...EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING... * WHAT...Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures between 100 up to 109 degrees possible. * WHERE...Valleys in western Siskiyou County, including the Seiad and Scott Valley, as well as the Shasta Valley. This includes Mt. Shasta City, McCloud, Dunsmuir, Yreka, Montague, Grenada Fort Jones, Hilt, and Happy Camp. * WHEN...Late Tuesday morning through Wednesday evening. * IMPACTS...Extreme heat will significantly increase the potential for heat related illnesses, particularly for those working or participating in outdoor activities. * View the hazard area in detail at https://www.wrh.noaa.gov/map/?wfo=mfr
Daniel Swain@Weather_West Heading into what appears likely to be a major heatwave across NorCal interior, Sierra snowpack is now down to ~0% of avg on statewide basis (there’s still a tiny bit in Northern Sierra (3% of avg). Extremely rapid melt-out, w/very little runoff generated.#CAwx#CAdrought#CAfire
Courtesy NWS Medford.
Courtesy NWS Medford
Courtesy NWS, Medford.
The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California began on Aug. 17, 2013 and is under investigation. The fire has consumed approximately 149, 780 acres and is 15% contained. U.S. Forest Service photo. The Conversation May 25, 2021
The Western U.S. appears headed for another dangerous fire season, and a new study shows that even high mountain areas once considered too wet to burn are at increasing risk as the climate warms.
Nearly two-thirds of the U.S. West is in severe to exceptional drought right now, including large parts of the Rocky Mountains, Cascades and Sierra Nevada. The situation is so severe that the Colorado River basin is on the verge of its first official water shortage declaration, and forecasts suggest another hot, dry summer is on the way.
Warm and dry conditions like these are a recipe for wildfire disaster.
In a new study published May 24, 2021, our team of fire and climate scientists and engineers found that forest fires are now reaching higher, normally wetter elevations. And they are burning there at rates unprecedented in recent fire history.
Community Wildfire Protection Planning The Yreka Area Fire Safe Council (YAFSC) is a citizen-based group of volunteers dedicated to working towards making the greater Yreka area fire safe. Thanks to the involvement of these volunteers, the YAFSC has been working on a revision of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).The YAFSC has been undertaking a revision of the 2013 CWPP for the past two years. Thanks to Grants from the RAC (USFS), CAL FIRE and OES/LISTOS we are almost finished. It has been challenging to accomplish all that needed to be accomplished due to limits on meetings and gathering the past 14 months. But we powered through the obstacles. We have a copy of the 240 page draft for review by anyone that wishes to invest the time to review and comment. Please send a note of interest to our email at email@example.com Comments will be accepted through June 2.The Yreka Area Fire Safe Council, in partnership with your local volunteer fire departments, government agencies and other local non-profits, is motivated to help make the greater Yreka area fire safe. Through education and outreach, fuels reduction activities in the greater Yreka area, and myriad other efforts, we are working towards making the community more aware of the surrounding issues and preparing Yreka for wildfire events. This CWPP will aid in making Yreka more competitive in the grant world and, in turn, help provide funding for the above mentioned activities. Thank you for your interest.
Monday the 24th at 6 pm the McCloud Fire Department shift Program will be on the McCloud Community Service District agenda. It would help if we could support the Volunteers by being at the meeting showing the support that we give to the Department. It’s a great program and will help all of McCloud…
2h · The 4-acre Grouse Fire on the Salmon/Scott River Ranger District is in heavy timber with large snags and dead and downed logs making it difficult for crews to get around it. The fire is showing some isolated torching and slow to moderate progression uphill. Additionally, the fire is at the toe of a steep, south slope. Two air tankers are assisting fire crews after frozen lakes made it difficult for helicopters to find water close by. Fire resources include 1 crew, 1 engine, 1 heli tack crew, and 2 airtankers.Photo: Airtanker drops retardant on the Grouse Fire.Image: A screenshot showing the amount of aircrafts in the air currently fighting fires in Northern California.
May 13 at 2:57 PM · The increasing fire danger posed by dead grass and hotter, drier conditions is prompting CAL FIRE to suspend all burn permits for outdoor residential burning within the State Responsibility Area of Shasta & Eastern Trinity Counties effective May 17, 2021.