Stafford Fire - Final Update September 13, 2012
Incident: Stafford Wildfire
September 13, 2012
The Stafford Fire began at approximately 2:42 p.m. Wednesday September 5 near Wildwood Road southeast of Hayfork. The cause is under investigation.
It was a pretty quiet day as far as fire activity and fire behavior goes. The fire is now 100% contained at 4,407 acres. Firefighters and equipment will remain on the fire to mop up, strengthen and secure fire lines. Equipment and crews are being released and will become available for other incidents. Work to repair any disturbances done to natural resources by the dozer and hand lines within the fire perimeter is currently in progress.
Fire officials would like to encourage the public to please be considerate of the firefighters still working in the area and along the roadways. In the interest of public safety fire officials are also asking visitors to avoid the fire area as there is still many hazards such as fire weakened trees, ash pits which are stumps that have burned down to and below the ground level causing a large hole full of hot ash.
The public will also continue to see scattered smokes from the fire. Isolated pockets of unburned vegetation may ignite, producing columns of smoke visible from surrounding areas.
Incident Management Team NorCal 1will transition the incident back over to the local District effective Friday, September 14th at 6:00 a.m. This will be the last update on behalf of the Team.
The Happy Fire, which is located four miles northeast of Mad River, started on September 5, 2012 and has burned 75 acres and is a 100% contained. Crews will continue to patrol.
After today for further information on this incident, please contact the Hayfork Ranger District at (530)628-5227.