LAKE FIRE | CA SIT REP | 4

LAKE FIRE

Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

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PC: LACoFD PIO

UPDATE 4 – Sunday, August 16, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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

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

Environment is steep, rugged and inaccessible terrain.

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PC: SoCal Air Ops

CURRENT STATUS

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

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

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PC: LACoFD PIO

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

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

PERSONNEL

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

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PC: SCV Sheriff

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

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

EVACUATION ORDERS

Evacuations are still in effect for:

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

EVACUATION SHELTERS

Evacuation Centers currently open are the following:

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

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

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PC: Angeles NF

ANIMAL CARE

Animal Care locations are the following:

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

CLOSURES

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

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

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

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

LAKE FIRE | CA SIT REP | =3

LAKE FIRE

Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

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Camp 9 camera

UPDATE 3 – Saturday, August 15, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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

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

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

CURRENT STATUS

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

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

The cause of this fire is unknown and under investigation.

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

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

PERSONNEL

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

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

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

EVACUATION ORDERS

Evacuations are still in effect for:

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

EVACUATION SHELTERS

Evacuation Centers currently open are the following:

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

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

ANIMAL CARE

Animal Care locations are the following:

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

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

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

THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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

 

LAKE FIRE | CA SIT REP | 2

LAKE FIRE

Lake Hughes Community (Los Angeles County), California

Lake fire smoke plumes from road

UPDATE 2 – Thursday, August 13, 2020

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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

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

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

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

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

CURRENT STATUS

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

RESOURCES

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

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

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

Fire Fighters working to put out Lake Fire

EVACUATIONS

Mandatory Evacuations – GO NOW!

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

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

Evacuation Shelters

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

Large Animal Shelters

  • Antelope Valley Fairgrounds – Castaic Fairgrounds

CLOSURES

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

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

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

PHOTO CREDITS

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

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

 

CA WILDFIRE SIT REP | COLTRANE FIRE | AUGUST 8 2020

COLTRANE INCIDENT

Update 1 | Saturday (8/8/2020)

Photo Credit | Greg Doyle, LACoFD Volunteer Photographer (written ok received)

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INCIDENT SUMMARY – CURRENT STATUS

  • Start 8/8/2020 appears around 1430 PT
  • Mulch fire
  • Newhall Pass, California
  • No extension to nearby brush
  • Appears units on-scene are on top of it
  • Limited details

We will provide another update if more information is received. We did reach out to the Los Angeles County Fire Department PIO for call details, status, size, etc.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/8/2020 1440 PT

 

Sherwood Wildfire | Ventura Co CA | July 13 | Update 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A single acre brush fire turned wildfire is burning SW of Thousand Oaks, near Westlake Village, California.  Multiple fire resources from air and ground are on-scene with the mutual assistance of several agencies.

Fire behavior is very active, spotting across lines on the right flank.

LOCATION

The fire is located approximately SW of Thousand Oaks (CA), near Westlake Village.

TIMELINE

1512 Hours (3:12pm)

VCFD responded to a brush fire, reportedly as a single acre with light to medium brush and light winds.

1612 Hours (4:12pm)

Many resources were called in bringing in 233 Firefighters on the fire ground fighting fire, while others were en route.  In transit were 4 Air Tankers, 12 handcrews, 16 engines, 2 dozers and 2 copters.

Reports of those on Social Media stated smoke could be seen in the largest portion of the East Ventura County.

1645 Hours (4:45pm)

Mutual aid resources from VCFD, Ventura County Sheriffs Office (VCSO) and Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) were either on – scene or en route to the incident.

1745 Hours (5:45pm)

The first tankers were reportedly on-scene along with additional resources – COPT15 and BC44 (LACoFD) responding.  One user tweeted there were two CALFire S-2Ts flying over the fire assisting.   A VCFD strike team was also said to be on the way.

1807 Hours (6:07pm)

Fire crews were attacking the South side of the fire.  There was low intensity near structures as it was commended to those for keeping a defensible space around their homes.  Good progress was being made from air resources.

1836 Hours (6:36pm)

A web cam shows a strong inversion keeping the area socked by smoke from this wildfire.

A webcam shows the area of Westlake Village. (Credit: CALTrans)

1850 Hours (6:50pm)

The Incident Coooperators for wildfire are the VCFD, VCSO, Red Cross Ventura, CALFire and Ventura County Animal Services.

1855 Hours (6:55pm)

Per VCFD’s PIO states there are 4 helicopters; 2 LA Co FD and 2 from VCFD along 2 fixed wing Airtankers on scene.  There is a DC10 en route.  They do not expect any homes to be damaged.  There is currently 0% containment at this time but fire crews are making good progress.

1920 Hours (7:20pm)

The fire has now scorched 78 acres and is still at a zero containment.  No word on the cause is known.

REMINDERS

VCFD is asking that all drivers and those in nearby to avoid the Potrero Road area due to a road closure between Westlake Blvd and Lake Sherwood Drive (road closed).  Emergency vehicles are only allowed in the area.

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following Hashtags for this:  #SherwoodFire #CaWildfires2016 #USWildfiresCA

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