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Mill Creek 1 Fire

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Hoopa Valley Tribe
Bureau of Indian Affairs
11860 State Highway 96 P.O. Box 1348 Hoopa California 95546
Hoopa, CA 95546

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Mill Creek 1 Fire Update

Contact Fire Information: 530-618-2844 Hours: 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

August 30, 2018

Date of Detection: August 16, 2018

Current Size: 3,674 acres

Location: Mill Creek North of Hoopa California, Hoopa Indian Reservation

Legal Description: Latitude: 41ᵒ 8’ 24” Longitude: 123ᵒ 39’ 36”

Cause: Arson

Containment: 100%

Resources on Fire: There are currently 286 personnel on this incident

Crews: 2, Helicopters: 2, Engines: 17, Dozers: 3

FIRE UPDATE – On Friday August 31st at 6:00 a.m., Great Basin Team 6 will transition management of the Mill Creek 1 Fire to a local Type 3 organization. The number of personnel assigned to the fire will continue to decrease due to successful firefighting efforts.We want to thank the communities of Hoopa, Weitchpec and Willow Creek, to the Hoopa Tribe and the Hoopa Fire Department for your support and hospitality during our assignment.

OPERATIONS: Resources will continue to check for hot spots, improve the line and improve roads in the fire area. Resources are being released to return to their home units in preparation for their next fire assignment.

The public should know that smoke will still be visible coming from the fire until there is a significant weather event. Until that time, fire may appear randomly during the day or night within the fire interior. This is normal, as fire will continue to burn. There is no need for you to call 911 unless there is a new emergency or fire in another area.

HIGHWAY 96 is currently open to the public. Firefighters are still working in the area and along the roadway. We would appreciate motorists to use caution when travelling through the section of Highway 96 affected by the Mill Creek 1 fire. Firefighters and fire engines may respond to emerging hazards along the highway. Please slow down and be cautious of firefighters especially around blind curves.

WEATHER: Today the area around the fire will see temperatures climb into the 80s to lower 90s. In the afternoon hours, typical gusty up canyon/northwesterly winds will develop across the fire. For tonight clear skies and light winds are anticipated.

Air Quality: For a current Air Quality Forecast youcan get your update by going to: https://wildlandfiresmoke.net/outlooks/NWCalifornia

Attention - The Mill Creek 1 Fire was caused by arson on Tribal lands near Hoopa, California. There is a $10,000 reward offered for information regarding the fire. Calls will be taken on an anonymous hotline by calling 1-800-468-4402.

This will be the final update for the Mill Creek 1 Fire from Team 6. Further updates on the Mill Creek 1 Fire can be found by following Hoopa Valley Fire Department and Office of Emergency Services Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/HoopaOES/

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseHuman
Date of OriginThursday August 16th, 2018 approx. 07:30 AM
LocationMill Creek, Hoopa, California
Incident CommanderChadwick IC, Great Basin Team 6
Coordinates41.14 latitude, -123.66 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel286
Size3,674 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Chaparral (6 feet),

Timber (grass and understory),

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Mid-aged timber reproduction, high loading of shrubs and slash, SB3 and SH6. Mature plantation, timber, grass and understory, TU5. Chaparral (up to 6 feet), SH6. Tall Grass, GR4.

Significant Events

Minimal, Creeping, and Smoldering.

Fire Behavior was related to interior burnouts that exhibited little spread and low flame lengths. We continue to experience rollout, but no spots were generated today.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Mop-up and patrol in all divisions while continuing to release resources to the geographic area coordination center. Half of the resources will be released in the morning and the second half after shift.

Projected Incident Activity

12 Hours: Limited interior burning in heavy fuels. The probability of rollout of hot debris causing a problem with fire outside containment lines is low.

24 Hours: No fire growth anticipated. There may, however, be limited interior burning in heavy fuels.

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