Saturday, September 8, 2012

Williams Fire 2012 - 09/08/2012

Glendora Mountain Road and Glendora Ridge Road closed to non-fire personnel for the weekend. A Forest Ranger spoke to us and stated this was a new development as of 11:00 am.

 The scorched earth is black with streaks of lighter coloring. Reminders of chemicals dropped to squelch the active flames. The burn area covers the middle range of the mountain. The grey streaks on top of the blackened earth stand out along the ridge. The normal road carve outs will lead your eye up the mountain side. This is the most eastern portion of the burn area. The area extends to the far left. The East Fork Road is the most impacted. The small hill in front has growing vegetation untouched by the flames. Some ridges survive with their ground cover in tact. Helicopters monitor the site from above. It is hot and the winds blow. There is another eight weeks of summer weather to ride out before the promise of cooler temperatures. Click on the image to get the a more detailed view.

I looked through my panoramas and this one shows the same area dark and green on April 26, 2009:

As of 7:00 am

Current Situation

Total Personnel603
Size4,180 acres
Percent Contained78%
Estimated Containment DateThursday September 13th, 2012 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels InvolvedMedium to Heavy Brush. Mostly Chaparral, brush and mixed conifers. Fuels are approximately 15 to 20 years old.
Fire BehaviorLittle to no open flame was observed over night but several areas of heat are still smoldering. Role out and snags continue to be a concern.
Significant EventsCrews have been very successful in line construction, given the topography in which they are working in. The evacuation order for the campgrounds and San Gabriel Canyon are still in effect. Highway 39 remains closed. Resources include 0 Air Tanker,9 Helicopters, 20 engines,8 dozer, 15 hand crews and 0 water tenders.


Planned ActionsThe northern portion of the fire remains the concentration point for line construction and improvement. The rest of the fire is in patrol, mop-up and rehabilitation status where necessary.

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