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Los Alamos fire explodes to nearly 100,000 acres

Posted by feww on July 1, 2011

‘Unusual Fire’

Extreme fire behavior: Las Conchas Fire consumes Santa Clara Pueblo watershed

The Las Conchas Fire has consumed at least 6,000 acres of forest at the  Santa Clara Pueblo watershed.


Las Conchas Fire map for June 30, 2011. Click image to enlarge. Original Map (PDF)

It’s Like a Sad Déjà vu

Las Conchas Fire is burning areas that were previously consumed by the Cerro Grande in May 2000.

“We’re seeing fire behavior we’ve never seen down here, and it’s really aggressive,” Los Alamos County Fire Chief Doug Tucker said.

“The burn scars are burning, and that is unusual. The dead and downs are less than 3 percent [in moisture content.]

“It doesn’t get drier than that. If there is any fire they are torching off on us, that is unusual fire behavior.”

Carnage in Santa Clara’s forest

“[The fire] continues to destroy cultural sites, forest resources, plants and animals that the people of Santa Clara depend upon for their livelihood and culture,” said a report.

“Wildfires have burned two-thirds of Santa Clara’s forest over the past 13 years, including 8,300 acres burned by the 1998 Oso Complex Fire and the 2000 Cerro Grande Fire. In response, Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno has issued a Declaration of Emergency.”

“We are devastated to witness the destruction of our precious homeland,” said Governor Dasheno. “From time immemorial to this day our community has been stewards of this land, have fought to regain portions taken from us and have invested millions of dollars in restoring the forest and resources.”

“Our canyon is the source of our Santa Clara Creek that we rely upon for irrigation but, more than that, it was a beautiful place of abundance in wildlife, clean water, culturally-significant trees and medicinal plants. […] This is the fourth fire that has impacted our homelands and all of them have begun outside our reservation. Santa Clara alone cannot bear the extreme costs to help Mother Nature restore herself.”

Fire Summary [details as of June 30, 2011, 8:30 am local time]

  • Name: Las Conchas Fire
  • Date Started: 1 pm on  6/26/2011
  • Location: Approximately 12 miles southwest of Los Alamos off NM 4 at mile marker 35
  • Fuels: Mixed Conifer, Ponderosa Pine. Fuel moisture is extremely low.
  • Cause: Unknown – under investigation [The fire was reportedly ignited by a fallen power line]
  • Size: at least 92,735 acres acres
  • Percent Contained: 3%
  • Residences: 13 destroyed and 3 damaged
  • Commercial Property : 3 damaged
  • Other structures: 2 destroyed

Pacheco Fire


Pacheco Fire
. The 10,000+ acre fire is burning 2 miles north of Santa Fe Ski Basin.

Donaldson Complex Fire

Donaldson Complex Fire, located about 150 miles to the south of Los Alamos, is also raging out of control. The fire, which was started by lightning, is burning in and around the Mescalero Apache Reservation about 10 miles South of Hondo, NM.

As of yesterday evening the fire had consumed about 73,000 acres, about 10 percent of it on tribal land. The humidity in the area is about 1%. (Source: Inciweb.)

Currently about 760,000 acres of New Mexico are on fire. (Figure includes a section of Wallow Fire in Catron County.)

New Mexico’s largest recorded fire was the Dry Lakes Fire, which consumed about 94,000 acres of the Gila National Forest in 2003.

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SoCal Fires Rage On!

Posted by feww on September 1, 2009

500 km² consumed by out of control fire

The Fire in California Mainly…

  • The Station Fire has more than doubled in size to about 110,000 acres burning completely out of control for a sixth day.
  • Two fire crews were killed Sunday when they drove off the side of a road in the Mt. Gleason area, south of Acton.
  • About 2,600 personnel are currently tackling the  massive blaze.
  • Fire destroyed 18 homes Sunday and at least three structures early Monday, according to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
  • Two school districts canceled the first day of classes due to heavy smoke, which made breathing difficult.

la times google map of fire
LA Times Google Map of the Station Fire. Image may be subject to copyright. The areas shaded in yellow are (L-R) Acton/Agua Dulce area (evacuated), Cheseboro Road south of Mt Emma Road (evacuated),  Juniper Hills neighborhood (under evacuation orders).


Towering Inferno.
A structure burns during the Station Fire in the Big Tujunga canyon area of Los Angeles, California August 29, 2009.  REUTERS/Gene Blevins. Image may be subject to copyright.


Smoke from the Station fire over the Angeles National Forest as seen from a hellicopter. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times /August 31, 2009). Image may be subject to copyright.


South of Dixieline?
Flames burn near a cross during the Station Fire in the Big Tujunga area of Los Angeles, California August 29, 2009. REUTERS/Gene Blevins. Image may be subject to copyright.


What da  fiia ma  gonna do now? A deer walks through charred forest in the Angeles National Forest near Acton.(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images /August 31, 2009). Image may be subject to copyright.

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SoCal Blazes Blacken More Scrubland

Posted by feww on August 30, 2009

Calif Fires Beat Clunker Boost Any Day!

Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 5:48 AM PDT (12:48 UTC)

From InciWeb and other sources:

The Station Fire started off Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) about one mile above Angeles Crest Fire Station around 3:30pm Wednesday August 26, 2009. Angeles Crest Highway, Tujunga Canyon and Big Tujunga Canyon roads are closed. As a result of extreme fire activity, and to protect public health and safety, Angeles National Forest officials implementing an area closure for lands in the vicinity of the fire. This closure is in effect until canceled.

3 injuries have been reported. Residents are advised to be ready to evacuate if they are near the fire boundary.

As of 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening the fire is moving very quickly to the north towards Acton. If the fire continues on this aggressive path it could be very near Acton by early morning.

Map Station Fire
Station Fire: Location Map. Google Map may be subject to copyright.


Flames from the Station Fire are seen above the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in La Canada, California August 28, 2009. REUTERS/Rod Seward. Image may be subject to copyright.

Fire Stats:

  • Size: 20,500 acres
  • Percent Contained: 5%
  • Estimated Containment Date:  Tuesday September 08th, 2009 approx 06:00 PM (!)
  • Fuels Involved: Very heavy fuels of ceanothus, chamise, scrub oak and manzanita across the entire fire area, 15 to 20 feet in height with Big Cone Douglas Fir in the drainage bottoms. Fuels have not experienced any significant large fire activity in the past 40 years.
  • Fire Behavior: The fire quadrupled in size driven by SE winds. Saturday behavior was extremely active with rapid rates of spread and flame lengths up to 80 feet. There is a potential for Sunday’s fire behavior to be similar to Saturday. Upslope winds are likely. Spotting may occur from 1/4 mile up to 1/2 mile.
  • Significant Events: Mandatory Evacuations are in effect for over 10,000 homes. The fire is threatening the Mount Wilson Communications Facilities and Observatory.


The Station fire in the Angeles National Forest has tripled in size today, spreading rapidly to the east and west this afternoon, and prompting the evacuation of at least 4,000 homes in a broad swath of foothill neighborhoods in areas including La Cañada Flintridge, Glendale, Altadena and Big Tujunga Canyon as temperatures reached triple digits and flames drew closer to houses.
Photo credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times. Caption: LA Times.

Other Remarks

  • Growth Potential: Extreme
  • Threatened:
    • 10,000 homes threatened.
    • 500 commercial properties
    • 2,000 other structures threatened.

Current Weather:

  • Wind Conditions 6-12 mph SE
  • Temperature 100 degrees
  • Humidity 7%


Other Fires

Gloria Fire:

  • Date/Time Started: August 27, 2009 2:57 pm
  • County: Monterey & San Benito County
  • Location: Northeast of Soledad
  • Acres Burned: 6,437 acres
  • Containment 6,437 acres – 60% contained
  • Structures Destroyed: 1 residence and 1 outbuilding destroyed
  • Threatened: There are approximately 100 homes threatened by the fire.
  • Evacuations: All evacuations have been lifted on Highway 146, Bryant Canyon and Stonewall Road.
  • Total Fire Personnel: 1,083
  • Engines: 110
  • Fire crews: 32
  • Airtankers: 3
  • Helicopters: 5
  • Dozers: 26
  • Water tenders: 8
  • Costs to date: $2.5 million [The Cheap Fire!]

Pacheco Fire

  • County: Santa Clara County
  • Location: Pacheco Pass Road near Dinosaur Point
  • Status/Notes: 1,650 acres – 50% contained
  • Date Started: August 29, 2009 2:20 pm
  • Total Fire Personnel: 389
  • Engines: 40
  • Fire crews: 5
  • Airtankers: 4
  • Helicopters: 3
  • Dozers: 4
  • Water tenders: 3

Big Meadow Fire:

  • County: Mariposa County
  • Location: Foresta Community
  • Administrative Unit: Yosemite National Park
  • Status/Notes: 3,506 acres – 30% contained
  • Date Started: August 26, 2009 12:08 pm

Cottonwood Fire:

  • County: Riverside County
  • Location: Highway 74 cross of Bee Canyon
  • Status/Notes: 2,290 acres – 30% containment
  • Date Started: August 27, 2009 5:13 pm
  • Total Personnel 698

Red Rock Fire:

  • Name: Red Rock Fire
  • County: Siskiyou County
  • Location: 15 miles west of Fort Jones, CA
  • Administrative Unit: Klamath National Forest
  • Status/Notes: 1,373 acres – 80% contained
  • Date Started: August 21, 2009 6:40 pm

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