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Dinkey South Understory

Unit Information

Sierra National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
California
Clovis, CA 93611

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Well, we have finally come to the end of our burning season for this spring’s prescribed fire efforts here on the High Sierra Ranger District, Sierra NF. On Thursday June 15th we had our last day of ignitions on the Dinkey South Underburn, which allowed for the completion of unit DS-2. Between units DS-1 (80 acres) and DS-2 (100 acres) the grand total accomplished on the Dinkey South burn was 180 acres.

With the strong high pressure system arriving over the weekend the San Joaquin Air Resources board issued an unfavorable smoke dispersion conditions on Friday June 16, 2017, lasting for the next week. On the other hand, because of the strong heat wave that is on its way, in regards to burning conditions and objectives being met, it was an overall good time to hang it up for the season.

Currently, assigned to the burn is: Little Tujunga Hotshots, Firestorm 5 and Engine 43 out of Dinkey Creek. The burn is currently in its “burn down phase”. This is where control lines have been buffered by fire on all sides and all of the active burning has been completed. All that is remaining is the smoldering of ground fuel and duff as well as the slow burning logs. The crews assigned will spend the upcoming days cleaning up and securing the control lines as well as mitigating any possible hazards created from the prescribed fire efforts. Communication is being made with the local forest fire ecologists about our particular burn, and prescribed burning benefits. The fire will remain in patrol status as the need for resource commitments slowly decreases. Once this occurs the need for the fire to be fully staffed will be reduced to single daily patrol or as needed.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypePrescribed Fire
Date of OriginMonday June 12th, 2017 approx. 11:00 AM
LocationHigh Sierra Ranger District SNF - in the vicinity South of Dinkey Creek Road, along McKinley Grove Road north of Strawberry Meadow.
Incident DescriptionA 977 Acre Understory Prescription Fire That Is Broken Up Into Several Units And It Is Expected To Take Approximately One To Two Weeks To Complete Ignitions, With Active Burning Being Visible For Several Weeks After.

Current Situation

Total Personnel47
Size180 Acres
Fuels Involved

Understory & downed timber

Outlook

Planned Actions

The burn is currently in its “burn down phase”. This is where control lines have been buffered by fire on all sides and all of the active burning has been completed. All that is remaining is the smoldering of ground fuel and duff as well as the slow burning logs. The crews assigned will spend the upcoming days cleaning up and securing the control lines as well as mitigating any possible hazards created from the prescribed fire efforts.

Projected Incident Activity

Unknown

Remarks

Update day #4, On Thursday June 15th we had our last day of ignitions on the Dinkey South RX.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

There are a couple barriers on the horizon in regards to our ability to burn past the next few days, both are related to a high pressure system that will be setting up in the area. Typically as a high pressure system moves in, so does poor air quality. Temperatures will also be on the rise with 100* degree temperatures expected over the weekend.

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