Whaleback Fire


UNKNOWN

Incident #: 2180
Fire Start: 3 months ago
Location: 18.9 miles NW of Susanville, CA
Acres: 18,703
Agency: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)
Dispatch Notes:

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Incident Overview

Updated: 1 hour, 52 mins ago — Aug 9, 2018- The fire is 18,703 acres with 100% containment and crews are still engaged on the fire. The Forest Service and BLM campgrounds have been reopened with the exception of Christie Campground. County Rd A1 has been reopened to the public. Please use caution when traveling the road as fire crews are still in the area and fire weakened trees are throughout the fire. The forest closure is still in effect for the area around the fire. A BAER (Burned Area Emergency Response) team is on the fire doing assessments. The team of hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, botanists, and archeologists will install erosion controls, remove safety hazards, and survey for noxious weeds. The fire resulted in low to moderate soil burn severity and emergency treatments are expected to be minimal. Weather- Very hot conditions will persist this week with temperatures nearing 100. Winds will typically be southwest 10-15mph with gusts up to 20mph. Humidity's will be in the 15-20%...
Structures Threatened:
11,300
Structures Destroyed:
75 residences / 68 other
Evacuations:
8/7/18 AM - See the latest Mendocino Complex Fact Sheet for more information, including evacuation orders and road closures.See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Lake County Sheriff's Facebook page.See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Mendocino County Sheriff's Facebook page. See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Colusa County Sheriff's Facebook page. To sign up for nixel alerts from the Lake County Sheriff: http://www.lakesheriff.com/
Total Fire Personnel:
3,908
Total Fire Engines:
441
Total Fire Crews:
62
Total Helicopters:
15
Total Dozers:
85
Total Water Tenders:
93
Conditions:
The Ranch Fire remained active overnight expanding further north and east, continuing to challenge fire crews due to limited access, heavy fuel loads, low fuel moisture, and high temperatures. Today resources continue to be deployed to all areas of the Ranch Fire perimeter. On the River Fire we continued to increase containment and work towards tieing in the remaining containment lines to Scotts Valley Road.To sign up to receive news releases and fact sheets for the Mendocino Complex click the link.Firefighters continue to battle the River and Ranch fires. Crews worked throughoutthe night to reinforce containment lines while the fire behavior remained extreme.Weather conditions will continue to challenge firefighters as hot, dry and windy conditions persist.
100% contained100% contained
Structures Threatened:
1,806
Structures Destroyed:
1,077 residences, 22 commercial structures, 500 outbuildings destroyed - 191 residences, 26 commercial structures and 65 outbuildings damaged
Evacuations:
8/7/2018 AM - See the current Carr Fire Incident Update for the latest information on evacuations and road closures.Click to see a live Evacuation and Repopulation Map for residents in the communities affected by evacuation orders.
Cause:
Mechanical Failure of Vehicle
Total Fire Personnel:
4,738
Total Fire Engines:
388
Total Fire Crews:
77
Total Helicopters:
15
Total Dozers:
120
Total Water Tenders:
115
Conditions:
The fire is located in steep drainages with varying wind exposure which is challenging firefighting efforts. Firefighters will continue constructing containment lines and mitigating spot fires across control lines. Repopulation of residents affected by evacuations will continue as conditions permit.Sign up for Carr Fire News Releases here.
Structures Threatened:
11,300
Structures Destroyed:
75 residences / 68 other
Evacuations:
8/7/18 AM - See the latest Mendocino Fact Sheet for more information, including evacuation orders and road closures.See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Lake County Sheriff's Facebook page.See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Mendocino County Sheriff's Facebook page. See the latest evacuation orders and advisories at the Colusa County Sheriff's Facebook page. To sign up for nixel alerts from the Lake County Sheriff: http://www.lakesheriff.com/
Total Fire Personnel:
3,908
Total Fire Engines:
441
Total Fire Crews:
62
Total Helicopters:
15
Total Dozers:
85
Total Water Tenders:
93
Conditions:
The Ranch Fire remained active overnight expanding further north and east, continuing to challenge fire crews due to limited access, heavy fuel loads, low fuel moisture, and high temperatures. Today resources continue to be deployed to all areas of the Ranch Fire perimeter. On the River Fire we continued to increase containment and work towards tieing in the remaining containment lines to Scotts Valley Road.To sign up to receive news releases and fact sheets for the Mendocino Complex click the link.
100% contained. Forward spread stopped.100% contained.100% contained100% contained

Contact

Incident Contact
s Fire Information
Phone: 530-257-4188
Hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm Show additional contacts
Fire Unit Information
Lassen National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
2550 Riverside Ave
Susanville, CA 96130

Basic Information

Cause
Unknown
Date of Origin
Friday July 27th, 2018 approx. 01:30 PM
Location
Spalding, CA
About 20 miles NW of Susanville, CA
Incident Commander
Albert Savage
Incident Description
Wildfire

Current Situation

Size
18,703 Acres
% Contained
100%
Estimated Containment Date
Wednesday August 08th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (litter and understory), brush (2 feet)and closed timber litter.
Significant Events
The Forest Service and BLM campgrounds around Eagle Lake have been reopened with the exception of Christie Campground.


The evacuation order for Spalding has been lifted. As of 2:00 pm, Sunday August 5, residents are allowed to return to their homes.

Outlook

Planned Actions
Mop up, hold and improve existing containment lines.
Remarks
There is significant damage to the LMUD power lines that supply power to the communities of Spalding, Buck's Bay and Stones Landing. Some of the damaged power poles span Brockman Flat Lava Beds. Damage assessments are continuing.