Monday, September 20, 2010

[californiadisasters] North Ops News & Notes Update (9/20/10-6PM)

News and Notes
Thank you to Chief Hawkins for reminding us: USFS Foreman Robert M. Miller died on September 19, 1971 (39 years ago) at the Mack #2 Fire, Banning-Idyllwild Highway 243 south of Banning.

The fire originated under Santa Ana Winds as two starts at the bottom of the switchback grade. Foreman Miller arrived at the top of the fire and began an attack down the left flank of the fire. About 600' below the highway, the fire fish hooked under the hose lay effort causing a rapid retreat uphill toward the highway. FF Ron Courts made it over the highway and shielded himself from the heat in the opposite side roadside ditch. Foreman Miller was caught 35' below the road and perished.

Initial Attack Activity was light in the GACC yesterday with 31 fires for 107 acres reported in the Daily Situation Report.

Monday will be warmer and drier under a weak ridge with mostly sunny skies for the afternoon. Another trough will move through Tuesday, generally with just some high cloudiness for most areas, although the very NW corner of Calif could see a bit more rain from that system. Temperatures will remain below seasonal normals for most inland areas even as they will be increasing this week. RH recovery should remain relatively high in most areas under clear skies and longer nights. Areas of night/morning fog/low clouds will return to the coast along with typical daily afternoon gusty westerly winds. Late in the week, it appears possible that stronger high pressure will return to bring about lower RH and put inland temps back above seasonal normals.


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