Tuesday, August 27, 2013

[californiadisasters] North Ops News & Notes Update (8/27/13-7:30AM)

News and Notes

CA-TNF American Fire: Opliger, CA IMT1. 24,935 acres, 88% contained. Expected containment: 08/29. Fire growth potential greatly decreased with successful firing from previous operations. iRAWS that are in place continue to enhance weather reporting accuracy. Remaining fire burning in pockets of old growth timber stands and plantations with no recorded fire history. Previously, where possible extreme fire behavior potential existed due to topography and fuel loading, successful implementation of strategic firing operations mitigated risks. Smoke, though diminishing, continues to be an ongoing concern for the Sierra Foothills, Tahoe area, and Sacramento Valley. The Team continues to work with the Placer County Air Pollution Board regarding smoke effects to local communities. Approximately 105 combined-type structures are threatened.

CA-SRF Corral Complex: Joseph, CA IMT1, 11,732 acres, 5% contained.  Expected containment 10/1. Creeping and backing fire was observed in the heavier ground fuels below the thermal belt. The fire was more active at the higher elevations with occasional isolated tree torching. There was minimal fire spread. Actions planned for today include; continue construction and improvement of indirect dozer line. Coordinate with Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation resources to continue construction and improvement of the contingency line. Continue hand line construction from Bear Hole to Bret Corral in preparation for a firing operation.  Contingency Group-continue scouting the southwestern portion of the fire for potential contingency line locations to protect the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and pre-plan for structure protection in the surrounding communities.

CA-TGU Deer: Cone, CAL FIRE Team 2, 10,378 acres, 75% contained. Expected containment 8/29. The fire is burning in the Mill Creek and Big Dry Creek drainages. Late afternoon winds and diurnal, down canyon winds continue to challenge suppression efforts due to short range spotting in receptive fuels. Continue to improve handline along the Lassen Trail and Mill Creek drainage.  Mop up will continue on the west and north sides of the incident to provide black line depth to reduce the threats of spots across containment lines. Hands crews will need rotary wing support to shuttle personnel to and from the fire. Fire suppression repair plan has been started.

CA-SRF Butler Fire: Quesinberry, NIMO, 21,188 acres, 45% contained.  Expected containment: 09/15. Transfer of command from NIMO (Quesinberry) to NorCal Team 1 (Minton) will take place at 0600 today. High relative humidity kept the fire limited to smoldering in heavy interior fuels.  Very steep rugged terrain with snags and rolling material in hard to access areas continue to hamper the ability to construct direct and indirect fire line. Narrow winding roads pose a hazard to resources accessing and egressing the fire. Strategic operations plan report points to a long term fire event as the fire burns within indirect containment lines.

CA-KNF Salmon River Complex: Quesinberry, NIMO, 14,771 acres, 95% contained.   Expected containment 08/28. Backing surface fire with smoldering and creeping as fire backed down Jackass Gulch. The Salmon Complex is now being managed under the Forks Complex.  Minimal spread anticipated. Suppression repair will continue under the Suppression Repair Plan. A Forest issued area closure is in effect that incorporates the fire.

CA-PNF Hough Complex: Nunez, IMT2 Central Coast, 513 acres, 100% contained. No movement is expected beyond containment lines. Minimal threat remains to Taylorsville and surrounding communities.  Update:  Team will remain in command of the incident until 8/27, then transition incident back to the Forest.  All 21 fires have been contained. Patrol, mop-up and rehab continue over a wide area. Crews also continue to support initial attack in the district.

Source: http://gacc.nifc.gov/oncc/predictive/intelligence/news_notes/index.htm


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