9 Aug 2008, 12:25am
California
by admin

Iron Complex Fires (Repost)

Due to widespread concern over the recent fatalities on the Iron Complex Fires, we are reposting the daily fire history of this complex. The original posting is [here]. This posting, not the prior one, will be updated from now on.

Location: Shasta-Trinity NF, Weaverville, Junction City area, Trinity Co., CA

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

Situation as of 09/03/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 158
Size: 105,606 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: $73,376,167

Buckhorn Fire: Backing and creeping in the headwaters of Big French Creek below Limestone Ridge in timber stringers. Creeping and smoldering in the interior and in Manzanita Creek drainage. Eagle Fire: Smoldering and creeping with interior islands continuing to burn out. Carey and Cedar Fires: Smoldering and creeping fire in the interior.

Actions planned on the Buckhorn Fire are to burnout the top of the bowl along Limestone Ridge and let it creep down into the active fire. Continue suppression repair on Buckhorn and Eagle fires. Structure protection in the Big Bar area will be provided as needed.

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Situation as of 09/02/08 6:30 PM
Total Personnel: 230
Size: 105,445 acres
Percent Contained: 98%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $73.5 million

The Iron Complex is 101,306 acres and includes 1 uncontained fire: The Buckhorn Fire at 28,559 acres, 98% contained. The Alps Complex is 100% contained.

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Situation as of 08/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 270
Size: 105,445 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $72,995,084

Personnel on the Eagle and Buckhorn Fires continue to patrol and mop-up. Crews continue to identify and accomplish significant suppression repair work. A helitack squad was utilized to mop-up on the Carey Fire.

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Situation as of 08/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 270
Size: 105,445 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $72,682,926

The Iron Complex is 101,306 acres and includes 2 uncontained fires: The Eagle Fire at 32,059 acres, 99% contained; and the Buckhorn Fire at 28,559 acres, 96% contained. The Alps Complex at 4,139 acres includes 1 uncontained fire: the Carey Fire at 3,698 acres, 97% contained. Total Cost for the Iron/Alps Complex is $72,682,926 with the Iron Complex costing $70,691,926 and the Alps Complex costing $1,991,000.

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Situation as of 08/27/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 280
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: $72,282,029

Personnel on the Eagle and Buckhorn Fires continue to patrol and mop-up. Crews continue to identify and accomplish significant suppression repair work. The type 1 crew was demobed off the Carey Fire today. A helitack crew will be inserted into the Carey Fire to mop-up a pocket of heat near Mary Blaine Meadow.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 447
Size: 105,325 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 96%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $71.5 million

Red Flag Warnings for a large area W of the Sierra/Cascade crest through the valley and into parts of the Coastal Range. Temperatures will be about 10 deg warmer than normal during much of this time, along with daytime humidities of 8-15% across most areas.  Poor nighttime RH recoveries expected as well, with some of the deeper Sierra canyons getting nighttime winds of 30-50 mph.

The Carey and Buckhorn Fires are located in remote areas, with steep and broken terrain, making access difficult. Significant amounts of unburned fuels remain within perimeters.

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Situation as of 08/26/08 7:30 PM
Total Personnel: 488
Size: 105,325 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: not reported, est. $71 million

No substantial movement is expected for the Buckhorn, Carey or Eagle Fires. Continued burning of unburned islands within the Eagle and Buckhorn Fires.

Buckhorn Fire: Creeping and smoldering southeast in Manzanita Creek drainage. Interior islands burning out. Eagle Fire: Smoldering and creeping with interior islands continuing to burn out. Carey Fire: Backing and creeping fire into Slide Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 08/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 560
Size: 105,325 acres (no update)
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $69,476,349

Buckhorn Fire: creeping and smoldering SE in Manzanita Creek drainage. Interior islands burning out. Eagle Fire: smoldering and creeping with interior islands continuing to burn out. Carey Fire: backing and creeping fire into Slide Creek drainage.

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Situation as of 08/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 604
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $68,905,255

The Iron/Alps Complex is 105,325 acres. The Iron Complex is 101,186 acres and includes 2 uncontained fires: The Eagle Fire at 32,059 acres, 99% contained; and the Buckhorn Fire at 28,439 acres, 92% contained. The Alps Complex at 4,139 acres includes 1 uncontained fire: the Carey Fire at 3,698 acres, 90% contained. Total Cost for the Iron/Alps Complex is $68,905,255 with the Iron Complex costing $67,004,255 and the Alps Complex costing $1,901,000.

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Situation as of 08/21/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 574
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 94%

Costs to Date: $67,896,265

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Situation as of 08/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 760
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 93%

Costs to Date: $67,295,255

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Situation as of 08/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 883
Size: 105,325 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $65,969,965

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Situation as of 08/18/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 888
Size: 105,123 acres
Percent Contained: 90%

Costs to Date: $65,016,573

The southeast flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to back into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Crews on the southwest portion of Carey Fire completed firing operations near Slide Creek and continue to hold and patrol along Slide and Eagle Creeks. A Type 1 crew flown in to the Carey Fire yesterday has begun to secure the northeast portion of the fire.

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Situation as of 08/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 992
Size: 104,411 acres
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $63,865,778

The mandatory evacuation order was lifted for the community of Big Bar. Highway 299 will be open with traffic controls in effect, however the highway will be closed from 2000 to 0600 hrs.tonight. Power and phone service continues to be shut down in the area of Big Bar.

Firing operations on the Buckhorn Fire near the community of Big Bar have been completed. The south flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to back into the French Creek drainage and the southeast flank is backing into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Crews on the Carey Fire continue to hold and patrol along Eagle Creek and Slide Creek. A new helispot has been established on the norteast side of the fire near Mary Blaine Meadow and a hotshot crew has been inserted to keep the fire from extending to the north. Crews on the gound are being supported by water drops.

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Situation as of 08/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,369
Size: 102,936 acres
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $61,873,651

Firefighter fatalities to date: 10

Responsible official: Shasta-Trinity NF Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood
Phone Number: (530) 226-2500

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Situation as of 08/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,391
Size: Size: 100,114 acres (97,271 Iron, 3,729 Alps)
Percent Contained: 79%

Costs to Date: $60,844,229 ($59,048,229 Iron, $1,796,000 Alps)

Cost decrease is a result of crew/engine costs being overstated in the I-Suite database.

Buckhorn Fire (24,098 acres, 40% contained): Active backing and flanking fire with short uphill runs, single and group torching. Short range spotting. Eagle Fire (31,545 acres, 77% contained): Active Backing and flanking with uphill runs on islands within the perimeter. Carey Fire (3288 acres,62% contained): Backing fire into Eagle Creek and Slide Creek drainages.

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Situation as of 08/14/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,320
Size: Size: 97,612 acres (94,127 Iron, 3,485 Alps)
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $61,023,000 ($59,240,000 Iron, $1,783,000 Alps)

Substantial progress was made with firing operations on the southeast flank of the Buckhorn Fire due to favorable weather conditions. Firing operations were completed this morning on the Eagle fire with crews patrolling and mopping up along the newly established perimeter. Crews on the Carey Fire continue to selectively construct handline as well as hold and patrol and along Eagle creek. PG&E supported the incident, providing for firefighter safety, by de-energizing power lines in the vicinity of incident personnel working on the west flank of the Eagle Fire.

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Situation as of 08/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,203
Size: Size: 96,497 acres
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $59,532,000

Continued preparation for planned burnout operations.

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Situation as of 08/12/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,188
Size: Size: 96,046 acres (92,734 Iron, 3,312 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $58,238,000 ($56,472,000 Iron, $1,766,000 Alps)

Est date of containment: 09/01/2024

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Situation as of 08/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,075
Size: Size: 95,768 acres (92,503 Iron, 3,265 Alps)
Percent Contained: 69%

Costs to Date: $56,941,000 ($55,200,000 Iron, $1,741,000 Alps)

The S flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to back into the French Creek drainage. Crews are engaged in checking the fire’s progress to allow preparation of indirect containment lines to the S. The SE flank is backing into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Roll-out, snags, and rugged terrain have limited tactical options. The progress of indirect line construction with firing operations continues on the SW flank of the Eagle Fire with positive results. Crews on the Carey Fire continue to hold, patrol and mop-up along Eagle creek.

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Situation as of 08/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,038
Size: Size: 95,171 acres (91,943 Iron, 3,228 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $55,924,000 ($54,100,000 Iron, $1,724,000 Alps)

Progress was made with firing operations on the southwest flank of the Eagle Fire with the goal of checking fire spread in the Price Creek drainage towards Big Bar.

Buckhorn Fire (22,046 acres, 21% contained): Active backing fire with single and occasional group torching. Short range spotting due to rollout on the southeast and north flanks. Carey Fire (2,749 acres, 31% contained): Backing fire into Eagle Creek. Eagle Fire (30,284 acres, 80% contained): Continued active flanking fire into Price Creek drainage with uphill runs, single and group torching.

The management strategy for the Buckhorn and Eagle Fires is to use indirect line construction with firing operations and natural barriers to reach containment goals. The strategy for the Carey Fire is to use natural barriers and selective handline construction to reach containment goals.

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Situation as of 08/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,148
Size: Size: 94,272 acres (91,098 Iron, 3,174 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $54,817,000 ($53,100,000 Iron, $1,717,000 Alps)

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Situation as of 08/08/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,287
Size: Size: 91,210 acres (88,077 Iron, 3,133 Alps)
Percent Contained: 70%

Costs to Date: $53,384,000 ($51,700,000 Iron, $1,684,000 Alps)

Structures Threatened: 50 commercial , 477 residences , 650 outbuildings

Buckhorn Fire 21,040 acres 21 % contained: active backing fire with single and occasional group torching Short range spotting due to rollout on the southeast and north flanks. Carey Fire 2,654 acres 34% contained: backing fire into Eagle Creek. Eagle Fire 26,332 acres 88% contained: continued active backing and flanking with short uphill runs.

Situation as of 08/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,164
Size: Size: 89,397 acres
Percent Contained: est. 73%

Costs to Date: $52,375,000

An IMT transitional in-briefing was held today, CIIMT2 (Molumby) to in-brief with Shasta-Trinity NF for transition on Friday 8/08.

This was the last operational day for Taskforce Shovel (National Guard).

The S flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to actively back into the French Creek drainage. The SE flank has crossed Treloar Ridge as is backing into the Manzanita Creek Drainage. Roll-out, snags, and rugged terrain have limited tactical attack options. Direct and indirect alternatives continue to be scouted and implemented. Indirect line construction continues along Manzanita Ridge. On the Carey Fire, spot fires continue to be picked up and crews continue to hold along Eagle Creek. The Caraway Fire will be 100% contained at 1800 hours.

The Buckhorn Fire at 20,039 acres is 25 % contained. The Carey Fire at 2,614 acres is 40% contained. The Eagle Fire at 25,601 is 90% contained.

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Firefighter Fatalities

Eight firefighters and one helicopter crew member are missing and believed dead in Tuesday’s helicopter crash on the north end of the Buckhorn Fire in Trinity County, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said today.

Some fatalities were confirmed earlier this morning by the U.S. Forest Service, which earlier had announced that nine people were missing after the crash.

Identities of the nine who are believed dead have not been released.

The helicopter pilot and three fire fighters were injured in the crash, which was reported at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday near Junction City.

from the Redding Record Searchlight [here]

Situation as of 08/06/08 8:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,217
Size: Size: 87,306 acres
Percent Contained: est. 79%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $49,600,000

At approximately 1945 hours yesterday a Type 1 Helicopter assigned to the Iron Complex went down on the Buckhorn Fire. Injuries not reported. An investigation is under way.

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Situation as of 08/03/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,368
Size: Size: 84,359 acres (81,422 Iron, 2,937 Alps)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $47,500,000

The S flank of the Buckhorn Fire continues to actively back into the French Creek drainage. Roll-out, snags, and rugged terrain have limited direct attack options. Other indirect alternatives continue to be explored and scouted. 100% containment of Eagle Fire (24,775 acres) expected tomorrow.

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Situation as of 08/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,506
Size: Size: 83,938 acres (81,044 Iron, 2,894 Alps)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: not updated, est $46 million

The Serious Accident Investigation Team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality. Taskforce Shovel (National Guard) is assigned to suppression damage repair on the Zeigler and Ironside Fires.

Fire behavior remained active on the Buckhorn Fire. Crews are initiating direct line construction of the southern and southeastern flanks taking advantage of natural features. Type One Crews will be critical to the success of this action. There is an opportunity to take direct action and avoid the exposure and commitment of an additional 30,000 acres of the incident strategy that will impact the Highway 299 corridor as well as affected communities. It is estimated the crews will be needed for five days to construct four miles of direct handline. The probability of success for this mission is greater than 50% with the appropriate resources..

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Situation as of 08/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,596
Size: Size: 83,135 acres (80,315 Iron, 2,820 Alps)
Percent Contained: 87%

Costs to Date: $44,323,431 ($42,794,560 Iron, $1,528,871 Alps)

The Serious Accident Investigation team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality. Type II IMT (Kaage) shadowed today and will assume command of the Iron Complex at 0600 on 8/2. Ten National Guard (Taskforce Shovel) Crews (200 line personnel and 40 NG Overhead) continue to work on the fires.

Increased fire behavior occurred on the Buckhorn Fire, with rapid rates of spread and spotting up to 1/2 mile. An interior snag caused a flare-up on the Denny Fire. Fencing was installed along the 16 Rd to help prevent rollout. Retardant use in the wilderness will be requested on the Buckhorn Fire.

Remaining uncontained fires: Buckhorn 14,783 acs 34% 8/15, Carey 2,278 acs 50% UKN, Eagle 24,719 acs 98% 8/2.

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Situation as of 07/31/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,819
Size: Size: 82,222 acres (79,544 Iron, 2,678 Alps)
Percent Contained: 81%

Costs to Date: $43,185,562 ($41,642,521 Iron, $1,543,041 Alps)

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Situation as of 07/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,818
Size: Size: 81,092 acres (78,530 Iron, 2,562 Alps)
Percent Contained: 80%

Costs to Date: $40,130,892 ($39,700,743 Iron, $1,525,647 Alps)

A community meeting is scheduled for Junction City to discuss fire status. A Fed OSHA inspection of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality. Injury today: driver suffered abdominal injuries after a water tender rollover.

The Cedar Fire reached 100% containment. Burnout operations are completed and mop-up is in progress on the Packer Creek spot, south of the Eagle Fire. Significant progress with the construction of in-direct line continues south of the Buckhorn Fire. 1 Type 1 Crew will be flown into the Carey Fire to assist with containment strategies.

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Situation as of 07/29/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,892
Size: Size: 79,154 acres (76,718 Iron, 2,436 Alps)
Percent Contained: 78%

Costs to Date: $40,130,892 ($38,555,353 Iron, $1,575,539 Alps)

The mandatory evacuation has been lifted for Corral Bottom.

A Fed OSHA inspection of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team continues their investigation on the firefighter fatality.

Remaining uncontrolled fires: Eagle 22,804 82% 8/2, Buckhorn 12,527 22% 7/30, Carey 1,848 29% UKN, Cedar 25,106 98% 7/29.

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Situation as of 07/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,798
Size: Size: 78,226 acres (75,378 Iron, 2,390 Alps)
Percent Contained: 75%

Costs to Date: $38,764,239 ($37,215,408 Iron, $1,548,831 Alps)

A Fed OSHA review of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team has begun their investigation on the firefighter fatality.

The burnout operation on the south flank of the Cedar Fire is nearly complete. A 1/4 acre spot fire, on the Cedar Fire, was contained south of the powerlines. The spot fire in Packer Creek, of the Eagle Fire, remains problematic. Heavy fuels, increased fire behavior, and access make direct line construction difficult. Significant progress with the construction of in-direct line continues south of the Buckhorn Fire.

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Situation as of 07/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,931
Size: Size: 76,065 acres (73,731 Iron, 2,334 Alps)
Percent Contained: 68%

Costs to Date: $36,542,077 ($35,017,152 Iron, $1,524,925 Alps)

Fed OSHA inspection of the firefighter fatality is in progress. The Serious Accident Investigation team arrived at the ICP in Junction City to begin their investigation on the firefighter fatality.

Remaining uncontained fires: Eagle 22,669 77% 7/29, Cedar 23,202 70% 7/29, Buckhorn 12,343 22% 8/15, Carey 1,792 55% no est date of containment.

The team has developed an aerial ignition plan for the Eagle and Cedar Fires.

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Firefighter Fatality

REDDING, Calif. July 25, 2023 - National Park Service firefighter Andrew Palmer, 18, a firefighter with the Olympic National Park headquartered in Port Angeles, Wash. died while en route to Redding, Calif. this evening. He was being transported for emergency treatment of multiple injuries.

Forest Service officials learned of the fatality at approximately 5:45 p.m.

“Each and every member of the firefighting community feels a tragedy of this type. We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew, who selflessly served to protect,” said Shasta-Trinity National Forest Supervisor Sharon Heywood.

Palmer was a firefighter assigned to the Iron Complex of fires on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The incident occurred on the southwest flank of the Eagle Fire late this afternoon.

“Andy was a dedicated and energetic firefighter who loved his job. We are all very sad, and our thoughts are with his family and the rest of the firefighters on this fire,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin.

A Critical Incident Management Stress team is being set-up to provide support to fellow firefighters who may need assistance dealing with the loss.

Next of kin have been notified. An accident investigation board has been assembled by the Forest Service as well as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) into the tragic occurrence.

A fund will be established by the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in Andrew’s name. The foundation is online at http://wffoundation.org/ and can be contacted by calling 877-336-2950.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Situation as of 07/25/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,957
Size: Size: 72,037 acres (69,836 Iron, 2,201 Alps)
Percent Contained: 63%

Costs to Date: $33,252,816 ($31,777,702 Iron, $1,475,114 Alps)

A mandatory evacuation is still in effect for the 299 corridor from White’s Bar south to Skunk Point which includes Big Bar. The potential closure of HWY 299 in the evacuation area is being coordinated with CHP and CALTRANS.

A 70 acre spot occurred in Packer’s Creek south of the Eagle Fire. In-direct handlines were initiated north from Big Bar on Treloar Ridge, south of the Buckhorn Fire. Several spot fires were contained early this morning on the south flanks the Cedar and Eagle Fires. Active backing and flanking fire was observed on the Carey, Cedar and Eagle fires. Head fire on upslope runs are occurring in some isolated areas. Buckhorn Fire continues to burn actively to the east and south with some head fire runs. Single tree torching was observed in the timber fuel types.

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Situation as of 07/24/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 2,008
Size: Size: 68,292 acres (66,164 Iron, 2,128 Alps)
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $29,359,269 ($27,937,342 Iron, $1,421,927 Alps)

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Situation as of 07/23/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,679
Size: Size: 62,621 acres (60,522 Iron, 2,099 Alps)
Percent Contained: 61%

Costs to Date: $27,911,808 ($26,562,622 Iron, $1,349,186 Alps)

The east side of the Cedar Fire is threatening structures in Del Loma and Big Bar with the potential to spot across HWY 299 to the north.

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Corral Bottom and the following areas of Junction City: Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary. An Evacuation Plan has been developed for the potential evacuation of the ICP in Junction City.

Uncontained fires: Eagle 18,761 acs 60% 8/11, Cedar 16,955 acs 47% 8/10, Buckhorn 9,364 acs 26% 8/5, Carey 1,541 acs 55% 7/29, Ironside 12,720 acs 95% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Zeigler Fire, 2,221 acs, is now 100% contained.

Active backing and flanking fire was observed on the Cedar and Eagle fires. Buckhorn Fire continues to burn actively to the east. Single tree torching was observed in the timber fuel types. Spotting continues to challenges containment resources. Winds pushed the Cedar Fire to the Trinity River just north & west of Big Bar.

240 members of the California National Guard (Taskforce Shovel) will be assigned on 7/24 to assist with mop-up and patrol of the Ironside and Ziegler Fires.

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Situation as of 07/22/08 6:00 AM
Total Personnel: 1,476
Size: Size: 59,344 acres (57,261 Iron, 2,083 Alps)
Percent Contained: 60%

Costs to Date: $26,315,425 ($24,999,266 Iron, $1,316,159 Alps)

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Corral Bottom and the following areas of Junction City: Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary. An Evacuation Plan has been developed for the potential evacuation of the ICP in Junction City. Advisory evacuations are still in effect for Del Loma.

Active backing and flanking fire was observed on the Cedar and Eagle fires. Buckhorn Fire burned actively to the east with 30’ to 50’ flame lengths in the brush, torching trees it encountered. Single tree torching was observed in the timber fuel types. Spotting continues to challenges containment resources. Winds pushed the Cedar Fire slightly toward the southeast as wind and slopes aligned.

Uncontained fires: Eagle 17,291 57% 8/11, Cedar 15,832 52% 8/10, Buckhorn 8,702 31% 8/5, Carey 1,541 55% 7/29, Zeigler 2,221 95% 7/25, Ironside 12,720 95% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires).

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Situation as of 07/20/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,843
Size: Size: 57,154 acres (55,086 Iron, 2,068 Alps)
Percent Contained: 56%

Costs to Date: $25,181,680 ($23,900,809 Iron, $1,280,871 Alps)

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Situation as of 07/19/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,503
Size: Size: 55,545 acres (53,509 Iron, 2,036 Alps)
Percent Contained: 49%

Costs to Date: $23,770,188 ($22,529,912 Iron, $1,240,276 Alps)

A Red Flag Warning was issued for the Iron Complex Fire from 1400-2200 hrs today. Mandatory evacuation is still in effect for Corral Bottom and the following areas of Junction City: Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary. An Evacuation Plan has been developed for the potential evacuation of the ICP in Junction City. Advisory evacuations are still in effect for Del Loma, Denny, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch, Big Mountain Subdivision and a community on Fisher Road, east of the Colony.

Planned Actions: Maintain structure protection and contingency groups for IA and community protection.

Eagle Fire (15,597 acs 40% 8/11): Improve lines on east flank and south end and continue to conduct burnout operations near Junction City (ICP).

Cedar Fire (Cedar 14,514 acs 30% 8/1): Continue holding action and patrols on HWY 299 and suppress new spot fires north of 299 and east of Del Loma.

Buckhorn Fire (7,949 acs 20% 8/1): Continue to patrol and hold on southwest side outside of the wilderness. Anchor northwest shoulder and initiate line construction with Jumpers. East flank is still unstaffed.

Ironside Fire (12,720 acs 95% 7/25): Monitor area of unburned between Zeigler and Ironside Fires north of HWY 299. Maintain structure protection and continue to mop-up.

Zeigler Fire (2,221 acs 95% 7/25): Maintain structure protection and continue to mop-up.

Granite Fire (542 acs 90% 7/22): Un-staffed, aerial patrol in daylight.

Carey Fire (1,495 acs 31% 7/22): Establish anchor point on south end of fire. Construct line on east flank.

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Situation as of 07/17/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,317
Size: Size: 49,411 acres (47,490 Iron, 1,921 Alps)
Percent Contained: 43%

Costs to Date: $21,192,817 ($20,076,261 Iron, $1,116,556 Alps)

Mandatory evacuation is in effect for Corral Bottom, Red Hill, Cooper’s Bar, Dutch Creek, Evan’s Bar, & Soldier Creek due to ingress and egress concerns. Evacuation Center is open at Weaverville Elementary.

Voluntary evacuations in effect for Junction City. Advisory evacuations in effect Denny, Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch, Big Mountain Subdivision, Del Loma, and a community on Fisher Road, east of the Colony.

Uncontained fires: Eagle 13,147 44% 8/11. Cedar 11,981 22% 8/1. Zeigler 2,191 72% 7/25. Buckhorn 7,099 23% 8/1. Ironside 12,720 70% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Carey 1,379 31% 7/22. Granite 542 62% 7/22. Carey Fire patrol only. Granite Fire unstaffed.

The Eagle Fire rolled over containment lines on the east today. Increased fire activity with spotting across the Trinity River and Hwy 299 on the east flank of the Cedar Fire.

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Situation as of 07/16/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,114
Size: Size: 47,066 acres (45,188 Iron, 1,878 Alps)
Percent Contained: 46%

Costs to Date: $19,608,071 ($18,489,982 Iron, $1,118,089 Alps)

Advisory evacuations in effect for Junction City, Denny, Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch, Big Mountain Subdivision, Del Loma, and a community on Fisher Road, east of the Colony.

Lines have been completed and tied in with the powerline grid on the south end of the Cedar Fire and are ready to begin firing off of when resources are available. Fire is slowly backing down to the Trinity River on the east flank.

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Situation as of 07/15/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,129
Size: Size: 45,257 acres (43,410 Iron, 1,847 Alps)
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $18,344,547

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Situation as of 07/15/08 9:00 AM
Total Personnel: not reported
Size: Size: 45,257 acres (43,410 Iron, 1,847 Alps)
Percent Contained: 45%

The forecast weather pattern for today is identical to that on the day the Eagle Fire made its last big run to the outskirts of Junction City. Extremely steep and broken terrain, and long-range spotting limit checking growth on all fires. The Cedar Fire continues to spread east toward Del Loma, and further into Hayshed Creek on the south flank. The Buckhorn Fire has crossed to the east side of French Creek, 3 miles NE of the Brooks Ranch.

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Situation as of 07/13/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,141
Size: 42,667 acres (36,136 Iron, 1,218 Alps)
Percent Contained: 44%

Costs to Date: $16,372,895

Est containment date: 08/15/2008

Mandatory evacuation in effect for Cedar Flat. Advisory evacuations in effect for Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch.

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Situation as of 07/11/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,071 (979 Iron, 92 Alps)
Size: 37,354 acres (36,136 Iron, 1,218 Alps)
Percent Contained: 44%

Costs to Date: $14,440,674 ($13,621,818 Iron, $818,856, Alps)

Est containment date: 08/15/2008

Alps Complex has been operationally merged into the Iron Complex. Containment date has been adjusted due to weather-related increase in fire activity.

Cedar Fire may threaten the communities of Del Loma, private structures, and the Mountain subdivision in Swede Creek in the next 48 hours. Difficult access may cause major structure protection threats. The Eagle Fire continues to threaten the communities of Big Flat and Big Bar and may again threaten the community of Junction City.

Remaining uncontrolled fires: Cedar 5,946 acs 4% 8/1. Eagle 9,547 acs 50% 7/17. Zeigler 1,828 acs 85% 7/12. Buckhorn 5,936 acs 7% 8/1. Ironside 12,687 acs 90% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Denny 43 acs 80% 7/13, Granite 542 acs 80% 7/22, Carey 567 acs 30% 7/22, Rip 3 acs 70% 7/15.

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Situation as of 07/10/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,006
Size: 30,745 acres
Percent Contained: 48%

Costs to Date: $12,702,494

Red Flag Warning has been issued for high temperatures and low RH’s through 1800 Friday.

Advisory evacuations in effect for Corral Bottom, Haglund, Trinity Village, Hawkins Bar and Fisher Ranch community on Fisher Road east of the Colony.

The Cedar Fire is growing in 3 directions immediately threatening structures, power lines, and a municipal water system at New York Bar, Cedar Flat, and Corral Bottom. A significant sloppover on the Eagle Fire has altered strategy and delayed progress.

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Situation as of 07/09/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,024
Size: 30,303 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $11,906,861

Mandatory evacuation in effect for Fisher Ranch community on Fisher Road east of the Colony. Advisory evacuations in effect for Trinity Village and Hawkins Bar.

Red Flag warning has been issued for high temperatures and low RH’s through Thursday evening.

Late this afternoon fire behavior increased on all fires with sustained runs in timber stringers on Div C of the Eagle Fire. The Cedar Fire progressed downhill to the Trinity River and immediately threatened structures, power lines, and a municipal water system at New York Bar and Cedar Flat.

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Situation as of 07/08/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,054?
Size: 28,933 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

The Zeigler Fire continues to threaten Hawkins Bar and Trinity Village. 10 miles of indirect line remain open on the Eagle Fire south of the Trinity River. This fire is affected by moderate to strong up-canyon afternoon winds. The Ironside Fire abuts 5+ miles of Hwy 299, threatening temporary closures, controlled traffic, and providing potential for spotting across the road and river. The Cedar Fire continues to grow due to rollout. Difficult access may cause major structure protection threats. The Eagle Fire continues to threaten the communities of Big Flat and Big Bar. 10 miles of indirect line burnout is required to contain the Eagle Fire and protect threatened communities.

Zeigler 978 50% 7/12. Cedar 1,586 25% 7/17. Eagle 8,666 55% 7/17. Ironside 12,615 80% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Denny 43 80% 7/13. Buckhorn 4,787 5% 7/25.

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Situation as of 07/07/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 1,054
Size: 27,377 acres
Percent Contained: 50%

Costs to Date: $9,805,947

Burned out 1 mile of indirect line on the Eagle Fire from DP 50 to the Trinity River to protect structures near Big Bar. Two miles of burning was completed on NE side of Ironside Fire. Cedar has 2 small sloppovers due to rolling material. A significant run was reported on the Buckhorn Fire this afternoon. By Tuesday fire weather will be the hottest and driest thus far this fire and atmospheric instability is expected to accompany the weather trend.

Remaining uncontained fires, acreages, and estimated containment dates: Ironside 12,505 acs, 75%, 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Zeigler 876 acs, 50%, 7/12. Cedar 1,286 acs, 25%, 7/17. Buckhorn 3,934 acs, 5%, 7/25. Eagle 8,475 acs, 55%, 7/17. Denny 43 acs, 70% 7/13.

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Situation as of 07/05/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 905
Size: 25,151 acres
Percent Contained: 45%

Costs to Date: $8,066,666

Advisory evacuation is in effect for Big Flat due to anticipated encroachment by westward progression of the Eagle Fire.

Cedar Fire firing indirect lines commenced 7/3 and will continue for several days. Ironside Div’s R and S: working on strategy to use existing roads and dozer line to contain fire along ridges south and west of Big Creek. Burn out indirect portions of Div’s R and S line during night shift. Reinforce and hold the line 7/6 day shift. Use burnout to hold Buckhorn Fire east of the N 04 road.

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Situation as of 07/04/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 902
Size: 24,915 acres
Percent Contained: 19%

Costs to Date: $7,262,213

Advisory evacuation is in effect for Big Flat due to anticipated encroachment by westward progression of the Eagle Fire.

At 0600 7/4 the Iron Complex assumed command of the fires formerly known as Buckskin and Clem, which have merged and is now the Buckhorn Fire. This addition has dropped the sum containment to 19%. On 7/10 Iron Complex will absorb the Alps Complex.

Status of uncontained fires within complex (name, acreage, containment, est containment date): Cedar 989 15% 7/17. Eagle 7,290 60% 7/10. Ironside 12,051 60% 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Zeigler 822 30% 7/07. Denny 43 0% TBD. Buckhorn 3,354 5% 7/25.

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Situation as of 07/03/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 922?
Size: 21,056 acres
Percent Contained: 29%

Expected containment date: 7/25/08

The Ironside Fire abuts 5+ miles of Hwy 299, causing frequent temporary closures, controlled traffic, and providing potential for spotting across the road and river. The Cedar Fire continues to grow and may cause major structure protection threats. The Eagle Fire continues to threaten the communities of Big Flat and Big Bar.

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Situation as of 07/02/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 922
Size: 20,704 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,787,903

Hwy 299 is subject to controlled traffic and temporary closure in the Del Loma and Cedar Flat area due to rolling rocks and debris. The Cedar Fire is now the priority fire.

Ziegler 581 acs, 30%, est containment date 7/07. Cedar 600 acs, 0%, est containment date 7/10. Ironside 11,559 acs, 25%, est containment date 7/25 (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires). Eagle 5,098 acs, 50%, est containment date 7/10. Denny 20 acs, 0%, est containment date to be determined.

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Situation as of 07/01/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 873
Size: 19,178 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $5,259,749

A dozer being shared by Alps and Iron Complexes experienced a rollover causing an arm and shoulder injury to the operator.

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Situation as of 06/30/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 835
Size: 18,117 acres
Percent Contained: 25%

Costs to Date: $4,268,780

Broyles Type 1 IMT assumed command at 18:00 hrs on Sunday, June 29, 2008.

Hwy 299 is subject to controlled traffic and temporary closure in the Del Loma and Cedar Flat area due to rolling rocks and debris.

Ziegler 581 acs, 30%. Canadian 62 acs, 70%. Cedar 600 acs, 0%. Ironside 11,559 acs, 25%. Eagle (includes merged Don Juan, Big, Lookout, Halsey Ridge, Side, Mountain Fires) 5,098 acs, 50%. Denny 20 acs, 0%. Cutthroat 83 acs, 100%. East 40 acs, 100%. Dedrick 39 acs, 100%. Bottom 20 acs, 100%. Chaparral 5 acs, 100%. Hocker 4 acs, 100%. Bray 1 acs, 100%. Monument 1 acs, 100%. Cadillac 1 acs, 100%.

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Situation as of 06/29/08 11:00 PM
Total Personnel: 649?
Size: 13,450 acres
Percent Contained: 15%

Firing operation will continue and likely be completed in the northern portion of the Eagle Fire. Prep work on the firelines on the Ziegler will be completed and ready for a firing operation. The Don Juan Fire is now against 5+ miles from Hwy 299, causing temporary closures, controlled traffic, and providing potential for spotting across the road and river. The Cedar Fire continues to grow and back down the hill toward Hwy 299 and could eventually threaten Burnt Ranch.

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Situation as of 06/28/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 649
Size: 13,325 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $2,600,000

Continued progress was made on the E and S flanks of the Eagle Fire south of Trinity River. The Don Juan Fire continued to spread up canyon to the east. Firing of lines were completed on the N end of the Eagle Fire. Day shift continued securing the north side lines. Red Flag weather is in affect until midnight due to dry thunderstorm activity.

Evacuations remain in effect for residents North of Hwy 299 in the Junction City Area). The voluntary evacuation order for Coopers Bar and Red Hill Rd. area has been lifted. Hwy 299 is subject to controlled traffic and temporary closure in the Del Loma and Cedar Flat area.

Broyles Type 1 IMT has arrived and has conducted in-briefing this afternoon. The transfer of command with Swartzlanders team will occur 06-29-08, 18:00 hrs.

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Situation as of 06/27/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 606
Size: 10,700 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Significant progress was made on the east flank of the Eagle fire south of Trinity River (5+ miles of control line), stopping further spread toward the community of Junction City. Burned out indirect line on the North flank of the Eagle fire. Evacuations remain in effect in the community of Junction City and surrounding area. The Don Juan fire spread up canyon to the east. Burnout operation will be initiated on the east flank of the Zielger fire tonight.

Type 2 IMT (Swartzlander). Reduction in acreage because the Clem, Green, Buckhorn, Granite, Denny, and smaller wilderness fires, ~1,800 acres, are now in the Alps Complex [here] managed by Soper’s IMT.

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Situation as of 06/26/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 394?
Size: 12,500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Structures Threatened: 850 residences, 50 commercial properties, 650 outbuildings.

Evacuation orders have been issued for the community of Junction City. The Eagle Fire is now threatening the community of Junction City.

Uncontained fires range from 200 to 6,400 acres each. Fires are very active in the afternoon with wind and slope. Communities or multiple dwellings exist near area’s of all fires not in the Wilderness. Fires along Hwy 299 are impacting traffic and fire suppression activities. West side of Junction City will continue to be under threat all day as well as Canyon Creek residences and other structures along the Hwy 299 corridor. Ziegler Fire is burning above the community of Hawkins Bar. The Cedar Fire and the Ironside Fires could threaten Burnt Ranch. Don Juan Fire will likely continue to burn down to Hwy 299.

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Situation as of 06/24/08 10:00 PM
Total Personnel: 394
Size: 2,910 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Type 2 IMT (Swartzlander). Unstaffed fires continue to grow. Accessibility is a problem due to difficult terrain along with many forest roads being closed by blow down. Approximately 11 of 36 fires are in the Trinity Alps Wilderness area. Many of the fires will require type 1 crews and air support. Several groups of fires are burning together and consolidating specifically on the Ironside Mtn., and the Green Mtn. Inversions and smoke in the canyons are limiting the use of air resources. Suppression action is occurring on the Eagle Fire, the Cedar Fire, Canadian Fire, and the Dedrick Fire. Point protection is occurring on the Ironside and Ziegler fires. The Half fire from the Six Rivers has come onto the Shasta-Trinity NF and Six River resource are taking suppression actions. One new fire was initial attacked, 3 miles west of Junction City on Hwy. 299, the Cutthroat fire was contained at about 50 acres. Within the next 12 to 72 hours a total of 6 residential area’s will be threatened.

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Situation as of 06/23/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 257
Size: 1,060 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Costs to Date: $350,000

~36 fires, 9 contained, 4 staffed, partially contained. Continue to open roads in order to access the Eagle fire. Continue to monitor and prioritize unstaffed fires. Continue to staff and suppress the fires in the Corral Bottom and Canyon Creek areas. Continue to hold and mop up those fires already contained.

Type 2 IMT (Swarztlander) committed.

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Situation as of 06/22/08 6:00 PM
Total Personnel: 189
Size: 500 acres
Percent Contained: 5%

Trinity Alps Wilderness area is being considered for closure. Many area’s are being impacted by heavy smoke today. Some of the fires have grown together in the Ironside Mtn. and Green Mtn. areas.

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