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Cascadel Fire 200 Acres, 30% Containment

434 firefighters are surrounding this pesky 200 acre brush/timber mixed wildfire burning near North Fork in Madera County. It appears pot growers had something to do with the cause, possibly a propane tank or unattended warming fire. I hope these crims are caught. One firefighter was injured overnight when a boulder rolled off a slope […]

Cascadel Fire, North Fork California

The Cascadel Fire has burned 150 acres in the Madera County town of North Fork. The fire is burning in the Whiskey Creek drainage and as a result is presenting accessibility issues for Cal Fire.340 residences are threatened according to the Incident 209 thus the call for a heavier dispatch than a typical 150 acre […]

Initial Attack Stomping New Starts

I haven’t turned this web effort into a hurricane blog, it’s just that there are no new major fires to report on. I check into Wildland Fire frequently to see about new fires and can get an idea from the chatter if a fire will get beyond the initial attack phase. Fires are happening but […]

Mid Season Fire "Break"

We are entering the second half of the 2008 West Coast fire season. Central and northern California have owned the stage from May through August but soon the Santa Ana winds will begin pushing hot dry air from the high desert into the Los Angeles Basin, Inland Empire and coastal communities like Malibu. San Diego […]

Cachagua Valley Visit, Post Basin Complex

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I had to see the country. Years ago I fought fire on the “front” or ocean side of the Basin Complex burn area. Twice we brought crews down from Santa Cruz County late in the afternoon and scraped lines around fires burning on million dollar view sites. Nothing like a beautiful Pacific Ocean sunset as […]

Helicopter Down In The Trinity Alps

A contract helicopter shuttling fire crews near the Buckhorn Fire near Junction City in Trinity County crashed Tuesday night. According to AP via Fire Rescue 1 nine are feared dead. has a discussion and updates on the tragedy.

Telegraph Fire Update & Fire Photo Essay

Take a look at this Telegraph Fire photo slide show by Al Golub of Golub Photography. Some of Al’s air tanker photos are among the best I’ve seen, especially the series of shots of Tanker 910 near the end of the display. The Telegraph Fire is now 80% contained and is at 34,034 acres. The […]

Telegraph Fire August 1 Morning Summary

According to the most recent ICS-209 the Telegraph Fire has burned 34,000 acres and is 60% contained. Fifty more firefighters joined the fight bringing the total to 4,531. More than half are Cal Fire personnel. Equipment rundown:106 Fire Engines -52 Dozers -55 Water Tenders -61 Hand Crews (including 8 camp crews) –16 Helicopters -12 Fixed […]

Telegraph Fire Summary July 31 & Burma Grade Map

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The midday 209 is much the same as the ICS-209 filed at midnight. One new injury is reported bringing the total to 16. The fire is now 45% contained and 4,496 fire personnel are on assigned to the incident. The acreage is reported at 33,705. This is a logistical challenge for Mariposa considering the town’s […]

Threat Eases as Telegraph Slows To a Crawl

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Updated totals for the Telegraph Fire: 33,705 Acres -40% Contained –4,448 Fire Personnel -51 dozers- 57 Water Tenders 101 Engines -13 Helicopters -12 Fixed Wing Aircraft- 61 Hand Crews Including 6 Camp Crews Projected demobilization start date: August 1, 2008 0800hrs Today’s observed fire behavior:“North end of the fire is a running surface fire with […]

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