The Wildfire Log | McMillan Fire | CA

CALIFORNIA

CAL FIRE and SLO County FD fire crews were on-scene to a brush fire located east of McMillan Canyon Road on Highway 46 on June 12th.

Here is a timeline of the wildfire as it unfolded over Social Media:

6/12 1305 | Fire reached 10 acres with a moderate rate of spread.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1320 | Fire increased to 50 acres.

1340 | Fire behavior began to change from moderate to a rapid rate of spread, bringing it to 200 acres destroyed.

1351 | By this time, just shy over 10 minutes, the wildfire exploded into 600 acres.

1439 | Fire crews were beginning to get a handle on the wildfire and bringing the containment now to 20%.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1501 | Firefighters were still at 20% containment but the fire grew to a scary 1,000 acres.  Fire assets were brought in for fire suppression from the skies and the ground.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1626 | The fire was still increasing.  It had now reached 2,000 acres destroyed with 20% containment status remaining the same.

1523 | Firefighters were working tirelessly as they were trying to bring this fire under control and contained.  At this time, the forward progression of the fire was stopped and containment now up to 50%.  Fire Managers and Law Enforcement reopened EB traffic on Hwy 46.

1554 | As containment increased, some fire assets and personnel were slowly beginning to be released from the incident.  Progress for full containment was still the main objective.  Smoke was still visible in the northeastern portion of (SLO) the County.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

1827 | Fire remained at the same 50% containment but structures were no longer threatened by the impending wildfire, thanks to the efforts by fire crews in both the air and on the ground.  Both directions of the highway were now opened but traffic was being diverted through Shandon.

2104 | CAL FIRE, CHP, and CAL Trans worked through coordination to open one WB lane on the Highway.  Once all the way open, no more traffic was said to be diverted through Shandon.

2116 | Fire equipment and personnel were due to remain on the fireline throughout the evening to strengthen containment lines and put out any hot spots that may arise.  A strike team of engines are due to be deployed to the line the following morning.

Credit | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit

6/13/2019 1000 | CAL FIRE – SLO Unit E3469 out of the Cayucos FS #11 worked on the containment lines.  With good weather conditions, crews were able to help those area assigned to the fire to increase the containment status even higher.

1109  | Fire objective is still the focus of fire crews. Containment increases to 75%. With more accurate mapping, Fire Managers release the total destroyed by the fire at 1,764 acres.

1631 | Fire crews have been on-scene all day and have now reached a containment status of 95%.  They have laid almost 10 miles of fireline constructed around the fire.

This is our first and last report on this wildfire since fire crews have reached their fire objective. – Ed.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/13/2019 – Thursday – 2110 PDT

 

The Wildfire Log | Calaveras Fire | CA | 1

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA

Update 1 | Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 2045 hours PDT

A wildfire is burning in the CAL FIRE SCU area that provides fire services in the Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa and in the western portion of Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties.

Photo Credit: CAL FIRE SCU

It started on June 10, 2019, off of Calaveras Road and Weller Road, just east of Milpitas in Santa Clara County, California.

Fire crews have successfully held this to a small 35 acres and 90% containment.  Full containment is expected on Wednesday, June 12th.

This evening, firefighters will continue to reinforce containment lines and mop-up operations, as well as extinguishing any hot spots may rekindle in unburned fuels.

A firefighter was reportedly injured during yesterday’s fire suppression efforts. His condition is unknown.

As fire managers were managing this incident, another wildfire ignited called the WATER FIRE on the same day and located just west of the Calaveras Reservoir.  Crews were able to stop the forward spread of this fire.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog

Two Brush Fires | Clay Fire | California

Jurupa Valley, CA. | CAL FIRE/Riverside, Riverside County Fire and Riverside City Fire firefighters were dispatched to an area near Van Buren Boulevard and Clay Street in the Santa Ana Riverbottom of the Jurupa Valley community.  The call was for two brush fires burning in a single area.

The fire was reported on the afternoon of Saturday, January 26, 2019, around 1423 PST.

FIRE STATUS

The two fires, one acre in size each were said to be holding in a three-acre area in heavy fire fuels.  Crews were in extensive mop-up operations and due to remain on the fire ground an additional four hours (around 1915 hours PST).

RESOURCES

There was about 85 firefighters from CAL FIRE’s Riverside division, along with Riverside County FD and Riverside City FD that joined into the battle of the two fires.

Additionally, there were 13 fire engine companies (Type 3 engines) , two hand crews, two dozers and three overhead personnel assigned to this incident.  An air attack was also deployed.

Updated Resources | 2 hand crews, 2 dozers and Type 3 engines. 1/26/2019 @ 2232 PST

CAUSE

There is currently no known cause released.

INJURIES

There were none reported.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following hashtags for this incident:  #ClayFire #California #BrushFire #CAFires_2019

(c) 2019 NW FIRE BLOG

California Wildfires | Fire Updates | July 7, 2018

UPDATE 1 – 2250 hours PDT

BOX FIRE

The BOX FIRE is burning on NB I-5 at Kenwood Avenue that started as a car fire  into an urban interface on Friday, July 6, 2018, around 0955 hours.  The fire has scorched 100 acres of grass and chaparral fire fuels.

Photo Credit } Inciweb

Weather concerns are continued near record high temps and low RH percentages.

There are a total of 105 personnel  from the CAL FIRE – Inyo-Mono-San Bernardino Unit, San Bernardino County FD and San Bernardino National Forest are attached to this incident will continue to monitor for embers and hot spots.   Other resources include those from the CHP, San Bernardino County OEM nd the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire has reached a 50% containment status.

COUNTY FIRE

The COUNTY FIRE is burning in CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake Napa (Napa and Yolo Counties) Unit’s area.  The fire is being managed by a CAL FIRE IMT Type 1 that was formerly managing the PAWNEE FIRE.

Members of OES Strike Team 2870C celebrating Independence Day in Division ‘H’ on July 4, 2018.   Personnel from Alameda County, Oakland, Hayward & Fremont . Photo Credit | Alameda Co FD

This fire is burning one mile southwest of Guninda and east of Lake Berryessa, California.  Fire fuels include brush.

Current fire behavior is active with uphill runs, flanking and backing. Many structures are being threatened. Evacuations, roads, area and trail closures in effect.

88,425 acres. 55% containment reached. 2,858 personnel. 61 crews. 176 engines. 23 helicopters, 48 bulldozers and 51 water tenders.

Night Operations. Photo Credit | Alco Firefighters

Mandatory orders have been lifted as of 2111 hours PDT. For evacuation information, visit the Napa County Sheriff’s Office for details.

Incident Cooperators include – California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Cal OES, California Highway Patrol, California Conservation Corps, Yolo County OES, Yolo County Sheriff, Solano County Sheriff, Napa County Sheriff, PG&E, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, Bureau of Land Management, United States Forest Service, California Air National Guard and California National Guard.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

There is a conflicting report that 18 structures have been lost (NIFC) and 10 via CALFIRE’s presser.  Fire suppression and containment status reaching an all-time high of $27,500,000.

Public Resources – Dial 2-1-1 for Yolo County evacuations or advisories ; Text 888777 for updates for Napa County residents.;  707- 967-4207 for County Fire Information.

DUTZELL FIRE

CAL FIRE crews were dispatched to a brush fire near 40 Dutzel Lane in Cherokee around 1530 hours this afternoon.   AA 210 were overhead reporting the fire to be about two to three acres with a structure involved. Three additional engines were requested with CAL FIRE’s TGU unit and a dozer from the Plumas National Forest en route.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

According to a timeline, the IC requested five additional engines due to the wind shifting and three additional structures at 1537 hours.  Oroville FD was dispatched and responding as mutual aid to the fire.

Tankers 88 and 89 were inbound from the Grass Valley area at 1549 hours.  About ten minutes later, the forward progress was stopped with the dozer going back in service.  Tankers were were available but would be eventually released. Water tenders were requested to continue with responding, however all other incoming engines and additional dozer were CODE GREENed.

All-in-all, the total amount of acres scorched was four with one shed, car and trailed being destroyed.  The GOOD NEWS is that firefighters saved many, many structures.

EAST CREEK FIRE

Today, at noon the EAST CREEK FIRE was reported to fire officials of a fire burning in the Kings Canyon Wilderness located south of the Bubbs Creek Trail and west of the East Creek Trail or about 8.5 miles east of Roads End Permit Station.  It is said to be burning 8,700 feet in a stand of Red Fir.

Photo Credit | Inciweb

The cause is unknown and under investigation. The total acreage burned so far is 10 acres of timber with a 0% containment status.

Due to the remote location, there are no threats to property or people in the area.  However, there is some potential for fire growth which fire crews are working to contain as quickly as possible.

There are 15 personnel assigned to this incident.

HOLIDAY FIRE

Photo Credit | SBC Fire PIO Mike Eliason

CAL FIRE and Santa Barbara County fire personnel were battling a 35-acre wildfire on July 6th around 2345 hours PDT off of north Fairview Avenue and Holiday Hill Road in the City of Goleta (Santa Barbara County).

Mandatory evacuations of these are areas are still in effect Sunset Ridge Road, Franklin Ranch Road, North parts of La Goleta Road, north Fairview, north of La Goleta Road, El Camino Ratel, Holiday Hill Road, Villa Lemora, Cuesta Verde, Edward Place and Pine Tree Lane.

Red Cross Shelter –> 5769 Hollister Road.

Animal Evacuation Hotline –> 805-681-4332

Photo Credit | San Bernardino Co PIO Mike Eliason

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies spotted a drone over theGoleta Valley Junior HS.

This will undoubtedly cause all aviation fire resources to shutdown until the airspace has been cleared. DON’T DO IT!  #NoDronesInFireZones period.

The fire was said to have started on the same day around 2040 hours.  Today, it is at 100 acres and with an 80% containment status.

KLAMATHON FIRE

The KLAMATHON FIRE is burning about two miles southeast of Hornbrook in CAL FIRE’s Siskiyou Unit’s service area in timber, chaparral and tall grass. Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and running.  Communications infrastructure in several areas are currently being threatened. Evacuations and road closures are in effect.

Public Service Announcement –> Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services

“If you are in an evacuation zone, take your animals and animal supplies with you including crate, bed, feed, leash, whenever possible. Siskiyou Co Ag Dept public hotline to request animal evac or animal care assistance is 530-841-4028. Leave a detailed message.”

9,600 acres with a 5% containment status. 572 personne along with 18 crews, 61 engines, 8 helicopters are assigned.  40 structures have been lost with costs-to-date of $1,000,000.

 

LIONS FIRE

Helicopter at helibase

Helicopter at Helibase on June 29, 2018. Photo Credit | Sierra National Forest

The LIONS FIRE is burning in the Sierra National Forest without a Type 1 or Type 2 IMT that has scorched 4,064 acres.  The fire cause was lightning that ignited the area on Monday, June 11th around noon about seven miles southwest of the Mammonth Lakes area.  It has an 84% containment status.

There are 174 personnel, four crews and four helicopters. Cost-to-date has reached $4,300,000.

MARILYN FIRE

The MARILYN WILDFIRE is located in the 29300 block of Marilyn Drive where fire crews were dispatched at 1928 hours.  IC P17 on-scene.  No further details available.

PAWNEE FIRE 

The PAWNEE FIRE is burning in CAL FIRE’s Sonoma-Lake Napa Unit’s area.  This is no longer being managed by the CAL FIRE IMT Type 1 of the COUNTY FIRE, due to being transferred to the local unit today.

Photo Credit | Inciweb

This fire is burning five miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks in brush and tall grass.  Fire behavior has been reduced to minimal fire activity.  Evacuation orders are still in effect.

15,185 acres destroyed with 22 structures lost. 96% contained.  543 personnel along with six crews, 10 engines with a cost-to-date of $36,500,000.

PETERSBURG FIRE

Petersburg Fire

Photo Credit | Klamath National Forest

This fire was reported to have ignited on Sunday, July 1, around 1445 hours by an unknown cause. It is  burning in the Klamath National Forest, about 21 miles southwest of Etna in timber.  Command transitioned from a Type 3 to a Type 4 IMT under IC Isbell with the U.S. Forest Service (Klamath NF)

Fire behavior is said to be minimal but 215 acres have been scorched.

Crews have successfully reached a 90% containment status and crews are expecting this fire to reach 100% containment by Sunday, July 8, 2018.

37 personnel are assigned along with two crews and one engine.  Two structures have been lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs have reached $1,700,000.

SIERRA HWY FIRE

A brush fire prompted fire resources to be dispatched today at 1547 hours to the Sierra Hwy and Mint Canyon Road.  This is an open incident with limited information.

TUNJUNGA FIRE

The TUNJUNGA FIRE is located in the 13000 block of Little Tujunga Canyon Road where SO-41, RD-23 and P5EK1S-0501 and CAPT 310 were dispatched to at 0559 hours this morning. Limited information.

VALLEY FIRE

Valley Fire Smoke Plume

Photo Credit | San Bernardino National Forest

The VALLEY FIRE is burning on San Bernardino National Forest lands from an unknown cause on Friday, July 6, 2018 around 0130 hours.

The fire is burning on Hwy 38 at Valley of the Falls Drive and is being managed by a Southern CA IMT 2 which took command of the fire incident as of 1800 hours on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

The fire has consumed 1,000 acres of brush and timber,  as of tonight’s reporting but crews have successfully reach a 5% containment status.  Currently in Unified Command with San Bernardino County SO, San Bernardino County FD, US Forest Service and CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit.

Evacuations are in effect for the Forest Falls Community area, east of Hwy 38.  Structure protection and security resources are in place if the fire reaches this area.  No structures have been reported damaged or destroyed from this wildfire.

Public Service Announcement —> Devore Animal Shelter – 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino.

Public Service Announcement —> Incident Fire Info Line – 909-383-5688

Public Service Announcement —> List of Closed Recreation Sites on the San Bernardino National Forest – https://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/sbnf/alerts-notices

504 personnel are assigned to this incident along with 39 engines, nine crews, five water tenders, two dozers and nine helicopters.  Additional fire suppression and containment resources will continue to arrive on the fire line over the next few days.

A TFR is in effect over this fire until further notice.

WEST FIRE

The WEST FIRE is burning on the Cleveland National Forest, off of I-8 and West Willows Rd, about two miles east of Alpine (San Diego County)i n chaparral and tall grass.  Fire behavior is extreme and currently threatening the community of Alpine.  Evacuations and road closures are in effect.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

504 acres have been burned up and crews have reached a 81% containment status. 18 structures have been destroyed.

Evacuations are in effect for Suncrest Vista Lane, Highlands View Road, Manzanita View, Olive View, Scenic View Road, Scenic View Place, Pine View, Viejas View Place, Sage View, Oak View Road, Verde View Road, Calle Caleta Viejas and Via La Mancha.

420 personnel from CAL FIRE – San Diego, Alpine Fire District and Cleveland National Forest are assigned along with eight crews, 67 engines and five helicopters.  Cost-to-date is $500,000.

WRIGHT FIRE

Fire resources were dispatched today at 1606 this afternoon  to the Guffy Campground near the Wrightwood Wash on the east side. PAT 38 (IC) arrived on-scene.  Open incident.

YANKEE FIRE

Photo Credit | CAL Fire Butte Unit/Butte Co FD

CAL FIRE’s Butte Unit and the Butte County Fire Department were on-scene of a brush fire that broke out on Yankee Vista Circle, where fire crews worked tirelessly to stop the forward progression and holding the damage to a half-of-an-acre.

Mop-up operations were on-going around this afternoon at 1450 hours.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

California Wildfire | Pawnee Fire | 3

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – A wildfire that started Saturday, June 23rd was said to be like an out-of-control runaway train or as we may say it more like a Firestorm is starting to become more tame by the day.

Firefighters are beginning to make some good progress on containment, but not without a fierce fight and tireless efforts both day and night.

Photo Credit | NASA Earth

Here is the Sit Rep for the North California  wildfire called the Pawnee Fire.

CURRENT SIT REP

Start Date/Time | The fire started on Saturday, June 23, 2018 around 1721 hours.

Location | It is burning on Pawnee Road x New Long Road,  4 miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks, California.

Unified Command | CAL FIRE, Lake County SO, US Forest Service and Northshore Fire Protection District .

Cause | The cause is unknown at this time.

Incident Cooperators | Lake Co SO, Lake County OES, CA DOC and Rehab, CA Conservation Corps, BLM, US Forest, CHP, PG&E and Lake Evacuation Animal Protection.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

June 26 – Tuesday

2024 | Hot and windy weather fire conditions are in the forecast.

1904 | 2700 personnel. 235 engines, 58 fire crews, 15 helicopters, numerous air tanker teams through the State (flying as conditions will allow), 69 bulldozers, 25 water tenders.  13,000 acres. 17% containment. 22 structures destroyed.  4 structures damaged.

Road Closures:  At Hwy 20, the follow roads are closed – Old Long Valley Rd, Walker Ridge, Mule Skinner Rd, Bear Valley Rd; At Brim Road, all roads are closed – Bear Valley Rd and Leesville Lodge Rd.

Mandatory Evacuations:  Spring Valley Community: entire area including all roads accessed off of Old Long Valley Rd and New Long Valley Rd, north of Hwy 20;  Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough Rd, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod and Moccasin.

Advisory Evacuation Notices: East of Walker Ridge area, Wilbur Springs area, Bear Valley and Brim Road.

Evacuation Shelters:  Lower Lake HS. 9430 Lake Street, Lower Lake, CA.  [Contact: Sheriff’s website for additional evacuation info.  http://www.lakesheriff.com/

Animal Evacuations:   Contact Animal Control at 707-263-0278.

1205 | Fire moving southeast.

June 25 – Monday

1925 | Media began reporting the fire was expected to jump Water Ridge by 1930 hours and head down into Bear Valley.  Crews were in the middle of structure protection of a communications repeater (infrastructure).

1852 | CAL FIRE firefighters continue to directly engage in building containment lines and utilizing aerial attack when possible.

1759 | Winds picked up in the Spring Valley area which created unpredictable fire behavior and media was reporting that the fire was so big, it was creating its own weather.  This was occurring off of Chalk Mountain Road, which they reported fire crews were working on structure protection.

1615 | A VLAT  (For those non-fire speaking folks: this stands for very large airtanker) was observed dropping in front of some CAL FIRE engines while extending the fire-retardant lines.

1522 | Reports of the fire just made a strong run and crews just lost a line. They are hoping the next one holds.

0727 | The fire was located northeast of Clearlake Oaks in Lake County had grown to 8,200 acres.

June 24 – Sunday

1830 | 7,700 acres burned. 237 personnel. 5 crews, 2 helicopters, 7 dozers, 2 water tenders.  More aircraft incoming and on order. Fire is moving up ridges and heading towards Double Eagle housing development.  Dozers, tankers, air craft and strike teams are working tirelessly to gain fire suppression, control and containment but the fire is moving extremely quickly.  Some of the units are trying to hold the fire but it is not holding.  / Updated @ 2145 hours PDT

1709 | Hotspot data just popped up on the NASA GIS server and now appears on the map.  There is a 3-hour lag. Hotspots likely sensed at 1350 hours. Map Credit is @MappingSupport

1706 | Mandatory evacuations now include all areas north of Highway 20 and east of Old Long Valley Road to Round Ball Road,  including Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod and Moccasin.

1702 | CAL FIRE is requesting all remaining residents in the Spring Valley area reduce their water usage immediately to conserve water for firefighting suppression efforts.

1657 | Alameda County Fire Engines 308 and 330 are dispatched and en route to the fire, part of the Strike Team XAL 2002C with crews from Berkeley FD, Hayward FD and Fremont FD.

1602 | Mandatory evacuation orders expand to include all areas north of Highway 20 and est of Old Long Valley Road.

1536 | Estimates at 3,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

1528 | 4 spot fires just popped up across New Long Valley Road near Indian Hill Road. IC calls for need of Engine Strike Teams (25 engines) for immediate structure protection.

1509 | LA Co FD dispatches 4 Camp Crews (11-1, 11-2, 19-2, 19-5) plus 1 BC (BC46) to assist CAL FIRE.

1505 | Multiple spots along New Long Valley Road, critical need for copters to assist in maintaining fire line.  Fire is .25 to .5 mile away from the dam.

1408 | Significant fire moving downhill into Wolf Creek Road area with structure threat.  Is said to be moving east towards the reservoir.  Infrastructure of a hydroelectric facility at the dam.  Air resources to put retardant in the area for structure protection.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

1416 | AA advises if fire hits the Spring Valley area and they engage in structure protection, may be dropping retardant all over houses, fire equipment. Fire moving to the N/NE.  The next road in that area is Bartlett Springs Road.

1341 | Tankers 01 and 10 divert from this wildfire over to Redding for the Clear Creek fires.

1337 | Evacuees are being sheltered at Lake County High School, a Red Cross shelter.

1245 | CAL OES approves Fire Management Assistance Grant which provides Lake County agencies to receive 75% reimburse of their fire suppression costs.

1226 | No divert on 4 air tankers due to imminent life to civilians and firefighters.  CAL OES Coastal and Inland EOCs  are activated and staff from regional response teams are deployed.

1154 | Pawnee Fire activity shows gusty northern winds are part of #cawx forecast to shift to a southwesterly direction in the afternoon. | Photo Courtesy:  NWS Sacramento, GEOMAC and MODIS satellite instrumentation.

1131 | Animals in Disaster group Halter Project gives “Animals Sheltering in Place”

  • Leave as much as water as you can
  • Do not leave hay
  • Remove masks/halters/wraps/fly sheets etc.
  • Paint ID info on animals. Use MARKERS ON HOOVES
  • Close access to barns
  • Do not turn equine/livestock loose where they can get on roads
  • If you need emergency assistance with your animals contact LEAP: 707-263-0278. This is also the same number to call for urgent boarding of large and small animals (as of 6/24 there is still room).

1056 | Berkeley Fire Engine 305 dispatched to fire as mutual aid.

1046 | Alameda County Fire crews (CAL OES STrike Team 2870 OC) arrive in Staging safely.  They begin a 24-hour operational shift.

0942 | RED CROSS working on opening shelter at Lower Lake HS located at 9430 Lake Street.

0904 | IC requests Aircraft resources:  1 VLAT, 2 LATs and 3 add’l S-2s  for a total of 4.

0711 | Fire is now 1,500 acres.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

0407 | Fire continues to grow and remains at a 0% containment status. Bay Area Fire resources have been activated.  Some structures have been lost. Air attack will begin at first light.

0316 | Rio Vista FD Brush 55 unit is dispatched, en route to the wildfire.

0251 | Video Photo Credit:  Alameda County FFD.

0151 | PG & E lines shut down.

0139 | Fish and Game helping with animal evacuations.

0052 | PG & E lines are down and still alive.  Request to company to shut down in the whole area.

0018 | Multiple structures are ablaze with fire on both sides of Wolf Creek Rd. Heading and due to impact Spring Valley Road heavily.

0003 | IC requests Sheriff to do another emergency mandatory evacuation alert for the entire Spring Valley area, all subdivisions and roads that lead to that area. Multiple structures on fire with civilians still in area.

June 23 – Saturday

2306 | Fire heading towards Indian Valley Reservoir.

2110 | Fire reached 400 + acres and making a run. All aircraft are off the fire for the night.

2044 | AA estimates fire at 200 acres. Helo was in process of mapping the fire.

1907 | AA reports 60-acre fire with moderate fire behavior and ROS on all flanks.

1804 | CAL FIRE notification of firefighters battling 75 acre fire.

RESOURCES

Personnel | There are currently 237 personnel which include 5 fire crews.

Equipment | There are 32 fire engines, 2 helicopters, 7 bulldozers and 2 water tenders.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2030 Hours PDT

California Wildfire | Pawnee Fire | 1

CLEARLAKE OAKS, Calif. – A wildfire that started yesterday is gaining traction as it spreads all over the area prompting large numbers of crews and widespread evacuations.

Here is the Sit Rep for the Californian wildfire Pawnee Fire.

CURRENT SIT REP

Start Date/Time | The fire started on Saturday, June 23, 2018 around 1721 hours.

Photo Credit | Kelseyville Fire Protection District

Location | It is burning on Pawnee Road x New Long Road,  4 miles northeast of Clearlake Oaks, California.

Unified Command | CAL FIRE and Northshore Fire Protection District.

Cause | The cause is unknown at this time.

Destroyed | The fire has destroyed 1,500 acres and 12 structures.

Current Conditions | Fire burned actively throughout the night in the Spring Valley area, northeast of Clearlake Oaks.  Fire behavior is being driven by low RH, erratic winds and above normal temps.  The area is under a RED FLAG WARNING.

Threats | 600 structures are currently under direct threat in Spring Valley Road area.  40 structures in the Double Eagle area.

INCIDENT TIMELINE

June 24 – Sunday

1709 | Hotspot data just popped up on the NASA GIS server and now appears on the map.  There is a 3-hour lag. Hotspots likely sensed at 1350 hours. Map Credit is @MappingSupport

1706 | Mandatory evacuations now include all areas north of Highway 20 and east of Old Long Valley Road to Round Ball Road,  including Mule Skinner, Long Branch, Watertrough, Flintlock, Muzzleloader, No Guns, Antelope, Cougar, Marianne, Ramrod and Moccasin.

1702 | CAL FIRE is requesting all remaining residents in the Spring Valley area reduce their water usage immediately to conserve water for firefighting suppression efforts.

1657 | Alameda County Fire Engines 308 and 330 are dispatched and en route to the fire, part of the Strike Team XAL 2002C with crews from Berkeley FD, Hayward FD and Fremont FD.

1602 | Mandatory evacuation orders expand to include all areas north of Highway 20 and est of Old Long Valley Road.

1536 | Estimates at 3,000 acres with a 0% containment status.

1528 | 4 spot fires just popped up across New Long Valley Road near Indian Hill Road. IC calls for need of Engine Strike Teams (25 engines) for immediate structure protection.

1509 | LA Co FD dispatches 4 Camp Crews (11-1, 11-2, 19-2, 19-5) plus 1 BC (BC46) to assist CAL FIRE.

1505 | Multiple spots along New Long Valley Road, critical need for copters to assist in maintaining fire line.  Fire is .25 to .5 mile away from the dam.

1408 | Significant fire moving downhill into Wolf Creek Road area with structure threat.  Is said to be moving east towards the reservoir.  Infrastructure of a hydroelectric facility at the dam.  Air resources to put retardant in the area for structure protection.

1416 | AA advises if fire hits the Spring Valley area and they engage in structure protection, may be dropping retardant all over houses, fire equipment. Fire moving to the N/NE.  The next road in that area is Bartlett Springs Road.

1341 | Tankers 01 and 10 divert from this wildfire over to Redding for the Clear Creek fires.

1337 | Evacuees are being sheltered at Lake County High School, a Red Cross shelter.

1245 | CAL OES approves Fire Management Assistance Grant which provides Lake County agencies to receive 75% reimburse of their fire suppression costs.

1226 | No divert on 4 air tankers due to imminent life to civilians and firefighters.  CAL OES Coastal and Inland EOCs  are activated and staff from regional response teams are deployed.

1154 | Pawnee Fire activity shows gusty northern winds are part of #cawx forecast to shift to a southwesterly direction in the afternoon. | Photo Courtesy:  NWS Sacramento, GEOMAC and MODIS satellite instrumentation.

1131 | Animals in Disaster group Halter Project gives “Animals Sheltering in Place”

  • Leave as much as water as you can
  • Do not leave hay
  • Remove masks/halters/wraps/fly sheets etc.
  • Paint ID info on animals. Use MARKERS ON HOOVES
  • Close access to barns
  • Do not turn equine/livestock loose where they can get on roads
  • If you need emergency assistance with your animals contact LEAP: 707-263-0278. This is also the same number to call for urgent boarding of large and small animals (as of 6/24 there is still room).

1056 | Berkeley Fire Engine 305 dispatched to fire as mutual aid.

1046 | Alameda County Fire crews (CAL OES STrike Team 2870 OC) arrive in Staging safely.  They begin a 24-hour operational shift.

0942 | RED CROSS working on opening shelter at Lower Lake HS located at 9430 Lake Street.

0904 | IC requests Aircraft resources:  1 VLAT, 2 LATs and 3 add’l S-2s  for a total of 4.

0711 | Fire is now 1,500 acres.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

0407 | Fire continues to grow and remains at a 0% containment status. Bay Area Fire resources have been activated.  Some structures have been lost. Air attack will begin at first light.

0316 | Rio Vista FD Brush 55 unit is dispatched, en route to the wildfire.

0251 | Video Photo Credit:  Alameda County FFD.

0151 | PG & E lines shut down.

0139 | Fish and Game helping with animal evacuations.

0052 | PG & E lines are down and still alive.  Request to company to shut down in the whole area.

0018 | Multiple structures are ablaze with fire on both sides of Wolf Creek Rd. Heading and due to impact Spring Valley Road heavily.

0003 | IC requests Sheriff to do another emergency mandatory evacuation alert for the entire Spring Valley area, all subdivisions and roads that lead to that area. Multiple structures on fire with civilians still in area.

June 23 – Saturday

2306 | Fire heading towards Indian Valley Reservoir.

2110 | Fire reached 400 + acres and making a run. All aircraft are off the fire for the night.

2044 | AA estimates fire at 200 acres. Helo was in process of mapping the fire.

1907 | AA reports 60-acre fire with moderate fire behavior and ROS on all flanks.

1804 | CAL FIRE notification of firefighters battling 75 acre fire.

RESOURCES

Personnel | There are currently 237 personnel which include 5 fire crews.

Equipment | There are 32 fire engines, 2 helicopters, 7 bulldozers and 2 water tenders.

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1715 Hours PDT

California Wildfire: #EasternFire | 1

BITTERWATER, Calif. – A fire burning off of Coalinga Road, just east of Bitterwater in San Benito County has consumed 513 acres of land.

Location

It is burning in the CAL FIRE – San Benito – Monterey service area.

Resources

There are 238 personnel assigned to this incident.  One of the units from San Rafael Fire returned back into their area on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

On June 5, 2018, the Incident Commander (IC) ordered 5 air tankers and 4 helicopters for the following day’s fire operations.

Photo Credit | San Rafael Fire

Containment Status

A 90% containment status has been reached on this fire.

(c) NW FIRE BLOG – Updated 1200 hours PDT

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

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#Breaking: Gopher Fire | California | Update 1

Updated 3 PM PST

 November 2016

A vegetation fire has broken out today around 12:30 PM PST in North County San Diego or on I-15 and Gopher Road (California), in a location where other fires have visited before.

Today, the fire has consumed about 28 acres but crews have reached a 50% containment status (around 2:50 PM PST).

Credit: CAL Fire

Credit: CAL Fire

The weather conditions are temps reaching almost up to 90* degrees with winds picking up. 5 homes were being threatened.

At one time or another, the I-15 (both directions) and Old Hwy 395 were said to be closed but have reopened.  Be alert when driving in the area, as drivers appear to be crashing through freeway barriers and driving the wrong area on the freeway to avoid the extreme heavy traffic.

Historical fire activity shows this is one spot fire crews appear to be responding to often, with no end in sight.  Due to unknown causes, fire crews are asking the motoring public to be more aware of your surroundings and help with fire prevention.

 August 2016

A fire broke out in early August in the I-15 and Gopher Canyon Rd area prompting a large fire response with up to 120 firefighters, air resources, evacuations and diverting traffic away from the freeway fire.

Credit: CAL Fire

Credit: CAL Fire

Acreage and cause unknown.

August 2015

A large wildfire broke out in North County of San Diego in August of 2015, South of SR76 and West of I-15 freeway.

Acreage and cause unknown.

July 2013

A fire ignited from an unknown source in July of 2013 on I-15 and Gopher Canyon Rd.  Unknown acreage scorched.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog

 

NEW CA Wildfire: Yucca Fire | Update 1

Updated 4:00 PM PST

Yucca Fire as seen from the air on 10-5-16.

The Yucca Fire was reported by a CAL Fire plane flying over the area on Saturday afternoon of November 5th.  It was deemed that lightning caused the wildfire to start burning North of Yucca Mountain, at the junction of Yucca Ridge and Pine Ridge in Sequoia National Park, California.

Four (4) acres of timber have been consumed due to the quick response and tireless fire suppression efforts by fire crews from the Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Forests.

There are no structures that have been effected and there are no evacuation in effect.

No injuries have been reported.

Fire Photography is Courtesy of Inciweb.

(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog