Power Fire 8-10 Update
Incident: Power Fire Wildfire
Power Fire Update August 10, 2013 8:00 a.m. Stanislaus National Forest Fire Information Line: (951) 225-4510 Location: 4 miles NW of Pinecrest, Calif. Date Started: August 5, 2013 Stanislaus National Forest Injuries: 3 Percent Contained: 75% Cause: Under Investigation Acres Burned: 1050
Resources Hand crews 14 Engines 34 Helicopters 4 Fixed Wing 1 Water Tenders 14 Dozers 3 Total personnel assigned to fire: 570
Summary: Mild weather along with minimal winds, complemented the continued efforts of the the fire crews working to contain the Power Fire. Crews continued making significant progress. Fire suppression repair and rehabilitation efforts have begun. Crews are working in steep and rugged terrain. Burned trees and green trees structurally compromised by the fire, continue to be a significant safety issue to the fire fighters in the burn area, due to their tendency to fall or drop limbs unexpectedly.All recreation areas, businesses and highways remain OPEN. Weekend visitors to the Stanislaus National Forest are reminded to obey all forest fire safety regulations and drive slowly. Emergency personnel and equipment are sharing the same roads and highways.The Power Fire is located in the Middle Fork of the Stanislaus River, 4 miles northwest of the community of Pinecrest.The Power Fire is being managed by Southern California Incident Management Team Two.
Road & Trail Closures / Evacuations: Effective August 9, 2013 until the Power Fire is declared out, the Summit Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest has issued a temporary Area Closure of the Power Fire, burn area. At present, due to burned snags and vegetation within the burn area, unsafe conditions exist for the public. Fire crews and equipment will be using the roads and trails causing potential for congestion and hazardous conditions. The area is bordered by forest roads 5N95, 5N02 and State Highway 108. Please visit the Stanislaus National Forest website for more detailed information, http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/stanislaus/alerts-notices. There are no evacuations in place for the fire area. However, as with any incident, the public should be prepared to leave on short notice.
Structure Information; There are 100 residences where the threat is significantly reduced they are located in the communities of Bumblebee, Leland Creek and Cow Creek. No structures have been damaged or destroyed by this fire.
Predicted Weather: The forecast for today calls for mostly clear. temperatures will be 74-77 degrees. Minimum humidity expected to be 17%. Winds will be out of the southeast 3-6 mph.
Agencies Involved: US Forest Service, CAL FIRE, Tuolumne County Fire, California Highway Patrol, Tuolumne County Sheriffs Office, CalTrans, PG&E and Tri-Dam Project.
For more information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3598/
Don Garwood, Incident Commander, Southern California Interagency Incident Management Team 2