville
  • Some evacuation orders have been reduced to notifications only

EAST ZONE

  • The East Zone was managed by the California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 until August 3rd, when the California Interagency Incident Management Team 4 transitioned into command.
  • On August 17th, California Interagency Incident Management Team 1 took command of the East Zone of the fire through August 28, 2021.
  • On August 29,2021, Great Basin Team 1 assumed command of the East Zone of the fire. 
  • Spot fires – Walker/Grizzly became very afternoon this afternoon, both have merged together
Night Operations Along Genesee Valley Road - August 26
Credit | USFS – Lassen NF

Fire behavior is still active with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting. About 764,135 acres have been consumed. A 48% containment status has been reached by ground and air resources.

Damage Assessments

  • 92 structures damaged
  • 1,275 structures destroyed

Resources –> https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2021/7/14/dixie-fire/ (Evacuees0

Fire Resources –>

  • 19 copters
  • 384 engines
  • 139 dozers
  • 168 water tenders
  • 4,836 total personnel
  • 70 crews

A $390 Million Dollar price tag has been reached for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Firestorm Dixie Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

California’s largest wildfire burning in the State is the Dixie Fire which ignited on July 13, 2021, around 1715 hours PT from an unknown (unreleased) source and is under investigation.

Tanker supplies water to engines in Genesee Valley
Credit | USFS / Lassen NF

The fire is said to be burning in the Feather River Canyon area above the Cresta Powerhouse and Lake Almanor.

Fire management is under Bill See (CALFIRE IMT3 IC), Jerry McGowan (CIIMT1) and Jay Lusher (NPS/BLM).

Fire behavior is still active with wind-driven runs, group torching and short-range spotting.

There has been 752,920 acres burned and crews have begun to attempt to tame this firestorm by bringing it into a 47% containment status; which we know this has been a very difficult, destructive and dangerous fire.

The DIXIE FIRE has destroyed 1,273 total structures and reached a staggering cost-to-date of $372 Million Dollars to date.

At this time, there are about 4,833 total personnel with 58 crews, 370 engines and 21 copters.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA | Clevenger Fire | PM Update

1830 PT | SUNDAY | JUNE 20, 2021

SUMMARY — The CLEVENGER FIRE is burning in the area of Clevenger Canyon, near the community of Ramona (San Diego County) off of Hwy 78 in California.

SIZE UP — 50 acres with slow to moderate rate of spread. Fire is burning on the north side of the highway.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS — CAL FIRE – San Diego and San Diego Fire and Rescue.

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Credit: SDG&E cams

AIR RESOURCES — Four Air tankers working the left flank of the fire and three copters on the right flank.

Aircraft is coming and going from nearby Ramona Air Attack Base. With their quick response, they are getting a good handle on this fire and knocking it down.

CLOSED — Hwy 78 to all traffic.

CAUSE — The cause is currently unknown at this time.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 2

UPDATE 2 | SATURDAY | NOV 2 2019

A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and about one mile south of Santa Paula (Ventura County), California.

Fire was reported as originating on October 31st at 1815 hours PDT. The cause is still under investigation.

Firefighters are briefed prior to beginning work on their shift this morning. Photo Credit | VCFD PIO

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Currently, the fire has destroyed 9,412 acres of brush and short grass.  Crews have gained a 30% containment status.

Fire management is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Sheriff Office, along with CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo Unit.

There are 1,579 fire personnel along with 262 fire engines, seven water tenders, six helicopters, 35 hand crews, four other crews and 10 dozers on the fire ground.

Two structures have been destroyed.

Incident Cooperators include, but are not limited to:  VCOES, VC Animal Services, CHP, CA DOC, CAL Resources Corp, SoCAL Gas, United Water and SoCAL Edison. Red Cross.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Kincade Fire | CA | 5

Saturday, November 2, 2019 | PM | Update 5

Fire Stats

  • Started 10/23/2019 @ 2127 hours PDT
  • Located northeast of Geyersville in Sonoma County
  • Cause is unknown
  • Fire Investigation on-going, FIU working tirelessly to find cause

Current Status

  • Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering
  • 77,758 acres
  • 74% containment
  • Estimated containment in November 2019
  • 400 structures still being threatened
  • 4 injuries
  • Some fire units have begun to demob and are being returned to their respective service agencies.
  • PG&E will be handling relights of pilot lights on Sunday.
  • Gas service restoration currently in progress.

Photo Credit | ORFM

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Incident Cooperators

  • Unified Command | CAL FIRE – Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit and Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
  • CA Fire Agencies | Geyersville Fire Protection District, CDCR, Culver City FD, Corona FD, BIA, BLM, Pasadena FD,  La Habra Heights FD, Springs FD, Downey FD, Compton FD, Alameda County FD, CA DOC.
  • AZ & NM Fire Agencies | 22 crews f rom the Navajo Scouts. They have been on the fireground since October 28 and to remain until November 11th.
  • WA Fire Agencies | Bothell FD, Seattle FD, Valley Regional Fire Authority, Arlington FD, Island County FD, South County FD, Snohomish County Fire Districts 7, 22, 26, Everett FD, Lake Stevens FD, San Juan FD, Skagit Fire District #4, Skagit FD.
  • Emergency Management | CAL OES, County of Sonoma.
  • Law Enforcement | CHP, Placer County SO, Sonoma County Sheriff, Marin County Sheriff, Galt PD.
  • Fire Aviation Resources | Canada, CHP, Super Scoopers,
  • State Resources | CA National Guard, CAL FIRE.
  • Federal Resources | USFS.
  • Humanitarian/Shelter/Food | Red Cross – Northern CA Coastal, Red Cross – Sonoma County, World Central Kitchen.
  • Weather Forecasters | NWS Bay Area, SIS Fire Weather Lab.

Photo Credit | SJSU Fire Weather Lab. (Taken on 10/27/2019)

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Resources & Equipment

  • 4,032 fire personnel
  • 363 fire engines
  • 64 water tenders
  • 3 helicopters
  • 102 crews
  • 29 dozers

Damage Assessments

  • 59 damaged structures
  • 372 destroyed structures
  • $54.1 Million cost-to-date
  • SR 128 @ Pine Flat Road

Significant Events

  • Soda Rock Winery | Winery is lost but their barn is saved by firefighters.
  • Healdsburg, Windsor | Whole City and Town, population of almost 40,000 evacuate under mandatory orders.
  • PG&E Power Shutdowns | Almost 2 Million customers are affected, including Senior citizen homes, hospitals, Fire Stations, homes, businesses, and the list goes on and on.
  • California Economy | The wine country is hit hard with at least three wineries destroyed, others damaged.  Small businesses and residents must throw out their food, products due to the power shutdowns.

Recognized HEROES IN ACTION | These are the men and women who are being recognized for their extraordinary display of human compassion and serving others selflessly.

FIREFIGHTERS

There were over 5,000 firefighters that responded from all over several States, including Oregon and Washington.

Photo Credit | Culver City Firefighters

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE SLO

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After a long journey to California, our firefighters have finally made it. They have been assigned to work the Kincade Fire where they will assess and protect structures on Leslie Road. They are ready to help however they can. – King County Strike Team

Photo Credit | Seattle Fire Department

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WORLD CENTRAL KITCHEN

Provided 7,000 meals on October 29, 2019 and more throughout the days thereafter.  They will continue providing freeh, hot meals to firefighters and expect to be on-scene until next week.

Photo Credit | World Central Kitchen

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Guy Fieri oversaw the World Central Kitchen’s facility kitchen and crews were treated to a special lunch for First Responders in Santa Rosa.

World Central Kitchen also served up Law Enforcement Officers on the job around the clock, providing the same great tasty food!

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The faces behind the volunteers who serve others tirelessly and selflessly.  They are our Heroes in Action.

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SONOMA COUNTY FAMILY MEALS

This organization makes meals for Disaster victims by a great team of volunteers and the community that supports them.  In one day, they served over 700 people!

Photo Credit | Sonoma Family Meal

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RED CROSS

A Healdsburg is overjoyed to learn his house is still standing.  He states, “Red Cross was very prepared for this catastrophe. My friends and neighbors are grateful for all of their support.”

Photo Credit | American Red Cross

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ASPCApro

They saved and rescued many furry babies who were left behind, ran off being scared or had no other place to go.

Through The Eyes of Social Media

“Saturday is Day 12 of the Fire. It has been tirelessly fought by over 5,000 firefighters from hundreds of fire departments. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped us during this difficult time.” – County of Sonoma

“Our thoughts are with those who lost their homes and our gratitude is with all who stepped up to help neighbors in need.” – CA State Senator

“A 3.9M earthquake centered around the northern perimeter of the fire occurred this morning while firefighyers worked to make headway on containment.” – Media

“According to PG&E, you’ll need to be home to have your pilot light lit. PG&E will knock on your door, and if you’re not home, they’ll leave a card for you to call back and schedule a time. There is no charge for this service.” – Media

“People are experiencing the Deep pain for those who lost everything.” – Media

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

The Wildfire Log | Maria Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 – OCTOBER 31, 2019 – 2150 PDT

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INCIDENT SUMMARY | A new wildfire has broken out off of Bradley Road and Solano Verde Drive at the top of South Mountain, north of Somis and in Santa Paula, California in Ventura County.  Firefighters responded this evening around 1814 hours PDT.

CURRENT FIRE WEATHER  The fire is currently being fueled by gusty Santa Ana winds and is quickly moving across several areas prompting evacuations.

Fire weather is getting significantly worse as winds were reported as being prominent in the areas of Wiley Ridge, Happy Camp Canyon and Boney Mountain.

It was said the fire was being spread by sustained winds of 10-25 mph and gusts up to 25-40 mph.  Offshore winds are expected to continue through Friday but remain below RED FLAG criteria that are impacting most locations across the State.

CAUSE | The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

SIZE UP | As of 2035 hours PDT this evening, the fire has burned 750 acres and there is no containment status at the time of this post.  At 2130 hours, the acreage was upgrade to just under 4,000 acres with an active fire behavior and moving at a fast rate of spread.

FIRE TACTICS | Fire crews are working to keep the fire within the “box” which includes south of the 126 freeway, north of Los Angeles Avenue, East of Vineyard Avenue and West of Balcom Canyon Road.

Copters making water drops and engines getting in place for structure defense were being completed when the brush fire had only been at 150-acres.

Structure protection is currently in full force, as crews work to protect homes. The fire is moving towards this. Slow rate of spread on the Santa Paula side.  Moving westward.

RESOURCES | There are 250 firefighters assigned as ground and air resources.  About 30 engines, three water tenders, three helicopters and two dozers are on-scene in full firefighting suppression mode.

Two additional Orange County copters on order. Priority for retardant early morning on Friday (heel of the fire due to windshift expected).

INCIDENT COOPERATORS | VCFD, Ventura County Emergency Operations Center, Ventura County humanitarian and animal welfare. World Central Kitchen, Culver City FD Strike Team XLA-1075A (3rd consecutive fire/just released from Kincade Fire) along with two Los Angeles County Fire Air Ops copters.

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Credit } Culver City FD

UNIFIED COMMAND | Management of this fire is in Unified Command with Ventura County FD and Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  Ventura County Fire Department is currently the lead agency.

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EVACUATIONS | Mandatory evacuations are in effect for the following areas. (VCEMERGENCY.com for evacuation order info).

  • North Boundary – South Mountain Road
  • West Boundary – West Los Angeles Avenue
  • East Boundary – Balcom County Road
  • South Boundary – Highway 118

SHELTERS | Shelters are currently open for small and large animals as well as for people.  Here is a current listing:

  • Camarillo Commuinity Center. 1605 Burnley Street, Camarillo. (Opens at 0900 hours)
  • Camarillo Animal Shelter  (Small animals). 600 Aviation Drive, Camarillo.
  • Ventura County Fairgrounds (Large animals). 10 West Harbor Boulevard, Ventura, CA.
  • Earl Warren Showgrounds (Large animals). 3400 CAlle Real, San Barbara, CA.
  • The Humane Society of Ventura County (All sizes of animals). 402 Bryant Street, Ojai, CA. Open (urgent). Phone # 805-646-6505.

SCHOOL CLOSURES | Mesa Unified School District and Santa Paula Unified School District are closed.  (www.vcoe.org)

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Firefighters (VCFD + CAL FIRE) had just mopped up a .25 acre brush fire behind homes in the Coronado Circle in Santa Paula area this evening. #CoronadoFire (VCFD PIO)

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“On the northwest side of the fire, some kind of oil facility. Getting involved in the fire. Pilots going to take a look.” – Media

IC reports 150 acres well established on the upper ridge, creeping down both the Somis & Santa Paula sides. Also previously balanced out to a 2nd alarm.” – CA Fire Scanner (1918 hours)

“IC directing all of the inbound engines into the Somis side for structure protection. Fire slowly backing down the Santa Paula side & is a lower priority, will be worked on w/ dozers & crews.” – CA Fire Scanner (1938 hours)

“AA reports oil infrastructure has been directly impacted & putting up a lot of heat, fire now making a significant push down Santa Paula side.” – CA Fire Scanner (2147 PDT)

PHOTO IMAGES | Ventura Co FD PIO, unless otherwise given credit to other sources.

HASHTAGS | #CAWildfires #FireSeason2019 #MariaFire

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog