Power Fire

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Power Fire

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Approximate Location

38.248 latitude, -120.033 longitude

Incident Overview

Power Fire Update August 12, 2013 8:00 p.m. Stanislaus National Forest Fire Information Line: (209) 532-3671 ext. 244

Location: 4 miles NW of Pinecrest, Calif.

Date Started: August 5, 2013

Stanislaus National Forest Injuries: 3

Percent Contained: 100%

Cause: Under Investigation

Acres Burned: 1070


Engines: 1

Helicopters: 0

Water Tenders: 1

Dozers: 1

Summary: Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation of the burn area continues. The forest roads within and surrounding the burn area have been graded and fire crews are mopping up 150’ feet into the interior. A heavy demobilization of firefighters and firefighting equipment is occurring today. They are being reassigned to other incidents or returning to their home units. Burned trees and green trees structurally compromised by the fire, continue to be a significant safety issue to the fire crews and resource advisors working in the burn area, due to their tendency to fall or drop limbs unexpectedly. The team would like to thank the Stanislaus National Forest, Summit Ranger District and the surrounding communities for their generosity and cooperation during this incident.

All recreation areas, businesses and highways remain OPEN. Weekend visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest are reminded to obey all forest fire safety regulations and drive slowly. Emergency personnel and equipment are sharing the same roads and highways.

The Power Fire is transitioning from a Type 3 to a Type 4 Incident Management Team.

Road & Trail Closures / Evacuations: Effective August 9, 2013 until the Power Fire is declared out, the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest has issued a temporary Area Closure of the Power Fire, burn area. At present, due to burned snags and vegetation within the burn area, unsafe conditions exist for the public. Fire crews and equipment will be using the roads and trails causing potential for congestion and hazardous conditions. The area is bordered by forest roads 5N95, 5N02 and State Highway 108. Please visit the Stanislaus National Forest website for more detailed information, http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stanislaus/alerts-notices. There are no evacuations in place for the fire area. However, as with any incident, the public should be prepared to leave on short notice.

Structure Information: The threat to the 100 residences of Bumblebee, Leland Creek and Cow Creek has been significantly reduced. No structures have been damaged or destroyed by this fire.

Predicted Weather: The forecast for today calls for maximum temperature to be 80 degrees. Minimum relative humidity expected to be 21%. Winds will be out of the southeast with peak gusts of 9mph.

Agencies Involved: US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Tuolumne County Fire, California Highway Patrol, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, CalTrans, PG&E and Tri-Dam Project.

Pat Laeng, Incident Commander, Stanislaus National Forest.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginMonday August 05th, 2013 approx. 06:00 AM
LocationNear Beardsley Reservoir east of Hells Half Acre Rd.
Incident CommanderPat Laeng

Current Situation

Total Personnel33
Size1,070 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Brush and Timber


Planned Actions

The plan is to turn the incident over to the district as a Type 4 incident at the end of the day.

Projected Incident Activity



Highway 108 is open. All recreation areas and businesses are open.

Unit Information

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Stanislaus National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
Sonora, CA 95370

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