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Friday, July 13, 2012

Mill Fire- Mendocino National Forest Update Featured

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Photo from Chico Enterprise Record

Update: The following is a summary of updated information about the  Mill Fire- Update from: Public Affairs Officer/
Mendocino National Forest, dated July 20,2012:

Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Timber, brush
Size: 29,502 acres
Injuries: 4
Containment: 100%
Structures Destroyed:  5 outbuildings
Cost: $15,737,359.00
Containment Date:  07/18/2012
Resources Committed:  Total personnel assigned= 254
Closures:

  • A closure order remains in effect for the Mendocino National Forest for all roads and trails in the recreation area outside of Stonyford on the southern portion of the Grindstone Ranger District. The closure order can be found on the internet at:
    http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices
  • The Forest areas of Fouts Springs, Bonnie View, and Board Camp and campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area remain closed.
  • The Bureau of Reclamation has reopened East Park Reservoir as of today.
  • The Fouts Spring Road (The M10 Road) is open to residents only.
  • The Goat Mountain Road is open to residents only.

 

Information reprinted from KMUD News Facebook-Terri Klemetson:

8 am July 13, Mill Fire update: Summary: Smoke from the Mill Fire will be visible throughout the day today as burnout operations continue. The Mill fire is being managed through a unified command between NorCal Team II and CalFire. The southern flank of the fire burned actively in steep rugged terrain overnight until early morning. Topography and fire behavior make it dangerous for firefighters to attack the fire directly along the uncontained fire edge, and firing operations are being employed to strengthen containment lines and consume unburned fuel between indirect line and the fire’s edge. Fire activity along the southern flank is expected to increase as the inversion lifts again today.

Fire managers are aware of smoke impacts to surrounding communities. Local Forest Service officials and the Incident Team are in close communication with local Air Quality Management Districts, and are also working with agricultural business operations in nearby areas. The Forest Service and the California Air Resources Board have set up smoke monitors. An Air Quality Alert has been issued by Mendocino Air Quality Management District that expires today at 10:00 am.

 

Archery season for deer hunting opens tomorrow, Saturday, July 14. A closure order remains in effect for the fire area. Hunters who traditionally visit the recreation area outside Stonyford, on the south central portion of the Grindstone Ranger District, will be affected by this closure. The Snow Mountain Wilderness Area is still open and accessible from northern trailheads, including West Crockett. In addition to hunting, the Grindstone Ranger District provides unique recreation opportunities including a popular off-highway vehicle trail system. The fire has impacted 90 miles or two-thirds of this system.

Time/Date Started: July 7, 2012
Location: Mendocino National Forest, north and east of Letts Lake

Cause: Under investigation
Fuels: Timber, brush
Size: 23,414 acres
Injuries: 3
Containment: 45%
Structures Destroyed: 5 outbuildings
Cost: $6,100,000
Estimated Containment Date: 07/20/2012

Resources Committed: 29 Type 1 crews, 13 Type 2 crews, 8 helicopters, 100 engines, 19 dozers, 12 water tenders. Total personnel = 1,624

Predicted Weather: A decrease in stability and increased ridge top winds will accompany a low-pressure trough approaching the Pacific Northwest. Slight cooling and increased humidity will accompany the trough. Overall weather changes are not expected to be dramatic.

Closures:

  • A closure order remains in effect for the Mendocino National Forest for all roads and trails in the recreation area outside Stonyford on the south central portion of the Grindstone Ranger District. The closure order can be found on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices
  • The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that East Park Reservoir in Colusa County, about 100 miles northwest of Sacramento, Calif., has been closed to recreational activities due to safety concerns which include air quality and emergency vehicles operating in the area.
  • Fire restrictions will go into effect within the Mendocino National Forest starting today, Friday, July 13. More information about the restrictions is available at Forest Service offices and on the internet at: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/mendocino/alerts-notices

Evacuations:

  • Evacuations are in effect for the areas of Fouts Springs, Bonnie View, and Board Camp Springs and campgrounds within the Upper Letts Lake area.
  • Portions of the community of Stonyford are under voluntary evacuation.
  • The Fouts Spring Road (The M10 Road) is closed at Stonyford.
  • The Goat Mountain Road is closed at the Stonyford Lodoga Road.
  • The Lake View Loop Road to the Goat Mountain Road is under voluntary evacuation.

An Advisory has been issued to residents west of the Stonyford Lodoga Road between Stonyford and Goat Mountain Road to be prepared for a possible evacuation

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