Two Brush Fires off Highway 58

2:45 pm – Red Fire is up to 500 acres, but the IC just canceled one aircraft and put others on load and hold, so sounds like they are getting the upper hand on this one. Thankful. Now, we have to watch out through tomorrow for more lightening.

12:30 pm – IC for Red incident just reported LP going to a unified command and that fire activity has increased substantially. Unified means combined with Cal Fire and LPF as there are pockets of private property along the 58 corridor. They’ve added some more aircraft to the fire….HT 793, also several tankers.

Noon: The Red incident is at 80 acres and spotting.

LPF has 6 Tankers on order for the incident. Fire is running west. This is all brush and grass country, further west from Redhill, you get into heavy tall brush.

Tanker 103, 105 from Porterville on order. The Camatta Fire has retardant around 50% of the fire, so releasing one tank to Red, who requested 6.

IC is our very own Luke Krenkle.

11:27 am – looks like a possible third(?) on Cow Calf Highway? And a fourth(?) possible at 58 and La Panza?

Also from CHP:

Incident: 00076 Type: Road/Weather Conditions Location: Us101 N / San Marcos Rd Loc Desc: US101 N AT SAN MARCOS RD Lat/Lon: 35.722038 -120.697718
Detail Information

11:15 – Red Fire has these resources: C31LPF BC32LPF E16LPF 4X4 E31LPF 4X4 E335LPF E337LPF E47LPF 4X4 HEL530LPF PAT18LPF Q WT16SHF WT5LPF. On Camatta: 40-50 acres moderate rate of spread in grass and brush on the camatta incident

Lead Plane came out of Fresno,

There are 2 incidents, the first is the LPF-Red hill fire. This is in the area of Highway 58 and Redhill road, La Panza area which is the cutoff from Navajo Flats Campground to the 58. The second incident is the SLU Camatta, which is further west on the 58, but not by much. Also in what would most would call the La Panza area.

11 am – Two brush fires, probably started by lightening, started around 10:30 am. The first is near Red Hill, is called the Red Fire on FRA (Federal Responsibility Area – LPNF) and is 5 acres and the second is near Shell Creek and is called the Camatta Fire on SRA and is 40 acres. More as I get it.

~ by bigsurkate on August 2, 2017.

5 Responses to “Two Brush Fires off Highway 58”

  1. Hello,
    The unstable cloud deck with embedded thunderstorms i spoke of a few days ago is nearing!! Please be vigilant in terms of observing any hint of fire from lightning starts and obviously be careful exposing yourself if on ridge tops! Tonight could be a nerve racker with how dry our brush has become the last couple weeks, especially chaparrel south facing slopes like around Grimes canyon and along coast where Soberanes fire didnt burn. Lastly if you do see a tree get struck go check it out in morning and see if smoldering. Many times fires will ignite days or even weeks after a tree has been hit!!


  2. Oh, joy, Paul, you are full of good news tonight., but thanks for the heads up. I will keep my eyes open.


  3. Dont mean to be doomsdayer but this sequence of weather that really started around 1997 with the strong El Nino/floods is exactly what climate change is displaying. Drastic extremes as our earth tries to relinquish built up heat in our atmosphere and oceans. Our mother earth is doing her best to find an equilibrium but green house gases are exceding the rate at which our atmospheres and oceans can release the heat. San Diego just recorded wettest atmosphere on record for the date while at the same time/day Portland and Seattle are breaking hottest temperatures EVER recorded!! Scary stuff to be honest!!


  4. I agree, Paul. I know you are “just” the messenger. I appreciate your candor.


  5. Paul H:

    if AI is on our doorstep when will weather re-engineering atmospheric devices be ready to tackle these huge worldwide climate problems?


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