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Basin Complex Fire; Evening July 5

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Record temperatures are forecast for the Big Sur coast beginning Monday. Winds to 15 mph from the north and N/W will (generally) prevail as temperatures reach 90 degrees in some spots. Milder weather over the last week has allowed Basin Complex commanders to squeeze the most out of their exhausted troops. In the last 2 […]

Butler II Fire, Snow Possible Later In Week

I finally found a scanner link to air and ground nets for the Butler 2 Fire. Containment is at 53% and revised acreage is around 14,000. 2,400 firefighters are assigned but the main actors on this show is air attack and their cast.These experienced pilots worked together to choke out the fire before it could […]

Butler 2 Fire Tanker 492 Down, NO INJURIES

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The scanner transcription from Rim Of The World included in the last 30 minutes; 1:12 PM “{pilot} “just had a engine failure, over the lake, going to put it in the field”; {another broadcast} “I think we just had an engine failure in one of the SEATS” 1:21 PM “Tanker 492; no apparent injuries” 1:25 […]

Butler II Fire Crews Facing Wind Challenges Today

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Butler II Fire perimeter map (From Butler II ICP) The graph below is from an experimental wind model run by U.C. Santa Barbara in concert with NASA. The model predicts winds at 20 MPH this evening. Fire Location; Latitude and Longitude Lat: 34° 15´ 18″ Long: 116° 59´ 59″ Wind graph UCSB/NASACheck the transcribed scanner […]

Battle For Fawnskin Underway

Scanner traffic being caught by Big Bear local media outfit Rim Of The World is indicating firefighters are waging hand to hand combat with the Butler II Fire as it tries to invade Fawnskin on the north shore of Big Bear Lake. Apparently the webmaster picked up the air attack tactical net and is recording […]

Resources Beat A Path To Big Bear

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Following this thread on Wildland Fire you get a sense of the urgency surrounding the Butler II Fire near Fawnskin. Last evening Central Valley crews were amassing at Fresno air attack base, as well strike teams were moving down from Shasta. Prado staging ground in Chino was busy with equipment and firefighters arriving before assignment. […]

Butler 2 Wildfire, 18,000 Acres In 24 Hours

This one exploded overnight. The fire is threatening more than one community near Big Bear. Inciweb update: The fire is currently about 18000 acres. Mandatory evacuations have been called for the Fawnskin area from the Big Bear Dam to The Discovery Center north of Hwy 38. An evacuatiion center has been setup at the Big […]