Fires update Sept 2 pm

ANTELOPE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 71,505 Percent Contained: 75% Current as of 9/2/2021, 4:48 PM No growth beyond the perimeter today.

RIVER COMPLEX INCIDENT Acres Burned: 114,396.05 Percent Contained: 15% Current as of 9/2/2021, 5:53 PM

MONUMENT INCIDENT Acres Burned: 176,463 Percent Contained: 30% Current as of 9/2/2021, 5:44 PM

DIXIE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 865,703 Percent Contained: 55% Current as of 9/2/2021, 6:58 PM

CALDOR INCIDENT Acres Burned: 210,893 Percent Contained: 27% Current as of 9/2/2021, 5:47 PM

Favorable conditions have helped firefighters contain both the Dixie and Caldor in WUI areas.

Fire update AM August 24

ANTELOPE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 68,537Percent Contained: 37% Current as of 8/24/2021, 8:44 AM

MONUMENT INCIDENT Acres Burned: 150,011 Percent Contained: 20% Current as of 8/24/2021, 6:55 AM

MCFARLAND INCIDENT Acres Burned: 118,624 Percent Contained: 71% Current as of 8/24/2021, 5:44 AM

DIXIE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 731,310 Percent Contained: 41% Current as of 8/24/2021, 5:48 AM

CALDOR INCIDENT Acres Burned: 117,704 Percent Contained: 9% Current as of 8/24/2021, 6:12 AM

Wildfires as of Sunday PM 8/21

ANTELOPE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 66,912 Percent Contained: 30% Current as of 8/22/2021, 5:28 PM

MCCASH INCIDENT Acres Burned: 18,143 Percent Contained: 0% Current as of 8/22/2021, 5:17 PM

HAYPRESS INCIDENT Acres Burned: 85,219 Percent Contained: 0% Current as of 8/22/2021, 11:11 AM

MONUMENT INCIDENT Acres Burned: 148,213 Percent Contained: 20% Current as of 8/22/2021, 6:09 PM

MCFARLAND INCIDENT Acres Burned: 117,985 Percent Contained: 66% Current as of 8/22/2021, 6:35 PM

DIXIE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 724,110 Percent Contained: 38% Current as of 8/22/2021, 5:45 PM

CALDOR INCIDENT Acres Burned: 104,309 Percent Contained: 5% Current as of 8/22/2021, 5:58 PM

Fire activity PM 8/21/21

Six tankers engaged in heavy aerial attack on the southern flank of the Caldor fire this afternoon. Antelope fire now over 100 square miles.

ANTELOPE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 66,021 Percent Contained: 29% Current as of 8/21/2021, 7:05 PM

MCCASH INCIDENT Acres Burned: 13,623 Percent Contained: 0% Current as of 8/21/2021, 6:36 PM

HAYPRESS INCIDENT Acres Burned: 53,071 Percent Contained: 0% Current as of 8/21/2021, 7:22 AM

MONUMENT INCIDENT Acres Burned: 145,357 Percent Contained: 16% Current as of 8/21/2021, 5:40 PM

DIXIE INCIDENT Acres Burned: 717,308 Percent Contained: 36% Current as of 8/21/2021, 5:48 PM

CALDOR INCIDENT Acres Burned: 90,107 Percent Contained: 0% Current as of 8/21/2021, 5:58 PM

What is the Energy Release Component?

The Energy Release Component (ERC) is an NFDRS (National Fire Danger Rating System) index related to how hot a fire could burn. It is directly related to the 24-hour, potential worst case, total available energy (BTUs) per unit area (in square feet) within the flaming front at the head of a fire.

The ERC can serve as a good characterization of fire season as it tracks seasonal fire danger trends well. The ERC is a function of the fuel model and live and dead fuel moistures. Fuel loading, woody fuel moistures, and larger fuel moistures all have an influence on the ERC, while the lighter fuels have less influence and wind speed has none. ERC has low variability, and is the best fire danger component for indicating the effects of intermediate to long-term drying on fire behavior (if it is a significant factor) although it is not intended for use as a drought index.

Preparedness

Fire season is coming.

There are steps we can take now to get ourselves and our community ready. We will be posting information weekly with thoughts and ideas on what you can do to prepare yourself. For further information:

Wildfire Preparedness: https://www.readyforwildfire.org/

Disaster/Emergency Info: https://211norcal.org/siskiyou/

COVID-19: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/publichealth/page/coronavirus-covid-19-what-siskiyou-county-residents-need-know

The following information is copied from the Wildfire Preparedness page of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the Department of Labor.

Planning

Having an evacuation plan in place before a wildfire occurs can help avoid confusion and prevent injuries. A thorough evacuation plan should include:

  • Conditions that will activate the plan
  • Chain of command
  • Emergency functions and who will perform them
  • Specific evacuation procedures, including routes and exits
  • Procedures for accounting for personnel, customers and visitors
  • Equipment for personnel
  • Review the plan with workers

Some businesses are required to have an Emergency Action Plan meeting the requirements under 29 CFR 1910.38; see Evacuation Plans and Procedures eTool for more information.

In addition to creating an evacuation plan, making a safety zone around your business or residence can help protect people and property. Within a 30-foot zone of buildings, remove combustible material and reduce the volume of vegetation to a minimum. In doing so, stay clear of overhead lines (maintain at least 10-feet clearance) and use 29 CFR 1910.269 qualified line-clearance tree trimmers. Clear branches and shrubs that are within 15 feet of chimneys or stovepipes and remove vines from the walls of buildings. Frequently mowing grass and replacing vegetation with less flammable species can provide better protection against spreading wildfires. In addition to the 30-foot safety zone, an additional secondary 70-foot safety zone is recommended – increasing the distance between a building and vegetation will increase the level of protection. For more information, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection offers a useful guide for creating safety zones, and the Ready.gov – Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) website has more information as well.

Employers whose workers will be involved in emergency response operations for releases of, or substantial threats of releases of, hazardous substances regardless of the location of the hazard must comply with OSHA’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) standard, 29 CFR 1910.120. This may include emergency response following an earthquake. Instruction CPL 02-02-073 describes OSHA enforcement procedures under the relevant provisions of the HAZWOPER standard.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has promulgated a standard applying OSHA’s HAZWOPER standard to state and local government workers in states where there is no OSHA-approved State Plan. See 40 CFR Part 311.

OSHA’s HAZWOPER Safety and Health Topics page explains requirements of the OSHA HAZWOPER standard, including required worker training.

Equipping
Training and Exercises
  • Ensure that all workers know what to do in case of an emergency.
  • Practice evacuation plans on a regular basis.
  • Update plans and procedures based on lessons learned from exercises.
Responders

It is particularly important for responders to regularly train for the hazards present during wildfire response operations. The following resources provide useful guidance on training for responders:

Mt. Shasta Area Fire Safe Council

http://traveltripjourney.blogspot.com/2012/07/mount-shasta-california.html

BEFORE and AFTER clips of fuel reduction on Gerald Wellman’s property that is part of the Eddy Dr. Fuels Reduction Project managed by the Fire Safe Council of Siskiyou County and the Mount Shasta Area Fire Safe Council. Now available at the Fire Safe Council of Siskiyou County Facebook page.Thanks again to all who have helped make this possible including the USDA Forest Service for the grant that funded it. Also, thanks to contractors J. Cota Forestry and Premier Clearing who are doing an extraordinary job!

Giselle Nova
Joint Coordinator
Fire Safe Council of Siskiyou County
(530) 926-2089

Dale and Giselle Nova, 530-926-2089, novavita@sbcglobal.net

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