Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, October 22, 2021 12:13:42 AM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report

Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
Incident #
FWAC Incident ID
Incident Name
McFarland Fire
Last Updated
Sunday, October 17, 2021 3:03 PM PDT
(4 days ago)
Fire Reported
Thursday, July 29, 2021 11:45 AM PDT
(3 months ago)
Incident Type
34.3 miles SW of Redding, CA
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The McFarland Fire was started by lightning on July 29th near McFarland Ridge, south of Highway 36 near Wildwood, California. The fire is currently mapped at 122,653 acres with 98% containment.

The fire made an over-40,000 acre run from August 16th to August 17th, primarily to the east/southeast of its origin point towards Platina, California. This push resulted in evacuation orders and evacuation warnings in the Platina area that has since been lifted. A damage assessment team has identified 24 residential structures and 22 other structures destroyed, and 1 residential structure damaged. The damage assessment is complete. To view the McFarland Fire structure status map please visit: https://arcg.is/1Pu8GW  

Forest Closure in Effect
The USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region has announced a temporary closure of nine National Forests for public and firefighter safety that includes the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. This closure will be effective through September 6, 2021, at 11:59 p.m., and may be reassessed as conditions change. The full closure order and closure map are available at https://go.usa.gov/xF7EM 

The fire is burning in Shasta County, Trinity County and Tehama County. California Interagency Incident Management Team 11 will be transitioning out of management of the incident effective 6:00 p.m., 09/01/21 and returning it to the Shasta Trinity National Forest.

BURNED AREA EMERGENCY RESPONSE (BAER) ASSESSMENT  Emergency Stabilization-Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) is a rapid assessment of burned watersheds by a BAER team to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural or cultural resources on National Forest System lands and take immediate actions to implement emergency stabilization measures before the first post-fire damaging events. Fires result in loss of vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, and damage to critical natural and cultural resources.

McFarland Post-Fire BAER Information website: inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7847/

Incident Type
Date of Origin
Thursday July 29th, 2021 approx. 06:45 PM
McFarland Ridge, south of Highway 36
Incident Commander
Jason Bunker
Incident Description
South of Wildwood, CA
40.35, -123.034
Total Personnel
Size (Acres)
Estimated Containment Date
Thursday September 09th, 2021 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved
Timber (Grass & Understory)
Chaparral (6 feet)
Closed Timber Litter

Fuels in the area from from timber at the higher elevations to brush and grass at the lower elevations. Most of the remaining hear is ground fuel in the timber understory.
Significant Events
Minimal fire behavior. Interior fuels will continue to burn out. Areas of scattered heat are decreasing as fuels burn out.
Planned Actions
Mop up and patrol all containment lines, backhaul all excess equipment and identify and initiate critical repair.
Projected Incident Activity
24 hours: Limited fire behavior is expected on the incident. Hot, dry and windy weather could cause a general increase in fire activity or as unburned interior fuels continue to burn down.

Containment lines are established and focus is on mop-up and patrol of existing lines. Slight increase in RH and a decrease in wind speeds is expected.
Acres burned by ownership to date:
USDA: 66,514
Private: 50,219
BLM: 5,040
CA Lands Commission: 608
Weather Concerns
A little cooler today with high temperatures in the 80s and RHs near15%. Winds were terrain driven upcanyon with occasional gusts to

A near steady trend Thursday and Friday with highs mostly in the
80s and minimum RHs around 15-20%. Terrain driven winds with
gusts near 20 mph are expected. A warming trend thereafter and
back to around 90 by the
Incident Contact
Fire Information
Email: shf.fire.pao2@gmail.com
Phone: 530-276-8709
Hours: Daily 8am - 8pm
Fire Unit Information
Shasta-Trinity National Forest
U.S. Forest Service
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
Incident Map

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