CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES | JUNE 19 2017

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Here are the wildfires for Monday, June 19, 2017.

Do we have one missing from this list? Check us out and let us know.

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BOGUS FIRE

The Bogus Fire was reported on June 19, 2017 by CAL Fire which is burning off of Ager Beswick Road and Crest Lane and South of Copco Lake in Siskiyou County.

There is 56 acres burning with a containment status of 60%.^

HIGHWAY FIRE

The Highway Fire is burning on the Sequoia National Forest, about 5 miles SW of Bodfish.  The fire has consumed 500 acres of tall grass and brush.  Its fire behavior remains as extreme and has a 0% containment status.

There are 370 personnel attached alongside 13 crews, 17 engines and 6 helicopters.

Costs have reached $500,000 to date.%

LAKE FIRE

The Lake Fire is located 1 mile NE of Castaic and on the Angeles National Forest. There have been 800 acres of chaparral and tall grass destroyed.  Its fire behavior has dropped to minimal that is now creeping and smoldering with a 20% containment status.

Photo Credit:  Angeles NF

Lake Fire. (Credit: Angeles NF)

There are still 465 personnel assigned to this fire incident along with 15 crews, 25 engines and 3 helicopters.

Fire suppression and containment costs have topped out at $400,000 to date.^

SMILEY FIRE

CAL Fire has reported that the Smiley Fire started on June 18th @ 1510 hours from an unknown cause which Law Enforcement officials are currently investigating.  The fire is located North of Moreno Valley in Riverside County.

There are currently 3 engines assigned to patrolling and improving containment lines to the 100% contained wildfire but resources soared to 9 firefighters, 3 engines and 2 water tenders.

There was one minor injury reported.

No structures were damaged.

Incident Cooperators include:  AMR, CAL FIRE/Riverside, CAL FIRE/San Bernardino, CAL FIRE/San Diego and Riverside County Fire Department. ^

TRELLIS FIRE

The Trellis Fire is North of Lake Elsinore and State Highway 74, near Trellis Lane in Riverside County has been reported as 100% contained, leaving 26 acres destroyed by an unknown cause.

The fire was reported on June 18th around 1603 hours.

Resources from CAL Fire – Riverside, CHP, City of Corona FD, Murrietta FD, Riverside County FD and Riverside County Sheriff Office were dispatched along with 45 firefighters, 12 engines, 1 truck and 3 overhead personnel.

There were no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

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CALIFORNIA | LAKE FIRE | 4

CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA

Photo Credit: Inciweb

Incident Summary – A fast-moving fire that started on Saturday, June 17, 2017, on the north shoreline of Castaic Lake in California became an inferno burning to the NE into the forest.  The original fire call in the afternoon was at a small 3-5 acres turned into one of the most difficult fast-moving fires in recent times remembered.

As of Sunday, June 18, 2017, the fire has destroyed 1,000 acres though firefighters have reached a 10% containment status with 2 outbuildings being demolished.

Cause – The cause  is unknown at this time.

Resources – There are 450 firefighters from the Los Angeles County FD, Los Angeles City FD, Angeles National Forest, U.S. Forest Service, BLM and CA DOF & Fire Management joined together in a massive force.  Equipment and resources in the form of Air Tankers, Helicopters, Helco, Fire crews, Handcrews, Water Tenders among other high volumes of resources.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office was on hand to help with Law Enforcement objectives.

Los Angeles County FD and the Angeles National Forest are still in Unified Command.

 Conditions – Access to the fire was difficult and lifeguard boats were used to shuttle crews back and forth to/from the fire on the Angeles National Forest.

Grass and brush are considered as light to medium fire fuel.

Photo Credit: Angeles NF

Containment Status – Fire crews have now reached a 10% containment status with the heavy presence of crews, strike teams, skillfully planned operations by Fire Managers and large volume of air resources.

Injuries – None have been reported at this time.

Social Media – Hashtags #CAwildfires2017 #LakeFire are being used for this incident.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 0945 Hours PDT – 6/18/2017

CALIFORNIA | LAKE FIRE | 3

CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA

Photo Credit: Inciweb

Incident Summary – A fast-moving and well-established wildfire is burning on the West side of Castaic Lake on the shoreline (as seen in the above photo) in Castaic (Los Angeles County) and north of Santa Clarita in California.

Cause – The cause  is unknown at this time.

Resources – Scores of resources poured in from Los Angeles County FD, Los Angeles City FD, Angeles National Forest, CAL Fire and the US Forest Service. Copters, Air Tankers and other aircraft were working around the lake and further away.

 Conditions – Access to the fire was difficult and lifeguard boats were used to shuttle crews back and forth to/from the fire on the Angeles National Forest.

Photo Credit: Angeles NF

Fire Behavior – When the fire was reported, it was initially at 3-5 acres but would quickly turn into 500 acres with a short amount of time. As of this report, fire has destroyed 1,000 acres and 2 outbuildings.

Containment Status – Fire crews have now reached a 10% containment status with the heavy presence of crews, strike teams, skillfully planned operations by Fire Managers and large volume of air resources.

Operations – Night operations will continue throughout the evening on Saturday, June 17th into Sunday, June 18th when some resources are due to be reassigned to this wildfire.

Injuries – None have been reported at this time.

Social Media – Hashtags #CAwildfires2017 #LakeFire are being used for this incident.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 2135 Hours PDT – 6/17/2017

CALIFORNIA | LAKE FIRE | 2

BREAKING NEWS | CASTAIC, CALIFORNIA

Photo Credit: LA Co Fire Ops

Incident Summary – A fast-moving and well-established wildfire is burning on the West side of Castaic Lake on the shoreline (as seen in the above photo) in Castaic (Los Angeles County) and north of Santa Clarita in California.

Resources – 2  #CDF S-2 Tankers 72 & 73 were on-scene. A strike team was requested and to meet on I-5 as part of staging.  LA County Fire Ops (helicopters) are working in conjunction with LA County ground firefighters.

Conditions – Access to the fire is difficult and firefighters are having to go to Temple Highway and go through the power plant.  Head of the fire was visible from Torrey Peak south of Piru.

Fire Behavior – The shoreline fire has destroyed 3-5 acres with moderate rate of spread (ROS) with spotting. Fire is now threatening SR8 and structures in this area.

Social Media – Hashtags #CAwildfires2017 #LakeFire are being used for this incident. Correction:  This fire was previously reported in error as the #Blue12Fire and is actually the #LakeFire

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1443 Hours PDT – 6/17/2017

UNCONTAINED LARGE WILDFIRES in NW, WEST COAST and YUKON – July 18, 2015

Here are the newest Updates for today’s fires.

FIRE SUMMARY:

NW Fire Stats

  • Large Fires:  0 Stats:  No change
  • Uncontained Fires:  WA [3], OR [1]   Stats:  No change
  • New Fires:  WA [5 for 38 acres], OR [14 for 1 acre]   Stats: New fires went down

National Fire Stats

  • New Fires  [Initial Attack Activities-Light]: 100  Stats:  A decrease of 21 new fires 
  • Large Fires Contained: 4   Stats: Fire crews are making some progress
  • Uncontained Fires:  5   Stats: Good news with one contained

IMT Stats [Committed]

  • WA IMT 1:  1
  • National IMT 1:  2
  • WA IMT 2:  1
  • National IMT:  5

ALASKA FIRES

Burnout operations on Spicer Creek Fire complex

TANANA FIRE

Multiple fires located from close proximity up to 60+ miles from the town of Tanana [AK]

  • Personnel:  331
  • Incident Cooperators:  #Doyon, #TananaChiefsConference, #TananaVillageCouncil, #TananaVFD
  • Acres:  484,948
  • Containment:  1%
  • Fire status:  Moderate fire behavior included torching, creeping and smoldering. Crews continued direct attack north of Tanana with saw lines and hose lays.

MIDDLE YUKON FIRES / RUBY AREA FIRES

Fires are south and east of the village of Ruby [AK]

  • Personnel:  91
  • Total Acres:  395,115 acres
  • Containment:  No containment % available

Multiple Fires burning in this Complex

Active

  • Bruno Fire – 15,232 acres
  • Big Creek Two Fire – 322,451 acres
  • Trail Creek Fire – 32,687 acres

In Monitor Status

  • Gentian Fire – 14, 065 acres
  • Ruby Slough Fire – 49 acres
  • Eldorado Fire – 6 acres
  • Little Moose Fire – 761 acres
  • Melozitnz – 3357 acres

IDITAROD FIRE

2.5 miles north of the ghost town of Iditarod [AK]

  • Acres:  98,183
  • Damage Assessment:  3 minor structures destroyed.
  • Fire Status:  In monitor status.

NORTH ANIAK FIRE

317 miles west of Anchorage, 2 miles north of the town of Aniak [AK]

  • Acres:  55,704
  • Fire Status: In mop-up, removing structure protection equipment

AGGIE CREEK FIRE

30 miles northwest of Fairbanks, AK along the Elliot Highway [AK]

An engine patrols along the fireline as burnout operations occur on the Aggie Creek Fire 07.07.15

  • Personnel:  371
  • Acres:  31,885
  • Containment:  53%
  • Fire Behavior:  Low today with creeping, smoldering, and isolated tree torching

HAY SLOUGH FIRES

14 miles NNW of the village of Manley Hot Springs [AK]

Smoke plume on Hay Slough Fire, July 10, 2015

  • Personnel:  21
  • Acres:  89,747
  • Fire Behavior:  Wetter conditions has led to mainly smoldering with some creeping

BLAIR FIRE

39 miles southeast of Fairbanks [AK]

Column as seen from Creek Creek 5-mile community. Photo by Jeff Frimel, Unaweep crew

  • Personnel:  11 
  • Acres:  43,766
  • Containment:  Unknown

BAKER FIRE

14 miles of Manley Hot Springs [AK]

Burnout opeations along Elliot Highway

  • Personnel:  220
  • Acres:  27,103
  • Containment:  Unknown %
  • Fire Behavior:  Smoldering today with isolated pockets of creeping
  • Complex Summary:  Part of Manley Area Fires

MICHIGAN CREEK FIRE

38 miles Northeast of Delta Junction [AK]

A helicopter view of the Michigan Creek Fire looking southwest

  • Personnel:  Unknown #
  • Acres: 10,499 acres
  • Containment:  Unknown  %

HEALY LAKE FIRE

28 miles Southeast of Delta Junction [AK]

Backhaul brought in by boat pilot.

  • Personnel:  39
  • Acres:  11,473
  • Containment: 15%
  • Incident Cooperators:  #RuralDeltanaVFD, #AKState

LONG LAKE FIRE

Directly south of Northway [AK]

photo of IC Clinton Northway over Long Lake Fire

  • Personnel:  147
  • Acres:  23,430
  • Containment:  20%

TETLINS HILLS FIRE

8 Miles Se Of Tok [AK]

Dozer in fire - Tetlin Hills on July 1, 2015

  • Personnel:  125
  • Acres:  1,878
  • Containment:  75%

REX COMPLEX FIRE

Kobe fire is west of Clear, Fish Creek is NE of Clear [AK]

Red water tanks consisting of plasticized canvas behind yellow-clad firefighters with mud and smoke and a solitary firefighter in the background

  • Personnel:  241
  • Fires in Complex:  #KobeFire #FishCreekFire
  • Total Acres:  16,159
  • Containment:  63%

SOCKEYE FIRE

6 miles north of Willow [AK]

Mop-up 300 ft around structures and in from the perimeter

  • Personnel:  9
  • Acres:  7,220
  • Containment:  99%

CARD STREET FIRE

Kenai Peninsula – 5 miles southeast of Sterling [AK]

Firefighter digs out a hot spot as others look on

  • Personnel:   Unknown #
  • Acres:  8,876
  • Containment:  92%

WHITEFISH LAKE 1 FIRE

8 miles south of Kalskag [AK]

The Whitefish Lake 1 Fire backs in to the wind as it burns with the interior of the fire Wednesday, June 17, 2015. Alaska Division of Forestry photo

  • Personnel:  64
  • Acres:  64,371
  • Containment:  88%

LLOYD FIRE 

40 miles SE of Manley Hot Springs, about 38 miles SW of the village of Tanana [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  77,808
  • Containment: Unknown

ROCK FIRE

9 miles SE of Hughes on the Koyukuk River [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  60,019
  • Containment:  Unknown  

DEEP CREEK FIRE

2 1/2 miles south of Lake Minchumina [AK]

  • Personnel:  Unknown
  • Acres:  11,222
  • Containment:  Unknown

AK Fire Stats:

  • New Fires:  7 for 57 acres
  • Active Fires: 308 burning across the State
  • Staffed Fires:  21 with 950,677 acres burned
  • Monitored Fires:  281 with 3,309,778 acres burned
  • Acres Burned YTD:  4,778,638  

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NEWBY LAKE FIRE

12 miles NW of Loomis [WA]

Photo showing smoke column from Newby Lake Fire on July 2, 2015

  • Personnel:  504
  • Acres:  5065
  • Containment:  20%

PARADISE FIRE

Approximately 13 miles North/Northeast of Quinault [WA]

Fire burning midslope on Pelton Peak

  • Personnel:  116l
  • Acres:  1612
  • Containment:  21%

OUTLAW DRAW FIRE

  • Personnel:  Unknown #
  • Acres:  2000
  • Containment:  60%

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CORNER CREEK FIRE

11 miles south of Dayville; near Black Canyon Wilderness [OR]

Corner Creek Fire

  • Personnel:  124
  • Acres:  29,407
  • Containment: 98%
  • Incident Cooperators:  BLM, USDA Forest Service, #CrookCountySheriff, #GrantCountySheriff, #ORDeptOfForestry

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NORTH FIRE

Cajon Pass, Baldy Mesa / I-15 N of Hwy 138 [CA]

This photograph shows a fixed wing air tanker making a retardant drop on the North Fire

  • Started:  7/16/15 1433 hours
  • Acres:  3500
  • Containment Status: 5%
  • Mandatory evacuations:  E of Sheep Creek Rd, N of Hwy 138, W of I15 / Hwy 395, S of Phelan Rd.
  • Evac Shelter:  Serrano HS, 9292 Sheep Creek Rd, Phelan CA
  • Animal Shelter: Victor Valley Fairgrounds, 14800 7th St, Victorville CA
  • Damage Assessment [SB I-5]:  20 vehicles, 2 Semis destroyed; 10 vehicles damaged.  [Baldy Mesa] 3 homes, 8 outbuildings, 44 vehicles destroyed.
  • Command:  Unified with San Bernardino County Fire + CALFire + San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office  IMT 2 team ordered.
  • Resources:  22 engines, 2 crews, 4 water tenders, 1 dozer, 1 air attack plane, 1 lead plane, 3 helicopters and 6 fixed wing planes including a DC10 and MD87.
  • Significant Event:   Aircraft was grounded for 25 minutes due to a drone flying in the same airspace as Fire Suppression aircraft.  After the airspace was clear, Fire Suppression aircraft resumed operations.**
  • ALERT:  Fire Managers would like to alert the Public to the usage [flights] of drones which fly at the same level as Fire Suppression aircraft.  When this happens, all Fire Suppression aircraft must be grounded due to possible collisions and other mishaps putting crews and civilian lives in serious danger which may also include death. DON’T DO IT!
  • Personnel:  1000
  • Incident Cooperators:  #CALFire, #CALTrans, #SanBernardinoCoFD, #SanBernardinoCoEOM, #SanBernardinoCoSheriffOffice
  • Cause:  Under investigation

LAKE FIRE

Barton Flats, South Fork, Fish Creek, Coon Creek, Ten Thousand Foot Ridge, Onyx Peak, Upper Pipes Canyon [CA]

This photo shows a crewman from the Black Eagle Handcrew carrying a pine branch while chipping brush along State Highway 38

  • Personnel: 70
  • Acres:  31,359
  • Containment:  98%
  • Incident Cooperators:  #AmericanRedCross, #BLM, #USDA Forest Service, #AnaheimFD, #BaronaFD, #BigBearFD, #BishopCityFD, #BreaFD,  #BurbankFD, #CALFire, #CAConservationCorps, #CaDOC, #CALTrans, #CHP, #CAEOM, #CarsonCityFD, #ChinoValleyFD, #ColtonFD, #KernCoFD, #LagunaBeachFD, #LA_coFD, #LomaLindaFD, #MorongoValleyFD, #OntarioFD, #OrangeCityFD, #RanchoCucamongaFD, #RanchoSantaFeFD, #RedlandsFD, #RiversideFD, #RossValleyFD, #SanBernardinoCityFD, #SanBernardinoCountyFD, #SanBernandinoCountyEOM, #SanBernardinoCountySheriffsOffice, #SanDiegoFD, #SanManuelFD, #SanMarcosFD, #VenturaCoFire, #ViejasFD

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