Incident Update June 5 2013 Pm
Incident: Powerhouse Wildfire
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 8pm
Fire Information Line: (626) 574-5200 8a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fax Line: (626) 574-5204 Twitter @Angeles_NF www.inciweb.org/incident/3399/
Location: Angeles National Forest, Hughes Lake, Elizabeth Lake, and Green Valley
County: Los Angeles County
Start Date & Report Time: May 30, 2013 at 3:28 p.m. Cause: Under Investigation
Acres: 32,032 Structures Threatened: 353 Residences Destroyed: 24
Residences Damaged: 3 Fire Engines: 141 Fire Crews: 62
Containment: 70% Expected Containment: June 10, 2013
Total Personnel: 2,077 Injuries: 5 Estimated Cost: $14,000,000
Fire activity continues to diminish. Fuels are being consumed up to indirect fire line that has been constructed, including the Cottonwood Campground area. Ground crews were able to control occasional flare-ups well inside containment lines in conjunction with air support. The demobilization of excess resources has increased commensurate with the reduction in fire activity.
Consistent winds, with little or no relief during the night, have continued to threaten containment lines. Extreme terrain, heavy fuels, consistent wind, limited escape routes and limited safety zones have prevented direct attack on portions of the fire line in the area of Cottonwood Campground. Contingency plans are being developed and implemented to ensure the most effective containment and extinguishment of the fire. Even as firefighters continue these fire suppression activities, the process of repairing and rehabilitating the damage to the natural and man-made environment caused by the fire and necessary firefighting tactics has begun. Teams are evaluating and prioritizing the needed repairs and rehabilitation efforts.
Large incidents such as the Powerhouse Fire require highly trained teams possessing a wide range of skills. To achieve this high level of training, a trainee must demonstrate proficiency through both education and experience to become qualified. This process can take three years to complete. The training is designated to give personnel actual on-the-ground experience. The Powerhouse Incident Management Team has made significant efforts to support this ongoing training. Seventy-nine trainees are being mentored on the incident to ensure current and future safety and effectiveness.
For specific training position breakdowns, as well as road closures and the Angeles National Forest partial closure map, please visit www.inciweb.org/incident/3399/