Hathaway Fire Update, June 17, 2013; 0700 Hrs
Incident: Hathaway Wildfire
Hathaway Fire Update
June 17th, 2013 7:00am
San Bernardino National Forest Fire Information Line: (909) 383-5688
Location: North of City of Banning
Date Started: June 9th, 2013
Percent Contained: 67%
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: The fire containment has increased to 67% overnight, with no increase in acreage. Firefighters will continue to build fireline as we move towards full containment of the fire. The night flying Air Attack aircraft was able to map the remaining hot spots within the fire perimeter, which firefighters will focus on today. The Hathaway Fire is the first use of this technology on the San Bernardino National Forest. Within the San Gorgonio Wilderness, crews are using “Minimal Impact Suppression Tactics” to manage the fire with the least impact to natural and cultural resources.
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.
Road & Trail Closures / Evacuations: There are no road closures or evacuations in place; however users of the Vivian Creek Trail may be impacted by the smoke.
Predicted Weather: The National Weather Service meteorologist assigned to the incident has forecast slightly warmer temperatures in the upper 80’s and the humidity will drop into the teens and single digits, creating very dry conditions.
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
For more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3415/ or follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF
Don Garwood, Incident Commander, Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 2