* OOA * CA Wildfire #VolcanFire | 1

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. –  A wildfire is burning on Volcan Road and Farmer Road, just north of the community of Julian, California.

Location

The fire was reported on May 10, 2018, near Volcan Mountain and East of Warner Springs and west of Borrego Springs.  It was said to be moving at a slow rate of spread in a steep and inaccessible area to crews.

Cause

The cause was said to be due to a downed plane.  Those on the ground were said to have not spotted that type of evidence.

Threats

No homes were in the area and no other structures were under direct threat.

Closures

On May 11, 2018, the Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve was closed due to the small brush fire that had started the night before and had been closed.  Around 1843 hours, the Twin engine Beechcraft Duchess had been located.

Containment Status

The fire was held at 12 acres with a 30% containment status.  Around 1056 hours, Fire officials said containment had been increased to 55% but they were still unable to reach the plane crash site.

The conditions or number of souls on board are unknown at this time.

Resources

There were approximately 130 firefighters on May 12th, as they continued to construct containment lines to mopping up the area.

Fire resources responded from CAL FIRE’s San Diego unit.

Resources were required to hike in a .25 mile to the fire’s edge to reach the fire line.  They were faced with warm temps and very steep terrain.

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* Out-of-Area * CA Wildfires | May 10, 2018

STATEWIDE, Calif – Information has been gleaned from multiple various sources to bring you one great single post.  This is for the day of Thursday, May 10, 2018.

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Photo Credit – CAL FIRE

Shastina Fire – West of Rancho Hills, in the Community of Shastina (Skiskiyou County) is 127 acres and 40% contained. Fire originally reported by CAL FIRE on May 9, 2018 at 2115 hours PDT. Cause is said to be from lightning.  Updated by fire officials at 1804 hours PDT.

SMOKEY BEAR SAYS:  “Unfortunately, 2017 was a record wildfire year and 2018 looks to be particularly tough for the west. Please be extra vigilant when it comes to preventing wildfires, no matter where you live or roam.”

Spot Fires – In area of 3110 Skyway near Tucson Ridge Golf Course, below Paradise in Butte County.  Vegetation fire reported by CAL FIRE on May 10, 2018 at 1627 hours.  Reported by CAL FIRE as an estimation of 10 acres total.  Cause is unknown but Social Media is reporting that CAL FIRE is looking for a female suspected of being responsible for many of the spot fires.  She was seen driving a black Ford Explorer towing a trailer with mattresses and furniture in it.  If you have information, you are asked to contact the Butte County Sheriff’s Office at 530-538-7321.

Tarzana Fire – 18800 block of Ringling Street, Los Angeles.  40 LAFD firefighters contained this wildfire to less than 1 acre, preventing the fire from spreading to nearby structure, exposures and to human lives.  The cause of the wildfire was unknown at the time.  No word on the fire suppression or containment costs-to-date.  Firefighters were being hailed as heroes for their quick containment.

Warming Fire – 37408 Williams Road.  Dispatched 0923 hours PDT.  0.1 acres. (Federal Interagency Communication Center)

SOCIAL MEDIA ABLAZE

From the Gen Pub to some Government Agencies recognize there is a need to do something about Climate Change and Global Warming.   Here are their pleas and what they are forecasting for our very near futures.

A lot of wildfires start via human divine intervention.  Here are a couple of really good examples on what causes them and how you can prevent them.  Remember the Campaign Slogan, “One Less Spark = One Less Wildfire”.  Simple as 1-2-3.  As Smokey Bear would say, “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”

From record temperatures to intense wildfires and rising seas, climate change poses an immediate and escalating threat to California’s environment, public health, and economic survival.” #ClimateChange

Being “ready at a moment’s notice” gives you, your family, pets and/or livestock ahead start of the impending wildfires.  #PrepareNOW and learn how to do it through the OCFA easy-to-follow-steps.

Learn how to protect your home from heavy fire fuels such as brush, trees, grass, dried understory that can burn so quickly.  Remember the words, Defensible Space and what it means to build a “fire barrier” around your home.

“Wildfire season in California is now almost all year around. As summer approaches and our weather becomes hotter it’s critical to ensure your home and family are prepared. A fire hardened home with proper clearances can make the difference during a fire storm.” #FireSeason

“Big utility companies are desperately trying to stick customers for the bills from the California wildfires that they caused.” #AddingSaltToTheWound

““Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” said Governor Brown. “I intend to mobilize the resources of the state to protect our forests and ensure they absorb carbon to the maximum degree.” – California Governor Edmund G Brown Jr.  #Proclamation

What all firefighters and Agencies hope their communities will do to protect themselves and to help them fight fire/contain the firestorms that often come.

Today, is a great time to start before you would be forced to evacuate.  Why not work together as a family unit and with your neighbors. #PrepareNOW

“As fire season approaches I am working closely with state and fed officials to make sure all resources are in place to protect our local communities. Joined Agriculture and Interior Secretaries and USDA Interim Chief of Forest Service today at Wildfire Outlook Briefing for 2018. ” – CA Representative Tom McClintock #Promises

In 2017 and years prior are some of the comments made by the Gen Pub and Government Agencies alike.  #BrokenRecord

“California is literally on fire.”  December 12, 2017.

“Jerry Brown using CA Wildfires to push Climate Change. California Gov. Jerry Brown warned the state faces a “new normal” of fire risk exacerbated by climate change.” December 12, 2017

“Boles Fire causing evacuations in Weed, Lake Shastina and Carrick.” September 15, 2014 (news media)

Public Service Announcements / Photo Images – Courtesy of OCFA, CA Rep Tom McClintock Office

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California Touched by Small Wildfire | #RitaFire

San Luis Obispo County, California | A small brush fire that broke out on Wednesday around 1250 hours PST off of  San Rita Road in San Luis Obispo County, California.

Size Up | The fire was quickly extinguished by firefighters that stopped its forward progression.  The total of acres burned was only three.

Firefighters put the fire out and conducted mop-up operations @ 1325 hours – 1525 hours PST.

Resources | Firefighters were dispatched from CALFIRE and San Obispo County Fire working in tandem with fire suppression and containment efforts.

Photo Credit | CALFIRE – SLO

Social Media | We are using the following hashtags for tracking purposes, #RitaFire  #CAwildfires2018

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#PleasantFire Fully Contained | 7

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | The Pleasant Fire has been burning for the last eight days when it ignited on February 18, 2018 around 1412 hours PST from an unknown cause.  The fire broke out on the Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Hwy 395, which is located north of Bishop, California.  It has now been fully contained and all resources have been released from this incident.  2,070 acres were scorched.

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Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, Inyo USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 0515 Hours PST

#PleasantFire Containment Increases | 6

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | The Pleasant Fire has been burning for the last six days when it ignited on February 18, 2018 around 1412 hours PST from an unknown cause.  The fire broke out on the Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Hwy 395, which is located north of Bishop, California.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

 

Resources |  Most fire resources have been released from this incident from yesterday’s 313 personnel to only 39 that remain engaged.  Fire engines were reduced from 14 to three but 16 fire crews still remain.  Both bulldozers have been released.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, Inyo USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Fire Recap |    Suppression efforts were originally hampered from winds but after a high number of resources and equipment brought in, crews were able to knock down the fire.  There has been 2,070 acres burned and crews have reached a 95% containment status.

Evacuation Shelters | Evacuation centers for displaced persons and their animals is still open at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds. Their address is 1234 Fair Street, Bishop, CA 93514.  Phone is 760.873.3588.

 

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.  The cost-to-date has reached an all-time high of $1.6 Million.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1025 Hours PST

#PleasantFire Almost Contained | 5

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | The Pleasant Fire has been burning since February 18, 2018, which ignited around 1412 hours on Sunday.  The fire has burned 2,070 acres and crews have reached an 85% containment status.

Current Fire Conditions | Mop-up operations continued today.

Fire Weather | Winds and below freezing temps continue in the area have not hampered containment progress.  Fire Managers are expected full containment of the incident by Saturday, February 24, 2018.  More resources are expected to be released after full containment efforts have been reached.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources |  Personnel have dropped from 400 to 313 assigned to this incident alongside 14 fire engines, 16 fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, Inyo USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter is still open for displaced residents and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Brockman Lane (north of HWY 395), 5 Bridges Road, Pleasant Valley Reservoir Road, Jean Blanc Road, and Dixon Lane (west of housing area towards Brockman) Pleasant Valley Campground is closed. Escorts by Inyo Sheriff for emergency necessity only. Pit Campground is closed; however, escorts are available to retrieve belongings through BLM.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.  The cost-to-date has reached an all-time high of $1.6 Million.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE – SBU unit.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated 1840 Hours PST

Colfax Train Derails Three Cars

Placer County |  Reports of a 113-car train that had derailed with three cars still upright in Colfax, prompted a large deployment of fire (and public safety) resources from CAL FIRE’s Nevada – Yuba – Placer Unit on Thursday, February 22, 2018 around   1347 hours PST.

Initially, the three-rail cars that had derailed were said to be carrying non-hazardous materials and had not leaked all.  After their investigation, it was later determined the involved cars were actually empty.  There was no threat to the public.

The train briefly blocked East Grass Valley Road, as well as other nearby intersections but were reopened again.

The railway was said to be reopening again in about eight-to-twelve hours.

Resources | CAL FIRE and law enforcement agencies.

Injuries | There were no civilian and no Public Safety injuries reported.

Damage Assessment | No damage to the Colfax infrastructure was reported.

Cause | The cause of the derailment is unknown at this time.

Photo Credits | CAL FIRE Nevada – Yuba – Placer Unit.

Social Media | We are using #ColfaxDerailment #RailroadIncident for this incident.

 

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#PleasantFire Repopulation In Effect | 5

PLEASANT FIRE

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Incident Summary | A wildfire has been determined to have started around 1412 hours PST on  February 18, 2018, is still burning on the Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, just north of Bishop, (Inyo County) California,  The wildfire had been previously reported as tripling in size to 2,800 acres was quickly reduced down to 2,250 acres after more accurate mapping had been completed.   Today, firefighters continue to hold the wildfire to the same acreage with forward progression as being stopped.

Firefighters have successfully reached a 65% containment status are said to be making good progress during their mop-up operations.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources |  350 fire personnel along with 20 engines, 18 hand crews and two bulldozers.  Local government fire resources have been released from the incident.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

Evacuations |  All evacuation orders have been lifted and all shelters (evacuation/animal) have been closed, as they are no longer needed.

Damage Assessment | There was one trailer destroyed another structure heavily damaged.  No civilian nor firefighter injuries were reported.

Photo Credit(s) | CAL FIRE .

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog  – Updated @ 2055 hours PST

#PleasantFire Explodes, Triples in Size | 3

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop, California has tripled in size and still on course towards Laws Museum.  The fire has turned from 900 acres burned to 2,800 acres destroyed!  The fire is said to have started around 1412 hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018.    Strong winds have been hampering fire suppression efforts.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | As of Sunday, there were 90 firefighters tasked with fire suppression efforts but as of Monday would explode alongside the fire to 400 personnel!  Fire engines have doubled from yesterday’s 25 to 50 and  from two fire crews to 20, while boosting  two bulldozers to four.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Meadow Creek area, Pleasant Valley campground, Rudolph Ranch, HIghlands, Glenwood, Rite-Aid Complex, Bear Creek, Dixon Lane,  (All housing areas between) North Sierra Highway, Dixon Lane, Brockman, Five Bridges, Fish Slough and Laws. | UPDATE as of 1045 hours PST | The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will reassess evacuation orders at 1600 hours due to additional safety concerns.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 6 closed between Hwy 395 and the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

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CA’s #PleasantFire Wind-Driven Fire | 2

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.

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Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times.  The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly.  There is a zero-percent containment status.  The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours.  It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.

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Evacuations |  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted).   Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.

Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.

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Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus).  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog