2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

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2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by maverick » Thu Jun 04, 2020 10:45 am

Please report back here if you know of any fires or encounter smoky conditions during a recent trip to the Sierra.

The CAL FIRE map below displays general locations of major fires burning in the High Sierra Nevada and throughout the state of California. Fire locations are approximate.

https://www.fire.ca.gov/imapdata/index.html


Other useful resources:

http://californiasmokeinfo.blogspot.com/

https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/?p ... 6447125049

http://wxshift.com/news/us-wildfires-one-map


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Hog Fire 6/12

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 15, 2020 10:35 am

SNF:
Sierra National Forest (SNF) along with CAL FIRE Fresno Kings Unit (FKU) in a unified command continues suppression operations on the Hog Fire, a fire burning along Trimmer Springs Road near Maxon Road in the area of Pine Flat Reservoir, on the south slope of Hog Mountain. The Hog Fire a wind driven fire grew quickly to 500 acres Friday evening June 12th, 2020 in thick grass, heavy brush, and oak woodland.

During initial attack of the fire a small number of structures were threatened, the Fresno County Sheriff’s office quickly coordinated and safely evacuated those residents at risk. No structures were lost, and all families who were evacuated returned to their homes late Friday night.

As of this afternoon June 13th, 2020 fire behavior was as expected today with a change in weather overnight to cooler temperatures and light winds, minimal to moderate behavior allowed crews to strengthen lines and begin their mop-up phase.

Current Acreage: After more accurate mapping by aircraft - 533

Containment: 25%

Cause: The cause of the Hog Fire is under investigation by U.S. Forest Service and CAL FIRE investigators. An identified potential cause for the fire has been determined to be from a vehicle. Investigators are seeking help from anyone who was on Trimmer Springs Road between Lakeview Marina and Maxon Road between the hours of 1:30 PM and 2:45 PM on Friday June 12, 2020. If you were in the area, or have any information in relation to the start of the Hog Fire, please contact investigators by email at SM.SF.sierranfinfo@usda.gov.

Rate of Spread/Potential: Minimal

Personnel: 100

Injuries: 0

Structural Loss: 0

Activity – Good progress was made today with crews strengthening the line utilizing direct tactics in the final containment stages to manage the area of the fire. Mopping up only to the extent necessary to minimize the likelihood of an escape and to secure around structures. All state and local agencies will be released this evening ending unified command.
Smoke impact of varying degrees can be expected as the fire continues to burn down in the fire’s interior, and will be felt in the local recreational areas of Pine Flat, and the communities of Piedra, Centerville and Minkler over the course of the next several days. To help minimize smoke impact and learn about air quality and smoke forecasts please visit either www.airnow.gov or www.valleyair.org
Updates will continue on the Hog Fire as information is provided, and information can also be found at the Hog Fire on https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/6765/
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Fox Fire / Pumice Fire in the Fish Creek Area 6/15

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:46 am

Inyo NF:
Fire crews are responding to two fires in the Fish Creek area.

The Fox Fire is near Pond Lily Lake and is contained at this time at one acre.

The Pumice Fire is east of Pumice Butte and it 2-3 acres at this time. Fire crews report active fire behavior and winds are in the forecast for this evening and remain a concern. The forests’ helicopter will be used for water drops.

There is no threat to life or property at this time. Some smoke may be noticeable from the Town of Mammoth Lakes and the nearby vicinity and residents should anticipate that helicopter work will continue tomorrow.

Both fires are under investigation, However, there was lightning from weather systems this weekend.
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Pumice Fire Update 6/17

Post by maverick » Wed Jun 17, 2020 5:17 pm

Inyo NF:
Fire crews have mapped the Pumice Fire at 40 acres and are showing 30% containment.

A third fire crew was assigned to the fire today. The fire is located on a steep, knife edge ridge in a mixture of brush and mixed conifer forest. Today, crews scouted and began constructing containment lines. Fire behavior is moderate to minimal. Crews will improve containment lines tomorrow.

Smoke may be visible from the Mammoth Lakes vicinity. There remains no threat to life or property. The fire is in a remote location in the wilderness in the Fish Creek area (west of Mammoth Lakes). The forest helicopter is being used for logistical support for the crews and with bucket drops to cool the fire’s edge.

The cause of the fire has been determined to be lightning.
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Quarter Fire Stanislaus NF

Post by maverick » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:16 am

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Quarter Fire Stanislaus NF Update 6/23

Post by maverick » Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:42 am

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