California: Pine Fire

Pine Fire
Pine Fire. USFS photo.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department is battling the Pine Fire that started around mid-afternoon Friday on the south side of Highway 138 in Gorman. At about 5:30 p.m. PDT the estimated size was 150 acres and it was 35 percent contained. CAL FIRE and the US Forest Service are assisting.

Pine Fire. Photo by LA Co FD.
Incident Command Post at the Pine Fire. Photo by LA Co FD.
Pine Fire. Photo by LA Co FD.
Pine Fire. Photo by LA Co FD.

 

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

5 thoughts on “California: Pine Fire”

  1. If you track NFDRS outputs (inputs), this season is tracking much worse than the 2001/2002/2003 drought for SoCal.

    In terms of ERC… off the charts.

    2002 was my first year as a BC…. that year we handed off 8 fires to IMTs on my local unit alone.

    Time will tell.

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  2. Fire season 48, yes forty-eight, started at age 17. Can’t imagine what this fire season will bring? How about those predictive service outlooks a few months ago? Today my private fire company responded to our first fire east of Placerville, Ca. only an acre in the brush, light winds, Cal Fire made quick work of it. 1977 was a bad season, however that year there was little grass Statewide to carry fire (from a roadway) into the brush. This year we have received just enough rain in the front country of central California to have a four to six inch grass crop, not good news.

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  3. 22 I.A. fires in the last 48 hours on my unit in March.

    It is not rocket science to see that SoCal is not only predicting but actually experiencing “above normal” fire activity.

    LAC (ANF), CNF, and RVC all experiencing large fire activity over the last week…. most other units experiencing much above normal IA activity.

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  4. I feel kinda bad living all winter in 80’s and 90’s temps all winter while much of the US has been in a deep freeze…. but in reality, things are looking pretty scary for the fire season in much of the western U.S.

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