Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday Morning Fire Updates

This may be one of the last updates I do on the fires for a while. The fellow who blogs at California Fire News has come down off the mountain with his water tender. Until they call him back out again, that is. Anyway, he made some updates to his blog with the same sort of information that I've been posting and I know that more people look to his blog than mine. I doubt if all the information needs to be duplicated, so I will defer to the California Fire News blog once it's being updated regularly again. Yesterday, he posted an article from the Redding newspaper that gives an idea of what it takes to feed all those firefighters out there. It's well worth the read.

Anyway, that said, here's the statistics from Cal Fire for this morning. They're looking pretty good.
Statewide Fire Overview - Lightning Series

Current Situation: Over two thousand fires have been contained through the endless firefighting efforts of state, local and federal personnel and equipment from California, the rest of the nation and several foreign countries. Isolated thunderstorms are expected this afternoon over the northern and eastern mountains. Isolated showers and thunderstorms expected over the mountains and deserts of Southern California east of the Cajon Pass today. Firefighting priorities are the protection of life, property and natural resources.
Download the latest fact sheet. (Updated 7/21 at 9 a.m.)
Download the latest statewide map.

Statewide Fire Statistics
  • Total Fires at Peak: 2,096
  • Total Fires Contained: 2,063
  • Total Active Fires: 33
  • Total Acres Burned: 953,907
These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred from state, local and federal firefighting agencies beginning June 20, 2008.

CAL FIRE Statistics
  • Total Fires at Peak: 1,007
  • Fires Contained: 1,004
  • Active Fires: 3
  • Acres Burned: 289,994
These numbers are total fires and acres that have occurred ONLY in CAL FIRE jurisdiction since June 20, 2008.

Statewide Resources Committed
  • Personnel Committed: 15,573
  • Fire Engines: 845
  • Hand Crews: 404
  • Dozers: 133
  • Water Tenders: 247
  • Helicopters: 90

Highway closures: Travel on state highways, county and local roads remains restricted throughout California due to wildfire and flood activities. All major roads are now open except for periodic closures on State Highway 299. Travelers are advised to seek current information on secondary road closures from local law enforcement. Click here for detailed road closures.

Evacuations: Areas of Humboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lake and Mendocino counties are under evacuation orders at this time. Precautionary evacuation orders currently exist in areas in Monterey and Trinity counties. Residents are advised to monitor their local fire situation, check with local law enforcement agencies for information, and be prepared to evacuate when necessary. Click here for detailed evacuation information.

Threatened : 4,958 residences, 139 commercial, 2,166 outbuildings.
Destroyed : 123 residences, 1 commercial, 138 outbuildings.

CAL FIRE Summary of Fires by County

Butte: The Butte Lightning Complex has burned 55,440 acres and is 90% contained. The Butte Fire Information Number is (530) 538-7826. Click Here for more information.

Shasta & Trinity: The Shasta and Trinity Lightning has burned 86,500 acres and is 95% contained. The Shasta-Trinity Unit Information Number is (530) 225-2510. Click Here for more information.

The Mendocino Lightning Complex burned 53,300 acres and is now 100% contained. The Mendocino Fire Information Number is (707)-467-6426. Click Here for more information.

The Humboldt Complex burned 1,325 acres and is now 100% contained.

Lassen, Modoc:
The Corral Fire burned 12,434 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

The Oliver Fire burned 2,789 acres and now 100% contained.Click Here for more information.

The Walker Fire burned 14,500 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Napa & Solano:
The Wild Fire burned 40,000 acres and is now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Santa Clara:
The Whitehurst and Hummingbird Fires burned a combined 994 acres and are both now 100% contained. Click Here for more information.

Its good to see the numbers for the total fires going down, and to see more and more of the fire complexes being contained, isn't it?

1 comment:

Sprocket said...

When you look at the numbers, it's mind boggling how much is destroyed by fire each year.

Thanks for all the hard work in keeping everyone updated on the Cali fire situation.