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Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 06/24/2008 06:50 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 06/26/2008 08:23 AM
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North Mountain Fire Update~By Jerry Snyder

Here is a Press Release we received from Jerry Snyder of Stanislaus National Forest.....Fire Update -Tuesday, June 24, 2008. Fire Status: Active
Location: Stanislaus National Forest. Acres Burned: 605. Percent Contained: 5%. Cause: Lightning. Date Started: June 21, 2008. Full Containment Expected: No estimate. Injuries: 0. Resources: Hand crews 6; Helicopters 2; Air Tankers 3..
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Total personnel assigned to fire: 177

At approximately 1548 on Saturday June 21, 2008, lightning started approximately ten small fires. The largest of which is now approximately 605 acres and burning in steep, rugged terrain with difficult access north of the Tuolumme River.

At 1700 June 23rd Southern California Interagency Command Team 2 assumed command of the North Mountain Fire. They are currently working with Stanislaus National Forest, State, County, and other local resources.

Current Situation:
Fire behavior was minimal during the night with little or no movement. Crews are going out on the line and continuing to construct fire line where appropriate. Field observers are gathering intelligence to assist the Operations and Planning Divisions in further developing the operational plan. A base camp is in the process of being set up at Drew Meadow. Currently, the fire camp is located at the Groveland Ranger Station.

Incident Priorities:
Firefighter and public safety is our core value.
Maximize protection of resources at risk.
Provide timely public information on current and predicted fire conditions.
Provide for productive relationships with local, County, State and Federal Officials.

Evacuations:
No evacuations are in place. Contingency plans are developed to evacuate organizational camps and Forest Recreational residences should the need arise.

Road Closures:
No road closures are in place at this time. “Firefighters Working” signs are being posted to let motorists know of their presence…requesting that they drive slowly and the possibility of smoke in the area. Coordination with Federal, State and local officials will take place should the need arise to effect a hard closure.

Areas Closed:
The Preston Falls Trail is closed.

Weather, Fire Behavior and Smoke Conditions:
80 to 85 at the highest elevations…..90’s in the lower elevations. 12-18 % humidity from low to high elevations. Winds to 10 mph. Predicted monsoonal flow from South on Thursday and Friday.

Challenges:
Securing additional resources and assets.
Steep rugged terrain and heavy fuel loading.
Long travel distances for crews and equipment.
Potential extended evacuation times.
Spotty cell phone and radio coverage.

Weather, Fire Behavior and Smoke Conditions:
80 to 85 at the highest elevations….90’s in the lower elevations. 12-18% humidity from low to high elevations. Winds to 10 mph. Predicted monsoonal flow from the south on Thursday and Friday.


Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team
Ron Woychak, Incident Commander


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