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CAL FIRE Update & Wind Warning


By: Daniel Berlant, CAL FIRE

December 5, 2011 - Last week, the Sacramento region was hit by a strong wind event that brought extremely gusty conditions and low humidity. Despite the cooler temperatures, the strong wind and low humidity were enough to elevate the fire danger. On Thursday of last week, CAL FIRE responded to approximately 50 new wildfires throughout the Sacramento foothills. As of this morning fire crews have contained all but one of the fires. Residents may see or smell smoke for several weeks due to smoldering vegetation well within the fire containment lines.

Prior to the wind event, CAL FIRE increased its staffing by adding more firefighters on duty and staffing additional fire equipment. With the strong winds and increased fire activity, CAL FIRE's fire equipment from across the state were utilized and able to aggressively attack the new fires.

Wind Warning & Fire Danger

Strong winds and low humidity are again forecasted throughout the Sacramento Valley today. The areas likely to see the most effect from this system include the western slopes of the Cascades and Sierras, the western side of the Sacramento Valley, and the Bay Area. Wind speeds are likely to develop to the 10-22 mph range with gusts of 30-50 mph.

CAL FIRE is asking the public this week to again be extra cautious and help prevent any new fires. Outdoor burning has been suspended in many counties. For more tips to help prevent a wildfire visit www.fire.ca.gov or www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

Below is a summary of some of last week's fires.

Calaveras County:

Blue Fire
Blue Mountain Lookout Rd., southeast of West Point
* 300 acres - 50% contained

East Fire
7 to 10 miles east of West Point
* 100 acres, 100% contained

Tuolumne County:

Ferndale Fire
Priest Grade at 16,000 Highway 120
* 15 Acres, 100% Containment

Mountain Fire
Northeast of Sonora near Bald Mountain Rd
* 50 acres, 100% containment

Ridgewood Fire
Near Phoenix Lake area
* 2-3 acres, 100% containment

El Dorado County:

Sciaroni Fire
Sciaroni Rd in the Grizzly Flats area
*61 acres – 100% contained

Groovy Fire
Off Hwy 50 and Plum Creek Rd.
*46 acres - 100% contained

Kirk Fire
Stinson Rd in the Omo Ranch area
*5 acres, 100% contained

Onyx/Creek Fire
Sly Park & Onyx Rd area and Park Creek Rd & Old Carson Rd., Pollock Pines
*13 acres - 100% contained

Omo Fire
near Slug Gulch
*3 acres - 100% contained

Grizzly Fire
Grizzly Flat Rd. and Sweeny Rd.
*1 acre - 100% contained

Eagle Fire
Off Grizzly Flat Rd
*1 acre - 100% contained

Meadow Fire
In the Pollock Pines area
*1 acre - 100% contained

Winward Fire
In the Diamond Springs area
*1 acre - 100% contained

Nevada County:

Chalk Fire
10 miles east of Nevada City, near the Chalk Bluff area
*20 acres - 100% contained


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