The Grape fire continues to be held at 60% containment and 244 acres in size. No significant changes have occurred and no change in fire behavior is expected in the next few days. For up to date fire information, please call the Hayfork Ranger Station at (530) 628-5227, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Due to an increase in fire activity, the Sims Restoration Project area prescribed burn was declared a wildfire. This incident is referred to as the Grape Fire and a local Type 5 incident management organization is in command.
The Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests worked together to safely suppress the Grape Fire while keeping firefighters safe and protecting the public, private property, water systems, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) transmission lines and natural forest stands.
The Grape Fire is currently estimated to be 244 acres in size and is located approximately 10 miles northwest of Hyampom, near Grapevine creek. The fire is 60 percent contained and no structures are threatened. It is presently burning in steep rough terrain within an old burn scar with minimal fire activity and smoldering observed.
Fire engines and personnel continue to access County Roads 301 and 311, locally known as Hyampom Road and South Fork Road, to access the fire. For your own safety and the safety of the firefighters, all visitors are being advised to avoid the immediate area.
One firefighter injury occurred during the incident. (broken ankle)
A Grape Fire Area Forest Order Closure is in effect and can be viewed under the news tab.
Under what conditions is a prescribed fire declared a wildfire?
A prescribed fire is a fire that is planned to be conducted under certain conditions to burn a prescribed area to meet management objectives. When a prescribed fire goes outside those planned conditions or burn area or objectives, then actions are taken to bring the fire back within the original prescription. If this cannot be done then it is declared a wildfire. (Reference: Interagency Prescribed Fire Planning and Implementation Procedures Guide Page 33 https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/484)
Why is the cause of the Grape Fire "under investigation"?
The last time that prescribed burning was initiated was on April 19, 2018. The fire was staffed every day for the following five days. At 3 p.m. on April 24, crews from the Six Rivers National Forest monitoring the fire observed very little to no heat or smoke showing in the prescribed fire area and returned to their station. This observation was similar to those of the previous four days. At 4:59 p.m. that same day the Shasta-Trinity National Forest responded to the report of smoke and initiated a wildfire response. Because of the two-hour timeframe the fire was unstaffed, a fire investigator was sent to the incident. Once their report is final, the fire cause will be released to the public.
Where did the Grape Fire start and who is managing it?
This Sims Restoration Area Project was a collaborative effort between the Six Rivers National Forest and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The most recent prescribed burn was on the Six Rivers National Forest, however the Shasta-Trinity National Forest is taking the lead on the wildfire response due to the larger number of acres on the Shasta-Trinity.
Where can I find out more information?
There will be a community meeting on Thursday May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Hyampom volunteer fire department and the public is welcome to attend. District Rangers and District Fire Management Officers (FMO) from both the Six Rivers and the Shasta-Trinity National Forests will be available to address any questions or concerns from the community.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday April 24th, 2018 approx. 04:59 PM|
|Location||10 miles Northwest of Hyampom|
|Incident Commander||ICT5 - Norman Goodman|
|Incident Description||Fire Burning In Steep Rough Terrain Within An Old Burn Scar.|
|Coordinates||40.708 latitude, -123.55 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||60%|
heavy brush and snags
On May 13 the Grape Fire became a Type 5 incident