Hathaway Fire Update, June 13, 2013; 0800 Hrs.
Incident: Hathaway Wildfire
Hathaway Fire Update
June 13, 2013 8:00am.
San Bernardino National Forest Fire Information Line 909 383-5688
Location: North of City of Banning Date Started: June 9, 2013
San Bernardino National Forest
Percent Contained: 40%
Acres Burned: 3326 Injuries: 6
Cause: Under Investigation Full Containment Expected: June 25, 2013
Hand crews 43 Engines 61
Helicopters 16 Water Tenders 21
Air Tankers 6 Dozers 13
Total personnel assigned to fire: 1483
The Hathaway Fire started on June 9th at approximately 1157 AM on the Northern portion of the Morongo Indian Reservation. The fire burned north into the San Gorgonio Wilderness on the San Bernardino National Forest. This area is very steep and rugged terrain, with significant tree mortality as a result of the 1999-2004 drought and bark beetle infestation.
With a significant rise in overnight relative humidity, firefighters were able to progress fire line at a very fast pace. Relative humidity reached as high as 50% forcing the flames and smoke to subside. The fire’s dormant activity allowed firefighters to fight the blaze in a more aggressive manner, ultimately leading to a substantial advantage in fire line construction. The focus on the fire today will be to continue fire line construction, in the rugged and steep areas to the East. An emphasis will be placed on securing the already constructed perimeter to the West, by removing burning materials near the fire line.
Road Closures / Evacuations: There are no road closures or evacuations in the fire area
Predicted Weather: Stronger west to southwest winds are expected this afternoon; winds are predicted to be 10-15 mph in the afternoon hours, gusting to 35 mph on the ridge tops. Temperature 86°F, Humidity 15%.
Agencies Involved: US Forest Service, Cal-Fire Riverside Unit, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Riverside County Fire,
Don Garwood, Incident Commander, Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 2