27 Jun 2008, 11:41pm
California
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Alps Complex WFU Fires

Location: 15 Fires all near or within Trinity Alps Wilderness on the Shasta Trinity NF, Trinity Co., CA

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

Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 92
Size: 1,218 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $818,856

Alps Complex now a suppression fire. The last report for Alps Complex has been issued because it is being operationally merged into the Iron Complex [here]. We will attempt to sort it out and continue tracking the Alps Complex.

Granite 542ac 80% 7/22, Carey 567ac 30% 7/22, Rip 3ac 70% 7/15.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 5:30 PM
Total Personnel: 100
Size: 902 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $710,614

New smoke this morning west of the Granite Fire is called the Rip Fire and was jumped by 4 smokejumpers.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 79?
Size: 816 acres
Percent Contained: 80%

Granite (530 acres, campground and trailhead, active fire, 80% contained, expected containment date, Jul 10, 2023), Carey (219 acres, active fire, 30% contained, expected containment date, Jul 22, 2023).

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Situation as of 07/07/08 4:45 PM
Total Personnel: 79
Size: 792 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $575,106

Est containment date: 07/25/2008. The Buckhorn Fire was taken over by the Broyles Type 1 IMT managing the Iron Complex. All the Alps Complex fires are slated for containment at the earliest possible date. The prior threat by the Shasta-Trinity NF to allow these fires to burn all summer has been wisely rescinded.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 5:15 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 786 acres
Percent Contained: 30%

Costs to Date: $448,988

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Situation as of 07/04/08 4:40 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 708 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Costs to Date: $391,094

Acreage change due to transitioning of the Buckhorn Fire to the Iron Complex.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 85?
Size: 3,993 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

Costs to Date: unreported

Expected containment date: 11/15/08

Burn baby burn. This fire represents long term employment for firefighters. No strategy to contain, control, or extinguish. Taxpayers expected to shovel money into the fire all summer long. No NEPA, no ESA, no NHPA, no compliance with any environmental law. Trinity Wilderness closed indefinitely. Mt. Shasta, Dunsmuir, will be smoky all summer long.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 85
Size: 3,579 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $212,689

Long Term Implemenation Plan(LTIP) for all active fires means no containment, burning expected to go on until November rains.

Expected costs to exceed $10 million ($100,000 per day x 100 days), assuming no major fire blow ups between now and next Fall. Resource damage will be very significant to vegetation, wildlife, watersheds, and airsheds. Trinity Alps recreation canceled for the rest of the summer in all likelihood. No public hearings were or will be held.

All public comments should be directed to the individual responsible for this executive decision, Shasta-Trinity NF Supervisor Sharon Heywood, 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002, (530) 226-2500.

A Fire Use Module and some overhead will hike into the Carey WFU Fire. No explanation regarding what “some overhead” might be, but chances are it is a mule train.

Buckhorn (1870 acres, 2 residences and 1 outbuilding threatened, active fire, 12% contained, expected containment date, Oct 17, 2023), Granite (431 acres, campground and trailhead, active fire, 24% contained, expected containment date, Oct 2, 2023), Clem (1024 acres, archaeological site, active fire, 0% contained, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023), Carey (186 acres, 1 residence threatened, active fire, 0% contained, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023), Soldier (2 acres, unstaffed expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023), Bacon (2 acres, unstaffed, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023), Gorge (1 acre, unstaffed, trailhead and bridges, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023), Gwin (7 acres, unstaffed, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023), North Fork (8 acres, unstaffed, expected containment date, Nov 15, 2023).

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Situation as of 07/01/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 39
Size: 3,245 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $116,689

The dozer line at Brooks Ranch is currently limiting the fires spread to the south. Last night’s slop over of the Buckhorn Fire to the west on French Creek Road was successfully picked up during today’s operational period. The Granite Fire continues to be held from moving west on the Canyon Creek trail. The draft of the Long Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) for the Alps Complex was presented to the Forest Supervisor and Area Command this afternoon.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 31
Size: 2,650 acres
Percent Contained: 2%

Costs to Date: $100,242

The dozer line at Brooks Ranch which is currently limiting the fires spread to the south. Tentative completion of the Long Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) for the Alps Complex is 7/01/08. Sucessfully holding the Granite Fire from moving west on the Canyon Creek trail.

The complex includes 13 fires. Buckhorn (1409 acres, 2 residences and 1 outbuilding threatened, active fire), Granite (415 acres, campground and trailhead, active fire), Clem (687 acres, archaeological site, active fire), Carey (71 acres, 1 residence threatened, active fire), Soldier (2 acres, unstaffed), Bacon (2 acres, unstaffed), Gorge (1 acre, unstaffed, trailhead and bridges), Gwin (7 acres, unstaffed), North Fork (8 acres, unstaffed), Willow (38 acres, unstaffed), Devils (6 acres, contained), Pony (3 acres, contained), and Thurston (2 acres, contained).

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Situation as of 06/28/08 5:00 PM
Total Personnel: 18
Size: 2,445 acres
Percent Contained: 0%

The complex includes 15 fires. Currently 5 fires are known to be active. Buckhorn (915 acres), Clem (601 acres), Denny (20 acres), Carey (7 acres) and Granite (391). Buckhorn Fire has reached the dozer line at Brooks Ranch which is currently limiting the fires spread to the south.

Tentative completion of the Long Term Implementation Plan (LTIP) for the Alps Complex is 6/30/08.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 18
Size: 1,800 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Fire were previously reported as part of the Iron Complex Fires [here].

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