CA Wildfire | Onion Fire | Sit Rep 1

UPDATE 1 | THURSDAY | APRIL 8, 2021

A wildfire named the ONION FIRE is burning about 5 miles west of Independence, off of Onion Valley Road and near Foothill Road on the Inyo National Forest in the State of California

The human-caused fire has destroyed about 85 acres of brush and has a 40% containment status has been reached.

After an extensive investigation, the fire inside a ring was determined to be a campfire that was not properly extinguished and embers were carried by high winds to nearby brush.

The fire was detected on April 7th at 1745 hours PT.

April 7th Onion fire
Credit | USFS / Inyo National Forest

Incident cooperators are: BLM Bishop, CAL FIRE San Bernardino, Inyo/Mon Unit along with Bishop VFD, Big Pine VFD, Independence VFD and Lone Pine VFD.

Resources include: 10 Type 3 engines, 4 Type 1 crews, 1 Dozer, 2 Water tenders, 2 Airtankers, 1 Air Attack plane, 1 Type 1 helicopter and 1 Type 2 helicopter.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1815 hours PT

CA Wildfire | Elk Fire | Update 1

UPDATE 1 | THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2021

A wildfire is burning approximately 7 miles southeast of Happy Camp on the Klamath National Forest in the State of California.

Image of the Elk Fire burning on a steep mountain hillside
Credit | USFS

The fire was detected on April 4th around 1400 hours PT, which is burning in the drainage of Elk Creek. It has scorched 43 acres of timber and a high number of dead snags that are in an area where fire has impacted the area.

There about 200 firefighters from KNF and CAL FIRE, along with 5 crews, 12 engines, 1 dozer, 2 water tenders and 4 falling modules that have been deployed and are working currently on the fire line. Fire line construction has now been completed and personnel are focused on finishing mop-up operations.

Picture of a hoselay and the Elk Fire
Credit | USFS

The cause is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.

There has been a 75% containment status achieved at the time of this post.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1800 hours PT

CAL Fire’s Line Fire Almost Contained

MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2021

A wildfire is burning off of Shortline Road and Hells Hollow Road, just east of Groveland and near Pine Mountain Lake in Tuolumne County, California.

It started on Sunday, March 28, 2021, from an unknown cause which is currently under investigation.

The fire has burned 23 acres and fire crews are working to fully reach their suppression objectives. They have successfully reached at 80% containment status.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

December CAL FIRE Continues Burning

A wildfire ignited on Wednesday, December 23rd, which is burning off of De Luz Road and Sandia Creek Drive, northwest of Fallbrook (San Diego County), California. The cause is unknown at this time.

Fire has burned approximately 3,000 acres on land owned/managed by the Military Camp Pendleton base.

Command is Unified Command with Military Camp Pendleton, CAL FIRE and North County Fire.

At 0339 hours this morning, Camp Pendleton has issued a mandatory evacuation order for the DeLuz Housing, Wounded Warrior Battalion, and Lake O’Niel Campground areas due to a fire near Naval Weapons Station – Fallbrook. Affected personnel were relocated to Paige Fieldhouse.

An impressive but yet scary image of what firefighters are being challenged on the ground and during a pandemic.

Camp Pendleton released this statement at 0905 hours PT: “The fire is holding at 3,000 acres with 0% containment. Fallbrook gate is closed to all traffic except for emergency vehicles. PMO is guiding traffic away from fire.”

“Fire is pushing southwest of De Luz Road further onto Camp Pendleton towards Ammunition Road. Road closure on De Luz Road at Sandia Creek. Area along De Luz Road under mandatory evacuation. Additional resources moving onto Camp Pendleton.” – CAL FIRE/San Diego County FD

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Credit: CAL FIRE

Through the Eyes of Social Media

“There is thick black smoke in DeLuz again, probably right where they’re doing a “controlled burn” which is now under the high wind attack.” (1626 PT)

“The wind is so bad right now. Just within the past hour it’s picked up. I was starting to think this was under control.” (1610 PT)

““The Creek Fire began late Wednesday night near Fallbrook and forced the evacuations of at least 7,000 residents from the community of 30,000 next to Camp Pendleton.” (1233 PT)

This is a developing story. Check back with us for more updates or you can visit us on our channels at @nwfireblog (Facebook, Twitter), nw fire blog (Instagram) or find us here.

About Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton is a Marine Corps Installations West/Marine Corps Base/Air Station Camp Pendleton-Training/Supporting Marines since 1942

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/24/2020 1725 PT

CA Wildfire | Bond Fire | 1

12/6/2020 0020 PT

Current weather report: 56*F temps, precip 0%, Winds at 6pm. RH 24%. Skies are currently clear.

Fire has currently burned 7,375 acres and crews have reached a 45% containment status.

12/6/2020 0015 PT

During the week of November 27th through December 3rd, there were 91 reported new wildfires that required light initial attack activity per the National Interagency Coordination Center’s Sit Report released on Friday, December 4th at 0800 MDT.

12/5/2020 2320 PT

The #BONDFIRE started on December 2, 2020, around 2014 hours PT. The incident is located in the 29400 block of Silverado Canyon, about 3 miles north of Silverado, in Orange County, California.

Command is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE, OCFA and the USFS.

USFS units BC23^ E320** E322 E323** E325^ E327 have been deployed through the Cleveland National Forest dispatch center (original call dispatched 12/2/2020 2221 PT)

Incident Cooperators include the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Orange PD, City of Orange PD, Red Cross Southern CA Region, SLO FD, City of Lake forest, PG&E.

Resources include 10 helicopters, 179 engines, 5 water tenders, 22 hand crews, 10 dozers, 242 other resources and 1,588 total personnel from CAL Fire and the Orange County Fire Authority.

Damage so far includes 5 damaged and 5 destroyed structures, along with 7,375 acres of chaparral, brush and grass being consumed. Damage assessment teams continued a systematic survey of the fire area. They have completed 50% of the fire area and will continue their assessment tomorrow.” – CAL FIRE PIO

12/5/2020 2040 PT

Firefighters continued to work today to construct and reinforce fire lines, which are currently holding. They will work overnight to extend these firelines and improve containment. There is still potential in many areas for a strong wind event to spread the fire and threaten adjacent communities.

In the coming days, dry conditions will continue with low humidities and the potential for gusty winds. Moderate Santa Ana winds are expected to return on Monday and Tuesday, bringing a Red Flag Warning beginning early Monday morning.

“Temporary Evacuation Point at El Modena High School will be virtual tonight (12/5). If you are in need of Red Cross assistance from 10PM – 7AM, please call 310-650-1698 for support. The evacuation point will resume in-person service on Sunday (12/6) at 7AM.”

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12/5/2020 2015 PT | OCFA PIO

“Good evening. Firefighters continued to seek & mop up hot spots to secure containment lines today. The #BondFire is @ 7,375 acres w/45% containment. We’re also going to be holding a meeting for residents who evacuated from Silverado, Modjeska, & Williams Canyons tomorrow @ 3pm.”

12/4/2020 1946 PT | OCFA PIO

Continued mapping of the #BondFire has it at 7,375 acres with 30% containment. There are 1,560 personnel working on the incident. Firefighters & 11 helicopters continued to mop up hot spots & improve containment lines today.

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12/4/2020 1856 PT | USFS – CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST

“Forest Service Sends Additional Firefighting Resources to Southern California.

The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has prepositioned additional firefighting resources to support Southern California ahead of critical fire weather forecasts. Approximately nine hand-crews, 46 engines, three bulldozers, eight helicopters, five large air tankers, and one very-large air tanker are ready to respond to any new fires in the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles, and Los Padres National Forests.

Fire suppression resources were staged prior to the recent Santa Ana wind event, and more have been allocated with hazardous fire weather conditions forecasted through next week.

The potential for fires is expected to increase across Southern California on Monday and Tuesday, with another possible Santa Ana wind event forecasted next Thursday and Friday. All four Southern California National Forests remain under fire restrictions. Please check with the specific forests for more information.”

12/4/2020 1640 PT | OCFA PIO

Evacuation orders have been lifted in the city of Lake Forest. Lake Forest is under evacuation warning only. Modjeska, Silverado and Williams Canyons are still under mandatory evacuation.

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12/4/2020 1035 PT | SLO FD

SLO City Firefighters are supporting a @CALFIRE_SLO hand crew with establishing hand line at the fire’s edge of the #BondFire. Photographed is SLO City Firefighter Mitchel Woods from OES 385 mopping up in Santiago Canyon.

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12/4/2020 0834 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 1153 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0635 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0150 PT | OCFA PIO

12/3/2020 0058 PT | WEATHER SPOTTER

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 12/6/2020 0030 PT

NEW! | Pony Fire Ignites

The PONY FIRE ignited on Saturday, October 3, 2020 and is burning off of Pony Brown Road and Ione Road in Sloughhouse (Sacramento County), California. Crews were dispatched around 1556 hours PT and reported five acres with moderate rate of spread.

About 20 acres has been destroyed.

There is no containment at this time.

At the last time of a CAL FIRE presser, they released this statement:

Fire crews quickly stopped the forward progress of the fire that started in grass but has made its way into heavy brush and timber located at the end of Pony Brown Road in Sloughhouse. Due to the dense fuel load, it may take awhile to reach full containment. Crews will be working throughout the evening to maintain control of the fire.”

Cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

The CAL FIRE / Amador El Dorado Unit is currently working to put this fire out.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/3/2020 1940 PT

LOYALTON FIRE | CA | UPDATE 2

LOYALTON FIRE

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Photo Credit | TMFPD

UPDATE 2 | AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown ignition on August 14th around 1630 hours, is burning 4 miles east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbirth, California.  It is just north of Reno (Washoe County), Nevada.

CURRENT STATUS

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Fire is still currently at the time of this post was published holding at 20,000 acres with a 5% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs, short-range spotting and running.

The CA Team 10, a Type 2 IMT is currently mobilizing today.

Homes are still being threatened,  prompting evacuations and closures in effect.

The cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million.

ALERTS!

  • See Evacuation orders for impacted areas
  • RED FLAG WARNING in the Washoe County (NV) area from 0900 – 1900 PT (9am-7pm) for thunderstorms and strong outflow winds. Conditions remain hot/dry.
  • Do not call 9-1-1 about the Loyalton Fire. There are no fires in the Washoe County area.

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, as well as for the following areas:

  • Chilcoot, south of Hwy 70
  • Long Valley Road and Scott’s Flat Road south of Hwy 70
  • West of Hwy 395 from Hallelujah unction to Cold Springs
  • Cold Springs and Bordertown
  • West side of US 395

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS

Advisory Evacuation orders for the following:

  • Vinton
  • Chilcoot, north of Hwy 70
  • East of 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Cold Springs

EVACUATION SHELTER

  • Washoe County Senior Services. 1155 E 9th Street, Reno, NV. For residents under evacuation advisories.

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Photo Credit | Red Cross Nevada

ROAD CLOSURES

Closures are in effect for:

  • Hwy 70 from Hwy 49 to Hwy 395
  • Hwy 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Border Town
  • UPDATE | Hwy 395 open with CHP escort

RESOURCES

There are 441 total personnel including 11 crews, 35 engines and 6 helos. Resource orders are starting to appear from the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency (1243) and Arizona Dispatch Center (1310 MST) Comm Centers, sending reinforcements as mutual aid.

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Photo Credit | TMFPD

Incident Cooperators Include: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (CA), Washoe County (NV), Tahoe National Forest. BLM Nevada, Reno FD, EFP Firefighters, Tahoe FFD, Central Lyon FD, Washoe County EQ, Washoe County SO, Tahoe NF, Red Cross.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 

LOYALTON FIRE | CA | UPDATE 1

LOYALTON FIRE

Smoke from a wildfire billowing above a hillside.

PC: BLM

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire was sparked by an unknown ignition on August 14th around 1630 hours, is burning east of the town of Loyalton and southwest of Mount Ina Coolbirth and just north of Reno, Nevada.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire was said to be at least 20,000 acres of timber, sage and grass has been destroyed but fire crews have reached a 5% containment status.

Fire behavior is extreme with wind-driven runs with short-range spotting with rapid rates of spread.  It has forced many evacuations, road closures and creating its very own and dangerous fire tornadoes.

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PC: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue

The fire jumped Highway 395 with vehicles stuck on the road.  Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue’s Brush Engine 44 provided cover as they worked tirelessly and under pressure to help assist drivers evacuate the area. No injuries were reported. (1926 PT)

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for Plumas, Lassen and Sierra Counties, as well as for the following areas:

  • Chilcoot, south of Hwy 70
  • Long Valley Road and Scott’s Flat Road south of Hwy 70
  • West of Hwy 395 from Hallelujah unction to Cold Springs

ADVISORY EVACUATIONS

Advisory Evacuation orders for the following:

  • Vinton
  • Chilcoot, north of Hwy 70
  • East of 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Cold Springs

ROAD CLOSURES

Closures are in effect for:

  • Hwy 70 from Hwy 49 to Hwy 395
  • Hwy 395 from Hallelujah Junction to Border Town

RESOURCES

There are approximately 441 total personnel that represent many California and Nevada fire agencies.

Incident Cooperators Include: Truckee Meadows Fire & Rescue (CA), Washoe County (NV), Tahoe National Forest. BLM Nevada, Reno FD, EFP Firefighters, Tahoe FFD, Central Lyon FD.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 0225 PT

CA WILDFIRE SIT REP | APPLE FIRE | 2

APPLE FIRE

 Oak Glen Road x Apple Tree.  N of Cherry Valley (Riverside County), California

Photo Credit | USFS

fire engine parked in foreground, smoke rising over hill in background

MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2020 | UPDATE 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY – CURRENT STATUS

  • Start 7/31/2020
  • Minimal fire activity with smoldering and creepiing
  • 32,905 acres of timber, chaparral and tall grass
  • 50% contained
  • Human caused
  • Unified Command CAL FIRE Riverside/Riverside County, USFS-San Bernardino, San Bernardino SO, CHP
  • Located in the Oak Glen and Cherry Valley Communities, California
  • EVACUATIONS lifted

RESOURCES

Staffing

  • 2,295 total personnel

Incident Cooperators

  • Riverside Co EMD
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  • Riverside County Sheriffs Office
  • San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office
  • San Bernardino County Fire
  • California Hwy Patrol
  • Southern California Edison

DONATIONS

  • Firefighters are self-sufficient and have all the required provisions
  • Recommendations to donate to Local Food Pantries

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 4 Structures lost
  • 1 injury reported

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can also find us on our Social Media channels Twitter & Facebook @nwfireblog and Instagram nw fire blog.

Thank you so much for reading our post!

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/10/2020 2010 PT

 

 

CA WILDFIRE SIT REP | APPLE FIRE | 1

APPLE FIRE

 Oak Glen Road x Apple Tree.  N of Cherry Valley (Riverside County), California

Photo Credit | Doug Chudy, Wildlands Conservancy

Smoke from the fire camp

SATURDAY,  AUGUST 8, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY – CURRENT STATUS

  • Start 7/31/2020
  • 32,412 acres. 35% contained
  • Human caused
  • Unified Command CAL FIRE Riverside/Riverside County, USFS-San Bernardino, Yucaipa City FD
  • EVACUATIONS IN EFFECT

Photo Credit | USFS

group of firefighters monitor fire

RESOURCES

Staffing

  • 2,845 fire personnel
  • 42 crews

Equipment

  • 18 helicopters
  • 276 engines
  • 24 dozers
  • 40 water tenders
  • 2 fixed wing aircraft

Incident Cooperators

  • Riverside Co EMD
  • Morongo Band of Mission Indians
  • Riverside County Sheriffs Office
  • San Bernardino County Sheriffs Office
  • San Bernardino County Fire
  • California Hwy Patrol
  • Southern California Edison

smoke column rising up

EVACUATIONS 

Riverside County Residents

  • East of Potrero Road
  • North of Morongo Road
  • West of Whitewater Canyon
  • South of San Bernardino County Line
  • All areas West of Hwy 68
  • North of I-10
  • South of San Bernardino County Line
  • East of Whitewater Canyon

San Bernardino County Residents

  • Forest Falls
  • Pioneertown
  • Rimrock
  • Community of Morongo Valley (including both sides of Hwy 62)

Closed Areas

  • San Gorgonio Wilderness
  • All Forest Service rec areas in Forest Falls
  • Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT)

Photo Credit | USFS

fire and smoke visible on a hill.

DONATIONS

  • Firefighters are self-sufficient and have all the required provisions
  • Recommendations to donate to Local Food Pantries

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 4 Structures lost
  • 1 injury reported

SOCIAL MEDIA

You can also find us on our Social Media channels Twitter & Facebook @nwfireblog and Instagram nw fire blog.

Thank you so much for reading our post!

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/8/2020 1320 PT