Hathaway Fire Update June 15, 2013; 1900 Hrs
Incident: Hathaway Wildfire
Hathaway Fire Update
June 15th, 2013 7:00pm
San Bernardino National Forest Fire Information Line: (909) 383-5688
Location: North of City of Banning Date Started: June 9th, 2013
San Bernardino National Forest
Percent Contained: 52%
Acres Burned: 3816 Injuries: 9
Cause: Under Investigation Containment Expected: June 25th, 2013
Hand crews 24 Engines 37
Helicopters 14 Water Tenders 20
Air Tankers 10 Dozers 7
Total personnel assigned to fire: 1031
The Hathaway Fire started on June 9th at approximately 11:57 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.
Firefighters have been hard at work to contain the activity of the fire on the eastern most edge. Today the fire progression slowed and forces have been using “Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics” in the San Gorgonio Wilderness to manage this wildland fire with the least impact to natural and cultural resources. This fire is burning into the Millard burn of 2006 which is helping in the containment efforts. Tonight a specialized infrared-equipped helicopter will fly the entire fire perimeter mapping for remaining hot spots. The number of injuries has changed due to the clarification of a reportable injury.
Road & Trail Closures / Evacuations:
There are no road closures or evacuations in the fire area, however users of the Vivian Creek Trail may be impacted by the smoke.
Gusty southwest/up canyon winds will continue through this evening, then diminish overnight. Relative humidity recovery will be good, with poor to moderate recovery at higher elevations.
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