#PleasantFire Explodes, Triples in Size | 3

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire is burning on Pleasant Valley Dam Road and Highway 395, north of Bishop, California has tripled in size and still on course towards Laws Museum.  The fire has turned from 900 acres burned to 2,800 acres destroyed!  The fire is said to have started around 1412 hours on Sunday, February 18, 2018.    Strong winds have been hampering fire suppression efforts.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE – San Bernardino Unit, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | As of Sunday, there were 90 firefighters tasked with fire suppression efforts but as of Monday would explode alongside the fire to 400 personnel!  Fire engines have doubled from yesterday’s 25 to 50 and  from two fire crews to 20, while boosting  two bulldozers to four.

Incident Cooperators |  CAL Fire – SBU, ino USFS, CHP, CDC, CAL TRANS, Inyo Co SO, Mono Co SO, Paradise FD, DWP, Mammoth Fire, Bishop Fire, Big Pine Fire, Independence Fire, Lone Pine Fire, Long Valley Fire, Wheeler Crest Fire, Red Cross and Edison.

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Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Meadow Creek area, Pleasant Valley campground, Rudolph Ranch, HIghlands, Glenwood, Rite-Aid Complex, Bear Creek, Dixon Lane,  (All housing areas between) North Sierra Highway, Dixon Lane, Brockman, Five Bridges, Fish Slough and Laws. | UPDATE as of 1045 hours PST | The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office will reassess evacuation orders at 1600 hours due to additional safety concerns.

Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 6 closed between Hwy 395 and the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Inyo County Sheriff’s Office.

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

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CA’s #PleasantFire Wind-Driven Fire | 2

PLEASANT FIRE

Incident Summary | A wildfire broke out around 1412 hours PST on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in the Pleasant Valley area from an unknown ignition.

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Cause | Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Command | Unified  Command is made up of CAL FIRE, Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and CHP.

Resources | There are currently 90 firefighters on the fire line alongside with the aid of 25 engines, two fire crews and two bulldozers.

Incident Cooperators |  Inyo County Sheriff, CAL FIRE, Bishop FD, Independence FD, Big Pine FD, Lone Pine FD, CHP (Bishop) and Mono County Sheriff Department.

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Size Up | Fire suppression has been hampered by high winds at times.  The fire has scorched 900 acres (while other media outlets reporting up to 1,000 acres) and growing quickly.  There is a zero-percent containment status.  The fire had been at 100 acres at time of it starting to 900 acres within a short few hours.  It is currently burning in the Pleasant Valley area but is heading towards Laws Railroad Museum.

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Evacuations |  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office stated there are NO lifted evacuation orders as of 2140 hours PST. (We are thinking someone misreported that the evacuation orders had been lifted, hence, the strong response from the Sheriff’s Office that they have not been lifted).   Evacuation orders are still in order for Meadow Creek, Pleasant Valley campgrounds and Laws Museum.

Eastern Sierra Transit has partnered up with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office to assist with evacuations.

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Shelter | An evacuation shelter for evacuees and their animals is located at the Bishop Tri-County Fairgrounds located at 1234 Fair Street in Bishop, California 93514.  Their phone number is 760-813-3588.

Closures | Hwy 395 at the Nevada  State line; Pleasant Valley Road; Brockman Road and Chalkbluff Road.

Damage Assessment | There have been no homes reported as damaged or destroyed, nor any injuries to civilians or fire crews as being reported reported.

Photo Credit(s) | Eastern Sierra Transit (bus).  Inyo County Sheriff’s Office (fires).

Social Media | We are using hashtags #PleasantFire #CAwildfire

ABOUT Historic and Iconic Laws Railroad Museum |  Laws Museum is a railroad station built in the 1880’s and has been host to many locals and visitors alike.  The Museum is located at 395 Silver Canyon Road in Bishop, California.

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US WILDFIRE | CAD ACTIVITY | January 7 2018

CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST (CA)

1531 Hours PST  – DRD Piles – Alpine. Incident #CNF-89.

1134 Hours PST – FA/TRD – Hwy 91 / Gypsum. Incident #CNF-76.

0723 Hours PST – FA / TNR – Bridge near YMCA. Incident #TNR-68.

CENTRAL OREGON INTERAGENCY DISPATCH CENTER (OR)

1122 Hours PST – 00004 NE Wildfire – 43.58.164, -121.16.608 (Lat/Long). Incident #DEF-4

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1/7/2018 @ 1600 Hours PST

 

Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Air Attack

Fire terminology is used throughout the Fire Service and we thought we’d get you all up to speed with each word and their definition.  See that we are missing one on the list? Please let us know! 

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

Air Attack

An Air Attack or AA is a light command aircraft (usually an airplane or helicopter) that directs all air resources over a fire which is normally a pilot or a Battalion Chief.

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Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Blow-up:   A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

Source:  USDA US Forest Service

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Fire Terminology | How Well Do You Know It? | Blow-up

Fire Terminology has a long list of definitions and we are ready to break it down for you each day.  As we compile our list, you are welcome to comment on our post and we will add them as we go.  Ready?  Here we go in 3-2-1. Go.

How well do you know your Fire Terminology?

Blow-up

“A sudden increase in fire intensity or rate of spread strong enough to  prevent direct control or to upset control plans. Blow-ups are often accompanied by violent convection and may  have other characteristics of a fire storm.”

This photo was taken by Ventura County FD on December 4, 2017 of the Thomas Fire.  This could easily be considered as a firestorm as the fire originally was deemed at 500 acres but has consumed everything in its path with a current standing at 50,500 acres with a 0% containment status.  That, my friends is what we call a “firestorm” on steroids.

Aerial Fuels:   Live and dead vegetation in the forest canopy or above surface fuels, including tree branches, twigs, cones, snags, moss and high brush.

Air Tanker:  An air tanker is a fixed-wing aircraft equipped to drop fire retardants and suppressants from the air over the fire ground.  

Source:  USDA US Forest Service

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Destructive CA Wildfire Turning into Firestorm | New!

NEAR LAKE ISABELLA, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary | A wildfire which originated as a small fire started on Saturday, August 5, 2017 around at 1316 PDT in the Wofford Heights area is now turning into a firestorm of 40 acres That may not sound like much but when you have dry fuels, hot conditions and lay witness to the wildfire burning up structures – it is a cause for alarm.

Location | The wildfire is burning off of Old State Road in Wofford Heights in Kern County, California.

Resources | 3 CAL Fire Strike teams, 5 engines from VCFD, others from Kern County along, handcrews and water tenders with multiple helicopters/air resources are on-scene with more incoming.

Size Up | Air resources have laid a retardant line around the fire but the IC says that they are not out of the woods yet and to keep all resources incoming.   Wofford Heights, Palisades Estates, Old States and Evans Flat communities are all still being threatened.

Media reports of multiple divisions with homes going up in flames but these are unconfirmed reports with no location or how many.

Evacuations | Evacuations are in effect for Wofford Heights. More may be coming for additional community. Be ready for any moment gathering important papers, photos, pets, food, supplies and anything else you can fit into your vehicle(s).

Social Media | We are using #CalgaryFire and #CAwildfire2017 hashtags.

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CA Wildfires | Active | July 31, 2017

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES | While temps are forecasted in the triple digits in the Pacific NW Region, while Mother Nature wreaks havoc on the rest of the United States  including drought-riddled State of California.

Fire Fact:

“One MAFFS C-130 airtanker and support personnel each from the 152 Airlift Wing, (Nevada Air National  Guard), 153rd Airlift Wing, (Wyoming Air National Guard) and the 302nd Airlift Wing (Colorado Air Force Reserve) have been deployed to Fresno, CA in support of wildland fire operations.” – National Interagency Coordination Center

Here is our recap for all wildfires as of time this was posted.  More will be posted as information is received.

A aerial view of the Clear File

Clear Fire on 7/30/2017. PC: Alex Watts-Tobin

Clear Fire. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and isolated torching.| 1,900 acres. 10% contained. 566 personnel. 18 crews, 23 engines. $1.6 Million CTD. #ClearFire

Detwiller Fire. Merced-Mariposa Unit, Cal Fire. Cal Fire IMT 1 (Derum). 15 NW of Mariposa, CA.  Brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. | 81,826 acres. 90% contained. 2,390 personnel. 54 crews. 144 engines. 5 helicopters. 131 structures lost. $74.2 Million CTD. #DetwillerFire

Jacksonville Fire.  Tuolumne – Calaveras Unit, Cal Fire. Four miles south of Jamestown, CA. Chaparral, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. 690 acres. 73% contained. 275 personnel. 11 crews, 20 engines and 1 structure lost. $558,000 CTD. #JacksonvilleFire

Latrobe Fire. Amador-El Dorado Unit, Cal Fire. 7 miles SW of Latrobe, CA. Hardwood litter and tall grass. Last report unless new information is received.| 1,268 acres. 95% contained. 0 resources. $300,000 CTD. #LatrobeFire

Minerva 5 Fire. Plumas NF. IMT 2 (Mills). One mile southwest of Quincy, CA. Timber. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, short-range spotting, and single-tree torching. Structures threatened. Road, trail and area closures in effect. | 1,000 acres. 10% contained. 1,790 personnel. 27 crews, 140 engines and 4 helos. $1.5 Million CTD. #Minerva5Fire

Modoc July Complex Fires. (3 Fires), Modoc NF. IMT 1 (J. Kurth) and IMT 2 (Young). 20 miles NE of Newell.   Brush and grass. Extreme fire behavior. Residences and sage-grouse habitat threatened. Road closures are in effect. | 39,193 acres.  40% contained. 1,478 personnel. 38 crews, 90 engines + 4 helicopters. $7.9 Million CTD. #ModocJulyComplex

Orleans Complex.   Six Rivers NF. IMT 2 (Coots). 15 miles SW of Happy Camp. Timber and brush. Moderate fire behavior with backing, uphill runs and isolated torching. Structures threatened. | 925 acres. 0% contained. 565 personnel.  11 crews, 20 engines + 9 helicopters. $1.5 Million CTD.  #OrleansComplex

New!  Rose Fire. | 14800 Block Amorose Street, County Area Lake Elsinore. Unified Command:  CAL Fire + USFS. Reported 7/31/2017 @ 1422 hours PDT.  Evacuations in effect for:  Amarose Street, Rockridge Road, Ainsworth Place and Toft Street. | 200 acres. 0% contained.  205 personnel. 5 crews, 30 engines, 3 helicopters, 12 overhead personnel, 6 airtankers, 1 helitender, 1 water tender and 3 dozers.  | Incident Cooperators:  CAL Fire – Riverside, San Bernardino & San Diego. OCFA, City of Lake Elsinore. Riverside County FD, Sheriff Office and EMD. Riverside City FD and USFS – Cleveland. #RoseFire

Whittier Fire.   Los Padres NF. 11 miles NE of Goleta, CA. Chaparral and brush. Minimal fire behavior.  | 18,430 acres. 87% contained. 230 personnel. 4 crews, 6 engines + 3 helos. 146 structures destroyed. $38.4 Million CTD. #WhittierFire

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Active Wildfires | Large Incidents | July 18 2017

Large Wildfires Incidents is a post for any wildfire at 25,000 acres and over. Here our compiled list for Tuesday, July 18, 2017.  | These fire are across the United States.

FOUR SEASONS COMPLEX – Nevada

Photo of firefighter putting out a hot spot near the line.

East flank on the Four Seasons Complex fires

This complex consists of the Roosters Comb Fire  (218,380 acres. 100% contained) + 3 other Unnamed Wildfires. 

They are located 50 miles North of Battle Mtn in a remote and logistically challenging environment for fire crews.

The Cornucopia 4 Midge Fires are both in patrol status.

Snowstorm Fire’s behavior is active, running and flanking.  About 116,934 acres  for this fire alone has been burned.

A Firefighter walks in the black on the Roosters Comb Fire.

Collectively, this wildfire has scorched 155,502 acres and is 60% contained.  Fire behavior is moderate with smoldering and some active fire behavior in various areas.  606 personnel are assigned.  Lightning was the cause.

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BRIANHEAD FIRE – Utah

The Brianhead Fire has been burning for a very long time and has consumed up to 71,673 acres with a containment status of 96%.  It is located about 1 mile North of Brian Head in Utah.  There is still 79 personnel assigned along with 2 crews, 3 engines and 1 helicopter, though the fire has a minimal fire behavior.  26 structures have been completely lost.

The fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached an all-time of $36 Million.

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LONG VALLEY FIRE – California

The Long Valley Fire is located is about 2 miles North of Doyle, California and 50 miles North of Reno, Nevada.  Fire was wind-driven today with winds gusting up to 44 mph.  However, there was little to zero fire activity.

Very Large Air Tanker is dropping retardant on the Long Valley Fire

A VLAT (Very large air tanker) dropping some retardant on the Long Valley Fire

Approximately 83,733 acres have been scorched.  57% containment has been reached.  The fire started on 7/11/2017 from an unknown cause that is being investigated.  There are 896 personnel assigned along with 47 engines, 9 helicopters, 13 dozers, 15 water tenders and 25 crews.

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GARZA FIRE – California

The Garza Wildfire is burning near Avenal in California that began on an unknown cause on July 9, 2017.  48,889 acres have been burned but crews have reached a 97% containment status.

A California National Guard (CNG) helicopter sits in a LZ with a bambi bucket nearby on the Garza Fire, while another one takes off. (Credit: LACoFireAirOps)

There are still 625 personnel with 21 engines, 16 crews, 2 helicopters and 5 water tenders.

There has been 1 reported injury.  We are unsure if it is a firefighter or a civilian casualty.

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FRYE FIRE – Arizona

The Frye Fire is burning in the old burn scar of the 2004 Nuttall Complex Fire, which is located on both the North and South of Mt. Graham on the Safford Ranger District in the Coronado National Forest in Arizona.

Portable water tanks, commonly called pumpkins for their orange color and rounded shapes, are positioned near the summer homes on Mount Graham on July 4, 2017.

Pumpkins (portable water tanks) are placed strategically near summer homes as part of Fire crews tactics to protect structures aka structure protection on the Frye Fire.

There has been 48,443 acres destroyed but there is almost a line around the whole fire reaching today a 93% containment status.  There has been minimal fire behavior.

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Two firefighter trucks are stopped by a wall of flame crossing the highway

Stopped by a wall of flames on the Frye Fire.

ONAQUI MOUNTAIN COMPLEX – Utah

Lightning passed over the Onaqui Mountains on July 16, 2017 @ 1700 hours causing several wildfires under this complex.  No names have been given to the wildfires so we are collectively reporting on the complex only.  Fire fuels include Grass, sage and pinyon-juniper.

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Onaqui Mtn Complex fire photo taken on 7/16/2017.

35,153 acres have been consumed but fire crews have successfully reached a 45% complete partially around the wildfire.  325 personnel are assigned.

This fire is burning on Utah’s Department of Forestry Forest State Lands.

 

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DETWILLER FIRE – California

CAL Firefighters and other Agencies are battling a firestorm about 2 miles East Lake of McClure (Mariposa County) in California.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office gathers for an Evacuation briefing. See the background of the fire storm behind Officers. (Credit: TCSO)

The town of Mariposa is in the process of evacuating the whole town with up to 1,500 structures currently under direct threat.

Structure protection in effect for the town of Mariposa, California. (Photo Credit: Novato Fire District)

25,000 acres have been scorched while the wildfire is racing out-of-control to nearby towns.  There is a 5% containment reached by fire crews.

Evacuations are in effect.  Red Cross has several shelters open.

There are 1,405 personnel assigned along with 217 engines, 35 crews, 9 airtankers, 11 helicopters, 35 dozers and 26 water tenders.

The fire is burning near the Central California Reservoir.

Fire behavior has been reported as extreme and aggressive with active crowning, short-range spotting and uphill runs.

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Active Wildfires | California | July 16 2017

The State of California is burning like a roman candle, to put as an understatement. Don’t take our word for it – see the proof here in this post.

We are thinking of you all (first responders and those impacted by the fires).

Hope you enjoy this post!

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Alamo Fire.  8 miles NE of Santa Maria. Twitchell Reservoir. 28,687 acres. 98% containment. 990 personnel. 15 crews. 92 engines. 14 structures lost. $17.6 Million CTD.

Bridge 2 Fire.  2 miles NE of Mentone.  4,609 acres. 80% contained. 470 personnel. 16 crews. 42 engines. 2 helos.  $600,000 CTD.

Detwiller Fire.  2 miles East of Lake McClure.  2,500 acres. Evacuations in effect.

Dobe Fire.  8 miles South of Newell. 410 acres. 70% contained. 72 personnel. 2 crews. 4 engines. $750,000 CTD.

Garza Fire.  10 miles SE of Avenal City.  48,403 acres. 80% containment. 1,258 personnel. 23 crews. 90 engines. 11 helicopters. 1 structure destroyed. $11.3 Million CTD.

Grade Fire.  Hwy 101.  5 miles NW of Redwood Valley. 1,000 acres. 10% contained. Evacuations in effect for Baker Creek subdivision.

Long Valley Fire. 2 miles North of Doyle CA & 50 miles North of Reno, Nevada.  77,642 acres. 35% containment. 25 crews. 51 engines. 13 helicopters. 8 fixed wings. 14 dozers. 15 water tenders.  873 personnel.

Schaeffer Fire.  17 miles N of Kernville.  16,002 acres. 74% contained. 786 personnel. 17 crews. 16 engines. 17 helicopters. $12 Million CTD.

Wall Fire.  8 miles SE of Oroville.  6,033 acres. 98% contained. 148 personnel. 4 crews. 10 engines. 91 structures destroyed. $14 Million CTD.

Whittier Fire.  11 miles NE of Goleta.  18,015 acres. 49% contained.  1,924 personnel. 36 crews. 145 engines. 13 helicopters. 20 structures lost. $15.9 Million CTD.

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#WhittierFire | California | Newly Reported!

NEAR GOLETA, CALIFORNIA | A wildfire is burning near Goleta, California from an unknown cause that began on July 8, 2017.  It is burning on both sides of the Ynez Mountains that is located South of Highway 154 in the Lake Cachuma (Santa Barbara County) area..

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Location

The wildfire started on July 8, 2017, from an unknown cause is about 11 miles NE of Goleta, and burning on the Los Padres National Forest.

Cause

Its cause is unknown but is being thoroughly investigated by Law Enforcement agencies.

Size

The fire has scorched 11,823 acres of chaparral and brush.  Fire crews have reached a successful containment of 48%.  NOTE :  When 100% contained has been reached, it does not necessarily mean the full is completely out.  Wildland firefighters will be working to continue to suppress and contain this wildfire until it is completely out.

RESOURCES

Personnel

There are 721 personnel assigned to this incident.

Equipment

There are 21 crews, 97 engines and 8 helicopters attached.

Incident Cooperators

  • CAL FIRE
  • American Red Cross
  • CA Conversation Corps
  • CA Highway Patrol (CHP)
  • CA Dept of Corrections (CA DOC)
  • CA Office of Emergency Services (CA OES)
  • Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCoFD)
  • Santa Barbara County Sheriff Office (SBCoSO)
  • South California Edison (Utilities)
  • US Dept of Agriculture (USDA) Fire Service
  • Los Padres National Forest (Los Padres NF)
  • Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD)

CURRENT CONDITIONS

Fire Status

Fire behavior is moderate with uphill runs, backing and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructure is still being currently threatened.

Damage Assessments

The wildfire has destroyed 8 residential structures and 12 outbuildings.

Cost-to-Date

The cost for fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $2.3 Million.

Whittier Fire

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EVACUATIONS

Mandatory

  • Highway 154 from Armour Ranch (West side) to Paradise Road (East side)
  • West CAmino Cielo @ Highway 154 to Winchester Gun Club
  • Kinevan Road

Warnings

  • Las Varas Canyon East to Winchester Canyon
  • From Highway 101 North to West Camino
  • Paradise Road to Highway 154 to the 1st River bridge crossing

SHELTERS

Humans

The American Red Cross is currently staffing a Shelter at the San Marcos High School, located at 4750 Hollister Avenue in Goleta, California.

Pets

Santa Barbara Humane Society has a shelter open for people and their pets at 5399 Overpass Road in Santa Barbara, California.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using the following hashtags for this incident. #WhittierFire #CAwildfire2017 #CA #smem

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