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Monday, September 23, 2013
American Fire Update 9-4-13
Incident: American Wildfire
Tahoe National Forest officials will share current information during the September 9, 2013 Foresthill Forum that begins at 7 p.m. at the Foresthill Veteran’s Memorial Hall.
Location: Northeast of Foresthill, California, in Placer County
Size: 27,440 acres Containment: 100 percent as of 8/29/2013
Resources: Approximately 260 personnel, including hand crews and those operating chippers, dozers, engines, excavators, and water tenders.
Start Date: 8/10/2013 Cause: Under Investigation
Friday, September 20, 2013
The Bison Fire started at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2013. The lightning-caused fire is located along the western slope of the Pinenut Mountain range in Douglas County, Nevada, and is burning a combination of BLM public lands, Native American allotment lands, and private lands about five miles east of Gardnerville (east of U.S. Highway 395).
JULY 14: (AM) Great Basin Management Type 2 Team 3, operating under Incident Commander Mike Whalen, reports fire fighters have started mopping-up and are conducting fire-line rehab.
The fire will be turned over to a Type 3 team tomorrow morning at 6:00 A.M. They will be finishing rehabbing and watching for any hot spots that might still be out there.
The fire is now 100-percent contained. Resources are being released from the Bison fire and made available for other fires.
The number of personnel assigned to the incident is 417 and shrinking. There have been Four firefighter injuries (2 twisted knees, 1 twisted ankle and 1 breathing problems) reported.
The cost, to date, of fighting this fire is $7,729,660.
Nevada is seeing the worst drought in 60 years combined with record temperatures that increases the possibility of wildland fires. Those who live in and around the public lands need be extra careful and lessen the possibility of losing your home by clearing 30 feet around your residences, “reduce the fuel, reduce the risk.” Go to the Firewise link at www.firewise.org for further information on preparing your home and property against wildland fire.
This will be the last fire update for the Bison Fire. Mike Whalen’s Type 2 Incident Command Team 3 would like to thank the communities of Gardnerville and Minden for their support and hospitality.
Sierra biggest fire ever. Rim Update -- September 17, 2013 6:00am
Incident: Rim Fire Wildfire
Released: 3 days ago
RIM FIRE UPDATE
Tuesday September 17 2013 6:00 AM
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Acres Burned: 256 528 (401 square miles)
Structures Threatened: 0
Residences Destroyed: 11
Fire Start Date: August 17 2013
Commercial Property Destroyed: 3
Fire Cause: Under Investigation
Outbuildings Destroyed: 98
Cost to date: $114.7 million
Total Personnel 1 540
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 1, 2013
Very sad day, 19 HotShot crew members died on this day fighting a deadliest fire in AZ hiJuly 1 Update, 7 AM
Incident: Yarnell Hill Fire Wildfire
Fire Start Date: June 28, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
Location: West of State 89 between Yarnell and Peeples Valley
Size: Estimated 8,374 acres
Percent Contained: 0 percent containment
Injuries to Date: A fire crew had to deploy their fire shelters late yesterday afternoon after strong winds pushed the fire to their position and 19 firefighters died in the line of duty.
Estimated Cost to Date: Unknown
Evacuations: At 4:00 p.m. yesterday the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office advised residents in the communities of Peeples Valley and Yarnell to evacuate their homes. Within a few hours after evacuation, strong winds out of the North pushed the fire front into Yarnell and Glen Isla South of Yarnell. Several homes and other structures burned in Yarnell.
Residents are advised that Red Cross shelters are open at Yavapai Community College in Prescott at 928-717-8210 and at the Wickenburg High School in Wickenburg at 928-446-1766. People and small animals are welcome at both shelters.
Number of Resources: A Type 1 Incident Command Team will assume responsibility for the fire at or before 6:00 p.m. today. Currently the Arizona Type 2 incident Command Team is directing operations with: 18 engines, 18 fire crews, 8 support water tenders, 2 crash/rescue vehicles, 2 structure protection vehicles, and 4 dozers. On order are more 20-person hotshot crews, type 2 hand crews and other firefighting personnel and equipment.
Fire Conditions and Weather: Temperature is expected to reach 92 to 102 degrees, humidity at 18 percent and the winds out of the Southwest at 5 miles per hour and gusting higher. There is a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms and possible rain showers. Fire behavior may become erratic again today because of the thunder storm generated winds, high temperatures and very dry fuels.
Fire Closure Update: The Department of State Public Safety has closed State Highway 89 between Date Creek Road South of Yarnell and Sorrells Ranch Road North of Peeples Valley. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office has three different road blocks at the following: the junctions of Highway 89 and Hayes Ranch Road, Hays Ranch Road and Sickles Ranch Road and of Buckhorn and Frontier Road.
Today’s Activities: Firefighters will continue work to secure the Eastern flank of the fire and protect other homes at risk from the evacuated areas. Air tankers will be dropping fire retardant on the perimeter of the fire as needed and 5 helicopters assigned to the fire will be dropping water on hot spots in support of the firefighters.
I know that they are doing great, drinking the finest beers on tap with my whole family.