InciWeb - Incident Information System

[Skip to content]

Ramsey

This incident is no longer being updated.

INCIDENT UPDATED 9/13/2012

Approximate Location

38.377 latitude, -120.166 longitude

Incident Overview

Firefighter watching the line during a firing operation

Image options: [ Enlarge ] [ Full Size ]

Summary

Ramsey Fire Area Closed for Public Safety

Release Date: Sep 6, 2012

Contact(s): Public Affairs Office, (209) 532-3671 x244

Sonora, Calif...Stanislaus National Forest (NF) Supervisor Susan Skalski announced today the closure of the Ramsey Fire burned area of the Calaveras Ranger District for public safety. Roads and trails into the burned area were officially closed to the public during the fire and remain closed. The Forest Service has now closed the entire area within the Ramsey Fire perimeter by Forest Order for public safety.

The Ramsey Fire, south of Hwy. 4 between Cottage Springs and the Cal Trans Cabbage Patch Maintenance Station, is 100% contained and controlled. "The burned area within the Ramsey Fire perimeter is a dangerous place to be," said Skalski. "The threat of hidden hazards looms large. Along with the obvious hazards of burned trees coming down we've discovered that seemingly healthy green trees have compromised root systems and pose a serious risk of falling as well," she said.

A Burned Area Emergency Response assessment team (BAER) evaluated risks associated with the post-fire environment. In the burned area, fire management personnel and the BAER team observed and were exposed to a higher than typical frequency of hazard trees. Of particular concern are falling trees with green canopies, whose root systems were burnt through by the fire and may not be obvious to the Forest user."In some areas ten inches of red fir duff is built up on the forest floor. When that material burned it left pockets of hot ash that baked the shallow root systems in rocky soil," said BEAR team leader, Alex Janicki, "leaving a tree standing that looks healthy, but is only waiting for a gust of wind to nudge it over."

Other hazards also exist in the burned area. Burned out stumps and root systems covered in ash, poses pit fall hazards that may still have hot embers burning beneath the ground. With the loss of ground cover there is an increased risk of soil erosion causing unstable ground.

There are hazards on the roads, too. Firefighters monitoring and mopping up after the fire are still moving equipment and vehicles in the area. Culverts could clog with burned material after thunder storms that are typical this time of year. Maintenance crews will be installing dips and water bars on the roads to channel water to reduce road erosion and mitigate impacts to streams. Roads will be signed closed and blocked to prevent vehicle access.

The Forest Service is removing hazard trees along National Forest roads and land boundaries to reduce the threat to people and properties. Despite measures in place to reduce risk to resources and human life in the burned area, the Ramsey fire area will remain hazardous for some time to come. Check with the Calaveras Ranger District Office (209-795-1381) at Hathaway Pines, Calif. or the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus for details.

A type 4 incident management orgization is managing the Ramsey Fire which is now 100% contained. The Forest has closed the burned area of the Ramsey Fire for public safety. A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) team evaluated risks associated with the post-fire environment. In the burned area, fire management personnel and the BAER team observed and were exposed to a higher than typical frequency of hazard trees. Of particular concern are falling trees with green canopies, whose root systems were burnt through by the fire. The Forest Service is removing hazard trees along National Forest roads and land boundries to reduce the threat to people and properties. Additional measures will be taken to help prevent erosion and impacts to streams. Despite measures in place to reduce risk to resources and human life in the burned area, the Ramsey Fire area will remain hazardous for some time to come. Check with the Calaveras Ranger District Offcie (209-795-1381) at Hathaway Pines, Calif. or the Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/stanislaus for details.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseEscaped Campfire.
Date of OriginSaturday August 11th, 2012 approx. 02:45 PM
LocationHwy 4, 8 miles East of Dorrington
Incident CommanderJohn Lucas

Current Situation

Total Personnel65
Size1,137 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Estimated Containment DateThursday August 23rd, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

10 timber(litter and understory)

Significant Events

Demobilization of excess crews and equipment will continue.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Crews will continue mop-up operations. Fire suppression repair will continue.

Projected Incident Activity

Low

Remarks

The type 4 incident management organization Command Post is located at Dorrington Station on Hwy 4 west of the fire location.

Unit Information

USFS Shield
Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
California
Sonora, 06 95370

Recent Articles

Related Incident Links

Incident Cooperators

Follow this Incident

Fire Information Websites

Share This

National Wildfire Coordinating Group U.S. Forest Service Bureau of Land Managemen Bureau of Indian Affairs Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service National Association of State Foresters U.S. Fire Administration
Content posted to this website is for information purposes only.
version: 2.4      load time: 0.00036 sec.