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Grape Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Grape Fire was called out on 2:46 p.m. June 20, 2018.

Incident History:

Due to an increase in fire activity, the Sims Restoration Project area prescribed burn was declared a wildfire. This incident was referred to as the Grape Fire.

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.

More information:

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 took the lead on the wildfire response due to the larger number of acres on the Shasta-Trinity.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday April 24th, 2018 approx. 04:59 PM
Location10 miles Northwest of Hyampom
Incident CommanderJennings
Incident DescriptionFire Burned In Steep Rough Terrain Within An Old Burn Scar
Coordinates40.708 latitude, -123.55 longitude

Current Situation

Size244 Acres
Fuels Involved

heavy brush and snags

Significant Events

Grape Fire called out on 2:46 p.m. June 20, 2018