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Fire crews respond to a new wildland fire

Feather Publishing
8/9/2012
2:50 p.m. update

The Forest Service has turned around all resources that have not yet arrived at the fire. They are not calling the fire contained yet, but it is apparently knocked down and they are comfortable they can control it and hold it with the resources on the scene. This will be the last update unless conditions change.

2:40 p.m. update

The Forest Service incident comander has cancelled the air tanker suggesting they are getting a handle on this fire which has been named the Willow Fire.

At least one engine is making what is called a "mobile attack". A mobile attack is a tactic that involves an engine driving along the fires edge with one or more fire fighters walking beside the engine using fire hoses to knock down the fire.

A mobile attack is only possible on an easily accessible fire. That certainly works in the firefighters favor.

2:15 p.m.

Fire crews from Quincy Fire and the Plumas National Forest are responding to a reported vegetation fire on La Porte Rd approximately 10 miles from Highway 70.

Willow
A Plumas National Forest fire crew mops up the remains of a 1.7-acre fire along La Porte Road, about six miles from Highway 70 on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 9. The Willow Fire, which was reported just after 2 p.m. Thursday, was contained to a meadow on the east side of the road. Full containment is expected by 5 p.m. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Photo by Dan McDonald

The Mt Hough lookout reports seeing top smoke. The smoke does not appear to be very heavy at this time. Homes are reported to be threatened.

Multiple engines, a dozer, and a twenty person hand crew are responding. An airtanker from Grass Valley and a helicopter flight crew from Quincy are also responding.

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