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Fire Report - 11/15/2018 - 8:30 PM


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Significant fires with high activity levels in Oregon and Northern California from Redding on up will be reported on and updated daily. Significant fires are those of 100 acres or more in timber, or 300 acres or more in grass.

This page will be updated as any significant fires are occurring that are a concern. We will not report on fires that are in mop up mode and not considered a threat any longer.



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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA - Humboldt, Del Norte, Shasta, Trinity, Lassen, Modoc, and Siskiyou Counties - 

No significant activity to report in our reporting zone. However, to the south we have these incidents reported below.
CAMP FIRE - burning east of Chico and north of Oroville Reservoir on private lands.
The death toll is now 63. I wish I could say this will be the end......but that is not the case. They are working deeper into the fire area. As they are getting more depth in the search of buildings, more remains are being found.
As to the fire itself.......
The fire is now at an estimated 141,000 acres in size and is 40 percent contained. The fire is burning in grass, brush, and timber. The cause of the fire is under investigation. That investigation is looking at possible connections to power line issues. But, they are working on every possibility with investigators from multiple agencies involved.
Fire behavior was moderate with uphill runs, isolated torching and flanking. Steep and rugged terrain continues to impede control efforts. Firefighters worked throughout the day in all areas of the fire to continue suppression efforts while working to strengthen and improve control lines. Firefighters implemented both indirect and direct fire attack methods to make progress in containing the fire. Many portions of the fire are burning in steep and rugged terrain where direct fire attack is difficult. Established containment lines are holding and firefighters continue to patrol the interior of the fire for hot spots.
A total of 9,700 single residences, 106 multiple residences, 4 mixed commercial residential, 260 non-residential and 1,301 other minor structures have been destroyed. The minor structures includes irrigation and well pump houses, sheds, and shops. 15,500 structures of various type remain at risk.
Expect the number of buildings destroyed to continue to increase significantly.
An estimated 52,000 civilians have been evacuated. 1385 remain in evacuation centers.
Mandatory evacuations include Concow, Magalia, and Paradise, Centerville, Butte Creek Canyon, Lower Neal and Upper Honey Run, Cherokee, Nimshew, Lower Clark, Lower Skyway, Carnegie, North Pines, Fir Haven, South Pine, Old Magalia, and Coutolenc. The evacuation order also includes Clark and Pentz roads south to Hwy 70, Butte Valley, Pulga, Yankee Hill Concow, Humbug, Stirling, Powellton, Lovelock, Brush Creek, Mountain House and Bloomer Hill. Evacuation Warnings and road closures are in effect for the Little Chico Creek area (north).
Multiple road closures include portions of Hwy 99, Hwy 70, Hwy 149, Hwy 162, the Skyway Rd and numerous roads in the fire area..
Union Pacific Railway, Sawmill Peak Lookout, Flea Mountain Lookout, Butte Fire Center, and USFS facilities remain threatened. Major power, water and communication infrastructure is threatened.
Paradise, Magalia, and Concow water systems are under a "boil" notice.
CALFIRE Team 4 with Todd Derum as the IC is Unified Command with US Forest Service, Butte County Sheriff's and the Town of Paradise Police Department. Resource assignment for the fire is;
3 fire fighters have suffered minor injuries battling the fire.
Total Fire Personnel.....5,596
Total Fire Engines........622
Total Fire Crews...........101
Total Helicopters..........24
Total Bulldozers...........103
Total Water Tenders.....75
Air tankers are being used when conditions allow. The 747 super tanker has been used as well as a DC 10 Very Large Air Tanker. Smaller air tankers have also been used. Air tankers are flying missions from Chico, and Redding. The largest air tankers are flying out of Sacramento. Smaller air tankers are also flying out of Sacramento.
WOOLSEY FIRE - burning on private lands from the Thousand Oaks Agoura Hills area and then west to the Coast and Malibu.
There have been two civilian fatalities to the Woolsey Fire. They are continuing a search through the fire area, but so far no other bodies have been recovered
The fire is now at an estimated 98,362 acres in size and is 62 percent contained. The fire is burning in grass, and brush. The cause of the fire is under investigation. They are working on every possibility with investigators from multiple agencies involved.
The change of weather conditions has been huge on this fire. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering today. There was a large release of resources from the fire today. A sure sign that they are getting it well in hand.
For tonight, weak down canyon flow is anticipated with weak northwesterly winds at the ridges. Relative humidity will exhibit moderate recovery overnight at lower elevations and poor recovery across the ridges and upper slopes. Firefighting resources will pursue opportunities to build and improve direct line to minimize further perimeter growth and support containment objectives. Fire suppression repair teams are actively engaged working around the fire perimeter and affected areas. Structures destroyed and damaged have been validated by damage assessment teams. Currently 53% of the burn assessment is complete.
An estimated total of 548 buildings of various type have been destroyed. 157 structures have been damaged to some level. 57,000 structures of various type remain at risk.
Evacuations continue for communities of Topanga, Monte Nido, and Malibu Lake
Portions of Calabasas and Malibu have been repopulated
Multiple road closures including; Hwy 1 southbound (P.C.H.) closed at Las Posas Rd. to Webb Way. Westlake Blvd. is closed Southbound from Potrero Rd. S. Las Virgenes from Mulholland S. Kanan at Malibu View Dr. W. Mulholland from Cornell Rd. Cold Canyon Rd. from Mulholland Everything is closed South of Mulholland Hwy & West of Cornell Rd. S. Stunt Rd. from Mulholland LA County public works has closed Chesebro Road at the bridge between Driver Ave and Balkins due to the bridge being damaged during the fire.
Threats continue for oil pipelines, power distribution lines, Castro Peak radio communication site, and Point Mugu Naval Base.
CALFIRE Team 5 is in Unified Command with Ventura County Fire Dept., Ventura County Sheriff Dept., Los Angeles County Fire Dept., Los Angeles City Fire Dept., Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept., and the National Park Service. Resource assignment for the fire is;
Total Fire Personnel.....3,319
Total Fire Engines........442
Total Fire Crews...........62
Total Helicopters..........16
Total Bulldozers...........19
Total Water Tenders.....37
Air tankers are also flying when they are needed.

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