CA’s October 2020 Wildfires

The State of California and its people have suffered greatly from small to large and devastating wildfires burning down outbuildings, homes, businesses and infrastructure. It has been said to be contributed to global-warming, human-caused, infrastructure (powerlines) to other undetermined causes.

Here is a list of current wildfires burning in the State of California.

AUGUST COMPLEX (Includes DOE FIRE)

Firefighters with orange glow on the horizon. Photo Credit: Tiana Huddlestun/USFS
Photo Credit | USFS

Started 8/16/2020 @ 2037 PT. It is burning in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity, Tehama, Glenn, Lake and Colusa Counties. It is about 14 miles NW of elk Creek. Caused by lightning.

Extreme fire behavior with group torching, short crown runs and running. 987,654 and 54% contained. CTD is unknown.

Operations broken into four zones: North and Northeast, West and South (CAL FIRE).

6 structures damaged. 52 structures lost. 1 injury. 1,588 personnel along with 30 crews, 13 helicopters, 166 engines, 39 dozers and 44 water tenders.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/8/16/august-complex-includes-doe-fire/

AUGUST COMPLEX – WEST ZONE

Managed by Mendocino Unit, CAL FIRE. CAL FIRE Team 5 (IMT1). 4 miles NE of Covelo.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and spotting. There has been 128,799 acres burned and a 55% containment status reached. 52 structures have been lost.

There are 1,588 total personnel along with 30 crews, 166 engines and 13 helicopters.

CTD is $75,500,000.

BOBCAT FIRE

Large smoke column blowing across the highway
Photo Courtesy | Inciweb

The BOBCAT FIRE is situated on the Angeles National Forest, about 12 miles NE of Pasadena.

Fire behavior is minimal with backing, creeping and smoldering. There has been 115,007 acres burned but crews have successfully reached an 84% containment status.

Assigned to this incident are 711 total personnel with 15 crews, 29 engines and 12 helos.

About 171 structures were lost. CTD has reached $63,500,000.

CREEK FIRE

Whiskey Falls burnout, 7th Marine Battalion - Creek Fire.
Photo Credit | USFS

Started 9/4/2020 at 1821 PT. The fire is burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake.

315,413 acres of timber, chaparral and tall grass have been scorched. There is a 62% containment status. However, fire behavior remains active with uphill runs, group torching and lasting short-range spotting.

71 structures damaged. 856 structures destroyed. 12 injuries.

Fire management is Unified Command with CAL FIRE FRESNO, Fresno County Sheriff Office and Sierra National Forest. 2,048 total personnel with 39 crews, 11 helos, 172 engines, 14 dozers and 46 water tenders.

Cost-to-date has topped out at $116,000,000.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/4/creek-fire/

DOLAN FIRE

A group of firefighters on a road next to a slope covered in flames and smoke.
Photo Credit | USFS

The DOLAN FIRE is about 10 miles S of Big Sur on the Los Padres National Forest.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, single-tree torching and creeping. 124,924 acres of brush, chaparral and short grass have been destroyed, along with 19 structures. CTD have reached $54,800,000.

A 90% containment status has been reached.

There are 552 total personnel along with 5 crews, 25 engines and 5 helicopters.

EL DORADO FIRE

Fire  Activity builds near Highway 38 / Valley of the Falls Drive
Photo Credit | USFS

The EL DORADO FIRE is located 3 miles NE of Yucaipa.

Minimal fire behavior is occurring and there has been a total assessed at 22,744 acres destroyed along with 20 structures lost. A total of 93% containment status has been reached.

CTD has topped out at $38,000,000.

Fire resources include 149 total personnel along with 3 crews, 10 engines and 3 helicopters.

FORK FIRE

Fire 1130 9/9/20 by Matt Daniels
Photo Credit | USFS

This fire is burning about 15 miles NE of Pollock Pines on the Eldorado National forest.

Fire behavior is minimal. Total acreage burned was 1,667 acres. There has been a 70% containment status reached.

Remaining resources are about 134 total personnel with 3 crews, 3 engines and 1 copter. Cost-to-date have topped out at $6,500,000.

GLASS FIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE

Started 9/27/2020 at 0348 hours PT. Burning on North Fork Crystal Springs Road x Crystal Springs Road. Cause unknown, under investigation.

There has been 63,885 acres consumed. 17% containment has been secured. 163 structures damaged. 826 structures destroyed. CTD is $24,700,000.

Management under Unified Command with CAL FIRE Sonoma-Lake-Napa, Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Santa Rosa FD, Santa Rosa PD. There are 2,773 total personnel along with 27 crews, 23 helicopters, 408 engines, 66 dozers and 49 water tenders. (CAL FIRE)

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/glass-fire/

NORTH COMPLEX

Engines working the North Complex Fire
Photo Credit | USFS

The NORTH COMPLEX is located on the Plumas National Forest. This incident is located 1 mile SW of Crescent Mills.

Command transfers from RM Team Black (IMT2) back to CA Team 4 (IMT1) today. There are still 1,604 total personnel along with 35 crews, 102 engines and 13 helicopters.

Active fire behavior with flanking, backing and isolated torching. 317,459 acres have been consumed but a 83% containment status has been reached.

2,342 structures have been lost. Cost-to-date has reached $143,000,000.

SQF COMPLEX

tall flames south of camp nelson
Photo Credit | USFS

This Complex includes 2 fires which is being managed by CA Team 2 (IMT1) and CAL FIRE Team 6 (IMT1) with CA Team 13 (IMT2) mobilizing. It is situated about 34 miles E of Porterview.

Active fire behavior has been observed along with flanking, backing and spotting. It has burned 156,435 acres of timber and chaparral. There is a 65% containment status reached at the time of this post. 228 structures have been notably lost.

Attached to this incident is 912 total personnel along with 17 crews, 59 engines and 8 helicopters.

CTD $78,200,000.

ZOGG FIRE

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Photo Credit | Alert Wildfires (Fire cameras)

The ZOGG FIRE started on 9/27/2020 around 1603 PT from an unknown cause, which is still under investigation. It originated on Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo.

Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.

There has been 56,305 acres lost but a 68% containment status achieved. 26 structures have been damaged with 196 structures lost. 1 injury and 4 deaths have occurred.

Assigned to this incident are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helicopters, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders.

Costs-to-date have reached $15,600,000.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/

LAMBERT FIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL FIRE AEU

A new wildfire has popped up. It started on 10/4/2020 from an unknown cause. It is burning in the 16000 block of Lambert Road and 800 block of Carbondale Road in Ione (Amador County).

About 25 acres have been burned. There is a 0% containment status.

Mandatory evacuation issued by the Amador County Sheriff Office for those Moriah Heights Road.

RED SALMON COMPLEX

9.27.2020 Slide Creek from the air
Photo Credit | USFS

This complex has 2 fires inside it. It is located on the Six Rivers National Forest and managed by NW Team 10 (IMT2). It is about 14 miles miles NE of Willow Creek.

There has been 132,065 acres burned with 33% containment status gained. There has been 0 structures lost. CTD is $77,500,000.

Active fire behavior with uphill runs, running and short-range spotting is occurring.

There are 724 personnel along with 11 crews, 61 engines and 6 helos.

SLATER FIRE

9/14/20 Firefighter from Galice Wildland Fire Module securing the containment lines edge near Goodwish road, Dwight Creek and Almost Heaven off Hwy 199
Photo Credit | USFS

This fire is on the Klamath National Forest and located 5 miles NE of Happy Camp. The incident is being managed by NW Team 7 (IMT2), which is also managing the DEVIL FIRE.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and with isolated torching. About 130,154 acres have been destroyed and crews have successfully reached a 55% containment status.

There are a total personnel of 686 firefighters along with 13 crews, 47 engines and 19 helicopters.

440 structures have been lost. About $32,900,000 has been reached for total fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

DEVIL FIRE

Point protection, Rogue River, 9/15/20
Photo Credit | USFS

The DEVIL FIRE is located about 5 miles N of Seiad.

Fire behavior is moderate with backing, flanking and with single-tree torching. There has been 8,598 acres lost but crews have reached a 25% containment status.

There are 6 total personnel along with one engine and two copters.

No structures have been lost but the total cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment costs have reached $494,000.

Repairing Powerlines in Happy Camp, CA, on September 17, 2020
Repairing powerlines in Happy Camp. | Credit | USFS

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/4/2020 1500 PT

Cameron Peak Fire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and on the Pawnee National Grasslands.

Ignited from an unknown source, it was reported on August 13, 2020.

Roosevelt Hotshot Vehicles
Photo Credit | USFS

It is located about 15 miles northwest of Redfeather Lakes (Larimer County) in the beautiful State of Colorado (USA).

Command is comprised of the NW IMT Team 6 with IC Shawn Sheldon and Deputy ICs Shane Theall and Ken Paul.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is current active with flanking, group torching and backing.

Crews have reached a 40% containment status after a successful day of making progress with heavy equipment and air support.

Airtanker drops retardant near Manhattan Road
Photo Credit | USFS

A TFR is in effect. No Drones in Fire Zones.

FIRE RESPONSE

Currently, assigned are 866 total personnel with 17 crews, 53 engines and 11 helcopters.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

There has been 126,164 acres of timber destroyed along with 89 structures.

Cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $63,100,000.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2130 PT

Creek Fire Continues to Burn

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Date/Time of Incident | The CREEK FIRE ignited on September 4th around 1821 hours PT and has since been burning.

Location | It is currently burning on both sides of the San Joaquin River near Mammoth Pool, Shaver Lake, Big Creek and Huntington Lake areas in both Fresno and Madera Counties, California. More precisely 35 miles northeast of Clovis.

Fire Fuels | Timber, chaparral and tall grass.

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Photo Credit | US Navy

FIRE OPERATIONS

Resources | There are 2,038 total personnel along with 39 crews, 11 helicopters, 169 engines, 14 dozers and 44 water tenders.

They rep the USFS, AZ Fire & Medical, CAL FIRE along with the NWS Binghamton, Sierra National Forest, NOAA.

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Photo Credit | AZ Fire and Medical

Unified Command | Command is in Unified command which includes CAL FIRE, Fresno County Sheriff’s Office and the Sierra National Forest. This includes the CA Team 5 (IMT1) and NR Team 4 (IMT2).

South Zone – Fresno County | Fire activity near Edison Lake and Mono Hot Springs produced quite a bit of smoke today. This will impact Kaiser Pass Road towards the northeast portion of the fire. Fire behavior is active due to drought stressed fuels.

From San Jaoquin River north to Central Camp will transition to patrol status in the southwestern portion of the area. Crews have completely mopped up and widened/secured the containment lines. Aircraft flew over yesterday supporting fire operations. New aircraft was due to arrive today to recycle existing resources.

North Zone – Madera County | Continued high pressure, low humidity remains for potential flare-ups and short-range spotting. Active burning of surface fuels in the Ansel Adams Wilderness is confined by natural barriers, but it still remains about 10-12 miles west of Mammoth Lakes. It has had little forward progression as it is being held by the 2018 LIONS FIRE burn scar.

Firefighters will continue with securing the edge, mopping up and increasing containment lines in the northwestern corner.

CURRENT STATUS

Size Up | There has been 313,660 acres destroyed. Current containment status is 49%. Fire behavior is active with uphill runs, backing and short-range spotting.

Damage Assessments | There has been 71 structures damaged and 856 destroyed. 12 people (fire/civilians) have been injured. Cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a whopping $113,000,000.

Infrastructure | Power companies are assessing re-energenzing areas and making infrastructure repairs.

Creek Fire, mop-up near 7 road
Photo Credit | USFS

Repopulation | Residents, business owners and others are starting to repopulate areas again.

Temporary Entry Permits | Temporary Entry permits will be given to those who were evacuated from campgrounds, camping areas and cabins south of the fire to return and pick up their belongings on October 4, 2020 and again on October 10th and 11th. Additional dates will be given for the northern side.

How to Request a Permit –> https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/sierra/home/?cid=fseprd815384/

Cattle Round-up | Cattle in and around the fire area are being rounded up and evacuated out of the area.

Creek Fire, mop-up near 7 road
Photo Credit | USFS

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Fire-nadoes | 2 Fire-nadoes shows its face as fire weather intensifies on September 25th. (Media)

Military Assistance | Army, Navy and Marines are all helping fight the good fight, together as one.

Community of Shaver | Many homes in this community are saved.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 2030 PT

NEW! | Pony Fire Ignites

The PONY FIRE ignited on Saturday, October 3, 2020 and is burning off of Pony Brown Road and Ione Road in Sloughhouse (Sacramento County), California. Crews were dispatched around 1556 hours PT and reported five acres with moderate rate of spread.

About 20 acres has been destroyed.

There is no containment at this time.

At the last time of a CAL FIRE presser, they released this statement:

Fire crews quickly stopped the forward progress of the fire that started in grass but has made its way into heavy brush and timber located at the end of Pony Brown Road in Sloughhouse. Due to the dense fuel load, it may take awhile to reach full containment. Crews will be working throughout the evening to maintain control of the fire.”

Cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation.

The CAL FIRE / Amador El Dorado Unit is currently working to put this fire out.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog- Updated 10/3/2020 1940 PT

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

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Photo Credit | NWS Boulder

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

UPDATE 2  | Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

Fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $1 Million and is rising each day.

CURRENT STATUS

The fire has burned 6,000 acres. There is a 0% containment status.  Cause is unknown and under investigation.

Fire behavior is extreme with rapid rate of spread.

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 16, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours MDT. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff in case you miss or missing it <—

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RESOURCES

There are 91 total personnel which includes 5 Type 1 air tankers, 1 VLAT, 1 Type 2 Crew, 1 Type 1 helo, 1 Type 3 helo, 4 Type 3 engines, 8 SEATs.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado, Mapping Support (Joseph Elfelt).

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is open at The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446.

For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

ALERTS

Evacuation order Update here –> Road closures and evacuation is located at this weblink here —>  https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd781558.pdf (Grand County, Colorado)

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1625 PT, 1725 MDT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO | SIT REP 2

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

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Photo Credit | South Metro Fire & Rescue

UPDATE 2- Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland near Cameron Pass and Chambers Lake; about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes (Rocky Mountains) in  the State of Colorado.

Did You Know?

In 2019, there were 11,755 fires that burned a total of 174,624 acres.  This year by tomorrow will clearly and easily surpass last year’s fire stats. – RMACC (CO, WY, KS, NE, SD)

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Photo Credit | RMACC

The CAMERON PEAK FIRE  started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting. The fire has crossed over Total acres destroyed, 10,867 and there is still no containment status.

Fire crews will continue with extensive structure protection and indirect suppression activities. Forest Fire Officials say it is too dangerous for a direct attack.

It has now spread east of Hwy 14.

The biggest fire fuel in these Colorado National Forests are millions of beetle killed trees, dry and high temperatures making it perfect for a firestorm. No rain has fallen to help with fire suppression efforts.

RESOURCES

The South Metro Fire & Rescue (Station 33) will be sending another wildland team to this incident. This will be a 3rd unit from the metro Denver area to assist as a mutual aid resource.

One helicopter was dispatched from Bozeman, Montana as a mutual resource.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff, South Metro F&R, NWS Boulder, NWS Grand Junction, Canyon Lakes Ranger District,

Air assets include Tanker 911, a McDonald Douglas DC10 and multiple helicopters (have been working since Day1)

Footage Credit | Arapaho and Roosevelt NF / Pawnee Natl Grassland

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

No structures have been reported as damaged or destroyed.

The expenses for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $564,000 and are climbing rapidly each day.

ALERTS

—> 2nd Community Meeting to be Held Sunday, August 16, 2020 1730 (5:30pm)

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There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR, meaning NO DRONES IN FIRE ZONES.

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THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Today’s been the worst air quality in northern Colorado for a while. – Local resident with Asthma

A large smoke column can be seen from Shadow Mountain Lake in Grand Lake. – Local resident

Another smoky morning in the Canyon. – Local resident

I cannot believe people are still out rafting in the Poudre Canyon right now! Lower PC is safe but who wants to be in all that smoke? – Local resident

[Fire] burning near Walden doubles in size. Prompts health warnings. – MSN.com, Coloradoan.com.

Finally getting some more air support on this fire with several LATs (Large air tankers) and one VLAT (Very large air tanker) in addition to the helicopters that have been working since Day 1. – Local Meterologist

Cannot even see the foothills 2 miles away from Fort Collins. Smoke has really increased today. – Digital Marketer

Like much of Rawah Wilderness/Roosevelt NF is made up of mostly beetle kill which leaves it vulnerable and full of unburned fire fuels.  Going to be very hard to contain. – Local resident/hiker

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/16/2020 1515 PT

 

SEAMAN RD FIRE CONTAINED | WALLA WALLA WA

SEAMAN ROAD FIRE

Photo Courtesy Walla Walla Fire District 8

 SUMMARY

A field/brush fire was reported by the Table Rock Lookout Tower on Lewis Peak Drive on Saturday, August 15th around 1407 PT.  Both Walla Walla FD4 and WA DNR were immediately dispatched to the area of Biscuit Ridge or Seaman Road. (1407)

The fire is also known as the LEWIS PEAK FIRE.

ALARM TIMELINE

1st Alarm

1407 | Table Rock Lookout reports a field fire/brush fire.  Walla Walla FD4 and WA DNR are immediately dispatched to the area of Biscuit Ridge or Seaman Road.

1414 | The fire is reportedly moving into the canyon.  Columbia County Fire and DR Command in La Grande, Oregon are dispatched.

Lewis Peak Fire 
Photos Courtesy of Walla Walla Fire District 8

1418 | Air resources are en route.  Large flames are reported, along that has burned 4 acres.

1424 | First arriving units are requesting additional resources, as fire behavior is extreme with a high rate of spread, they need all the help they can get, including high volumes of water.

2nd and 3rd Alarms

1425 | At the same time, the fire command initiates a 2nd and 3rd alarm for this brush fire.

1426 | Task Force units include Districts 2, 4, 6 are dispatched.  Fire moves  into heavy brush.

4th Alarm

1440 | A 4th Alarm is initiated

1451 | DNR sends a Type 2 helo and 2 trucks.  Level 1 Evacuations for Hooper Road

5th Alarm

1509 | A 5th Alarm is initiated.  An urgent request for additional assets is relayed to Dispatch.

1531 | Level 1 evacuations issued for Lewis Peak Road from Mud Creek up and over to include Seaman Road.  These are voluntary evacuation orders.

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1537 | Reports of the fire moving again into the Canyon

1545 | WA DNR Helo has to be pulled off the fire and has to return to Pendleton for an unknown reason

1600 | 5 structures are threatened

1615 | A dozer and an experienced operator arrives on-scene and begins fire line operations in the Canyon.

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1640 | Fire appears to be contained.

1713 | Burnout operations begin.

1724 | Walla Walla County Emergency Management strongly encourages its residents to keep their situational awareness active and to sign up for emergency alerts at this site here –> https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736724315#/signup

1725 | IC reports the fire is contained in 3 canyons. Fire tries to jump out and is spotting.

1849 | A Power outage in the Lewis Peak near Biscuit Ridge has been reported. A Columbia REA crew is responding.

1852 | A wildland strike team arrives on-scene as mutual aid.  The IC requests the closures of Seaman Road at Biscuit Ridge and Lewis Peak Road.

1943 | Fire is reported as fully contained. Forward progression has stopped, crews will be busy with extensive mop-up operations.  Personnel will remain on-scene for several days. We have reached out to the Walla Walla County Emergency Management for the total acreage and if they have a preliminary cause yet.

POWER OUTAGES

If you see a wire down, always treat it as if it were live. Do not report to 9-1-1 unless it is life threatening.

Report Power Outages to Columbia REA directly at 509-526-4041.

PHOTO CREDIT

All photo(s) credit belong to Walla Walla County Emergency Management

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 – 2005 PT

 

CAMERON PEAK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

CAMERON PEAK FIRE

Photo Credit | Cameron Peak Fire Facebook

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles SW of Redfeather Lakes, Colorado.

The fire started on August 13, 2020 around 1348 hours MDT from an unknown cause. It is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

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–> Community Meeting (Virtual Meeting) August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) MDT <–

Fire behavior is extreme with short crown runs and long-range spotting.  There has been 5,100 acres of timber litter that has been destroyed.  There is a 0% containment status.

Structures are threatened. Evacuations in effect. Road Closures in effect.

Fire crews will continue to identify and protect valued assets, as well as keeping the fire north of CO Hwy 16.

The weather forecast is expected to continue to deteriorate with hot temps, dry and breezy conditions, ripe for fire weather.

RESOURCES

The USFS is the lead agency with the RM Blue Team, a Type 2 IMT assumed command this morning at 0600 MDT.

About 108 total personnel are deployed on this incident along with 4 crews, 7 engines and 3 helicopters.

Incident Cooperators include the Rocky Mtn IMT, USFS and Larimer County Sheriff.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

None reported to structures or infrastructure.

No injuries to civilians or firefighters reported.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Smoke in Larimer County is turning the sun orange. Some ash landed on me earlier.” – Eyewitness account

“Fire burns portions of popular Poudre Canyon campground.” –  Business leader

“The sky is telling me that Poudre Canyon will not be the place to go camping this weekend.” – Area resident

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/15/2020 – 1500 PT, 1600 MDT

 

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE | COLORADO SIT REP | 1

WILLIAMS FORK FIRE

15 miles NW of Fraser, Colorado

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

UPDATE 1 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire is burning in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles NW of Fraser in Grand County.

It is west of Winter Park and Denver in  the Fraser Valley and south of Hot Sulphur Springs.  This is located in the Ft. Collins zone, near Ute Pass in Colorado.

Fire started on Friday, August 14 around noon MDT (1043 PT)

CURRENT STATUS

–> Virtual Community Meeting:  August 15, 2020 1700 (5pm) Hours. Go to the Grand County Sheriff’s Facebook @GrandCoSheriff <–

Fire behavior is extreme with crowning and flanking.  Structures and energy infrastructures are under direct threat.   There has been 1,300 acres of timber, litter and under story that has been destroyed.

There is a zero containment status.  The cause is unknown and under investigation.

Structures and the Henderson Mill and all of its infrastructure are under threat, along with multiple utilities in the area.

On Friday afternoon (Day 1), heavy air support and resources were on-scene supporting up to 50 firefighters from many different mutual aid agencies.

Overnight extreme fire burned and growing significantly.   It was moving east-northeast towards Church and reached the top of Kinney and Darling Creeks. At one point, it was held at CR 30 and south of Keyser Creek.  It is said to be burning in a remote area of the upper Williams Fork Valley, which has been impacted by an intensive beetle kill in the early 2000’s.

This afternoon, fire behavior is due to increase due to winds and temps rising.  Fire is moving in a northeast direction.

Fire weather is expected to continued with hot, dry and windy conditions throughout the weekend.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

RESOURCES

A Type 2 IMT is on order, which will take over from the current Type 3 IMT managing the fire.

There are 93 total personnel assigned along with 1 crew, 8 engines and 2 helicopters. IC is currently LeBlanc.  More resources have arrived today from the 50 firefighters from mutual fire agencies from Summit and Grand Counties.

Incident Cooperators include:  USFS (Lead Agency), CDPHE Air Pollution, Colorado Emergency Management, Grand and Summer County Fire Agencies, Grand County Office of Emergency Management, Rocky Mountain Coordination Center, RMACC, NWS Boulder, NWS IMET Operations, GMUG National Forests, Summit Fire and EMS, Grand County Colorado,

CLOSURES

Road closures are in effect for the following areas:

CR 3 is open with intermittent closures.  CR 30 remains closed along with 50, which is closed near Young Life.

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Photo Credit | FAA

EVACUATION ORDERS

Mandatory evacuations are in effect for:

CR 30 on the west to Church Park.  From the St. Louis Creek Road on the east to the Darling Creek drainage to the south.  Sugarloaf and South Fork Campgrounds are also included.

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Photo Credit | USDA Fire Service

EVACUATION SHELTERS

An evacuation shelter is planned for The Inn at Silvercreek Conference Center. 62927 US Hwy 40, Grandby, CO 80446. For more details, contact the Sheriffs Office at 970-725-3852.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

A $50,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment expenses has been reached.

ALERTS

There are 4 wildfires burning in the State:  CAMERON PEAK, WILLIAMS FORK, GRIZZLY CREEK and  PINE GULCH Fires.

There is a Temporary Flight Restriction or commonly known as a TFR.

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Photo Credit | GMUG National Forests

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

“Another fire burning, I am afraid to say.” – News media

“This is the fourth active wildfire burning in the state.” – Twitter user

“Beetle kill, dry summers and humans are to blame.” – Twitter user

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Photo Credit | USFS

“This is crazy. People are still coming into Grand County while a major wildfire is burning a short distance away. Air quality is horrible. Outdoor activities are still ongoing.” Eyewitness account

“A smoke plume can be seen in Summit County, this is just outside of Idaho Springs.” – Eyewitness account

“Williams Fork Fire looks scary.” -News media

“Lots of flames. Good news, it is closer to the metro area so planes can get to it faster.” – News media

“Smoke can be seen from Soda Springs Ranch along Hwy 34.” – Eyewitness account

A smoky haze is now over the Dillon Reservoir and Breckenridge.” – Eyewitness account

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CA WILDFIRE SIT REP | STAGECOACH FIRE | AUGUST 10 2020

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STAGECOACH FIRE | Kern County FD

About 9 miles South of Lake Isabella, near Havilah Community

UPDATE 2 | MONDAY (8/10/2020)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

  • Reported – 8/3/2020, 1529 PT
  • Cause – Unknown, under investigation
  • Response – Wildfire
  • Fuels – Tall brush, tall grass
  • Area – Havilah and Piute communities in Kern County. 9 miles south of Lake Isabella.
  • Command – Kern  County FD (Lead), BLM Fire and Sequoia Forest
  • IMT – IMT 2 – CA Team 15
  • Incident Cooperators – Kern Co SO, CAL FIRE, Kern HS District, CHP, Liberty Ambulance, CAL OES, Red Cross, CA DOC, San Joaquin and East Kern APCD, Joseph Elft (@MappingSupport)

Photo Credit | Kern FD

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CURRENT STATUS

  • Size/Containment – 7,760 acres
  • Containment Status – 77%
  • Personnel – 974 total personnel including 30 crews, 33 engines, 9 helicopters.
  • Fire Behavior – Min with flanking, creeping and smoldering
  • Operations – Firefighters making good press, increased containment achieved daily, construction and reinforcement of fire line in continually progress on eastern and northern edges.
  • Mop-up operations in progress to address hot spots.
  • Fire Weather – expected high winds on Tuesday afternoon, may increase fire behavior
  • Evacuations in progress

Photo Credit | Kern County FD

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EVACUATIONS

  • Thompson Canyon Area – Includes Caliente Bodfish Rd east to Piute Mtn Rd, from area South of School Street to South of Heritage Way
  • Valley Area – Saddles Springs Road/Piute Mtn Road as it goes near Burton Mill, Clear Creek, Cold Spring, Liebel Peak, Piute Peak, Piute Spring, Rocky Point and Saddle Spring

Photo Credit | City of Tehachapi | Photo taken of a helo on August 5th that was seen staged/flying out of the Tehachapi Municipal Airport

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CLOSURES

  • Roads – Thompson Canyon Road east of the cattle guard, approximately .25 mile East of Gossip Rock

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

  • $9 Million Cost-to-date (Fire Suppression/Containment efforts)
  • Damages – 5 structures
  • Destroyed – 15 structures (habitable), 25 (outbuildings)
  • Injuries – 1

Photo Credit | Alert Wildfire | Photo taken on August 4, 2020 as seen from Breckenridge.  This is showing a wind shift from NV fire cameras. Amazing….

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RESOURCES

  • Engines – 25
  • Helos – 9
  • Dozers – 1
  • Water Tenders – 14
  • Air Tankers – 0
  • Crews  – 21
  • Overhead Personnel – 139
  • Total Personnel – 754

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