2017 SHF Initial Attack Fires

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2017 SHF Initial Attack Fires

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Fire Update 8/16/17
StatusAcres Burned: approximately 36 Cause: Lightning Date Reported: August 6-13, 2017 Percent Contained: 34 fires are either called out or 100% contained, 1 fire remains active Expected Containment.. more

INCIDENT UPDATED 12 MIN. AGO

Approximate Location

41.062 latitude, -122.36 longitude

Incident Overview

This photograph shows the Fork Fire as seen from air attack on August 13, 2017

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Firefighters with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are responding to many fires caused by lightning storms passing over northern California recently. Resources responding to these fires include: engines, hand crews, smokejumpers, air tankers and helicopters.

The US Forest Service will be planning aerial reconnaissance flights each day over the forest to assist with detection of new lightning related fires. The reconnaissance flights are part of our normal operating plan after lightning storms.

Below we have listed each fire by the time the fire was reported, the name given to the fire, the approximate location and estimated fire size (if known). Any large fires will have a new "incident" page started in InciWeb. See "Maps" tab for a map showing all fire locations.


August 6, 2017

1. 7:31 pm Grasshopper Fire - near Grasshopper Flat SW of Medicine Lake, Shasta McCloud Management Unit, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
2. 7:48 pm Ward Fire - near Sims Flat south of Castella (approximate location on main ESRI map above), Shasta McCloud Management Unit, 0.3 acres, fire has been called out

August 7

3. 8:03 am Ridge Fire - near Mosquito Ridge, west of I-5 north of Lakehead, Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, 0.2 acres, fire has been called out
4. 8:03 am Mill Fire - west of I-5 north of Lakehead, 0.10 acres, Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area, fire has been called out
5. 4:41 pm Gap Fire - near Glennison Gap northwest of Weaverville, Trinity River Management Unit, single tree on fire 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
6. 5:12 pm Kelly Fire - near Morgan Hill southeast of Hayfork, South Fork Management Unit, 0.5 acres, fire has been called out
7. 5:46 pm Butter Fire - southeast of Hyampom, St. Johns Road cross of Buttercreek Road, South Fork Management Unit, 0.25 acres, fire has been called out
8. 6:13 pm Pickett Fire - near Horse Ridge Lookout Road west of Ruth Lake, South Fork Management Unit, 18.3 acres, fire is now controlled
9. 6:31 pm Deerlick Fire - near Deerlick Springs, South Fork Management Unit, 4.5 acres, fire is now controlled
10. 6:45 pm Hilton Fire - near Mount Hilton in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, 0.1 acres in very steep and inaccessible terrain, fire is no longer visible by aerial reconnaissance
11. 6:59 pm Oak Fire - southeast of Hyampom, South Fork Management Unit, 0.25 acres, fire has been called out
12. 8:08 pm Fork Fire - near East Fork Lake in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, SE of Canyon Creek, 0.5 acres, fire is being monitored by aircraft, minimal fire activity

August 8

13. 8:44 am Weaver Fire - near West Weaver Creek northwest of Weaverville, Trinity River Management Unit, 1 acre, fire is now controlled
14. 10:39 am Ripstein Fire - near Ripstein Gulch in the Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, Trinity River Management Unit, fire has been called out
15. 12:55 pm Powell Fire - near Powell Ridge just north of the Yolla Bolly Wilderness Area, South Fork Management Unit, 1.3 acres, fire has been called out
16. 2:41 pm Pierce Fire - north of Pierce/Snowman's Hill area off Hwy 89, Shasta McCloud Management Unit, 0.25 acres, fire has been called out
17. 5:59 pm Big Fire - near Big Bar, Trinity River Management Unit, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
18. 10:46 pm Indian Fire - near Indian Valley east of South Fork Trinity River, South Fork Management Unit, 1 acre, fire has been called out
19. 11:19 pm Rock Fire - near Miller Springs, South Fork Management Unit, 3 acres, fire has been called out

August 9

20. 12:03 pm Pattison Fire - southwest of Big Bar, 0.25 acres, fire has been called out
21. 1:11 pm Hayshed Fire - near 4N11 Road west of Hayshed Creek, southeast of Burnt Ranch, fire has been called out
22. 2:08 pm Corral Fire - near Corral Bottom, southwest of Big Bar, fire is now controlled
23. 2:48 pm Bear Fire - near Bear Creek/Swift Creek, Trinity River Management Unit, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
24. 7:46 pm Unicorn Fire - north of Big Sand Lake, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out

August 10

25. 8:52 am Union Fire - Trinity Alps Wilderness, re-mapped at 1 acre, fire has been called out
26. 2:39 pm Tomhead Fire - north end of Yolla Bolly Wilderness, 0.25 acres, fire has been called out
27. 3:45 pm Logan Fire - near Manzanita Ridge, Trinity River Mgmt Unit, 0.5 acres, fire has been called out
28. 4:17 pm Van Fire - near Long Gulch, north end of Yolla Bolly Wilderness, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
39. 4:34 pm Middle Fire - near north end of Yolla Bolly Wilderness, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
30. 4:35 pm Hawk Fire - near north end of Yolla Bolly Wilderness. 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
31. 8:03 pm Cedar Fire - near Cedar Flat, southeast of Burnt Ranch, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out

August 11
31. 11:32 am Williams Fire - near Williams Ranch, east of Chancellula Wilderness, 0.1 acres, fire has been called out
32. 11:39 am Kerlin Fire - west of Hyampom, 0.1 acres, fire is now controlled
33. 12:50 pm Monument Fire - west of Monument Peak, Trinity Alps Wilderness Area, 0.5 acres, fire has been called out

August 13
34. 9:48 am Thurston Fire - near Thurston Peaks, Trinity Alps Wilderness, 0.1 acres, fire is no longer visible by aerial reconnaissance


Lightning

Lightning is defined as: a visible discharge of electrical energy in the atmosphere in the vicinity of thunderstorms volcanic eruptions or wildfire convection columns. Lightning results from separation of electrical charges due to turbulence inside a convective cloud.

Lightning strikes are typically categorized by their polarity (either positive or negative) and their direction of travel: cloud to cloud cloud to ground or cloud to air. Negative lightning strikes are the most frequently observed as cloud to ground (CG) flashes beneath active thunderstorm cloud bases in the vicinity of rain showers. Positive strikes are less frequent but tend to be more powerful and appear to be capable of traveling scores of miles (or sometimes more) from the parent cloud and away from the rainfall.

Lightning poses several threats. Electrocution from the strong electrical current in and near a direct lightning strike is capable of killing humans and animals. Strong currents are also possible in soil bodies of water and other conductors in the vicinity of a lightning strike. Lightning is capable of igniting fire and the blast effect from strikes has been known to explosively shatter the bark of trees. Humans incapacitated by a lightning strike do not carry a residual charge and can be safely moved.

The exact locations of thunderstorms are difficult to forecast accurately more than a few hours in advance. The approach of a thunderstorm is commonly heralded by darkening clouds and flashes of lightning accompanied by booms of thunder growing louder and closer. Sometimes lightning is visible without the sound of thunder and at other times thunder is audible without flashes of lightning. Both need to be taken seriously and cover sought before the arrival of a storm.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginSunday August 06th, 2017 approx. 07:31 PM
Locationlocation on main ESRI map is for the Ward Fire only, see "maps" tab for a current map showing all fire locations
Incident DescriptionSeveral Fires Located Across The Shasta-trinity National Forest

Current Situation

Total Personnel185
Size35 Acres
Fuels Involved

brush and timber

Significant Events

The Grasshopper, Wards, Ridge, Mill, Gap, Butter, Pickett, Deerlick, Oak, Kelly, Weaver, Ripstein, Powell, Pierce, Indian, Rock, Big, Pattison, Hayshed, Corral, Bear, Unicorn, Union, Tomhead, Logan, Van, Middle, Hawk, Cedar, Williams, Kerlin, and Monument Fires are now contained. On Wednesday there were two heat-related firefighter illnesses on the Big Fire, both individuals were evacuated off the fire, treated at a hospital and later released.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Resources responding to these fires include: helicopters, air tankers, smokejumpers, crews, and engines.

Projected Incident Activity

Aerial reconnaissance flights will continue to monitor the Fork fire for growth and development. Flights will continue across the forest to identify any new fires.

Remarks

Devils Fire was found to be in state response area and removed from list (it is 100% contained at 5 acres per CALFIRE), Happy and Bennett Fires were found to be on the Six Rivers National Forest and removed from the list. Crews unable to locate Telephone, China, Preacher, Miller, Wild, Battle and Jim Fires and they were removed from list.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Highs 70-90 degrees are expected today

Unit Information

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Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway Redding California 96002
Redding, CA 96002
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Incident Contacts

Josef Orosz
Email: jaorosz@fs.fed.us
Phone: 530 226-2322
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Carol Underhill
Email: cunderhill@fs.fed.us
Phone: 530-226-2494
Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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