WA | Schneider Springs Fire Update

Sunday Update – September 12, 2021

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COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING – VIRTUAL

Monday, September 13, 2021 @ 1900 hours PT (7pm)

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Photo 📸: Burnout operations on the Bull Complex fire.
Credit | NICC

Incident Summary

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches and 10 miles west of Nile, Washington in the northern Cascade Mountain Range.

The fire was sparked by lighting that passed over the area on August 3, 2021, which ignited short grass, timber and brush on August 4, 2021, around 1230 hours PT.

The fire has burned 102,407 acres and reached a 17% containment status.

Current Status

The fire’s behavior remains today as moderate with flanking, backing and creeping. Pockets of fire fuels are being burned by surface fire with occasional flare-ups.

Division Alpha – structure protection in effect with some mop-up operations. Firing operations being conducted as needed.

UAS can fly at night and scout portions of the fire that may be inaccessible to ground personnel. Here’s is a photo of real time video. Photo shows trees in the dark with flames.
Credit | USFS

Division Delta – structure protection to continue with one of their fire objectives to complete line construction. They will work to prep the control line and will look towards future operations of going direct when possible.

Division Hotel – main fire objective is to tie in around the Cliffdell down to the river, as their main focus as it is critical to get this completed as soon as possible. They will also continue to monitor and patrol portions of the line.

Division Oscar – crews are working tirelessly to patrol and repair portions of the line, as well as hold and improve the firing operations around Burnt Mountain. Mop-up operations in effect for any new or existing hotspots.

Night Ops – They are working to continue much of the same with providing structure protection and defensive firing as needed. Crews will monitor and hold.

Repair Group – Working in the Bethel Ridge area and will conduct priority repair work as directed.

A rainstorm passed over the area but produced little to no precip over the area.

It continues to threaten several local communities and structures, prompting evacuation orders to remain in effect along with area, road and trails still closed. Some have been reduced down to Level 2 from 3, after rain fell over the fire area.

A Temporary Flight Restriction or TFR is in effect, therefore no drones or other aircraft will be allowed to fly over the fire area. Collisions can occur if drones intrude upon the TFR, putting fire personnel in the air and on the ground in grave danger and it is illegal to do so. Heavy fines and jail time can be give for violations. Questions? Contact the Naches Ranger District at 509-653-1401. Fire Line staffed 0800-1900 daily at 509-653-1468. #NoDronesInFireZones

Resources

Command is under a PNW2 Type 1 IMT Incident Commander (IC) R. Allen with 601 total personnel under their direction, along with 13 crews, 36 engines and eight copters.

A Red Cross shelter was opened on September 9th at 1500 hours PT (3pm) at the Summit View Church of Christ located at 100 N. 72nd Avenue in Yakima, Washington 98801.

On September 8, 2021, the National Interagency Fire Center or NIFC for short, deployed two wildland firefighting hand crews from Quebec, Canada.

Canadian crews pose for a group photo after their arrival at NIFC on September 8, 2021. Credit: Jennifer Myslivy, BLM
Credit | NIFC

Incident Cooperators include: NWS IMET Operations, NIFC, WSP, DOE – Central Region, City of Yakima Government, Yakima County Government (Sheriff’s Office, OEM), Yakama Nation, Quebec (CAN) hand crews, Northwest Interagency Coordination Center (NICC), NWS Pendleton (Air Quality reports), Crystal Mountain Resort, NWS Seattle, CK Fire and Rescue (South Puget Sound Strike Team), Zigzag Hotshots, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Jackson Hotshots, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (Oka-Wen NF), NWS Spokane, Oregon Smoke Info, Joseph Elfelt (Mapping), Red Cross NW, National Forest Foundation, Bureau of Land Management (BLM),

Significant Events

  • This firestorm was deemed a megafire on September 10, 2021, with the fire broke the 100,000+-acre record.
  • On August 23, 2021, there were 16 active wildfires with the (Schneider Springs Fire) over 67,000; Lick Creek Fire at 80,000+, Cub Creek Fire at 70,000+ and Whitmore Fire over 58,000+ acres.
  • On August 11, 2021, Social media commented on weather being cooler and wetter helping firefighters contain the wildfire, but it seems that was just a hope.
  • The cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment efforts have reached $35 Million Dollars of today.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Friday Update – August 27, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 20 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands.

Crews continue to work on nighttime firing operations in Bethel Ridge Area
Credit | OK-WEN NF (USFS)

There has been 75,055 acres of timber that has been destroyed. Fire crews have been able to increase the containment from three-to-eight percent. Fire behavior is active, flanking, backing and isolate torching.

The incident is under the direction of PNW2, a Type 1 IMT’s IC R. Allen.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations.

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 670 total personnel along with 13 crews, 50 engines and six aircraft.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

WA’s Schneider Springs Fire

Wednesday Update – August 25, 2021

The SCHNEIDER SPRINGS FIRE is burning about 18 miles northwest of Naches, Washington on Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest lands, which has consumed a total of 71,907 acres of timber, brush and short grass.

The lightning-caused fire started on August 4, 2021 and has quickly spread over thousands of acres of land, threatening structures and forcing mandatory evacuations. This has also been concerns for fire managers for vital infrastructure that also may be threatened.

View of Bumping River with firefighter in far in the background
Credit | USFS

To assist with fire suppression and containment, there are 530 total personnel along with 12 crews, 38 engines, six dozers, nine aircraft resources and 17 other pieces of heavy equipment.

Crews have reached a difficult three-percent containment status but they are slowly making progress on this stubborn fire. Behavior has been observed as active with flanking, back and torching. It said to be burning deep down in several canyons too dangerous for crews to follow and attempt to contain.

LEVEL 3 EVACUATIONS (GO NOW)

  • Bumping River Road from north to south

LEVEL 2 EVACUATIONS (GET SET)

  • Hwy 410 from Bumping River Road to US12

LEVEL EVACUATIONS (GET READY)

  • US12 at Hwy 410 west to Tieton Reservoir Road

Current Restrictions include no flying of drones in the fire zone(s).

There has been no structures destroyed but the total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment cost-to-date has risen to $12.4 Million Dollars.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog

CA’s Zogg Fire | 4

SIT REP 4 | OCTOBER 4, 2020 | SUNDAY

SUMMARY 

Initial Date/Start | The ZOGG FIRE started almost one week ago on Sunday, September 27th around 1500 hours PT.

Location |  It is located off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo in Shasta County in California.

Cause | Cause is still unknown at this time and is under investigation.

Image may contain: sky and nature

Photo Credit | Whiskeytown National Rec Area

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.  It is said to be still threatening homes and evacuations are still in effect.

Staffing | There are 1,767 total personnel with 39 crews, 14 helos, 196 engines, 24 dozers and 55 water tenders. the NW IMET Operations Medford is en route to this fire and will be arriving shortly.  Lead agency is the CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit.

Size Up | There has been 56,305 acres burned with a 68% containment status. About 91 structures are still being threatened.

Damage Assessment |  26 structures damaged. 196 structures destroyed. 1 injury. 4 deaths. Total costs-to-date are $15,600,000.00.

Repopulation | Evacuation orders were lifted for Shasta County roads along Plantina Road between Placer and Bland Roads.  On Deck Way, Junkans Road, Birdie Lane, Newscott Lane, Nelson Road, Church Street, Cemetery Road and Shoup Road.  *Residents will be allowed in the first 24 hours*  https://www.fire.ca.gov/incidents/2020/9/27/zogg-fire/

SHASTA COUNTY

Alerts | To register for emergency alerts: bit.ly/shastacodered

Evacuation Orders 

  • Duncan Creek Road, Bully Choop Road and Old Bully Choop Road.
  • Platina Road east of Bland Road to Placer Rd. Access to Platina Road will be via Highway 36.
  • All roads off South Fork Rd west of Placer Rd.

Evacuation Centers

  • Temporary Evacuation Point: Please contact 1-530-276-8034 for virtual assistance.
  • Large animal evacuate center: Cottonwood Rodeo Grounds 3917 Main Street, Cottonwood, CA 96022
  • Small animal evacuation center: Haven Humane Society 7449 Eastside Rd, Anderson, CA 96007 (small animals are goats or sheep and smaller.)

Road Closures 

  • East bound Platina Rd @ Bland Rd
  • The intersection of West bound Platina @ Placer Rd @ Clear creek @ Gas Point
  • South Forak Rd @ Placer Rd

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire – Infrastructure Resources |Shasta County Sheriff, Tehama County SO, PG&E, CAL TRANS, CHP, Sierra Pacific, Mountain Gate Fire Department, Shasta County Fire Department, Shasta County Public Works, City of Redding Fire Department, Anderson Fire Department, Cottonwood Fire Protection District, Weaverville Fire Protection District, National Guard, California Conservation Corps, California Department of Corrections, BLM, California State Parks, Cal OES, National Parks, USFS.

Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Hazards | While Shasta County Deputies were patrolling within the fire zone, a tree fell onto their vehicle.  They escaped injury, but their patrol unit wasn’t so lucky.  It was deemed a total.

This is why Law Enforcement Officials are asking people to stay out of closed areas.  (Occurred 9/30/2020)

Photo Credit | Shasta County SO

COMING HOME AFTER A WILDFIRE…

Coming home after a wildfire can be difficult. The damage is often unknown until the homeowner returns days or weeks later. Before returning home ALWAYS check with officials before attempting to return to your home.

•Check grounds for hot spots, smoldering stumps, and vegetation.

•Check the roof and exterior areas for sparks or embers.

•Check the attic and throughout your house for any hidden burning sparks or embers.

•Check for fire damage to your home, turn off all appliances and make sure the meter is not damaged before turning on the main circuit breaker.

•Check the well or pump-house to ensure it is in working order.

•Contact 911 if any danger is perceived.

•Consult local experts on the best way to restore and plant your land with fire-safe landscaping.

Presented by CAL FIRE.

FOOD SAFETY

Power Outages | Food can spoil in less than 2 hours without refrigeration.

Discard the following:

• Food requiring refrigeration

• All frozen foods – foods that have thawed and may have refroze after power was restored are unsafe

• Any food that has been exposed to heat, smoke, fire retardant and foam or other chemicals

• Food with unusual odor, color, or texture

• Cans or food containers that are bulging, open, or dented

• Food not in waterproof containers or cans

• Food canned at home

• Food in cardboard containers (including juice, milk, and baby formula)

• Food in containers with screw caps, snap lids, crimped caps, twist caps, flip tops, and snap-tops

When in doubt, throw it out!

(CAL FIRE, Shasta County)

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS – RESOURCES

Wildfires can be devastating to those who have been evacuated, have had their home/business/structures damaged or destroyed to the those who have been impacted directly or indirectly by these emotional stressers.

Your mental health is important to us and we are giving resources should you need them. If you choose to  use them, please know that this is NOT a weakness but something that is so important to help you through these terrible times in life.

Disaster Distress Helpline | 1-800-985-5990.  TEXT:  “TalkWithUs” to 66746. DisasterDisaster.samhsa.gov 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.  samhsa.gov

HOW TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS

Salvation Army | They are accepting monetary donations including gift cards.

Current needs:  Underwear, t-shirts, socks, diapers, hygiene items and cleaning supplies.  Drop off address:  2691 Larkspur lane, Redding, CA. Monday-Friday between 0900-1200 and 1300-1600 hours (9-12, 1-4pm). Call #530-222-2201.  *Must be new and unopened items*

Red Cross | Will only accept monetary donations for the Northern California wildfires.  redcross.org/donate to make your donation.

Sources | CAL FIRE, NIFC, Inciweb, Red Cross, Social Media

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/4/2020 1245 PT

ZOGG FIRE | CA | 3

ZOGG WILDFIRE

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Photo Credit | CAL TRANS

SIT REP 3 | SATURDAY | OCTOBER 3, 2020

SUMMARY 

Initial Date/Start | The ZOGG FIRE started almost one week ago on Sunday, September 27th around 1500 hours PT.

Location |  It is located off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird Lane, north of Igo in Shasta County in California.

Cause | Cause is still unknown at this time and is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire Behavior | Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.  It is said to be still threatening homes and evacuations are still in effect. (NIFC)

Size Up | There has been 56,305 acres burned with a 57% containment status.

Damage Assessment |  23 structures damaged and 179 structures has been destroyed. 1 confirmed injury; 4 fatalities. $12,500,000 cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses. (NIFC/CAL FIRE)

Openings | National Parks has opened Whiskeytown Lake.  Air assets no longer using for dipping from the Lake. (CAL FIRE SHU)

Image

Photo Credit | SoCal Air Operations

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Fire Resources | There are 1,832 total personnel along with 39 crews, 201 engines, 41 bulldozers, 55 water tenders and 15 helicopters.

Command | CAL FIRE SHU, TGU

Fire-Manpower | CAL FIRE SHU,  Happy Valley Fire Protection District, Mountain Gate FPD, Shasta County FD, City of Redding FD, Cottonwood FPD, Weaverville FPD, BLM, USFS, La Verne Firefighters, California Conservation Corps, National Guard, California Department of Corrections, USFS, National Parks.

Law Enforcement | CHP, Shasta and Tehama Counties Sheriff’s Offices, USFS.

Infrastructure | PG&E, CAL TRANS, Sierra Pacific, Shasta County Public Works,

Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.

Image may contain: sky and outdoor

Photo Credit | La Verne FD

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Animal Rescue | Firefighter rescues orphaned mountain lion cub inside the Shasta County fire perimeter.

Evacuations | Have been lifted.

Physical Temporary Evacuation Point | Has officially closed and has gone virtual.  If you still need evacuations and in need of lodging. Contact the Red Cross at 530-276-8034.

Fire Stats | There are 17,000 firefighters who are continuing the firefight on 23 major wildfires in the State of California.  Breaking it down by the numbers:  332 fire crews, 285 dozers, 366 water tenders, 1,800+ engines and 119 assigned aircraft. (CAL FIRE)

MENTAL HEALTH WELLNESS – RESOURCES

Wildfires can be devastating to those who have been evacuated, have had their home/business/structures damaged or destroyed to the those who have been impacted directly or indirectly by these emotional stressers.

Your mental health is important to us and we are giving resources should you need them. If you choose to  use them, please know that this is NOT a weakness but something that is so important to help you through these terrible times in life.

Disaster Distress Helpline | 1-800-985-5990.  TEXT:  “TalkWithUs” to 66746. DisasterDisaster.samhsa.gov 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress.  samhsa.gov

HOW TO HELP FIRE VICTIMS

Salvation Army | They are accepting monetary donations including gift cards.

Current needs:  Underwear, t-shirts, socks, diapers, hygiene items and cleaning supplies.  Drop off address:  2691 Larkspur lane, Redding, CA. Monday-Friday between 0900-1200 and 1300-1600 hours (9-12, 1-4pm). Call #530-222-2201.  *Must be new and unopened items*

Red Cross | Will only accept monetary donations for the Northern California wildfires.  redcross.org/donate to make your donation.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 10/3/2020 1800 PT

ZOGG FIRE | CA WILDFIRE | 2

ZOGG WILDFIRE

SIT REP 2 | SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | WEDNESDAY

SUMMARY 

A new wildfire is burning in California. The ZOGG FIRE ignited around 1500 hours PT on Sunday, September 27, 2020, off of Zogg Mine Road and Jenny Bird lane, north of Igo in Shasta County, California.

It is now burning about 9 miles southwest of Redding, California.

The cause is unknown and is under investigation.

CURRENT STATUS

Fire has destroyed 50,102 acres of grass, oak woodland, chaparral and mixed timber.  Additionally, there has been 146 structures that have been lost.  There are still 1,538 structures that are threatened.

Fire suppression and containment costs-to-date have reached $1,300,000.

Fire behavior is active with torching with wind-driven runs and long-range spotting.

Photo Credit | City of Redding PD

Firefighters face challenges with steep and rugged terrain while weather has been in the 90’s with persistent hot and dry conditions.  In the evening, fire crews have been able to gain somewhat of a better hold on the fire line as winds die down.

Crews are still working tirelessly on gaining containment but currently it is at a zero percent.

There are 982 total personnel along with 23 crews, 7 helicopters, 117 engines, 36 bulldozers and 35 water tenders.

We are saddened by three civilians killed. We send our sincere sympathies to their families, friends and communities.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Both Agencies and organizations that work in support of this fire are the following:

Fire Agencies  | CAL FIRE,  Happy Valley Fire Protection District, Mountain Gate FPD, Shasta County FD, City of Redding FD, Cottonwood FPD, Weaverville FPD, BLM, USFS, La Verne Firefighters.

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Photo Credit | La Verne FD

Operations | OES.

Infrastructure | PG&E, CAL TRANS, Shasta County Public Works, Sierra Pacific, OES, National and State Parks.

Manpower | CA National Guard Corps, CA Department of Corrections.

Law Enforcement | Shasta County Sheriffs Office, CHP, Tehama County Sheriff Office.

Image may contain: night, car, sky and outdoor

Photo Credit | Shasta County Sheriff Office

Human Services | Red Cross, World Central Kitchen.

Fire Mapping-Cameras |  Alert Wildfire Cameras

Evacuations | Holiday Market, Cottonwood Rodeo Grounds, Haven Humane Society,

TEHAMA COUNTY

Sign-up For alerts  | To register for emergency alerts: https://tehamaso.org/tehama-alert/

CLOSURES

  • Highway 36 at the Humbolt Tehama County line to the intersection of Highway 3 and Highway 36 to Highway 36 and Bowman Rd

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS

  • Zone H – All areas north of HWY 36 to the Shasta County Linefrom Vassar Road/Luce Griswald Road and West to Beegum

WARNINGS

  • Zones C-1, C-2, E, F-1, F-2, E, G

Image may contain: car, sky, outdoor and nature

Photo Credit | Tehama County Sheriff’s Office

EVACUATION SHELTERS

  • Temporary Evacuation Point: Holiday Market 3315 Placer St, Redding, CA 96001
  • Large animal evacuate center: Cottonwood Rodeo Grounds 3917 Main Street, Cottonwood, CA 96022
  • Small animal evacuation center: Haven Humane Society 7449 Eastside Rd, Anderson, CA 96007 (small animals are goats or sheep and smaller.)

SHASTA COUNTY

ALERTS

To register for emergency alerts: bit.ly/shastacodered

Let your loved ones know you are safe. | Facebook’s The Zogg fire in Shasta County, California, USA.

 https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/814639502409539/?alias=814639502409539&source=search

EVACUATIONS

For updates and more information on traffic control points and road closures, please visit: @ShastaSheriff 

  • Fire line east to intersection of Placer Rd and Texas Springs Rd. Including all residences on the South and North side of Placer Rd. between Diggins Way and Texas Springs Rd.
  • South of South Fork Rd and Zogg Mine Rd South along Gas Point Corridor including all residents along Gas Point Rd to Foster Dr.
  • Muletown Rd, from Placer Rd to north of Kanaka Ln, and all roads off of Muletown Rd. Mandatory evacuations have also been issued for Diggins Wy south of Placer and all roads off of Diggins Way.
  • Platina Rd west to Tehama County line. Residents evacuate east bound Highway 36
  • All areas off and north of Platina Rd from Trinity Alps Preserve to Platina.

CLOSURES

  • Highway 36 west @ Highway 3
  • State Road-36 @ Bowman Rd
  • Texas Springs Rd @ Placer Rd
  • Gaspoint Rd. @ Foster Rd.
  • Clear Creek Rd @ Cloverdale Rd.

CITY OF REDDING

For emergency preparation tips:
For the City of Redding’s Wildfire Information Map:
To sign up for local emergency alerts with CODE Red:
For updates by phone, dial 211 or call 855.211.7822.

(Source:  City of Redding FD)

 

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated 9/29/2020 210 PT

The Wildfire Log | Benton Fire | WA | 2

KITTITAS COUNTY, Wash. | A wildfire is burning at Benton Creek that ignited on Sunday, June 2, 2109.  Fire personnel and equipment were dispatched at 1135 hours PDT.

The fire is currently one acre of grass, brush and slash.  The containment status is unknown at this time.

Resources include:  E382, H346, SE461, 521 and Jones.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 6/2/2019 @ 1304 hours PDT

NEW | OR WILDFIRE | LITTLE CRANE CREEK FIRE

CRANE, Ore. – A wildfire ignited about eight miles east of Crane on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

Location

Fire burning about eight miles east of Crane, Oregon.  Crane is located in an unincorporated area of Harney County and along OR Route 78.  Its population in 2010 was less than 130 residents.

Resources

Resources include C201, E423 and E616 along with IC Dallon Swindlehurst arriving at 1850 hours.

Fuels

Fire fuels include grass and brush.

Incident Status

Fire has burned 73 acres.  Showing in the Fire CAD System as an open incident.  Limited information.

Communications Center

Basin Interagency Communications Center.

Social Media

We are using hashtags  #LittleCraneCreekFire #ORwildfires2018 #CraneFire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1050 hours PDT

 

Arizona Wildfire: #BridgeFire

BRIDGE, Ariz. – The Bridge Fire started on Highway 95 and E Dike Road on June 3, 2018, prompting fire assets to be dispatched at 1448 hours MST.

The fire was quickly put out by fire crews at 1605 hours and kept the fire damage to a minimum of .3 acres.

No cause is known at this time.

(c) NW Fire Blog – 1635 hours PDT

Cedar Fire | California | Aug 20, 2016

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Helicopter preparing for bucket drops

Helicopter preparing for bucket drops. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Start Date / Time

The Cedar Fire started on August 16, 2016, at 1630 hours from an unknown cause.

Location

The fire is burning near Cedar Creek on the Greenhorn Mountains above Wofford Heights near Lake Isabella on the Sequoia National Forest of the Kern River Ranger District.

Current Fire Status

Via Inciweb:

Smoke persisted over the fire area most of the day, providing shade that helped raise relative humidity and slow fire growth. The acreage increase—approximately 1,200 acres—was the smallest increment since the fire started. On the west perimeter, the fire crossed Sandy Creek Road in several places.

Building direct line to contain these stringers of fire was not possible, but firefighters today scouted a route where a dozer line can be constructed toward Telephone Ridge to protect ranches and homes south of Sandy Creek Road.

Structure protection continued in the Panorama Heights area on the west side, with firefighters using dozer lines, hose lays, and retardant drops to protect homes that might be in the fire’s path.

Firefighters built line around a two-acre spot fire near Tobias Peak. A contingency line, consisting of dozer and handline, from Tobias Meadow to Baker Point was expected to be completed tonight. Tonight, firefighters will aim to check fire growth, so that contingency lines can continue to be built away from the fire’s leading edges.

The fire has moved out of areas of heavy beetle-killed trees on the east and south sides. But with all vegetation remaining dry and drought-stressed, active fire behavior and smoke are expected overnight. The intense fire behavior and threat of weakened and dead trees falling in burned and unburned areas remain hazardous for firefighters, limiting their ability to work close to the fire’s edge.

Weather 

The slight chance of thunderstorms predicted for the fire area today failed to materialize, with no storms developing closer than 30 miles away. Dry weather and partly cloudy skies are expected overnight, with maximum relative humidity expected to reach 30 to 40 percent. Terrain-driven winds will prevail, with westerly ridge winds to around 10 mph in the early evening, becoming northwest overnight.

COMMAND

Incident Commanders Mike Minton, California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 representing the U.S. Forest Service, and Bill Steers, Kern County.

RESOURCES

Fire Response

There are currently 1,197 firefighters.

Equipment / Resources

24 hand crews, 85 engines, 13 helicopters, 17 dozers, 21 water tenders.

EVACUATIONS / SHELTER RESOURCES

Precautionary Evacuations (Prepare to Leave in Future)

  • Pala Ranches
  • Homestead Tract
  • Residences north of Anchorage Road

Recommended Evacuation Order (Fire is an imminent Threat. Leave, Shelter Away Fire)

  • Alta Sierra
  • Slick Rock
  • Shirley Meadows

Mandatory Evacuations

  • Posey
  • Pine Flat
  • Pine Mountain
  • Sugarloaf, including Sugarloaf Mountain Park and Sugarloaf Village
  • California Hot Springs
  • Panorama Heights
  • McClenny Tract
  • Spear Creek Mountain Homes
  • White River Summer Homes
  • Portuguese Meadow
  • Balance Rock
  • Idlewild
  • Poso Park

Evacuation Shelters

People Shelters

  • St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Wofford Heights (open 24 hours a day)
  • First Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 3701 Suhre St., Lake Isabella

Pets & People (Small Animals)

  • Granite Hills High School in Porterville (1701 E. Putnam Ave). The shelter can accommodate cats, dogs and other small pets.

Pets & People (Large Animals / Livestock)

  • Evacuees with large animals and livestock can contact Terry Way’s Ranch and Equine Rescue at 918-541-3572 (416 N. Anderson Way, Exeter).

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Cost-To-Date

$8 Million.

PUBLIC INFORMATION

Fire Info Meetings

California Interagency Incident Management Team 5 and Kern County Fire Department personnel, with representatives from the Sequoia National Forest and the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, will provide fire updates and answer questions at two public meetings on Sunday, August 21:

  • Linns Valley-Poso Flat Elementary School, 158 White River Rd., Glennville, at 5 p.m.
  • Ducor Union Elementary School cafeteria, 23761 Ave. 56, Ducor, at 7:30 p.m.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

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