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Overnight Winds Force Evacuation Of Concow

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East winds fanned flames on the Butte Lightning Complex fires overnight forcing mandatory evacuations in Concow in Butte County. Winds up to 25 mph pushed the 23,000 acre Camp Fire over containment lines and towards Concow. 2,277 firefighters are assigned to the 37,000 acre BTU Lightning Complex that includes 8 helicopters and 4 fixed wing […]

Piute Fire Tracks Towards Bodfish; July 8 Update

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The Google Earth map represents a view of the Piute Fire from the town of Bodfish looking south. The fire is advancing towards the town. The GeoMAC image below shows the Piute Fire current hot spots indicated in red. The direction of the fire is completely dependent on the wind over the next few days. […]

Basin Complex Fire Turned the Corner Today

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Locals are buzzing about a potential midweek opening of the highway, or at least a re-entry for residents and business owners. The north head of the fire looks pretty cool judging by GeoMAC and Google Earth mapping software and fire command has signalled a thumbs up on the fire behavior in so many words to […]

Reporting The Basin Complex Fire With Google's Help

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Keith at Xasauan Today is offering great local coverage of the Basin Complex Fire. Keith has intimate knowledge of the back country of Big Sur and is using Google Earth with Forest Service KML overlays to highlight firefighter movements and fire activity.This is ground breaking local reporting. What Keith is doing could be a template […]

Piute Fire Turns Towards Bodfish & Lake Isabella

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The Piute Fire, burning in Kern County south of Lake Isabella has burned 25,000 acres with 26% containment. Twelve hundred firefighters are tasked with fighting this fire burning in terrain mother nature ignored when the planet was formed. Only four helicopters and two fixed wing aircraft are assigned to the Piute Fire. It has been […]

Basin Complex Joins Indians Fire West Perimeter

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The 81,000 acre Indians Fire and the 78,000 acre Basin Complex fire have met. The combined acreage will soon exceed the total consumed by the Marble Cone Fire in 1977. the Marble-Cone fire claimed 178,000 acres. I’m trusting the GeoMAC software on this one. Basin Fire command has been planning on this for some time. […]

Tanker 910 Over Big Sur as Basin Complex Flames Freshen

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The GeoMAC image below shows the Basin Fire freshening as afternoon breezes pick up. This is an incredibly difficult fire to suppress. Resources are spread between the (still) populated Big Sur valley and the Ventana Wilderness and State Parks to the north, east and south. Only the now slowing Gap Fire has a higher priority […]

Weather Takes Stage at Big Sur's Basin Complex Fire

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Sunday 77° Monday 85° Tuesday 85° Wednesday 85° Thursday 83°Big Sur weather forecast Google Earth KML file Today’s observed fire behaviorWest Zone:Fire behavior was high to extreme in the north, northwest and southwest flanks with group tree torching, spotting and short duration crown fire runs. Fire exhibited backing towards the community of BIG SUR. East […]

Gap Fire Map & Overnight Report July 6

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From the Gap Fire incident command morning report today. “Sundowner conditions weakened last night, flame lengths were observed less than 5′”This is good news. Moderating weather today will allow the Gap Fire’s 1,150 firefighters to assault the flames and firm up contigency lines. USFS Google Earth KML Overlay The fire has burned 9,367 acres and […]

California Fires, Disaster or Emergency?

You never know where a quote you quote will be quoted by someone else! The California Progress Report links to one of my posts in an article concerning the definition of a federal disaster and a federal emergency. Apparently the California fires are not considered a disaster, only an emergency. The California Progress Report article […]

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