CA | Crystal Road Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 | MAY 16, 2021 | 2200 PT

A new wildfire is burning in California, named the CRYSTAL ROAD FIRE by Metro Fire of Sacramento that started just before 220 hours PT on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

The incident is located near Rio Linda Road in Rio Linda, California.

Just like the PALISADES FIRE, access to the fire has been difficult. It is said to be about 300-feet long with a narrow width. Winds are helping the fire spread to other nearby dry fire fuels.

About five minutes after the fire crews arrived on-scene, they were able to hold the fire to .50 acres and fire behavior has slowed.

Weather currently is changing with a system coming in from the north. Lightning and thunder have been seen a few miles away.

This is a developing story.

A new update will be published on Monday.

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CA Wildfire | Pine Fire | FINAL

Incident Summary

A wildfire burning off of Highway 138 and Street in Pinon Hills near the Los Angeles/San Bernardino County lines in California. The fire started on May 12, 2021 from an unknown cause.

At the height of the fire on Day 1, the fire had consumed 180 acres and had a 0% containment status, at which prompted Officials to order evacuations. This impacted about 100 homes.

One home was reportedly lost.

Warnings were issued on May 12th to those south of Goss Road, north of Highway 138, east of Soledad Road and west of Oasis Road.

All evacuation orders were lifted at 0900 hours on Friday, May 14th.

Credit: Victor Valley Station

Fire Size

Fire has burned 442 acres and has a 79% containment status as of May 15th. It appears that the fire may be fully contained and held at its current number of acreage.

Incident Cooperators

About 300 firefighters were assigned to this incident working by air and on the ground.


Lead Fire Agency.


E3552, Dozer 3540

LA CO Animal Care

Evacuation and Sheltering for small and large animals being provided by this agency. Visit: @LACoAnimalCare (Twitter) (5/12/2021 1759)

Small Animal Evacuation: Palmdale Animal Care Center (@palmdaleanimalslaco)

Large Animal Evacuation: AV Fairgrounds (@avfairgrounds)



E332 assigned and arrived on May 17, 2021.


Assisting LA County FD and CAL FIRE BDU. In Unified Command with LA County Sheriff Office and CHP – LA County.




Road closure: Hwy 138 closed between 263rd and Oasis. Warnings issued for south of Pine view between Buchanan and Smoke Tree; north of 138 between 263rd and Oasis.

Evacuation Center: Serrano HS.

Animal Evacuations: SAR and Posse assisting.

May be an image of outdoors
Credit: SBCoSO Victor Valley Station


Caltrans District 8

Road closures: SR 138 may close near SR 18 if fire continues towards the highway. (5/12/2021 1642 PT)

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NEW | Santa Fe Fire | Los Angeles Co, CA

A second wildfire broke out in Los Angeles County, California on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, from an unknown cause.

The incident was located in the 15500 block of East Arrow Highway near the Santa Fe Dam and south of the 210 Freeway. The first arriving unit indicate the fire size was approximately one acre just after 1500 hours PT. Fire fuels were said to be medium to heavy brush with light winds. A 1st alarm brush response was en route to the fire line.

Credit | irwindale PD

Just before 1600 hours, the fire had burned about 10 acres and evacuations for a nearby homeless encampment was initiated. A second alarm brush response requested by the IC.

About 15 minutes later, fire crews were beginning to get a handle on the brush fire by reaching a 5% containment status and the fire holding at 12 acres. However, there still was a potential increase of up to 50 acres.

After 1700 hours, Firefighters were able to place a containment line around almost the whole size of the fire perimeter.

Credit | Edison

Nearing 1800 hours, the fire had scorched 33 acres and reached a 35% containment status and the forward progression of the fire had been stopped.

Just after 2000 hours, fire crews were still on-scene mopping up. The Irwindale Police Officers and officials were released from the incident.

Incident Cooperators included Irwindale Police Department, Los County Fire Department.

No injuries of civilians or firefighters were reported.


In researching the #SantaFeIC hashtag and #Irwindale, it appears this Santa Fe Fire is not the first nor will it be the last fire to hit this area. Here is a timeline of those fire incidents.

3/23/2021 | 1st Alarm Brush fire. Near Riverbed of the 210 freeway at 606 freeway. 1 acre.

7/05/2018 | 2nd Alarm Brush Fire. Santa Fe Dam Rec area. 40 acres, moving north in medium brush. Exposures to Miller brewing. Structure protection of Miller Coors beer and the MTA Gold Line was activated during the incident. Fire was contained to undeveloped areas and fire crews saved many structures. No damage or destruction of any other buildings were reported. No evacuations were in effect during the incident.

Incident cooperators included CHP Baldwin Par, Parks LASD Officers, LA County FD.

Credit | Irwindale PD

8/07/2014 | Brush Fire. Santa Fe Dam. .5 acres.

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NEW | Pine Fire | Los Angeles Co CA

UPDATE 1 – MAY 12, 2021 – 1830 PT


A new wildfire broke out on Wednesday off of Highway 138 and 248th Street in the Pinon Hills.

This is a 3rd alarm brush fire that is burning along the 350+ acre Oasis Fire burn scar from August 2011.


The Los Angeles County fire has burned about 180 acres that has a zero percent containment status. Fire behavior is very active, wind-driven with a potential for a dangerous rate of spread.


Below are the areas that under evacuations. The Search and Rescue Posse units are assisting with animal evacuations.

Highway 138

  • Highway 138 South to Pine View Road

Buchanan Road

  • East to Smoke Tree Road

East of

  • Jubilee Road (San Bernardino)
  • Soledad Road

West of

  • Mountain Road
  • Oasis Road

North of

  • Tamarack

South of

  • Goss Road


  • Serrano High School. 9292 Sheep Creek Road, Phelan, CA


  • LA County Animal Care at the AV Fairgrounds. (Livestock)
  • Palmdale Animal care Center. (Small pets)


Road closure at Highway 138, west of Oasis Road and east of 263rd.


Angeles National Forest with LA County Sheriff Office and CHP Southern. ANF assisting LA County FD and CAL FIRE.

Air attack flying over the #PineFire
Credit: ANF

Currently, 300 firefighters from air-to-ground are actively engaging this fire and working towards complete fire suppression and full containment.


CAL FIRE, SB County Fire, Angeles National Forest, San Bernardino National Forest, LA County Sheriff Office, SB County Sheriff and CHP – Victorville, Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District, NWS Los Angeles, Caltrans District 8


Hashtags being used by Social Media are #PineFire

Residents in the area are reporting the fire is approximately 3/4 miles and south of 138, possibly being threatened by fire is the Desert Mountain Veterinary.

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2-Alarm Fire Struck in Oakland


Fire fighters were dispatched to a fully engulfed residential fire in the 1800 block of 57th Avenue in Oakland, California on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2037 hours PT.

Incident Name: 57th Command

First due units were met with two units ablaze and Command quickly escalated the incident to a two-alarm fire about 20 minutes afterwards (2100 PT).

Heavy damage was suffered to two units, one shed and multiple vehicles.

No cause has been determined as of yet and is under investigation.

About 40 firefighters fought this blaze. There were no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters released by the Public Information Officer.

Quick egress efforts by firefighters stopped the spread to other nearby exposures and further damage to the single structure.

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Wildfire number two was burning off of Munjar Road and Meridian Road, northwest of the Chico airport in Butte County, California, that ignited on Saturday, May 8, 2021, just just after 1400 hours PT.

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

Here is a timeline of this incident:

1409 | 30-plus acres. 15 additional engines requested. Structures under direct threat. Sheriff begin to evacuate those on Munjar and Meridian Roads.

1410 | Butte County Sheriff evacuates immediately those on east of and on Coyote Song Road. Other evacuations lifted for Munjar Road, west of Coyote Song Road.

1413 | Copter 205 arrives on-scene. Evacuations begin for Denver Lane, Gunnison Way and Trinidad Drive.

Credit: PG &E

1435 | Copter 205 has a mechanical issue. IC requests replacement copter. Fire is starting to run into a creek with two active flanks. An additional request for two more dozers.

1436 | Smoke plum is visible on radar just north of Chico. Smoke blows south and likely is staying close to the ground.

1452 | Police out on Denver Lane, report fire near a residential structure. In process of evacuating 30 dogs from a dog training facility. Fire burns 70 acres.

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

1502 | One of the flanks is starting to break through containment lines. IC looking to expand evacuations.

1510 | BCSO expands their evacuation orders to include on Munjar Road and all roads off of Munjar Road.

1527 | Very windy conditions. 200 acres destroyed.

1532 | Good progress made. 350 acres.

1556 | Forward progression stopped. Held at 350 acres.

1651 | 1 outbuilding is damaged. No homes were damaged or lost. Holding to 350 acres. 40% containment.

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

Lead Agency: CAL FIRE – Butte County.

Incident Cooperators: Butte County Sheriff Office, CHP (Chico), Hamilton City FD, Chico FD, PGE and Butte County FD Volunteers.

Resources: AA501, Copter 205 (out on a mechanical issue), Tankers 132, 137 (Coulson), 102, Erickson Aero LAT MD87

Credit: CAL FIRE – Butte County

Cause: Unknown. Under investigation.

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CA Wildfire | Owens Fire | 1

A wildfire ignited on Saturday, May 1, 2021 around 1402 hours PT in Indian Wells Canyon and Short West Canyon, west of Highways 14 and 395 in Inyo/Kern Counties, California.

The cause is unknown and under investigation.

The fire has destroyed 2,000 acres of brush and short grass. Its behavior is said to be moderately active with wind-driven runs. Fire Officials say there is still a moderate potential for fire growth.

There are 132 total personnel assigned to this incident who will continue to work on perimeter control with direct fire attack using crews and engines on-scene.

Incident Commander: BC3615 Earl Wilson.

Challenges are continued strong winds from the west that are expected to be on-going around 2100 hours. Gusty winds are forecasted to be reduced for the night.

Incident Cooperators: NWS Hanford, Inciweb.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1640 PT

CA Wildfire | Southern Fire | 1

UPDATE 1 – MAY 2, 2021

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the SOUTHERN FIRE for its location around the 14000 block of Great Southern Overland, Aqua Caliente (San Diego) and about 10 miles southeast of Julian, California. This is the eastern portion of the County.

Started on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

Incident Cooperators

CAL FIRE/San Diego Fire Department (lead), San Diego County, SDSO, Red Cross (southern region), NWS San Diego.

May 1, 2021 Timeline

1631 | IC requests San Diego County Sheriff and State Parks to notify residents of the Butterfield Manufactured Home and RV Community to evacuate. Four additional engines and one additional water tender is requested.

1838 | 1,200 acres. 500 residents evacuated from Butterfield Ranch Campground to Agua Caliente. 3 structures destroyed.

2132 | San Diego County Emergency Management notifies the public, they are monitoring the community of Shelter Valley.

2143 | San Diego Humane Society on-scene of the fire incident supporting SD County’s Department of Animal Services. They helped rescue rabbits, a donkey, goats, horses and chickens.

Credit: SD Humane Society

2233 | Animals have been sheltered at the Vallecito County Park. 37349 Great Southern Overland Stage Road, Julian, California.

May 2, 2021 Timeline

0218 3,000 + acres. Fire spreading near the Mason Valley Truck Trail near the airstrip.

0626 | 2,900 acres. 0% contained. Strong winds up to 40-60 mph observed overnight. Continuous construction of containment lines in effect.

0927 | Wind has changed directions multiple times.


Credit: Alert|SDG&E Cameras

1013 | Red Cross provided 32 evacuees with meals and hotel rooms.

1247 | Air resource on-scene; A330, Inte 24 Copter 129. Helitanker 729 and Copter 12 are en route. Tankers were said to be unable drop due to strong winds over the fire line.

1435 | Fire has destroyed 5,184 acres. 25% containment. Fire crews continue to improve the containment line. They are working towards their 100% containment objectives.

1452 | Red Cross is currently providing emergency services including lodging, meals and more for 70-plus evacuees.

1948 | 800 acres. 5% contained.

Evacuee Resources

Red Cross (So Cal) | Providing evacuees with hotel rooms in El Centro. Contact the Red Cross at 571-595-7910 or visit the Red Cross Evacuation Point – Agua Caliente Campgrounds. 39545 Great Southern Overland Stage Route.

Evacuation Updates | @calfiresandiego

San Diego Humane Society | Partnering with San Diego County Department of Animal Services. 619-236-2341.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1615 PT

CA Ablaze with Multiple Wildfires | 1


It is only Thursday of this week and, as one weather tracker said it perfectly – “It’s been the driest year in forty years including nearly all of the northern portion of the State, the entire length of Sierra Nevada and the wide areas of both the southern part and the Mohave Desert in California.”

Due to the sheer number of wildfires that ignited this afternoon and into the evening, we are going to group these together to help avoid catching your social media ablaze!

94 FIRE | Barrett Junction (San Diego County)

Credit: CAL FIRE/San Diego Co FD

Started 4/29/2021 Thursday.

Located in the intersection of Campo Road (CA-94) and Barrett Junction and near the community of Potrero.3 total acres. Tankers 70, 71 and Copters 12 and 129 were on-scene. Cause: Car fire into wildfire interface.

Status: Forward ROS stopped. Mopping up.

BURSO FIRE | South of Campo Fire (Calaveras County)

Started 4/29/2021 Thursday.

Fire reported 1502 PT. Located south of the Campo Fire. 2 acres with moderate rate of spread. One structure was threatened. Copter 404 was tasked with dropping overhead. Was located behind a church at Highway 12 and Burson Road.

Status: Forward ROS stopped.

CAMPO FIRE | Valley Springs (Calaveras County)

Started 4/29/2021 Thursday.

Located off of buckboard Lane x Campo Seco Road.

CAL FIRE firefighters responded at 1328 PT for a brush fire near Valley Springs in Calaveras County. 1st due reported 3-4 acres with moderate of spread burning uphill. 1620 PT to a fire approximately 30 acres. It has now reached 150 acres. 0% containment status.

Credit: PGE

Air resources dipped from a local resident’s pond.

Incident Cooperators include: Calveras County OES, CAL FIRE TCU.

Mandatory evacuation orders in effect for: Lorea Road and for portions of Watertown and Paloma Roads.

Temp shelter open: Calaveras HS. 350 Highschool Street, San Andreas.

Status: 150 acres. 0% contained.

COUNTRY FIRE | Near Thousand Oaks (Ventura County)

Started 4/29/2021 Thursday.

Firefighters arrived approximately at 1538 PT to a 1-acre brush fire with moderate rate of spread. Fire crews quickly evaluated the access point and entered towards the perimeter.

Credit: Ventura County FD

Fire increased to about 10 acres at 1559, with the fire moving towards and bumping up against Via Colinas and Country Valley Roads. Structure protection was in place.

About 1,191 contacts were notified via the Ventura County emergency alert system. Mandatory evacuations were put into place.

60 firefighters are still assigned to this incident but some air resources are being released. Incident cooperators: VCFD, VCFD PIO, ToaksVCSO, County Ventura and the Ventura County Sheriff. Lead Fire Agency: Sutter County FD.

No reports of damage or destruction to homes; or injuries reported to civilians or firefighters.

Status: 28 acres. 50% contained. Structure protection group, heli spot terminated. [1843 PT]

DELL FIRE | Upper Lake (Lake County)

Started 4/29/2021. Brush Fire. Located about 4-5 miles west of Upper Lake in Lake County. In timber and running uphill towards the ridgetop. Forward progression stopped at 1754. Some engines and a copter were released.

Cause: Escaped from previously controlled burn.

Status: 2 acres. Forward progression stopped. [1754 PT]

KIRKER FIRE | Pittsburg (Contra Costa County)


MORO FIRE | Near Prunedale (Monterey County)

Started 4/29/2021.

Located on City Creek Road.

Status: Forward POS stopped. [1504`

SKY FIRE | South of Clearlake (Lake County)

Credit: PG&E

Started 4/29/2021 1425 PT.

Located off of Morgan Valley Road and Sloan Ranch Road, southeast of Clearlake in Lake County. Lead Agency: CAL FIRE SLNU.

Status: 45 acres. 20% contained. [1615 PT]

VIRGENES FIRE | Agoura Hills (Los Angeles County)

Credit: Edison

Started 4/29/2021.

Located next to the 101 Freeway at Las Virgenes. VCFD units were dispatched at 1414 for a first alarm brush fire response. No structures were threatened but near a construction zone.

Status: Forward ROS stopped. 5 acres. All resources released. [1423 PT]

WISECARVER FIRE | Lyons Valley (San Diego County)

Started 4/29/2021. 0.25 acre.

Status: Forward ROS stopped. [1450 PT]

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CA Wildfire | North Fire | Day 1

SIT REP | DAY 1 | APRIL 28, 2021

A wildfire explode near Santa Clarita in California this afternoon from an unknown cause prompting a large presence of air and ground fire assets to respond to the area.

Credit: LA Co FD Ops

Incident Cooperators Include:

  • LA Co FD PIO
  • LA Co FD
  • LA Co Fire Ops
  • CAL Fire
  • Red Cross LA
  • CEDR Corps
  • SCV Sheriff
  • Santa Clarita City
  • LA City FD


  • Tankers 167, 90, 91, 110
  • Copters 3
  • 11-10 Alpha

More on-scene but this is what we were able to copy via Scanner Feed


  • Alpha
  • Delta
  • Tango
  • Zulu
Credit: SCE webcam at Camp Nine looking NW (Courtesy: NWS Los Angeles)

Here is a timeline of today’s incident from us covering live scanner feed and verified sources:

2033 } Castaic Animal Care Center for large and small animal sheltering for evacuated residents. 31044 Charlie Canyon Rd, Castaic CA 91387. [LA Co Animal Care]

2019 | Divisions Mike and Zulu: ANF E314, 336, 124, WT10 to be released and back to staging for demobe. Divisions Alpha and Mike to be assigned to Supe 20 for the night. [Scanner traffic]

2000 | ANF 317, 33 back to staging due to no more hose available. Demobing in staging. [Scanner traffic]

1958 } Air Attack: Great progress made. Most of active fire laid down. Tankers released. 2 copters throughout the night. No needs for air support for tomorrow. [So Cal Air Ops]

1950 | Red Cross: we are keeping our eyes on the fire. States what to prepare for if having to evacuate.

1940 | Tankers 90, 91 released back to Porterville. ETA 2000 hours, Tanker 167 back to Perdue for same time. Tanker 100 back to Hemett ETA 2010 hours. All empty. [Scanner traffic]

1928 | IC: Forward progression not been stopped. 650 acres. 0% containment. Potential for 100 more in next hour. Rotor wing and air tankers beginning to be released due to losing daylight, smoky conditions and power lines. [So CA Air Ops]

Mop Ups: E124, 336, 314. {Scanner traffic)

1927 | Air Ops: reporting previous windshear. Said not to go below 1800-1900 elevation.

1911 | CAL Fire: States fire off of W Live Oak Road x Biscailuz Road in Castaic, CA. Los Angeles County. Fire started 4/28/2021. Unknown cause, under investigation. Lead Agency: LA Co FD. [CAL Fire]

1904 | Zulu: flare up reported. Helos requested for drop, should have lines around soon. Fire backing up against homes in Casa Luna community. Engines dispatched. Tango: min air support due to powerlines, visibility and citizens on the ridge. They were pushed back but now on the ridge again. [Scanner Traffic]

1902 | Type 1s: out of aircraft due to 1 out due to maintenance repair, other refueling. [Scanner Feed]

1857 | West end: to start flanking fire on alpha side. Tankers 176 and 91 out of the area. T100 on-scene. In lower part of canyon, pilot reporting windshear and losing 15 knots in windspeed. [Scanner feed]

1854 | Crews: 100 ft in front of Zulu, heavy brush, head of fire, working to locate line across brush for fire break. Brush 109 assigned in alpha working towards Zulu. [Scanner feed]

1851 | Active fire down to drainage. [Scanner feed]

1850 | Burbank Command: Fire 1 inbound. [Scanner feed]

1849 | Tanker 91 inbound to come in behind Tanker 167. [Scanner traffic]

1847 | Div Mike: dozers working. Making progress. [Scanner traffic]

1846 | Castaic weather report: 79*F temps, 0% precip, 13% RH, winds at 18 mph. [online wx report]

1840 | Type 1s: working towards power lines. Tankers: left flank up hill towards heel of fire. [Scanner traffic]

1836 | Tankers 167, 100 dropping. [Scanner Feed]

1834 | Copters: holding to the east. [Scanner traffic]

1831 | LA Co Fire Ops: several of their copters working with CAL FIRE to support LA County Firefighters with LA Co FD PIO, City of Santa Clarita and SCV Sheriff Office.

1830 | 3 engines moving to West Hill. Tankers 276, 310, 100 inbound. [Scanner feed\

1818 | 11-10 en route. 20 minutes ETA. To report to B49.

1817 | LA City Fire units dispatched, en route. [Scanner Feed]

1815 | 540 acres. 0% containment. [Scanner Feed]

1811 | Tanker 167 working at construction erosion fence area. Car fire dispatched during fire on the freeway, in the center median. Not blocking. B49 dispatched with a few resources. [Scanner Feed]

1803 | SCV Sheriff: Roads closures from Iron Village Drive to northern Copper Hill Drive entrance in Valencia. Evacuation warnings: Rye Canyon Loop, Iron Village Drive and Sterling Lane. 460 acres. 0% containment.

1801 | Scanner Feed: 406 acres. 0% contained. Type 1s holding at pond. Type 2 holding at dip site.

1731 | City of Santa Clarita: 200 acres.

1656 | Sheriff’s Office: fire backing down hill towards Bellows Court.

Creidt: City of Santa Clarita

1631 | Potential evacuations: Rye Canyon Loop, Iron Village Drive. [LA Fire Ops\

1608 | CAL FIRE: New incident reported. Off West Live Oak Road and Biscailuz Road, Castiac. Los Angeles County. 50 acres. Lead Agency: LA CO FD PIO

1537 | 50 acres. 3rd alarm fire. No structures threatened [SCV Sheriff]

1357 | 1st due units: 1 acre. 2900 block of The Old Road. Fire running uphill. Light to medium fuels. [LA Co FD]



Credit: Media – Perfect example of what “not” to do when the fire is running towards your communities. Maybe they were all just stunned at the sight. Seriously, please EVACUATE when the orders and notices are given. It may save yours and many lives.
  • “Seen from 14 Fw N in Castaic” [1753 PT]
  • “Intense response. Danger to structures. [1738 PT]
  • “After trip, could smell burning again in Santa Clarita. [1801]
  • “Tanker retardant drops can be seen from neighborhood streets.” [1821]
  • “View of fire shows mild fire activity.” [1456]
  • “Fire seen from Ridge Route Road. [1806]
  • “Can be seen from Stevenson Ranch.” [1701]
  • “Neighborhood is Santa Clarita not Castaic for the record.”[1725]
  • “Here we go again…..” [1757]
  • “Substantial increase in fire activity.” [1503]

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