Dodge Fire News Release #14 AM
Incident: Dodge Fire Wildfire
Ravendale, CA August 13, 2015 7:00 a.m. - The Dodge Fire, named for the nearby Dodge Reservoir, started at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2014. The fire is burning approximately 17 miles NE of Ravendale, CA in sagebrush, grass and juniper trees in a remote part of Lassen County, CA. Investigators have confirmed that a spark from a tree harvesting saw was the cause of the fire.
In addition to mop-up, crews will continue to rehab and seed the dozer line around the perimeter of the fire. This rehab work is crucial for watershed purposes and to bring the landscape back to its original condition.
Firefighter safety is a priority and fire behavior changes will be monitored as warming temperatures and lower humidity are expected, as well as continued winds through Friday morning, August 14th.
The fire management team is asking all hunters and recreational users to please avoid roads and the fire area east of Tuledad Road, south of Tuledad Canyon and north of Buckhorn Road. This advisory is on account of heavy use of fire equipment, aircraft and numerous personnel utilizing the area and roads. The fire is still active.
Diligent mop-up is done in an effort to preserve the Greater Sage-Grouse Priority Habitat Management Area (PHMA) that is still green and within the interior of the fire. This truly important habitat is referred to as “green islands of sagebrush” and will remain unburned and be protected from fire operations. Often, firefighters will burn out these patches during suppression to reduce the possibility that they may ignite before the fire is contained. These green islands provide cover and a food source for the Greater Sage-Grouse, a chicken-sized bird that cannot thrive in areas where sagebrush does not exist. The sage grouse that live in the area straddling the California/Nevada border will take advantage of these islands for nesting and rearing their young, hiding from predators, and as their primary food source through the long winter.
7 minor injuries/illnesses have been reported.
The Sierra Front Type 3 Team, led by Incident Commander Nate Rasner, took over operations of the Dodge Fire on Thursday morning, August 6th at 6:00 a.m. As mop-up and rehab efforts continue, the Type 3 Team will transition the fire back over to the Bureau of Land Management, Northern California District, on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 6 a.m.
This will be the last press release from the Sierra Front Type 3 Team. For further information updates, please call the Bureau of Land Management, Northern California District at 530-252-5332 or visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4445/.