22 Jun 2008, 11:16pm
California
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Canyon Complex Fires

Location: Quincy area, Plumas NF, Sierra Co., CA

Date of Origin: 06/21/08
Cause: Lightning

Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 104
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,501,474

Responsible official: Plumas NF Forest Supervisor Alice Carlton
Phone Number: (530) 283-2050

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 104
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,345,783

Resources are fully engaged in rehab activities. North Branch rehab 98% completed. South Branch rehab 98% completed. Mop-up and patrol activities continue in areas with heat. Due to unsafe conditions relating to rugged and isolated terrain, the northeast portions of the Scotch Fire (Divs U & V) continue to be closely monitored.

Belden Fire - 474 acres, 70% contained. Belden is primary reason the Complex remains at 97% overall containment.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 80
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,190,014

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 75
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,057,862

Reduction in costs not explained. Little or no fire spread was observed. Fuels within interior islands continue to be consumed.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 79
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,300,746

Resources are fully engaged in rehab activities. North Branch Rehab 95% completed. South Branch Rehab 85% completed. Mop-up and patrol activities continue in areas with heat. Due to unsafe conditions relating to rugged and isolated terrain, the northeast portions of the Scotch Fire (Divisions U and V) continue to be closely monitored.

Scotch Fire-13,009 acres, 90% contained. Percent containment remains at 90% due to inability to safely implement direct suppression operations in DIVS U and V; small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports.

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 71
Size: 37,831 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $45,094,259

Total acres and costs now include the Belden Fire, which was reincorporated from the Rich Bar Fire back into the Canyon Complex when Hoff’s PNW Team 2 took command on 8/7.

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Situation as of 08/07/08 2:00 PM
Total Personnel: 31 reported, may be a typo
Size: 37,357 acres
Percent Contained: 97%

Costs to Date: $44,283,409

Transfer of command to PNW 2 T1 (Hoff) today at 1800.

Scotch Fire 13,009 acres 90% contained. Percent containment remains at 90% due to inability to implement direct suppression operations in DIVS U and V. Small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports.

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Situation as of 08/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 420
Size: 37,357 acres
Percent Contained: 93%

Costs to Date: $43,116,296

Little Fire (1,450 acres) and Fox Fire (1,837 acres) are contained. Remaining uncontained fires: Scotch Fire 13,009 acres 85% contained; South Frey Fire 9,061 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,066 acres 95%.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 626
Size: 37,276 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $42,442,638

Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained. Percent containment remains at 80% due to inability to implement direct suppression operations in DIVS U/V, small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; South Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 50% contained. Percent containment remains at 50% due to inability to implement direct suppression operations, small portions of isolated heat continue to show on daily IR reports; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 616
Size: 37,276 acres
Percent Contained: 92%

Costs to Date: $41,538,048

Acreage adjustment reflects shift of Belden Fire (474 acs) to Rich Bar Fire.

Remaining uncontained fires: Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; South Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 50% contained; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 791
Size: 37,800 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $39,493,949

Initial attack on the Rich Bar Fire [here].

Remaining uncontained fires: Rich Bar Fire 50 acres 0% contained; Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; Belden Fire 474 acres 70% contained; South Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 25% contained; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 837
Size: 37,753 acres reported
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $38,215,335

30-acre slop over on the Little Fire not reported in acreage totals.

Uncontained fires: Scotch Fire 12,974 acres 80% contained; Little Fire 1,412 acres 95% contained; Belden Fire 474 acres 70% contained; South-Frey Fire 9,068 acres 95% contained; French-Bear Fire 1,069 acres 25% contained; and Fox Fire 1,852 acres 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/26/08 6:00 AM

All uncontained fires have been named and reported. The two formerly unnamed fires are the French Bear Fire, 1,069 acs, 5% contained, and the Fox Fire, 1,852 acs, 95% contained.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,130
Size: 37,753 acres reported
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $36,600,000

The Arizona Central West Zone Type II team will assume command on Saturday, July 26.

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,357
Size: 34,821 acres reported
Percent Contained: 79%

Costs to Date: $34,100,000

The Frey Fire was delegated back to the BTU/Butte Complex, resulting in a 4,000 acre reduction in total acreage.

6 uncontained fires: South-Frey 11,748 acres (now reported as 8,390 acres) and 95% contained; Scotch 10,725 acres and 40% contained; Belden 474 acres and 70% contained; Little 1,392 acres and 95% contained; and two additional unreported, uncontained fires.

The Arizona Central West Zone Type II team has been ordered and will begin transition on Friday with transfer of command scheduled for 0600 on Saturday, July 26. This will be the third IMT on the Canyon Complex.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,354
Size: 37,438 acres
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $31,600,000

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

The Canyon Complex is now reporting a total of 30 fires; Fires contained-24, of which 4 are staffed and the remaining are air patrolled; Uncontained-6, all are staffed.

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,407
Size: 36,794 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $30,200,000

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

Total size increase from yesterday of 1689 acres, 1000 of those occurring on the Scotch Fire, the South Frey Fire increased by 632 acres due to better mapping.

Burnouts continue to back to the main fire. The Scotch Fire is backing downslope with torching. New spots on the southeast side of the Scotch Fire are making upslope runs to the east. Uphill runs are also occurring on the southwest side of the Scotch Fire.

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,361
Size: 35,105 acres
Percent Contained: 71%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $29 million.

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

South-Frey 11,748 acres and 80% contained; Scotch 7,682 acres and 5% contained; Belden 474 acres and 70% contained; Little 1,327 acres and 70% contained; and two additional unreported, uncontained fires.

Total size increase from yesterday of 966 acres, 940 of those occurring on the Scotch Fire (5% contained). Scotch Fire backing downslope with occasional torching. New spots on the east side of the Scotch Fire are making upslope runs to the east.

Airtanker requested.

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Situation as of 07/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,361
Size: 34,139 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $27,700,000

Est containment date: 07/31/2008

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,375
Size: 33,415 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $26,700,000

Highway 70 is open with a pilot car directing travelers through the previous closure area.

Six uncontained fires remain: South-Frey 11,678 acres and 65% contained; Scotch 6,202 acres and 5% contained; Belden 474 acres and 50% contained; Little 1,270 acres and 70% contained, French-Bear Fire unreported acreage, unreported containment; and one unnamed fire, unreported acreage, unreported containment. All six fires are allegedly staffed, but the information emanating from the fire management is exceedingly weak and confusing. Fire line locations are still being scouted into the Feather River Canyon.

Estimated containment date is 07/31/08.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,408
Size: 32,352 acres
Percent Contained: 66%

Costs to Date: $25,900,000

Friend-Darnell Fire is 100% contained. Uncontained fires: South-Frey 11,678 acres and 65%; Scotch 5,441 acres and 5%; Belden 478 acres, unreported containment; Little 897 acres and 70% contained; French-Bear Fire unreported acreage, unreported containment; and one unnamed fire, unreported acreage, unreported containment.

Note: we finally got the name (only) of one the mysterious and unamed, uncontained, monitored but not fought, unreported fires: the French-Bear Fire. One more secret government mystery fire remains in the Canyon Complex. Maybe we’ll discover more about it tomorrow. What do you say, Jeff? Can you reveal a little bit more info?

The fire behavior has increased and more spot fires are being discovered due to the lifting of the inversion. There is active burning on the Scotch Fire with isolated torching and short distance spotting, and active interior burning on the South Frey Fire. No word on the fire activity on the secret government mystery fires.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,404
Size: 31,725 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $24,320,000

Highway 70 re-opened 7/14, with a pilot car directing travelers through the previous closure area.

Friend-Darnell 3,871 acres and 75% contained; South-Frey 11,678 acres and 65%; Scotch 5441 acres and 5%; Belden 478 acres; Little 897 acres and 30% contained. All uncontained fires are staffed. 11 reported fires have not been located.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: 31,725 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Many crews and overhead personnel are reaching their maximum work assignment and will either be demobilized or R/R over the next week. This reduction in resources may affect the predicted containment date and strategies if replacement crews and overhead are not available.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,538
Size: 30,812 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $22,000,000

Acreage and containment not updated. Received authorization to use mechanized equipment for line construction on South-Frey Fire.

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Evacuation Lifted for the Communities of Berry Creek, Milsap Bar, and Brush Creek as of July 13, 2023 6:00 p.m.

Immediate Threat Evacuation Advisory for residents of Berry Creek area, Milsap Bar, and Brush Creek area has been reduced to a Precautionary Threat Evacuation Advisory. Residents can return home. Only residents with proper identification will be allowed in the Berry Creek Precautionary area. Residents should have their ID ready when approaching any access point. Check points will be at the intersection of Bald Rock Road and Oro. Quincy Hwy., at the upper end, and Bald Rock Road at
Greystone Lane.

Pacific Crest Trail remains closed.

Situation as of 07/12/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,479
Size: 30,812 acres
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: not reported

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,222
Size: 27,214 acres
Percent Contained: 55%

Costs to Date: $18,900,000

The Scotch Fire was staffed today, it made a significant run across the Middle Fork Feather River towards Hartman Bar. On the Butte Complex/Belden Fire, fire was held between Indian and Chips Creek. Precautionary and advisory evacuations for the community of Belden remain in effect. On the Cold Fire, all containment lines continued to hold. On the Friend-Darnell Fire, crews and dozers made progress constructing containment lines. On the South Fire, crews patrolled and mopped up along the road. On the Frey Fire, crews continued burnout operations. On the Little, Bear, and Fox Fires, the fires were in patrol status due to limited resources. The contingency plan for structures on all major fires within the Canyon Complex due to increased fire activity remains in effect.

Smoke from CA fires reported in Aspen, CO today.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,193
Size: 25,019 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Costs to Date: $17,900,000

PNW3 Type 1 Team (Pendleton) assumed management of the Canyon Complex at 0600 hours today. [WISE Firetracking extends high marks to outgoing CA Team 3 (Jeanne Pincha-Tulley) for excellence in fire reporting and fire management].

Canyon Complex Fires overview map 07/09. Click on map for larger image (2.9 MB)

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,231
Size: 22,305 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Costs to Date: $16,781,265

Friend-Darnell 1,804 acres and 0% contained; Frey 2,718 acres and 43%; South 4,625 and 20%; Little 897 acres and 30%; Scotch 2,424 acres and 5%; Butte Complex/Belden 459 acres and 50% contained; Bear 1,066 acres and 5 %; Cold 5,512 acres 95%.

The Scotch Fire was very active, producing several large columns. All uncontained fires were active and continued to spread beyond perimeters.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,213?
Size: 23,159 acres
Percent Contained: 57%

Friend-Darnell 690 acres and 0% contained; Frey 2,627 acres and 43%; South 3,807 and 20%; Butte Complex/Belden 291 acres and 50% contained; Little 869 acres and 30%; Scotch 1,311 acres and 5%; Bear 1,066 acres and 5 %; Cold-5,512 acres 95%.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,213
Size: 18,451 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $15,165,061

Est containment date: 07/31/2008.

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Situation as of 07/06/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,210
Size: 18,038 acres
Percent Contained: 64%

Costs to Date: $13,825,115

Acreage, containment, and cost figures are increasing and/or decreasing due to swapping fire responsibilities with the Butte Complex.

Uncontained fires: Belden 201 acres and 50% contained; South 3,664 and 20%; Frey 2,625 acres and 43% contained; Cold 5,512 acres and 95% contained; Little 869 acres and 30% contained; Scotch 1,043 acres and 5% contained; and Bear 1,066 acres and 5% contained. The evening reported stated that 8 fires in this Complex are uncontained and total 16,642 acres. That implies the 8th, unnamed fire is 1,662 acres with 0% containment.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,239
Size: 18,863 acres
Percent Contained: 73%

Costs to Date: $12,392,535

Acreage increase due to shifting fire responsibilities with the Butte Complex.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 987
Size: 15,483 acres
Percent Contained: 73%

Costs to Date: $11,360,750

The Canyon Complex is now reporting a total of 42 fires. 22 fires contained (1,396 acres) of which 3 are staffed and the remaining are air patrolled; 8 fire uncontained (14,087 acres) of which 7 are staffed.

Belden 88 acres and 0% contained; South 2,026 acres and 46% contained; Frey 1,790 and 52% contained; Cold 5,512 acres and 95% contained; Scotch 924 acres and 5% contained. Three other uncontained fires not reported.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 943
Size: 13,838 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $10,246,201

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 943
Size: 13,164 acres
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $9,494,075

On the Belden Fire, rappellers were removed due to safety issues and low probability of success with current resources assigned to this fire. The Belden Fire is heading down slope towards the community of Belden and precautionary and advisory evacuations are in effect.

On the Cold Fire, northern and western containment lines were successfully held and improved. Lines on the Fox Fire continued to hold. Significant progress was made on the South and Frey Fires with dozer and handline construction. On the Little Fire, line construction is being completed on the north end of the fire. On the Scotch Fire, line construction began on the south side. A contingency plan is being developed for structures on all major fires within the Canyon Complex due to increased fire activity.

Fire behavior increased from yesterday due to drier fuels and increased winds. As a result of lowering humidity, a significant increase in spot fires occurred on the Cold, South, and Little Fires. Many of the uncontained fires saw increased spread because of the current weather pattern. Fire increased uphill in the afternoon on all fires and pushed the fire against lines in contained portions.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 945
Size: 12,243 acres
Percent Contained: 40%

Costs to Date: $7,915,695

Two reported injuries occurred today, one was a back injury do to a fall and the other was a dozer roll over on the Cold Fire; medevac is in progress.

The reduction in total acreage is a result of the transfer of fire management for fires on the eastern perimeter to the Butte Complex. As of 0600 hours, the Pit, Quarry, Island and Granite Fires changed management responsibilities to the Butte Complex and the Canyon Complex took responsibility for the Frey Fire. As a result of this change, the Canyon Complex now is reporting a total of 42 fires.

On the Cold Fire northern and western containment lines were held and improved. A spot fire was reported on the southern perimeter and was quickly contained. On the Belden Fire, rappellers were deployed to start line construction. The Hartman and Four Mile Fires were contained today. Significant progress was made on the South and Frey Fires with dozer and handline construction. Access to the Little and Scotch Fires were established and improved in order to engage the fires.

20 fires contained (1,392 acres) of which 3 are staffed and the remaining are air patrolled; 9 fires uncontained (10,851 acres) of which 8 are staffed.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 862
Size: 12,921 acres
Percent Contained: 38%

Costs to Date: $6,584,449

Cold Fire 5,191 acres, South Fire 1,251 acres, Pit Fire 1,293 acres, Little Fire 736 acres, and the Hartman Fire at 227 acres. Cold Fire is well established on the southern perimeter in Fish Creek.

The Canyon Complex has had 49 reported fires since June 21, 2008. 15 are contained (383 acres) and 17 are uncontained 12,539 acres). 3 are staffed, the remaining are air patrol but will be staffed.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 856
Size: 12,158 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Cold Fire 4,983 acres, South Fire 1,224 acres, Pit Fire 1,108 acres, Little Fire 660 acres, and the Hartman Fire at 227 acres.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 866
Size: 9,210 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $4,389,219

An increase in fire activity was observed today as a result of the increased wind in the afternoon. Significant progress was made on the Hartman, Four Mile and Four Mile II fires and there is good probability that containment of these will be achieved during the next operational period. Crews continued line construction, mop up and securing the fire’s edge on the Cold, Pit, Fox and Four Mile Fires.

CIIMT 3, CAL Fire IMT 9, Area Command Lohrey, and Lassen National Forest management met today to discuss operation and airspace coordination. A Canyon Complex/Plumas National Forest Multi-incident Coordination Plan was established to facilitate the sharing of resources in the event of lightning or other potential incident.

Priority fires have been established in the following order: Cold (4,747 acres); Hartman (227); Little (611); South (1,176) and Pit (1,146). The Canyon Complex currently consists of 30 fires divided into four branches. Fifteen fires were contained for a total of 387 acres and 15 fires are currently uncontained at approximately 8,823 acres. There are three fires not included above that have not been confirmed due to difficulty in intelligence gathering as a result of limited access and heavy smoke inversion layer reducing helicopter air reconnaissance capability.

The Plumas Forest Area Closure for all areas affected by the Canyon Complex remains in effect. Hwy 70 remains closed from 7.6 miles west of Pulga in Butte County to SR Jct. 89 to support the Rim Incident.

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Canyon Complex Fire map 06/27/08, Click for larger image (5.0 MB)

Situation as of 06/27/08 10:00 PM

Size: 8,718 acres reported

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 938
Size: 7,664 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

There are now 15 fires contained for a total of 362 acres, 17 fires uncontained and six reported fires that still cannot be located.

The 40 acre Crest Fire in Bucks Lake Wilderness is now contained. The Four Mile and Four Mile II fires in French Creek have grown together at 250 acres and are now 80% contained. The Island and Quarry Fires have burned together at 150 acres. Hartman Fire, ~120 acres, expected containment this weekend.

The Cold Fire remains at 4079 acres as crews strengthened lines and closed in on Zumwalt Flat along the east and west flanks. The Keddie Fire near Greenville was contained at 77 acres.

The dense smoke, hanging in the valleys since Monday, should be carried from the area by light east winds as the day develops. Crews will be on alert as fires become more active with air movement. An unstable air mass brings the possibility of afternoon and evening thunderstorms through the weekend, with chance for dry lightning increasing on Saturday. Sunday’s storms may carry some isolated rain showers.

With higher temperatures, lower humidity and better visibility, crews will be looking for previously reported fires that could not be located in the dense smoke of previous days. There will be more use of helicopter bucket drops today and reconnaissance aircraft will also be able to find and size fires.

A Forest Order has closed some areas with active fire to protect visitors. The closure covers public land generally bounded by the North and Middle Forks of the Feather River toward the Pacific Crest, the Bucks Lake Wilderness and land surrounding the Cold Fire. Please refer to maps and descriptions posted on the Plumas NF website [here].

Private businesses and resorts in forest communities, including facilities around Bucks Lake, remain open. All county highways, including the Oroville-Quincy Road and the Quincy-LaPorte Road remain open along their entire lengths. Highway 70 remains closed by Caltrans from Pulga to the Greenville Wye. Changing conditions may require further road closures. Drivers should check road conditions prior to travel. Caltrans information: 1-800-427-7623

County health officials reported that the Air Quality Index in some areas of Plumas County has reached unhealthy levels and encouraged all residents to limit outdoor activities, particularly children and older adults. For an update of local air quality conditions, visit www.countyofplumas.com, for Butte County: www.bcaqmd.org

No evacuations are currently in effect due to fires in the Canyon Complex.

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Situation as of 06/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 886
Size: 5,291 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $3,175,000

Structures Threatened: 40 PRIM , 2 COMM Structures Destroyed: NONE

Continued line construction, mop up, and securing the fires edge on eight fires. A Canyon Complex/Plumas National Forest Multi-incident Coordination Plan was established to facilitate the sharing of resources in the event of lightning or other potential incident on the PNF. CAL Fire IMT 9 and CIIMT 3 met today and established boundaries between Butte and Canyon Complexes. Both parties entered into an agreement for sharing resources, prioritize for aircraft use, and cost sharing.

13 fires were contained for a total of 320 acres, 17 are currently uncontained at approximately 742 acres, and seven were unable to be located. Information is still being gathered on six fires with limited access and difficult terrain.

Cold Fire 4,079 acres, Hartman Fire 120 acres, Little Fire 50 acres, South Fire 100 acres, and Sky High Fire 100 acres.

Hwy 70 remains closed from 7.6 miles west of Pulga in Butte Co. to SR Jct. 89 to support the Rim Incident. Precautionary evacuation of animals in the communities of Spring Garden, Greenhorn and Sloat is in effect.

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Cold Fire map as of 06/25/08 AM, courtesy USFS. Click on the map for a larger version (3.7 MB). More Canyon Fire maps are [here].

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Situation as of 06/25/08 3:00 PM
Total Personnel: 598
Size: ~4,500 acres
Percent Contained: unreported

13 fires have been contained within the Complex. Several fires remain uncontained, ranging in size from 5 acres to over 100 acres. The Cold Fire is 3,741 acres.

The Plumas National Forest issued a Forest Order closing areas with active fire to protect visitors. The closure covers public land generally bounded by the North and Middle Forks of the Feather River toward the Pacific Crest, the Bucks Lake Wilderness and land surrounding the Cold Fire.

Highway 70 remains closed by Caltrans from Pulga to the Greenville Wye.

No evacuations are currently in effect due to fires in the Canyon Complex.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 528
Size: 3,971 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Heavy fuel loading with very steep and inaccessible terrain. Extreme dry fuel moisture at levels normally not found until late August. Multiple mines posing a hazard to firefighters. National/Congressional interest in fuels management pilot project (Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group Forest Recovery Act) for intensive forest management. Economic effects to communities dependent on timber industry and tourism. Planned music festival in Quincy next weekend. Lack of sufficient suppression resources. Limited communications due to terrain and large incident area. Possible threat to Hwy 70 in the Cold Fire area.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 423
Size: 3,300 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Significant Events: 7 fires were contained today at 83 acres total and 1 new fire was detected. On the Cold Fire, resources scouted and began line construction where possible. The Hartman Fire was assessed and additional resources will be requested. The Plumas County Sheriff’s began advance notifications to residents in the vicinity of the Cold Fire for possible evacuation. Some resources orders have been filled and at incident. Rapellers were inserted on the Crest Fire. Hwy 70 is closed from 1.5 miles East of Pulga in Butte Co. to Gansner Bar.

Remarks: The Canyon Complex fires are in the Feather River, Mount Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts. More than 45 fires have been detected and are being assessed. Close cooperation continues with Cal Fire on 5 fires in close proximity to the PNF. The Cold Fire is approx. 3,000 acres. Precautionary evacuation of animals in the communities of Spring Garden, Greenhorn and Sloat is in effect. Strategies will be selected for each individual fire based upon firefighter safety, values to be protected, and probability of success.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 142
Size: 1,200 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Over 50 fires have been detected of which several were staffed today. Feather River, Mount Hough and Beckwourth Ranger Districts, French Creek and Bucks Lake area. Precautionary evacuation of animals in the communities of Greenhorn and Sloat.

All fires had significant spread on all perimeters. Several fires on the west side of the Feather River Ranger district appeared to have burnt together. Several fires are aggressively backing into the middle fork and the north fork of the Feather River and Nelson Creek. Fire in the wilderness area near the Lassen border increased to 40 acres today.

30 Jun 2008, 1:40pm
by Al S.


Mike -

Spent Tuesday-Friday at Summer Camp helping out with teaching soils. It’s really smoky up there (throughout the Sierra as you know). We could not see Spanish Peak from the meadow below camp. It was a little bit better Friday when we left.

Highway 70 down the canyon is closed. Bucks Summit road to Oroville was open as of Friday, but all side roads on the Plumas were closed. I saw three engines from Los Angeles County arriving in Oroville to join the fun.

We postponed the annual Spanish Peak hike - the Bucks Lake Wilderness is closed, and anyhow with lightning possible on Saturday it probably wasn’t a good day to be exposed on the highest peak in the area. And the Plumas County Health Department has an air quality advisory out so a strenuous hike up the peak is not advisable.

It’s really a contrast on the Moonlight Fire area - the private owners (SPI and Beaty & Associates among others) are salvaging like gangbusters. The Forest Service has to do an EIS which a friend says will probably be done by September at which point it will no doubt be challenged.

The SPI mill in Quincy has a BIG log deck now - I guess Collins Pine in Chester is probably the only other player, although some mill in the foothills or the Central Valley is cutting cedar - saw a load of salvage cedar going out via Bucks Lake since the canyon is closed.

The Plumas News website (http://www.plumasnews.com) has a blog on the local fire situation.

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