The Wildfire Report | Saddleridge Fire | CA | 2

We have picked up some wildifre incidents in the State of California. Here is a recap of the Saddleridge Fire for Monday, October 14, 2019.

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INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Started 10/10/2019 @ 2139 PDT
  • Located on Saddle Ridge Rd in Sylmar (Los Angeles), California
  • Originated at the 210 Fwy at the Yarnell exit
  • Unified Command – CAL FIRE with LA Co & City FDs and the USFS
  • Cause unknown & under investigation
  • Investigators have determined the origin of the fire but an unknown cause
  • Steep terrain

RESOURCES – INCIDENT COOPERATORS

  • Los Angeles City FD
  • Los Angeles County FD
  • USFS
  • CHP
  • LA County Public Health
  • LA City Dept of Animal Regulation
  • American Red Cross
  • LA Public Works
  • SoCal Edison
  • Salvation Army
  • LA Emergency Management Department
  • LA Dept of Rec & Parks
  • LA Dept of Water and Power
  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti

Credit | USFS – ANF’s FFs first on-scene of the brush fire-turned brush fire -turned firestorm.

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CURRENT FIRE STATUS

  • 8,391 acres destroyed
  • 44% contained
  • 1,000 firefighters assigned
  • Evacuations lifted – Repopulation efforts in process
  • Evacuation centers have been closed
  • Minimal fire behavior

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

  • Fire Investigators have located an area of origin by LAFD Arson Investigators as a 50′ x 70′ beneath a high voltage transmission line.
  • Over 100,000 reisdents were forced from their homes during the evacuation period, for a total of approximately 23,000 homes.
  • Fire jumped in multiple places over the 210 freeway causing an imminent life threat.
  • Fire reportedly jumps the 5 freeway.
  • Freeways 5 and 118 were both shutdown at the same time.
  • Santa Ana winds had gusts as high as 60 miles-per-hour at times in canyons and over passes.

Credit | Caltrans District 7 taken on October 11 at the I-5/SR 14 interchange

Fire in the hills near a closed freeway interchange where there are no cars and some traffic cones in lanes

HEROES IN ACTION

  • LA Co SO Deputy Yesenia Holwager and LASD Colleges Security Officer Brando Press assisted a stranded driver whose vehicle broke down with horses in tow to safety along with her animals to a shelter.  Deputy Holwager is also credited to saving hundreds of horses right before helping the stranded driver.

Credit | Media

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  • World Central Kitchen’s Chefs For California served dinner to shelters housing hundreds of evacuees.
  • The Salvation Army for feeding evacuees.
  • The Red Cross for shelters and assisting evacuees.

Credit | World Central Kitchen

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  • LAPD Mounted Police Unit who were called out to help evacuating large animals. They were able to save 30 horses through coordinated teamwork and tireless efforts.

Credit | LAPDCValenzuela (Twitter)

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Credit | LA County FD

CASUALTIES

  • 3 firefighters with minor injuries, one with an eye injury
  • 1 death from cardiac arrest – at hospital

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 23 structures destroyed
  • 17 structures damaged

Credit | Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office

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We send our sincere sympathy to the family of the wildfire victim that died of an apparent cardiac arrest at the hospital.  We wish the injured firefighters a speedy recovery andto those who have been greatly impacted by this firestorm and we send our love and thoughts your way  We are deeply sorry for what you have all endured. – Ed.

(Sources: LAFD, LAcoFD, LASD, Social Media, Inciweb and NIFC).

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/14/2019 @ 2115 PDT

The Wildfire Log | California | 9-21-2019 Saturday

The Wildfire Log is a Sit Rep for wildfires occurring in each state.  This is for the State of California.

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Nationally, there were 78 wildfires that started in the last 24 hours that required light initial attack activity. 3 were new large incidents. Crews have contained 4 large wildfires but 13 still remain burning. (NIFC, 9/21/2019)

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COW FIRE

Cow Fire smoke column and packing mules traveling to the fireline

Creidt | USFS – Inyo NF

Incident Summary | Started on 9/6/2019. Located in the Golden Trout Wilderness on the Inyo National Forest.  Lightning caused.  Fire fuels:  timber litter and understory.

Current Status | Being managed as a suppression fire with confine and contain strategy.  1,975 acres. 90% containment. $1.9 Million cost-to-date.

Resources | 31 personnel.

LIME FIRE

Early fire behavior on the Lime Fire

Credit | Klamath NF (Lime Fire)

Incident Summary | Started 9/5/2019 @ 1119 hours PDT. West of I-5, east of Klamath River in Lime Gulch on the Klamath National Forest. LIghtning caused. Fire fuels:  brush and timber.

Current Status | 1,873 acres. 99% contained.  Current suppression repair and backhaul is in progress.  Now in patrol status.

Resources | 215 personnel.

LOPEZ FIRE

Incident Summary | Started Saturday, 9/21/2019.  Located in the Upper Lopez Canyon Rd & Wittenberg Creek Road, just southeast of San Luis Obispo, California. In San Luis Obiispo County on the Los Padres National Forest.

Current Status | Majority of fire is in the National Forest. Evacuations in effect overnight for those who live in the area of Upper Lopez Canyon Road from Camp French North.   Details –>  twitter.com/slosheriff    250 acres. 0% contained.  Cause under investigation.

Resources | Unified Command w/CAL FIRE – San Luis Obispo Unit & Los Padres NF

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PG&E has reached a $11 Billion settlement with  insurance companies over the 2017 – 2018 wildfires in northern portion of the State. Covers 85% of insurance claims.  86 people were killed in the #CampFire which destroyed most of Paradise, California. (9/13/2019 Media)

KIDDER 2 FIRE

Happy Camp Crew 2 walking in off the Kidder Fire

Credit | USFS – KNF

Incident Summary | Fire started 9/5/2019, @ 1715 hours PDT. Located on Marble Mountain Wilderness and Kidder Creek, northwest of Etna, California on the Klamath National Forest. Siskiyou County. Lightning caused.  Fire fuels:  brush and timber.

Current Status | 227 acres burned. 50% contained.  Crews working to keep the fire south of Kidder Creek and west of Shelly Fork, as well as north/east of the Pacific Crest Trail.  $840,000 cost-to-date.

Resources | 25 personnel.  Transitioned from a KNF Type 3 to a local Type 4 Incident Commander.

TABOOSE FIRE

Taboose Fire 9/5/19 am. Photo by Jon Klusmire/Inyo County

Credit | USFS – Inyo NF

Incident Summary | Fire started 9/4/2019 @ 1830 PDT. Located southwest of Big Pine and northwest of Aberdeen, California in Inyo County. Lightning caused. Fire fuels:  Brush, short grass and timber.

Current Status | 10,293 acres.  65% contained.  Fire personnel will continue reinforce containment lines and patrol on the southern flank into the western flank.  To continue patrolling in Divisions Alpha, Bravo and Kilo, as well as suppression repair.  $9.6 Million cost-to-date.

Resources | 343 personnel. 15 hand crews. 8 engines and 5 helicopters.

BAUTISTA FIRE

Incident Summary | Started 9/15/2019, @ 1730 hours PDT. Located off of Bautista Rd and Tripp Flats, west of Hemet, California on the San Bernardino National Forest in Riverside County.  Fire fuels: Tall grass and chaparral.

Current Status | 167 acres burned. 95% contained. Cause under investigation. Burning within the South Fork Wilderness. Crews working to put out hot spots near the perimeter and within the interior of the fire. All non-USFS personnel have been released.

Resources | 75 personnel.

RESERVOIR FIRE

Aerial photo of Reservoir Fire

Creidt | CAL FIRE PIO

Incident Summary | Started Saturday, 9/21/2019. Located off of Calaveras Rd and Felter Rd, 5 miles northeast of Milpitas, California in Santa Clara County.

Current Status | 6 fires burning in the area. 2 have merged into one fire.  128 acres. 40% contained. Cause unknown and under investigation.

Limited details.

KENNEDY FIRE

Incident Summary | Started Saturday, 9/21/2019. Reported @ 1722 hours PDT.  Located near Lake Perris off of Moreno Beach and John F. Kennedy Drives in Riverside County.    This is a CAL FIRE  / Riverside Co FD incident.  Incident #CA-RRU-1212824.

Current Status | 110 acres burned. 0% contained. Cause under investigation.

Resources | 150 firefighters, 2 overhead personne, 17 engines, 2 air tankers, 9 hand crews, 1 water tender, 2 bulldozers, Fire PIO.  Cooperators:  CAL FIRE/Riverside, Riverside Co FD, CA State Parks

SOUTH FIRE

Incident Summary | Fire started 9/5/2019. Located southeast aspect of Tomhead Mtn and 15 miles south of Platina, California and west of Red Bluff. Tehama County on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.  Burning in a remote and very rugged area. Lightning caused.

Current Status | 5,209 acres burned. 61 % contained.  2 structures destroyed. $8 Million cost-to-date.

Resources | 328 fire personnel. 5 crews, 3 engines, 1 helicopter. Transitioned from the CA IMT Team 16 back to the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

WALKER FIRE

Incident Summary | 11 miles east of Taylorsville on the Plumas National Forest. Fire fuels:  timber and medium logging slash.

Current status | 54,612 acres. 98% contained. Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering and backing.  $33.5 Million cost-to -date. 9 structures destroyed.

Resources | 519 personnel. 6 crews, 26 engines, 3 helicopters.  CA Team 10 managing fire.

MIDDLE FIRE

Incident Status | Located on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, 11 miles northeast of Junction City, California. Fire Fuels:  timber and brush.

Current Status | Minimal fire behavior with creeping, smoldering, back. 1,335 acres. 76% contained. $350,000 cost-to-date.

Resources | 192 personnel. 4 crews, 3 engines and 2 helicopters.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/21/2019 @ 2355 hours PDT

The Wildfire Log | California | August 16, 2019

Due to the large number of large incidents burning across the United States, we will be breaking down wildfires burning in each State separately. We may miss one or a few but we promise, we will get caught up as we glean information from various verified sources.

Border 8 Fire | 1,500 acres | 60% contained

The Border 8 Fire is in the City of Tecate, southeast of San Deigo in Mexico County. The cause of this wildfire is unknown and under investigation.  Currently, they are in Unified Command with CAL Fire and Mexican Fire Agency Consulate Emergency Services FD.  At this time, the fire is threatening the City of Tecate, Mexico.

Border 9 Fire | 80 acres | 100% contained

The Border 9 Fire was located off of Marron Valley Road and Border Road, southeast of Dulzura in San Diego County.   The fire started on 8/15/2019 at 2:35pm from an unknown cause.  Fire agency deployed was with the CAL Fire’s San Diego County FD.

Cottage Fire | 156 acres | 90% contained

The Cottage Fire started on 8/15/2019 @ 1509 hours on Dersch Road and Cottage Hill Drive, northeast of Anderson.  The cause, like others are unknown and under investigation for the CAL Fire’s Shasta-Trinity Unit.  There are still 8 personnel assigned to this incident.

Gaines Fire | 1,300 acres  | 5% contained

The Gaines Fire started on 8/16/2019 from a cause that is unknown and under investigation. It is located in Mt. Gaines Road x Bear Valley Road in Bear Valley (Mariposa County).  CAL FIRE’s Madera – Mariposa – Merced Unit firefighters are deployed on this incident.

–> Evacuation Advisory |  Bear Valley, Pendola Garden Road and Hwy 49 <–

Hunter Fire | 423 acres | 60% contained

The Hunter Fire is located about 6 miles southwest of Bear Valley in the Merced-Mariposa Unit of CAL Fire’s area.  Fire fuels include tall grass.  Fire behavior is moderate.  There are currently, 77 fire personnel along with 2 crews, 13 engines.  Cost-to-date is $250,000.

Mill Fire | 310 acres | 98% contained

The Mill fire is located on USFS land on the Los Padres National Forest and 5 miles east of Lucia.  At this time 310 acres of timber, chaparral and tall grass have been consumed.

Arrowhead Hotshot crew buggies

Mill Fire | Credit: USFS

There are still 25 fire personnel assigned with 1 engine.  Cost-to-date in suppression and containment expenses have reached $5.1 Million Dollars.

Moose Fire | 225 acres | 95% contained

The Moose fire started on 8/12/2019 @ 1710 hours PDT off of Moose Road and Bus McGall Road NW, northwest of Hopland.  The CAL Fire’s Mendocino Unit is the one working this incident.

Patterson Fire | 35 acres | 90% contained

The Patterson Fire started on 8/15/2019, from an unknown cause and is still under investigation. This fire is located on Patterson Drive, south of Placerville in El Dorado County.  Fire crews are mopping up hot spots and patrolling throughout the night.  Fire Unit:  CAL Fire’s Amador-El Dorado Unit.  All evacuation orders have been lifted.  There are 2 engines and 10 fire personnel attache

 

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated 2100 hours PDT on 8/16/2019

Disaster News | California Areas Touched by Aftershocks

UPDATE 3 – JULY 7, 2019 – SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.  It was being called a foreshock (prior to the actual quake).

A 7.1M rocked the Ridgecrest area on July 5th causing widespread power outages, gas leaks, structure fires and many EMS calls, with most of them being for short of breath incidents.  Roads were reported buckling and separating roadways, all the way across.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

Epicenter | Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake | 150 miles N of Los Angeles

Credit: US Military

The NAWS China Lake Station is about 150 miles north of Los Angeles and at the epicenter. No casualties or injuries were reported. All buildings were found to be structurally sound and still standing.

Kern County | Commercial Structural Damage 

On July 6th, the Governor of California was out to businesses and areas to view the hardest hit areas.

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Credit: CA Gov Office

Kern Co Damage | GOP Leader Visit

On the afternoon of July 5th, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy met with local Officials and 1st Responders to discuss post-earthquake efforts and tour some of the damaged areas firsthand in Kern County.

Kern County | Mobile Home Park

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Businesses suffered greatly. | Credit: Kevin McCarthy, GOP Leader

City of Trona | 20 miles E of Ridgecrest

The City of Trona’s one and only water pipeline has been reported to have several cracks.  Repairs are currently ongoing and they are working to fix their main water resources.  On July 6, 2019, after the quake hit – there were reports of being extremely hit hard and had no power or water.

Between Trona & Ridgecrest | SR 178

CHP and CALtrans District 9 assess one of the major roadways at night of a serious large fracture.  This is on SR 178 between Trona and Ridgecrest.

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Credit: CALtrans

Kern County | Ridgecrest Regional Hospital

After the 6.4M quake on Thursday, July 4th, the hospital began evacuating some patients due to reported structural damage inside the building. No word on any further damage after the 7.1M quake on Friday or if additional patients were moved from the facilities.   An ambulance strike team from Bakersfield was due to assist with evacuations.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS:

CAL OES | Local Leaders giving briefings

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Credit: CAL OES

 Los Angeles County FD | OES Haz-Mat 811 is surveying the damage.

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Credit: LACoFD

Orange County Fire Authority | OCFA Heavy Rescue 6 out at the China Lake Naval Weapons Center conducting a damage assessment at the facility.

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Credit: OCFA PIO

DISASTER FACT | The Searles and Little Areas are being touched by many Aftershocks in the last 24-48 hours.

Public Health Deployed | Kern Co FD – OES

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Credit: KCFD – OES

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Closures | Ridgecrest DMV * CLOSED * Monday, July 8th.  Appointments will be honored at nearby field offices. This location is being inspected for structural damage and making repairs. (dmv.ca.gov)

Free Transportation | Trona area residents can receive FREE transportation at the high school to the Ridgecrest Shelter located at the Kerr McGee Center.

Red Cross Services | The Red Cross is currently distributing water, food, clean up kits in the communities of Trona and Ridgecrest.  These are FREE services.

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Credit: ARC

Natural Gas Service | PGE reminds its customers that if you have HAD your gas turned off, not to turn it back on yourselves but to call 800-743-5000 to have service resumed.

Crisis Support | Quakes can be stressful, for Mental Health Crisis Support, contact the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline at 800-991-5272 or the local Crisis Support Center at 760-463-2880.

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage |  Kern County/Ridgecrest residents only by calling 760-499-5083 or contact by email:  quakedamage@ridgecrest-ca.gov

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA | Taken from Eyewitness Accounts Reported on Social Media

“It was like violent shaking, things breaking.”

“No damage in Anaheim reported. Keep 9-1-1 lines open for emergencies.” – Anheim PD

The strongest quake to hit Southern CAL in 20 years.” – Media

Multiple tweets sent to President, asking for assistance. – Multiple Users

“San Bernardino County reported no injuries, but significant instrastructure damage.” – Media user.

“I could feel the quake all the way down here.” – Las Vegas (NV) resident.

“Ridgecrest is far from LA. It felt small compared to aftershocks of Northridge in 1994.  They (Ridgecrest) does not have the population or infrastructure LA has. There is no damage here (LA).” – Media poster.

“There’s quite a bit of damage that needs to be fixed. We have red tags everywhere and the assessment isn’t even done yet. There’s a lot not being showing on the news.” – Media user.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2111 Hours PDT 

Disaster News | California Suffers From Another Large Quake

UPDATE 2 – JULY 6, 2019 – SATURDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

What appeared as an isolated incident of a single quake with multiple aftershocks, turned out to be nothing more than a fore shock and something we don’t hear much about – until today.  The original large quake that would shake near the Ridgecrest area of Kern County, California was measured at 6.4M. This occurred on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

DISASTER FACT | 200+ Quakes measured 2.5M + have occurred between both the 6.4M – 7.1M quakes. – USGS

Today’s large quake originally measured at 6.9M has been elevated to a 7.1M with more aftershocks to come in the following minutes, to hours, to days or even months.

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

SOCIAL MEDIA

We have currently signed off and going out of service on this incident as we will be out of town this weekend but staying on the Ridgecrest Earthquake Fire news watch.  We will continue postings but they may be delayed.

To stay more up-to-date on fire news coverage, please follow us on our Twitter @nwfireblog for live updates. Please stay safe out there, wherever you may travel or be deployed to. We appreciate everything you all are doing out there.  #FireResources

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 00:15 PDT 

Disaster News | California Shaken By Large Quake, Aftershocks

UPDATE 1 – JULY 5, 2019 – FRIDAY

A large earthquake shook the Ridgecrest, California area on Thursday, July 4, 2019, which startled a lot of people.

The Kern County EOC was activated due to the large earthquake and aftershocks. This evening, a larger quake measured at 6.9+ with some reports stating as high as a 7.1M occurred, prompting Fire Agencies to start checking their Fire Stations.

Call volume has increased with firefighters responding to calls related to breathing difficulties, structure and grass fires and gas leaks, as well as HAZMAT calls.

SHELTER 

An American Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Kerr McGee Community Center located at 100 W California Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA.

 PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

How to Prepare for Emergencies | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/mobile-apps.html

When to Do When the Shaking Starts | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

How to Prep for Aftershocks | https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/earthquake.html

Report Structural Damage | Ridgecrest residents only | 760-499-5083. City or County inspections are onsite.

Donations for Quake Victims | Red Cross | 800-RED-CROSS or go to redcross.org

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2220 Hours PDT

The Wildfire Log: CAL Fire’s Wolf Fire

CAL FIRE resources from the Riverside Unit were dispatched to a wildfire around this morning.  The fire named the WOLF FIRE is located off of Lamb Canyon Road and California Avenue, southeast of Beaumont in Riverside County in an unincorporated area in the State of California.

Just before noon, the fire had scorched just over 15 acres and fire behavior was moderate to a dangerous rate of spread.  Air support was en route.

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Credit: CAL FIRE Riverside FD/ Sudmeier

About ten minutes later, Air Attack was saying the fire was more than 20-plus acres and quickly growing.  At the time there was an additional resources that included two additional tankers and a Type 2 copter with crew that was the closest available.

All-in-all, there was a total of 340 acres burned.  Resources were in overhaul mode around 1540 hours PDT and will remain overnight to gain a 100% containment status.  At the time of this posting, fire crews have reached a 40% containment status.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1930 Hours PDT.

 

The Wildfire Log | Lumgrey Fire | CA | 1

UPDATE 1 | JUNE 19, 2019

A wildfire named the LUMGREY Fire ignited on Monday, June 17, 2019, around 1800 hours from an unknown source, which is currently under investigation.  It started as two separate fires that merged together. The incident is off of CA Hwy 96 and near Lumgrey Creek on the Klamath National Forest in Siskiyou County, California.

There are approximately 266 total personnel along with an US Forest Service – Klamath NF IC E. Willy is in charge of Fire Command.  Some resources were dispatched on Tuesday from neighboring Eldorado National  Forest and CAL FIRE  to assist with the wildfire.

CHP lead drivers as an escort on Hwy 96 for local traffic only.

Help from above also arrived with airtankers based out of the Medford Airtanker Base making drops about 18,000 gallons of retardant and spending a whopping $94,000!

The forward movement of the fire and its behavior is expected to be at a minimal impact but there were legitimate concerns when the fire was reported on June 18th, that it had jumped the Klamath River.

As more assessments are made of the total fire perimeter, there may be a readjustment of total acres burned.  At the time of this post, there was about 207 acres destroyed.

Crews have reached a total 60% containment as this evening.  They will, however, continue to work on securing and improving lines around the fire which will increase the containment number.

Evacuation warnings for Dutch Creek and Empire Creek were lifted.  Previous evacuation warnings were also given to those who live near the Gottsville area. (June 17).

Fire images | Photo Credit:  USFS – Klamath NF. Courtesy of: Inciweb

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1910 hours PDT

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