August 4 Fire Update

August 5 3:30 p.m.
Destroyed Residences

We have received a number of questions about where the two burned residences. The Forest Service confirmed that both residences were located in the Rich Bar area of Rush Creek Road. One of the houses was habitable and one was not.

If you have questions or comments send them to me at Internet@Plumasnews.com
Michael Condon

August 5 10:00 a.m.
Morning Fire Update

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August 5, 9:00a.m.
Canyon Complex Update

I haven't posted much from the Canyon Complex lately because the fire activity has diminished some. But even though the smoke and flames are nearly gone.....there is still much work to do as this report from the fire team shows.

From the Canyon Complex Incident Management Team:

Acres: 37,357 Start date: June 21, 2008
Cause: Lightning Location: Feather River, Mount Hough & Beckwourth Ranger Districts
Containment: 93 percent Fuels: Timber, logging slash, brush and grass
Terrain: Steep, rugged Resources: 9 crews, 17 engines, 3 dozers, 11 water tenders
Total personnel: 544 Available air support: 3 helicopters.

The fire line rehabilitation efforts continue. There are many miles of hand line and dozer line throughout the many fires of the Canyon Complex. These must be worked with hand tools, dozers and excavators to prepare for possible seeding. Water bars are constructed to curtail erosion. Cut brush is scattered or chipped. Roads are re-opened and dozer lines closed. The work is demanding and essential. The crews will complete as much as possible before management of the fire is returned to the Plumas National Forest.

The status of the uncontained fires is as follows:

Scotch Fire: 13,009 acres Containment 85%.
Little Fire: 1,450 acres Containment 95%
South Frey Fire: 9,061 acres Containment 95%
French-Bear Fire: 1,069 acres Containment 90%
Fox Fire: 1,837 acres Containment 95%

For more information see www.fs.fed.us/r5/plumas/ and www.inciweb.org.

August 5, 6:00 a.m.
Rich Fire update

The Rich Fire is now 53% contained. Actually much more than 53% of the fire has containment lines around it. But fire managers are cautious about counting this as containment until they are confident the lines are really secure. The fire grew by only 146 acres yesterday and is now 6,517 acres in size.

Two large helicopters were released yesterday; another sign fire managers are felling more optimistic.

Unfortunately, fire managers did acknowledge yesterday that two residences and seven outbuildings had been destroyed.

August 4, 12:00 p.m.
Rich Fire update

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August 4, 6:30 a.m.
Morning update

Crews made very good progress on the Rich Fire yesterday. As of early this morning fire managers were calling the blaze 45% contained and have moved the projected containment date up to 8/10. The fire grew by 698 acres yesterday and is now 6,371 acres in size. An additional 175 personnel were assigned to the fire bringing the total to 1,065. That total includes 23 handcrews, 57 engines, and 8 helicopters.
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