Soup Complex, Modoc National Forest

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  • Incident Name: Soup Complex, Modoc National Forest
  • State: CA
  • Lead Agency: MDF
  • Size (acres): 2,647
  • Percent Contained: 62%
  • Estimate of Containment: October 31, 2016
  • Personnel: 30
  • Structures Destroyed: 0

Soup Complex, Modoc NF. Sixteen miles northeast of Likely, CA. Timber, brush and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior. Road and trail closures in effect. Precipitation occurred over the fire area yesterday.

October 2, 2016 at 8:50 AM

On September 30, at 8:00 a.m. the Soup Complex was transferred to a Type 4 command structure.  The Soup complex is currently 2,652 acres and 64% contained.

Crews will continue mop-up operations to the extent needed to secure fire lines, reduce the threat of any escape, and continue repairing impacts from fire suppression activities. The fire will continue to burn, most likely until season ending rain or snow events occur.

September 27, 2016 at 11:38 AM

On September 27, at 12:01 a.m. the closure order associated with the Soup Complex was rescinded. Fire managers remind folks that fire suppression operations are still being conducted within the Soup Complex and ask visitors to use caution when using roadways, trail systems, or hiking within areas of the Soup Complex. Falling snags, loose rocks, and congested traffic still poise a potential risk to firefighters and visitors.

The Type 3 organization will continue providing fire information for the public as fire conditions change. The current acreage for the Soup Complex is approximately 2,652 acres with 62% containment.

Crews will continue mop-up operations to the extent needed to secure fire lines, reduce the threat of any escape, and continue repairing impacts from fire suppression activities. The forest would like to advise visitors the fire will continue to smolder/burn within the fire perimeter, most likely until season ending rain/snow occurs.

September 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM

The current acreage for the Soup 2 remains at 2,647 acres with 60% containment.  Crews plan to continue to hold, improve and mop up on all sides of the fire and try to minimize the fire size outside of the wilderness boundary. As the fire progresses into the wilderness the objective is to utilize minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) to manage the fire.  Suppression Repair has been initiated and will continue in all divisions.  Demobilization of excess resources is in progress.  Cooler temperatures and yesterday’s rain will help in the firefighting effort.

To date no structures, campgrounds or other facilities have been damaged or lost.

September 22, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Soup 2 continues to grow slowly into the South Warner Wilderness where containment opportunities exist within the trail network.  The current acreage for the Soup 2 is 2,647 acres with 50% containment.  Today crews plan to continue to hold, improve and mop up on all sides of the fire and try to minimize the fire size outside of the wilderness boundary. As the fire progresses into the wilderness the objective is to utilize minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) to manage the fire.  Suppression Repair has been initiated and will continue in all divisions.  Demobilization of excess resources is in progress.  An upper level storm system is moving across the region causing the winds to shift to the northwest and north, while bringing rain. This will assist the fire fighters in holding the containment lines on the north edge of the fire.

To date no structures, campgrounds or other facilities have been damaged or lost.

A Forest Closure Order has been enacted due to the Soup Wildfire Complex. For closure-area description and map, please visit the link listed below.  The order is effective from September 20, 2016, until rescinded.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/modoc/alerts-notices

September 22, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Continue minimum impact suppression tactics (MIST) on Soup 2 as the fire progresses into the wilderness. Suppression repair has been initiated and will continue in all divisions as appropriate. Hold and improve line, continue mop-up on all divisions as appropriate. Patrol on Soup 3, 4, 5. Demobilization of excess resources to begin today.

September 21, 2016 at 8:46 PM

Four of the five incidents have shown no fire growth in the last several shifts. Crews continue to mop-up and patrol on Soup 1. Crews continue to patrol Soup 3, 4, 5. Soup 2 continues to grow but is expected to be minimal with the cooler and wetter weather forecast for Thursday.

Big weather changes for Thursday on the Soup Complex. An upper level low pressure system is slowly moving across northern California causing a deep layer of west southwesterly winds across the region. This strong westerly flow aloft generated surface winds of 15 mph with gusts of 30-35 mph along the higher terrain, as temperatures reached near 70 degrees today. Afternoon relative humidity values dropped into the teens. This combination of strong winds and low humidity confirmed Red Flag fire weather conditions this afternoon. An upper level storm system moves across the region. Winds will shift to the northwest and north with temperatures dropping into the 30’s. Rain chances increase on Thursday with snow possible above 6,000 feet for the first day of Autumn. A warming and drying trend is expected Saturday through Tuesday with temperatures well above normal and no rainfall expected.

September 21, 2016 at 7:40 AM

The Soup 2 fire continues to grow into the South Warner Wilderness. Crews continue line construction on the Soup 2 fire as the fire progresses. On the Soup 1 fire crews made good progress and it is close to being contained. The combination of gusty trough winds and low live fuel moistures, along with heavy dead and down fuels provide challenges to firefighting efforts. Containment lines have held on Soup 2 outside of the wilderness.

September 19, 2016 at 8:27 PM

Gusty west winds are expected this evening. An upper level low -pressure system will move southward west of the area tonight through Tuesday. This will cause strong and gusty southwest winds ahead of it Tuesday afternoon and evening. Red Flag warning for high winds and low humidities in Fire Weather Zone 285 from 1400 to 2000 Tuesday.

Active fire behavior with spotting, torching and backing fire. Soup 2 Fire, 2,081 acres; Soup Fire 133 acres; remaining 3 fires are less than one acre.

September 19, 2016 at 7:38 AM

Active fire behavior with spotting, torching and backing fire. NORCAL Team 1 assuming command at 0600 9/19. Soup 2 Fire, 750 acres; Soup Fire 105 acres; remaining 3 fires are less than one acre.

September 18, 2016 at 9:11 AM

Firefighters remained on scene of the Soup Complex last night, reporting this morning moderate fire behavior and rate of spread during nighttime hours.

Predominate westerly winds have been pushing the fires towards the South Warner Wilderness.

Soup Two was last estimated at 200 acres and Soup One at 100 acres. The other four fires were called contained at less than one-quarter acre each.

One uninhabited structure continues to be the only known to be threatened at this time.

There are 27 engines, three dozers, two water tenders, 13 hand crews and 50 other firefighters on scene from multiple agencies and local governments.

A Type 2 Incident Management Team is on order, and is planned to take management responsibility for the complex tomorrow.