13 Oct 2008, 6:54pm
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Sesnon Fire

Location: San Fernando Valley, E of Simi Valley, Los Angeles Co., CA

Specific Location: Browns Canyon, Porter Ranch, Aliso Canyon, Mormon Canyon, Hialeah Springs, Lat 34° 18´ 35″ Lon 118° 36´ 32″

Date of Origin: 10/13/2008
Cause: under investigation

Situation as of 10/17/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 1,377
Size: 14,703 acres
Percent Containment: 100%

Costs to Date: $12,062,314

Structures Destroyed: 15 residences, 63 outbuildings

Demob efforts continue to progress quickly and smoothly. Transition to jurisdictional agencies is planned to occur on 10/19 at 0700.


Situation as of 10/15/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 2,847
Size: 13,825 acres
Percent Containment: 50%

Costs to Date: $6,100,000

Structures Destroyed: 15 residences (revised), 47 outbuildings

Previously evacuated citizens are being allowed to return in selected areas. Reduction in number of structures “destroyed” is a result of more comprehensive assessment by damage assessment personnel.

Continue direct line construction. Due to the favorable change in wind and weather, decreasing fire behavior, and significant success in containment operations, significant demob of resources is expected to begin tomorrow.

Moderate to high intensity fire behavior was observed with isolated wind and slope driven runs on the southwest and northwest flanks of the fire.


Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 PM
Personnel: 2,338
Size: 13,285 acres
Percent Containment: 20%

Costs to Date: $2,500,000

Structures Destroyed: 19 residences , 47 outbuildings

Fire extends from Las Llajas Canyon near Simi Valley to Bee Canyon near San Fernando. Fire is still W of Balboa Blvd.


Situation as of 10/14/2008 at 7:00 AM
Personnel: 789 (not updated)
Size: 10,000 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Google Earth fire map from 7:00 AM today shows active fire from Northridge to Bee Canyon S of Sesnon Blvd.


Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 10:00 PM
Personnel: 789
Size: 7,000 acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Fire behavior has been extremely erratic due to Santa Ana winds. Long range spotting has been observed.


Situation as of 10/13/2008 at 6:00 PM
Size: 6,000+ acres
Percent Containment: 0%

Evacuations: Twin Lakes, Indian Hills, Porter Ranch, Renaissance community, Hialeah Springs, Box Canyon, Bell Canyon, Woolsey Canyon, Lake Manor, Dayton Canyon, Browns Canyon, Twin Lakes area, W of Valley Circle.

Evacuation Centers: Shepherd of the Hills in Porter Ranch, Ventura County Fairgrounds (for livestock only).

Fire jumped Hwy 118 in the Porter Ranch area. Hwy is closed at Reseda. Fatal traffic accident w/vehicle fire on the 118 freeway near Porter Ranch evacuations.

Winds gusts are 60 to 70 mph. Unconfirmed reports of the Aliso oil field on fire. Fire has come S out of the hills and is burning in residential areas near Chatsworth at the N end of Topanga Canyon Blvd, S of the Reagan Freeway (Hwy 118).

Driven by Santa Ana winds, the fire has spread W from Mission Peak to the hills W of Rocky Peak just E of Simi Valley.



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