Wildfire 2013

New fire activity on the Plumas National Forest

Feather Publishing
8/22/2013 - 6:15 p.m.

Hundreds more lightning strikes hit the Plumas NF in yesterday afternoon’s (8/21) and today’s (8/22) early morning thunderstorms. While strikes were scattered over the central and eastern portions of the forest, the largest concentration was in the Highway 395 and eastern forest corridor.

As of 5:00 pm over 20 small fires have been reported. Sizes vary from 1/10 to 2 acres with most under an acre.  Air tankers are currently responding to the 2 acre Chance fire 3.5 air miles west of Crystal Peak, northeast of Frenchman Lake.


Air tankers heading to Frenchman Lake fire

Feather Publishing
8/22/2013 - 5:20 p.m.

Plumas Natinal Firest fire crews have been very  busy responding to new lightning sparked fires all day long.  Nearly all of the fires have been small and easily knocked down as a result of last nights rain.
One new fire at Frenchman Lake may be a little more challenging.  Crews on the ground have requested assistance from from a helicopter and two airtankers.  THe airtankers are in-bound from their base at Grass Valley.

National Guard helicopters support firefighting efforts

Feather Publishing
8/22/2013 - 12:30

California National Guard crews CH47 and UH60, along with the assigned aircraft fuelers prepare for fog to lift over Quincy before deploying Chinook Helicopter No. 801 (as pictured), and Blackhawk 821 and 822. The Chinook can carry 2,000 gallons and the Blackhawks can deliver 660 gallons each. Water buckets are being filled at Crystal Lake. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne


California National Guard air attack crews prepare to deploy Blackhawk 821 and 822 and Chinook Helicopter No. 801 at the Chester Air Attack Base for use on the Hough Complex fires, Aug. 22. Photo by Samantha P. Hawthorne


New lightning starts keep crews very busy

Feather Publsihing
8/22/2013 - 12:15 p.m.

In addition to the fires that are part of the Hough Complex, Plumas National Forest firefighters are very busy attacking fires across the forest that resulted from lightning yesterday afternoon and over night.  So far these fires are small and relatively easy to contain due to wet conditions. 

Read more: New lightning starts keep crews very busy


Rain provides a big boost to firefighters

Feather Publishing
8/22/2013 - 10:15 a.m.
Thunderstorms can be a mixed bag for fire fighters. The downstrikes can produce new fires.  The outflow winds can produce extreme fire behavior and spread the fire in unpredictable directions.  And the rain, which often happens on the tail end of the storm, can significantly slow down the fire spread and reduce fire intensity.

Read more: Rain provides a big boost to firefighters


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