ZOGG FIRE | CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE | SIT REP 1

ZOGG WILDFIRE

SIT REP 1 | SEPTEMBER 27, 2020

Photo Credit | Alert Wildfire

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INCIDENT SUMMARY 

A new wildfire is burning in California. The ZOGG FIRE ignited around 1500 hours PT on Sunday, September 27, 2020, off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird lane, north of Igo in Shasta County, California. This is the western portion of the County.

As of 1605 hours, fire has said to have already burned 400 acres.  There is a 0% containment status at this time.

ABOUT TOWNS OF IGO and ONO

Igo, is a small unincorporated town with about 625 residents, about 9 miles west of Redding.  Its neighboring town is Ono, which is 4 miles west of Igo.  It is home to the Northern CA Veteran’s Cemetery.  The town also has a post office, several hotels, an elementary school and general store.

FIRE OPERATIONS

CURRENT STATUS

1613 | Fire has jumped Platina Road to the south near Junkans Road. This is closer to Ono then Ino. (Scanner reporter)

1535 | Fire has destroyed 400 acres. 0% contained. (CAL FIRE SHU)

1511 | Reports of persons trapped on Zogg Mine Rd. Fire has spotted down to Cloverdale Road and Clear Creek Road, about 2 miles away. (Scanner Reporter)

1501 | New start.  First due crews reporting 100+ acres. IC requested 10 additional engines and large air tankers. Evacuations in effect. (Scanner Reporter)

EVACUATIONS

1642 | COLLECTION POINT – Holiday Market. 20635 Gas Point Rd. Cottonwood.

1558 | MANDATORY – ALL AREAS SOUTH OF SOUTH FORK RD, ZOGG MINE ROAD. SOUTH ALONG GAS POINT CORRIDOR, ALL ALONG GAS POINT ROAD TO FOSTER DRIVE. (CAL FIRE SHU)

1509 | WEST OF ZOGG MINE RD (Shasta Co Sheriff Office). CAL FIRE SHU Firefighters on-scene of 50 acres in Igo at Zogg Mine x Horse Canyon Way in Shasta County (CAL FIRE SHU)

CLOSURES

1521 |  WHISKEYTOWN NRA.  Fire is burning towards the south side of the park.

1519 |  CLEAR CREEK ROAD, CLOVERDALE ROAD, PLACER ROAD, MULETOWN ROAD. (CAL FIRE SHU)

EYEWITNESS ACCOUNTS

1618 | Fire can be seen from Keswick Dam Road. (Eyewitness account)

1557 | Smoke plume can be seen from Redding and Red Bluff. (Fire camera)

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1554 | Fire threatening the Town of Igo. (Eyewitness account)

1547 | Fire can been seen from Rainbow Lake (Fire Camera)

1543 | Smoke column can be seen on the fire camera.  (Credit:  Alert Wildfire)

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/27/2020  1745 PT

GLASS FIRE | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

GLASS FIRE | EAST OF CALISTOGA, CA

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SIT REP | SEPTEMBER 27, 2020 | SUNDAY

INCIDENT SUMMARY

0444 | Sonoma-Lake-Napa Unit firefighters on-scene at 20 acre vegetation fire with dangerous rate-of-spread near 200 block of North Fork Crystal Springs Road in Deer Park. (CAL FIRE)

The cause is unknown and under investigation by CAL FIRE.

CURRENT FIRE OPERATIONS, STATUS

0742 | Fire is 800 acres. 0% containment. Winds are expected throughout the day as forcasted. Evacuations are in effect. (CAL FIRE)

1011 | Fire jumped Silverado Trail and Calistoga. Police called it in to Dispatch. (Twitter)

1027 | Another fire is sparked near SR 12 near the Deerfield Ranch winery in Kenwood. (CHP)

1035 | Retardant drops above the Davis Winery are being made. (Twitter)

1056 | Fire crews are on the eastside Napa Valley, east of Silverado Trail cross of Bale Lane.  Burnout operations are being conduct

1132 | Active fire in area near Bell Canyon. Burning back on itself as it backs down into the canyon. Resources trying to hold it from coming up the ridge to Deer Park Road. Winds are gusty but not strong. (Media)

1150 | Fire is at 1,000 acres. 0% contained. Public information 707-967-4207.

1159 | Smoky haze covering the Cameros in the southern Napa Valley. (Media)

1201 | Fire grows to 1,000 acres. 0% contained. (Media)

1204 | Fire above the Winery. Retardant being laid down above it. (Twitter)

 

1210 | Air quality declining in Sonoma County.  (Twitter)

1234 | Division Alpha –> Right Flank.  Has Deer Park and Silverado Trail.  Fire running downhill from Alpha to Whiskey Division. (IC)

1238 | Tankers working retardant down towards Bell Canyon Reservoir. (Twitter)

1249 | 1000 acres. 0% contained. (CAL FIRE)

1253 | 1200 acres. 0% contained. (CAL FIRE)

RESOURCES

0643 | Strike Team is deployed. (CAL FIRE CZU)

1027 | All stations are fully staffed, including E22 – a wildland engine.  They are also committed to this incident.  (Santa Rosa FD)

1141 | VLATs are on the fire and working steadily. (Twitter)

1205 | Resources are still arriving on-scene (Twitter)

1210 | Tanker 227 ETA 1257 PT (Scanner Feed)

1215 | 2 additional Strike Team Type 3 requested (Scanner Feed)

1222 | Task Force 2399 from Sonoma County is en route to incident. (IC)

1243 | CA National Guard members deployed. H-60 Black Hawk, GUARD 847 landed at Ukiah for fuel then 30 ETA. (Eight One ECHO)

EVACUATIONS

0450 |  Deer Park Rd to Crystal Springs Road. (CAL FIRE)

0453 | St. Helena Hospital to shelter-in-place. (Twitter)

Photo Credit | Napa County Sheriff’s Office

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0604 | Silverado Trail cross to Larkmead Lane through to Deer Park Road. Community of Deer Park. (CAL FIRE)

0618 | All of Crystal Springs Road and North Fork Crystal Springs Road. (CAL FIRE)

0646 | Eastside of Silverado Trail from Larkmead Road to Deer Park Road. Both sides of Deer Park Road up to Crestmont including Sanitarium Road. (CAL FIRE)

0706 | College Avenue at Howell Mtn Road to White Cottage Rd; all of Freisen Drive. All roads west of College Avenue and Freisen Driven. All of Lommel Road. (CAL FIRE)

Photo Credit | Napa County Sheriff’s Office

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0908 | SHELTER –> Crosswalk Community Church –> 2590 First Street, Napa. (CAL FIRE)

0911 | Ambulance strike team, fire units called to evacuate Adventist Health St. Helena Hospital to evacuate. (Media)

0940 | San Francisco FD puts out a call out on Social Media for an immediate need for Medic Mutual Aid. 4 of their own Medic units and a Rescue Captain is dispatched to St. Helena Hospital to help with evacuation of the hospital. (SFFD)

0941 | Adventist Health Hospital in St. Helena being fully evacuated. (Media)

1052 | Napa CART (Napa Community Animal Rescue Team) has been activated.  Call 707-732-1555 with animal evacuation. (Napa CART)

1107 | St. Helena Hospital calling for all EMS, Medics to help evacuate the hospital. (Twitter)

1245 | East side of Silverado Trail from Lommel Road north to Picket Road to include all addresses on Picket Road. (CAL FIRE)

 

Photo  Credit | San Francisco FD Image

HORSE EVACUATIONS  –> Napa Valley Horsemen’s Association. 1200 Foster Road, Napa. Call Ahead –> 707-732-1555 before you arrive. (Napa Valley Horsemen’s Assoc)

PET SHELTER –> Napa County Animal Services. 942 Hartle Ct. Call ahead 707-253-4382. Write your # on belly with sharpie Heart. (Napa County Animal Services)

PET RESCUE –> Animal Evacuations. Call 707-732-1555. (Napa Community Animal Rescue Team)

HUMAN EVACUATIONS –> Call 9-1-1 or Napa Dispatch. 707-253-4517 for assistance.

PET CARRIERS –> Don’t have a carrier? You can use a pillow case. (Halter Project – @halterproject) https://www.halterproject.org/blog/panchos-pillowcase-evacuation-practice

1400 | Adventist Health Hospital in St. Helena suspends on a temporary basis all patient care services and surgeries due to fire in nearby area.

WEATHER

1201 | Wind howling periodically in Boyes Hot Springs. Smoke increasing. (Twitter)

1325 | RED FLAG WARNING for mountains and valleys in Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties. 0500 – 1700 tomorrow. (NWS)

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INFRASTRUCTURE

POWER SHUTDOWNS –> PG&E Conducts Public Safety Power Shutoffs in Response to High-Wind Event, Scope of Event Reduced to 65k. First Wave of 11k Public Safety Power Shutoffs Completed Sunday Morning; Second Wave of 54k Customers in Central Sierra Begins Sunday Afternoon

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CLOSURES

ROAD CLOSURES –>  Multiple local roadway closures. Visit 511.org (511 SF Bay)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/27/2020 1440 PT

AUGUST COMPLEX | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

AUGUST COMPLEX | HUMBOLDT and MENDOCINO Counties

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Photo Credit | USFS

SIT REP 1 | September 19, 2020

Operations in the Hull Mountain area - Sept. 11, 2020. US Forest Service photo.

INCIDENT SUMMARY:

The AUGUST COMPLEX is made up of several wildfires include the DOE FIRE that is burning on the Mendocino National Forest in counties of Humboldt and Mendocino.

The incident started on August 16, 2020 in the Mendocino National Park.

“This is the State’s largest wildfire. Ever.” – CA Fire Foundation

UNIFIED COMMAND:

Command is Unified Command with Mendocino National Forest, CAL FIRE Mendocino Unit and the Humboldt Del Norte Unit.

Almost a million acres or more accurately 832,891 acres have been destroyed from this lightning-caused wildfire.  Fire crews have reached a 30% containment status.

mountain on fire and with smoke from an angle

Doe Fire

RESOURCES:

There are 2,149 total personnel assigned to the incident along with 52 crews that represent from 4 Fire Agencies.  Additionally, there are 17 helicopters, 195 engines, 72 dozers and 49 water tenders, which is so unheard of in the past but more common in today’s world.

Incident Cooperators | Humboldt County OES, Yolo-Solano AQMD, South Metro Fire Rescue, Shasta-Trinity NF, Mendocino NF, CA Fire Foundation, Six Rivers NF,  County of Sonoma, Red Cross, Swinteron Renewable, Sarasota County FD, San Lorenzo Valley Water District, BLM California.

HEARD FROM THE FIRE GROUND 

Firefighters have been for the last month fighting multiple lightning caused wildfires, with this one being the biggest in the State of California. Ever. Here are the eyewitness accounts from the fire ground first hand through photos and despictions.

Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

After fighting fires for the past 24 days, AEU Strike Team 9272C is leaving the LNU Lightning Complex and now heading to their 4th fire assignment since August 18th. They took a moment to recognize 9-11 heroes today before their next assignment.

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Photo Credit | SCG Emergency Services

Sarasota County Fire Department Wildfire Mitigation Specialist David Cavanaugh is temporarily assigned to the August Complex fire near Stonyford, California. Thank you David for all your hard work keeping others safe!

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Photo Credit | Flower Mound MD 

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On today’s 24 hour shift at the #AugustComplex West Zone, Strike Team 139 has been assisting other hand crews with back burning operations. These operations use fire to remove fuels between the containment line and the active fire.

Photo Credit | South Metro Fire Rescue

BRE41’s wildland team is working the night shift on the #AugustComplex fire in #California under the Redding Command Team. Firefighters are setting up sprinkler systems for structure protection. This system is setup in a nearby creek to protect 10 homes. Briefings held virtually.

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Photo Credit | McKinney Fire (TX)

The MFD crew in California coming off a 24-hour shift on the line at the August Complex Fire. The crew spent the day doing structure protection prep — then shifted to a massive 2 mile firing operation all night. #californiafires #wildfires2020 #TIFMAS  

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Photo Credit | US Army North #JFLCCCresponds @USArmyNorth (Twitter)

Every single foot of hose must be carried in & placed by hand to help reinforce dozer lines & prepare for burnout operations-14th BEB Soldiers & USFS wildland firefighters are working together to build fire lines, remove fuels & slow the spread of the August Complex fire.

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Photo Credit | Fort Worth FD

Strike team #139 which includes 8 of #yourFWFD firefighters continues to work the August complex fire in Northern California. We will update as we get information.

Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

A NWS Burlington IMET is in the Command Post. This wildfire is near Elk Creek, CA.

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EVACUATIONS:

  • Zone AB: South of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, west of Eden Creek, north of Salt Flat and east of Salt Creek
  • Zone AC: East of Brushy Mountain, south of the fire road on Salt Flat, west of Eden Valley and north of Bald Mountain
  • Zone E: South of the county line, east of the National Forest boundary, north of Forest Highway 7 and west of the county line near the M2.

“In 2020, there was a total of 3,400,000 acres burned. 25 Souls lost their lives.”                         – CA Fire Foundaiton

  • Zone C: North of the M1, East of the National Forest Boundary, south of Forest Highway 7.
  • Zone B: West of Evacuation Zone A, North of Jack Hollow Creek and Thatcher Creek, East of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, South of Green Lambert Canyon through Bentley Basin to the M1 and South of the M1, to include Timber Ridge, and Bentley Ridge, and Hayshed Basin.

  • Zone A: West of the county line, south of Anthony Peak and North of Hull Mountain.
  • Zone F: East of the National Forest boundary near Garcia Creek, South of Thatcher Creek, west of the County Line and North of the County Line on Hull Mountain.
  • Zone H: West of the National Forest Boundary, North of Thomas Creek and the Eel River, East of Twin Bridges Creek, South of Bald Mountain
  • Zone I: West of Elk Creek, South of Deep Hole Creek, North of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone J: East of Elk River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley, south of Thatcher Creek.
  • Zone W: West of the Eel River, north of Deep Hole Creek, east of Eden Valley including the entire valley floor, south of Eden Creek.
  • Lake County:  All areas north of Pack Saddle; west of Lake County line; East of the Lake County line.
View of the fire Sunday evening

Rockwell Fire

EVACUATION WARNINGS:

  • Zone S: South of the County Line, East of Bell Springs Rd, North of Bell Springs Creek and West of the North Fork of the Eel River.
  • Zone Q: South of the County Line, West and North of the North Fork of the Eel River, North and East of Bald Mountain Road.
  • Zone D: South and East of the Eel river, North of Bentley Basin and West of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone N: North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River including the Eel River Ranger Station and Black Butte Store, West and South of the National Forest Boundary, East of Williams Creek.
  • Zone U – South of the County Line, east and north of the East Branch of the South Fork of the Eel River, west of Bell Springs Rd.
  • Zone T – South of Bell Springs, east of Bell Springs Rd, north of Iron Peak and Simmerly Rd, west of the Eel River.
  • Zone R – West of and south of Mina Rd, south of the North Fork of Eel River, east of the Eel River.
  • Zone P – South of the County Line, east of Mina Rd, north of Hulls Valley Rd and west of Hulls Creek.
  • Zone O – South of the County Line, east of Hulls Creek, north of Mendocino Pass Rd, and west of Williams Creek
  • Zone L: South and West of Mendocino Pass Rd, West of The Middle Fork of the Eel River, north of Eel River Ranch Rd, East of Hill Rd and Short Creek Rd.
  • Zone K: West and North of the Middle Fork of the Eel River, East of Redwine Spring, South of Hill Rd and Eel River Ranch Rd.
  • Zone X: North of Eden Creek, East of Hearst Willits Rd, South and West of the Eel River.
  • Zone G: West of the County Line, North of the Eel River and Van Aresdale Reservoir, East of the Eel River, South of the National Forest Boundary.
  • Zone AD: South and west of the Eel River, north of Foster Mountain Road, east of the ridge west of Willits Road
  • Zone AE: North of Twin Bridges Creek, east of the Eel River, south of Brushy Creek and west of Brushy Mountain
  • Zone AN: South of Highway 162 and the Eel River, west of Salt Creek, north of Brushy Creek and the Eel River, east of Highway 162.
  • Zone AQ: North of the Eel River, south and east of Highway 162, west of Redwine Spring.
  • Lake County:  Pillsbury Ranch Area; North of M-1; South of Lake county line; East of the Lake County line.
Airtanker support on the Doe Fire

Doe Fire

ROAD CLOSURES

  • Private Driveway to Murphy Creek
  • Bell Springs closed to north bound traffic at Lundblade Ranch Road
  • Mina Road is closed to north bound traffic at the bridge over the North Fork of the Eel River
  • Mendocino Pass Road closed to east bound traffic just east of the Williams Creek Bridge
  • Hearst Willits Road at the bridge, closed to east bound traffic
  • Hearst Willits Road at the Eel River Bridge
  • FH7 at M1 to Eel River

EVACUATION SHELTERS

MENDOCINO COUNTY | Covelo High School, 76280 High School Street, Covelo, CA.

TRINITY COUNTY | Southern Trinity High School, 600 Van Duzen Road.

HUMBOLDT COUNTY | Contact Fire Information line. Phone #707-268-2500 to be connected to available resources.

ANIMAL EVACUATION CENTERS

SMALL ANIMALS | Ukiah Animal Shelter. 298 Plant Road, Ukiah, CA 95482.

SMALL / LARGE ANIMALS | round Valley Rodeo Grounds. 22830 South Airport Road, Covelo, CA.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There has been 5 structures damaged and 51 destroyed.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/19/2020 1950 PT

RIVER FIRE | CALIFORNIA | SIT REP 1

RIVER FIRE

UPDATE 1 | AUGUST 16, 2020

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Photo Credit | PG&E

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The RIVER FIRE is located in Pine Canyon and River Road, just south of Salinas (Monterey County) in the State of California. It was sparked on Sunday, August 16, 2020 around 1456 hours PT.

Fire is in Unified Command with CAL FIRE San Benito-Monterey Unit and Monterey County Regional FD.

Incident Cooperators:  Monterey County Sheriff Office.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has destroyed 150 acres but fire crews have been able to reach a 20% containment status.

Evacuation advisory in effect. (Level 1 – Notification).  A shelter has been set-up. Road closures are also in effect.

RESOURCES

There are 190 total personnel along with 4 crews, 2 helicopters, 18 engines, 4 dozers, 4 water tenders and 6 air tankers.

EVACUATION INFO

Evacuation warnings are in effect for the following areas:

  • Mt. Toro Access Roads
  • San Benancio Road from Troy Lane to Corral De Tierra
  • Corral Del Cielo Road
  • Lucie Lane
  • Covey lane

A shelter is opening up at the Carmel Valley Library (Masks are required for entry).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There have been 2 firefighters have suffered heat-related injuries.

30 structures are under threat.

CLOSURES

Road closures include Corral del Cielo and Mt. Toro Access Roads.

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1600 PT

 

LAKE FIRE | CA SIT REP | 4

LAKE FIRE

Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

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PC: LACoFD PIO

UPDATE 4 – Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The LAKE FIRE started on August 12, 2020 around 1538 PT and quickly erupted into a firestorm without any warning prompting mandatory evacuations as residents began to flee the extreme and high flames.  Some reported the flames burning horizontally which some of us who have been covering wildfire news have never seen/heard about.

It is currently burning 17 miles west of Lancaster on Lake Hughes Road and Prospect Road in southwest Lake Hughes.

Environment is steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain.

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PC: SoCal Air Ops

CURRENT STATUS

There has been 17,862 acres of timber, brush and chaparral destroyed. There is a 12% containment status.  Fire behavior is extreme with running, spotting and group torching.

Overnight operations reported very active fire overnight due to poor Rh and instability. Fire had spread due to gusty winds and spotting.  Temps were in the 70-80’s.

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PC: LACoFD PIO

Fire Weather expects to top out in the 90-100’s with very hot and dry conditions with light winds in the morning and gusty out of the southwest in the afternoon. Possible thunderstorms to occur with anticipated plume dominated fire behavior.

There are still 4,570 structures threatened, including communities and energy infrastructure.

PERSONNEL

The Incident is in Unified Command with Angeles National Forest (Lead Agency) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  Fire management is currently being operated by the CA Team 5, a Type 1 IMT.

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PC: SCV Sheriff

Incident Cooperators include the LA CO SO – Palmdale  – Santa Clarita – Lancaster – Crescenta Valley – Altadena – Malibu, CHP, County of LA Public Works, County of LA Animal Care and Control, County of LA Parks and Rec, Red Cross and Southern CA Edison, CAL FIRE, SCV SO, Chino Valley FD, So CAL Air Ops, LA Co Fire Ops, LA Co Firefighters Local 1014, Ventura County FD, IMET Matt Mehle (Incident Meteorologist).

There are 1,311 personnel and equipment that includes 21 crews, 13 helicopters, 165 engines, 24 bulldozers and 23 water tenders.

EVACUATION ORDERS

Evacuations are still in effect for:

  • Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon
  • North of Dry Gulch Road
  • East of Ridge Route Road
  • West of Hughes Road and Fire Station 78
  • North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road
  • South of SR 138
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PC: LA Co Fire Ops

EVACUATION SHELTERS

Evacuation Centers currently open are the following:

  • Highland HS.  39055 25th Street, West Palmdale CA 93551

NOTE:  Evaucees with small animals can relocate to evacuation points where individual needs will be assessed by the Red Cross.  You must remain inside your vehicle per the Los Angeles County Public Health Mandate.

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PC: Angeles NF

ANIMAL CARE

Animal Care locations are the following:

  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (LARGE ANIMALS ONLY). 1326 West Avenue , Palmdale, CA 93550

CLOSURES

  • Castaic Lake (both upper/lower) – Firefighters are using the lake and surrounding areas for their fire camp. Closed until further notice

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

  • 3 structures damaged
  • 21 outbuildings destroyed
  • 12 structures destroyed
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PC: Chino Valley FD

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Erickson Aero Tanker 101 is en route from Denver (Colorado) will be the first to conduct a crew change at Norton San Bernardino Tanker Base then on to the fire incident. – So Cal Air Ops (8/16/2020)

An angry looking wildfire was seen from the airport. – Twitter User (8/16/2020 1035PT)

As fire continues to grow, thinking of the families who’ve just lost their homes in the middle of a pandemic. It’s unthinkable. Deeply grateful to everyone working tirelessly to prevent further losses. Remember, to heed evacuation warnings from local Officials. – Kamala Harris, Democratic VP candidate (8/13/2020)

As night falls, the flames continue to rage on and the smoke turns the sky black. – ABC News (8/12/2020)

Winds picked up hardcore. Burning horizontally. Mass evacuations of firefighters pulling back. This is the most erratic I have ever seen in my LA career covering wildfires. – Fox LA/video (8/12/2020)

Not enough attention being given to this major wildfire. It’s only 4 hours old and 11,000 acres are gone. Could be a real ecological disaster for the Forest. It’s a hot, climate change helped, leave-nothing behind type inferno. – Climate Activist/video (8/12/2020)

I have never seen anything like this. The [fire] is moving fast towards Lake Hughes. It created a fire tornado on a hill and sucking everything inside. – ABC News/video (8/12/2020)

Unreal fire behavior. – Fire News Reporter/video (8/12/2020)

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1240 PT

 

LAKE FIRE | CA SIT REP | =3

LAKE FIRE

Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

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Camp 9 camera

UPDATE 3 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The fire started Wednesday around 1540 hours PT.  A local FD responded to a report of a wildfire in the area of Lake Hughes and Prospect Roads, southwest Lake Hughes, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, California.

Fire behavior was reported as extreme with running, spotting and out-of-control. Images sprayed all over Social Media and on news outlets, showed one video of a hillside ablaze and looking like a roman candle.

Flames were burning horizontal, which we have never seen before. However, fire tornadoes were familiar and knowingly dangerous to those that stand in the firestorm’s path.

CURRENT STATUS

Since our last update on Thursday, we reported the fire had burned 11,000 acres of chaparral, brush and timber, it has now increased on Saturday up to 14,714 acres.

Fire crews have successfully reached a 12% containment status with their objectives to continue towards full suppression and eventually putting it out. Expected containment is due to be reached on September 2, 2020.

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.

There have been no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters.

At this time, 4,570 structures are under threat.  Several structures have been damaged and lost.

PERSONNEL

The Incident is in Unified Command with Angeles National Forest (Lead Agency) and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  Fire management is currently being operated by the CA Team 5, a Type 1 IMT.

There are 192 engines, 27 hand crews, 17 dozers, 23 water tenders, 10 helicopters and a total of 1,563 personnel.

Incident Cooperators include the LA CO Sheriffs Department, CHP, County of LA Public Works, County of LA Animal Care and Control, County of LA Parks and Rec, Red Cross and Southern CA Edison, CAL FIRE.

EVACUATION ORDERS

Evacuations are still in effect for:

  • Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon
  • North of Dry Gulch Road
  • West of Hughes Road and Fire Station 78
  • North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road
  • South of SR 138

EVACUATION SHELTERS

Evacuation Centers currently open are the following:

  • Highland HS.  39055 25th Street, West Palmdale CA 93551
  • Castaic Sports Complex.  31230 Castaic Road, Castaic, CA 91384

NOTE:  Evaucees with small animals can relocate to evacuation points where individual needs will be assessed by the Red Cross.  You must remain inside your vehicle per the Los Angeles County Public Health Mandate.

ANIMAL CARE

Animal Care locations are the following:

  • Lancaster Animal Care Center.  5210 West Avenue I, Lancaster, CA 93536
  • Palmdale Animal Care Center. 38550 Sierra Hwy, Palmdale, CA 93550
  • Castaic Animal Care Center.  31044 Charlie Canyon Road, Castaic, CA 91384
  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds (LARGE ANIMALS ONLY). 1326 West Avenue , Palmdale, CA 93550

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

As of today, 6 structures and 15 outbuildings have been destroyed. 3 structures were damaged.  The cost-to-date of firefighting suppression and containment expenses have risen to $5.6 Million.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 1310 PT

 

LAKE FIRE | CA SIT REP | 2

LAKE FIRE

Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

Lake fire smoke plumes from road

UPDATE 2 – Thursday, August 13, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The fire started Wednesday around 1540 hours PT.  A local FD responded to a report of a wildfire in the area of Lake Hughes and Prospect Roads, southwest Lake Hughes, an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, California.

They immediately reported extreme fire behavior with a rapid of progression. More personnel and equipment were ordered and immediately were on-scene.

Within one hour and 40 minutes into the incident, the fire had already scorched 6,000 acres with no containment in sight!

Eyewitness accounts reported by media, local residents and firefighters showed many countless images of fire burning horizontally and running uphill, projecting a fiery grass hillside looking more like a roman candle and a firestorm surrounding them all.

Massive evacuations were in effect for those in the Lake Hughes area where the fire reportedly was ignited from an unknown cause.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has destroyed 11,000 acres of chaparral, brush and timber.  Fire personnel have gained a successful 5% containment status but know there is going to be a serious fight with this monstrous of a fire storm.  Fire was said to be near Red Lakes but unconfirmed by CAL FIRE as of yet.

RESOURCES

There are approximately 1,159 personnel from 3 agencies that include , 362 engines, 14 crews, 3 helicopters, 8 dozers and 9 water tenders.

Fire Management is currently under Unified which include the LA CO FD and the Angeles National Forest.

Incident Cooperators Include:  LA CO Sheriff, CA Hwy Patrol (CHP), County of LA Public Works Animal Care and Control, Public Works, Parks and Rec, Red Cross and the Southern CAL Edison, Angeles National Forest, Inciweb.

Fire Fighters working to put out Lake Fire

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Evacuations – GO NOW!

The following areas are under mandatory evacuations, meaning you need to GO NOW.

  • Lake Hughes Road West of Pine Canyon and North of Dry Gulch Road
  • East of Ridge Route Road
  • West of Lake Hughes Road and Fire Station 78
  • North of Pine Canyon and Lake Hughes Road
  • South of SR 138

Evacuation Shelters

  • Highland HS – 39055 25th Street.  West Palmdale, CA 93551
  • Castaic Sports Center – 31230 Castaic Road, Castaic, CA

Large Animal Shelters

  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds – Castaic Fairgrounds

CLOSURES

  • San Francisquito Canyon Road from Slater Lane to Spunky Canyon
  • 3 Points Road from Hwy 138 to Pine Canyon
  • Old Ridge Route from Hwy 138 to Pine Canyon
  • Lake Hughes Road from Ridge Route Road to Pine Canyon

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

There have been three structures that have been destroyed.   There are currently 5,420 structures that are currently under threat at the time of this second update.

PHOTO CREDITS

Photo Credits are from the USFS via Inciweb. We do not lay claim to these photos.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/13/2020 2100 PT

 

CA (New!) WILDFIRE | IRIS FIRE | MONO COUNTY | 2

IRIS FIRE

Update 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY |  A wildfire burning west of Iris Meadows campground and Rock Creek Road, south of Crowley Lake in Mono County, California broke out on Tuesday evening (July 21, 2020) on the Inyo National Forest lands.

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RESOURCES | 4 engines, 5 crews, 3 helicopters and 4 air tankers are assigned to this incident from the Inyo National Forest and CAL FIRE.

CURRENT STATUS | 40 acres.  Fire fuels are mixture of sagebrush, mahogany and conifer. 20% contained.  Lightning caused.

Evacuations are in effect for Iris Meadow and Big Meadows Campgrounds. 

ROAD CLOSURES | Rock Creek Road.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #IrisFire

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | Update 2 | July 22, 2020 1425 PT

CA (New!) WILDFIRE | IRIS FIRE | MONO COUNTY | 1

IRIS FIRE

Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY |  A wildfire burning near Iris Meadow and Rock Creek Road, south of Crowley Lake in Mono County, California broke out this evening on the Inyo National Forest lands.

CAUSE | Unknown. Under investigation.

RESOURCES | Inyo National Forest, CAL FIRE (mutual aid).

CURRENT STATUS | Limited details. We will update as more information is received.

HASHTAGS | #CAwildfires #FireSeason2020 #IrisFire

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog | 7-21-2020 2145 PDT

JULY 4 2020 | SHERIDAN FIRE | CA | 1

Vegetation was ignited from an  unknown cause in the 7000 block of Sheridan Road, just south of the sunol in Santa Clara (Alameda County) and north of the Mission Peak Regional Preserve in the State of California (USA) on Saturday, July 4th.

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Here is a timeline of the fire as it was reported on Social Media:

1400 | Vegetation fire.  AA460  “25-30 acres. Moderate to dangerous rate of spread. Requesting additional aircraft.”

1429 | Units reportedly repositioning to stop the fire from making runs as it approaches another ridge. Winds are starting to pick up.

1440 | Fire is moving south but air tankers are working to slow it down.

1609 | Fire is at 100 acres. It is 30% contained.

1614 | Forward progression stopped. Staff and Officers: Helping East Bay Regional Park visitors to be evacuated.

1715 | Fire is now in mop-up operations.

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SHERIDAN FIRE HISTORY NAME

This incident name is also being used for another fire in New Mexico but these are two unrelated wildfires. The other Sheridan Fire started on June 30, 2020, at 1341 hourst on the Sheridan Corral Gila National Forest.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 7/4/2020 1825 PT