Saturday, June 14, 2008

California: Indians and Humbolt fires

Indians Fire
On Wednesday a U.S. Forest Service engine from the Los Padres NF was burned over while they were attacking a spot fire. The wind shifted, they were cut off, and three firefighters suffered burn injuries. According to a release from the USFS:
Two received minor burns to their ears; one sustained burns to his ears and serious burns to his hands and was transported to a hospital for further treatment.
All of the firefighters were treated and released at a burn center.

The fire is burning in the Los Padres National Forest in the Ventana Wilderness west of Fort Hunter Liggett and King City. It has been extremely active for the last two days--plume dominated with multiple columns, and has burned 24,818 acres. Some of those acres were very close to the incident command post.

The map shows heat detected by satellites last night in red. The yellow line is the fire perimeter as reported by the Incident Management Team on the fire, showing that the fire has doubled in size since the last perimeter was uploaded. Click on the maps to see larger versions.

Humboldt Fire
This fire is burning near Chico, California and has consumed 22,996 acres and 66 residences. Evacuations for Paradise, Butte Valley and Butte Creek Canyon are in effect, displacing 9,000 residents; 2,877 firefighters and 406 engines are assigned.

The map below shows the fire perimeter as reported by the Incident Management Team at 1800 on June 12.

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