The North Pass Fire started on Saturday August 18, 2012 at approximately 2:47 a.m. and was known previously as the Pass Fire. The fire started near Williams Valley 10 miles north east of Covelo and moved to the north and east spreading into the Yolla Bolly Middle Eel Wilderness. The fire was growing rapidly initially with runs of 4,000 acres a day. As crews were brought in, the fire growth slowed significantly. The fire is nearing full containment and all the constructed fire line is holding the fire in place.
Fire suppression repair has been ongoing and the efforts will continue even after full containment is reached. This will include water bars within constructed fire line to prevent soil erosion, chipping of brush piles, repair of drainages and roads, and removal of hazardous trees.
A total of 26 structures were destroyed and 4 sustained damage in the fire. Roads near and around the fire have remained closed and will remain so until hazards are removed and crews complete the repair of fire suppression efforts.
|Date of Origin||Saturday August 18th, 2012 approx. 02:47 AM|
|Location||10 miles NE of Covelo in Williams Valley|
|Incident Commander||Glen Joki|
|Estimated Containment Date||Sunday September 16th, 2012 approx. 08:00 PM|
12 Medium logging slash 9 - Closed stands of long needle pine, Oak Savannaah on the lower slopes.
Isolated creeping and smoldering throughout unburned islands.
Continue to patrol and mop-up, and repair suppression lines.
Patrol and mop-up of the fire perimeter. Roads are being repaired and improved as part of the effort to restore the fire area. Dozer lines are being repaired. Continue to demobilize excess operational resources.
Low. Minimal chance of fire perimeter changing.
Extreme difficulty due to steep canyons and slopes.
Firefighter and Public Safety are our core values. All identified hazards will be mitigated or avoided. Current acreage is 75% Federal and 25% SRA. New Forest Order 08-12-16 is now inplace. See Mendocino National Forest website for details.
|Wind Conditions||5 mph S|