Thunderstorm creates hazardous conditions for firefighters
8/21/2013 - 4:10 p.m
A radio message has gone out to all firefighters working on the Hough Complex cautioning them that the thunderstorm moving into the area will have frequent downstrikes and outflow winds in excess of 30 mph. Additional storms are likely to move through the fire area later today.
Three new fire starts have been located within the complex.
Thunderstorm shuts down air attack
|A Cal Fire S2T Airtanker from Grass Valley makes one final drop on a new fire just before air operations were suspended due to a strong thunderstorm moving into the fire area. Phot by Judy Gimple
8/21/2013 - 2:50 p.m.
All aircraft working the Hough Complex fires are heading back to their bases due to hazardous weather conditions.
A large active thunder storm is moving from the south to the north across eastern Plumas County. The storm is currently just north east of Quincy and moving into the fire area. Several lightning strikes have been observed and down draft winds are forecast to be as strong as 60 mph.
There is some moisture associated with the storm.
New fire start on the Hough Complex
8/21/2013 - 1:30 p.m.
The Air Attack Supervisor on the Hough Complex has just requested two airtankers for a new start on the Hough Complex.
It is not unusual for lightning fires to smolder undetected for days before the right weather conditions bring them to life and they begin to burn more actively.
Hough Complex Morning Update
The following update was released by the Plumas National Forest at 9:00 August 21.
Acres Burned: 545 Crews: 7
Cause: Lightning Engines: 29
Date Started: August 18, 2013 Helicopters: 1
Containment: 40% Air Tankers: 0
Expected Containment: Aug. 24, 2013 Total Resources Assigned: 268
Current Fire Situation: The Ridge grew in size to 275 and is still at 0% containment. The Heights Fire is at 162 acres and is 30% contained. The Johnson, remains at 140 acres with 95% containment. The Hunt stayed at 11 acres and is still at 50% containment. The Keddie, at 18 acres, the Mountain and the Ruby at 1 acre each are 100% contained. The 32 and Cook, both under an acre are also 100% contained. A new fire, the Evans at 2 acres, materialized yesterday and was contained.
Read more: Hough Complex Morning Update