Hathaway Fire Update, June 16, 2013; 1900 Hrs
Incident: Hathaway Wildfire
San Bernardino National Forest Fire Information Line: (909) 383-5688
Location: North of City of Banning Date Started: June 9th, 2013
Percent Contained: 63% Cause: Under Investigation
Acres Burned: 3807 Containment Expected: June 25th, 2013
Hand crews 23
Water Tenders 17
Air Tankers 9
Total personnel assigned to fire: 967
Summary: Firefighters made excellent progress today, the fire did not increase in size, and very little smoke was visible. Crews are continuing to build fireline around the unsecured portions of fire, and fire containment has increased to 63%. During the evening tonight, an infrared equipped air attack aircraft will fly the fire area identifying any remaining significant hot spots. Firefighters 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.
The Hathaway Fire started on June 9th at approximately 11:57 A.M. 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.
Road & Trail Closures / Evacuations: There are no road closures or evacuations in the fire area, however hikers on the Vivian Creek Trail may be impacted by smoke.
Predicted Weather: Gusty southwest/up canyon winds will peak in strength this evening before diminishing. Relative humidity recovery will be poor across the upper slopes and ridge tops.
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
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