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Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Sep 10, 2014 - 07:58pm PT
I'm doing fire prevention patrol every Friday for ten hours OT for PG&E until we're out of the woods for my new job. Mostly North Sacramento Valley; Burney to Igo, Chester to Chico and Oroville to Elk Creek. I love my new job.
Bluebird sky today in Lassen at my non union lunch break. The forest h...
Bluebird sky today in Lassen at my non union lunch break. The forest here is in the devastated area in Lassen; where mud flows wiped out everything almost 100 years ago. These trees are 98 years old.
Credit: Timid TopRope
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 11, 2014 - 09:35am PT
My South Skyline Firesafe Council project is getting major funding from PG&E.
A short history:
A few years ago 2 or 3 major fires were set off by power line faults. I mean big fires. Including at least one up in Tad/Timid's area.
Jump to 2011 - 2013 California budget crisis and reduced funding for CalFire. Including cutting back summer staffing at the stations.
Late 2013 Guv Brown suddenly has a budget surplus.
Plus we get the drought.

Late 2013, thinking ahead, Brown moves significant funds to CalFire to hold summer staffing levels beyond the usual Oct 30 cutoff. (CalFire adds summer staff to all fire stations, usually from April 30 - Oct 30)
Summer staffing maintained through Jan 30, 2014 at least here in the SCruz Mtns.
Then summer staff brought back on April 1 instead of May 1.

Brown then also gives major $$ to the electrical utilities, PG& , SCE etc specifically to reduce vegetation beneath "transmission" lines. I think that means everything over about 10kilovolt. PG&E hires district fire funds managers and one starts coming to our meetings. Money in his pockets.
So PG&E is committing $24K to our Firesafe Council as we're getting pretty good at running these projects.
We've got 2 CalFire inmate crews clearing ground level vegetation, PG&E clearing the trees around the lines, CalTrans traffic control and chipping and our trained crew sponsors on the job every day on Skyline Blvd. After 6 miles on Skyline we'll move on to clearing more old fire roads in the SCruz mtns and another 3 miles in Castle Rock State Park. Believe it or not, the hardest part has been getting traffic control from CalTrans. Commercial traffic control companies get several hundred $ per day for the same service.

As a non-profit firesafe council we pay CalFire $200 per day per crew. We've already spent $7K on crews and we're about 1/3 done. Pretty much on budget so far.
BEFORE:
Two CDCR inmate crews down from Trinity River camp. First time in a fe...
Two CDCR inmate crews down from Trinity River camp. First time in a few weeks they haven't been working fire lines. Our Ben Lomond camp crews are out on fires.
Credit: HighTraverse

AFTER:
CDCR sawyer tending to his saw chain.
CDCR sawyer tending to his saw chain.
Credit: HighTraverse

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 11, 2014 - 04:30pm PT
Gulch Fire update.
Air tankers been busy today, some evac orders have been lifted.

Our home is under the approach pattern for the Interagency Air Strike ...
Our home is under the approach pattern for the Interagency Air Strike Base.
Credit: T Hocking

I'd dig going for a ride with one of the tanker pilots.
I'd dig going for a ride with one of the tanker pilots.
Credit: T Hocking

Name: Gulch Fire
County: Shasta County
Location: On Backbone Ridge, east of Bella Vista, 15 miles northeast of Redding
Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Shasta-Trinity Unit
Acres Burned - Containment 1,200 acres - 15% contained
Date Started: September 10, 2014 12:30 am
Last update: September 11, 2014 12:15 pm
Phone Numbers (530) 225-2510 (Gulch Fire Information)

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 12:29pm PT
#BlackFire in Mendocino county started yesterday PM. It's just N of Lake Mendocino in the Potter Valley area.
Several engines from San Mateo/Santa Cruz/Santa Clara counties formed up a strike team last night.
CalFire must have been really worried about this one.
Of course when a fire starts late in the day, the available time for air assets is limited.

Two of their engines and a pickup got cooked last night.
Both photos from Ukiah Daily Journal
Credit: HighTraverse
Credit: HighTraverse
Currently only about 150 acres.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Sep 14, 2014 - 01:32pm PT
Appreciation for the work that firefighters do. This was in Portugal, but still...

And appreciation of the risk. There's another video of a crash where the pilot died while filling from a pool.







HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 01:37pm PT
I can't say for CalFire overall but I noticed this year that the local helitack chopper (an upgraded Huey) now has a snorkel pump and under belly tank in place of the baggy bucket it's had for years.

It likely takes a little longer to fill the tank but I'm sure it's much safer since the chopper can lift without the drag of the bag. Possibly it also is more accurate on the drop.
Next time I see the local Chief (saw him yesterday at a memorial service) I'll ask.
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Sep 14, 2014 - 01:41pm PT
Cal Fire pilot appreciation:

HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 01:47pm PT
George Johnson, 61 years old.
stalwart volunteer firefighter for 32 years
friend
neighbor
great father
a pillar of knowledge and strength at a fire or road accident.
George died on Sept 5 after a 6 month bout with pancreatic cancer.
He spent the last months of his life with friends and family getting his affairs in order.
George remained active in our Firesafe Council until 2 months ago.
His memorial yesterday. Dozens of neighbors and family, a dozen or so local volunteer and CalFire firefighters paid their respects.
One son is a CalFire firefighter in the Sierra foothills.
His other son is a forest planner for USFS in Oregon.
His daughter April is a cancer survivor and has been his comfort and advocate through his journey.
This is her memorial to George
http://aprilandjoseph.typepad.com/my_weblog/2014/09/a-daughter-pens-her-dads-obituary-george-herbert-johnson-ghj-tree-farm.html
RIP George
you will leave a void in the neighborhood.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 02:09pm PT
Our local ALMA helitack copter 106 at work with the new snorkel two years ago.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXewVxKIkYc
this just in

climber
north fork
Sep 14, 2014 - 03:01pm PT
Credit: this just in
Yeah another one. This is the view of Goat Mountain from North Fork. Guess it's getting close to Bass Lake.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Sep 14, 2014 - 03:08pm PT
hey there say, khanom, are you able to post a map area, showing the newest oakhurst fire, please, when you get a chance, :)
i can also, look, but this faster internet, still seems to staul out, a few times and disconnect... :(

i think, too, it is the moving/animated ads, at some sites, that does some of this, or my browser?

thanks for any map, there... :)
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 04:43pm PT
The King Fire North and East of Pollock Pines has exploded to 2000 acres as of 25 mins ago.
This one's looking Really Nasty.
Smoke spreading all the way to Truckee/Tahoe/Reno
Photos here
https://twitter.com/search?q=%23KingFire&src=hash&mode=photos

From Truckee Meadows Fire
Smoke in Washoe County is coming from the King Fire in Pollock Pines, California. #KingFire @CAL_FIRE
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 04:48pm PT
George's son is most certainly on the Courtney fire above Oakhurst.
You go Dale! and stay safe.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 14, 2014 - 04:53pm PT
Way smoky in Truckee, as of about 1/2 hour ago. Came in so thick and sudden I was wondering if it was local.
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
Sep 14, 2014 - 04:57pm PT
Oh, yeah, smokey as hell here in Reno right now. Didn't notice till this thread prompted me to peek outdoors, I have been stranded on baby duty today.
bergbryce

climber
East Bay, CA
Sep 14, 2014 - 05:05pm PT
King fire popped up to 2k that fast? Wow.
Good luck men and women dealing with this one.
Norwegian

Trad climber
dancin on the tip of god's middle finger
Sep 14, 2014 - 05:10pm PT
the kings fire is raging in a steep,
over grown canyon
with lots of development
on the rim.

kinda worst case

containment was at 10 percent,
now down to zero perecent contained.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 05:14pm PT
From the Twitter feed, the Courtney Fire (east of Oakhurst) also appears to be blowing up.
USFS has been called in. They are attempting to get the choppers out of the way for big fixed wing tankers.
Major evacuations along rte 426, 222 and 274 (Miller Landing)
It's right on the S shore of Bass Lake now.
HighTraverse

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2014 - 05:35pm PT
Bloody Hell!!!
Coulterville fire too?
No one's even talking about that little campfire.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 14, 2014 - 05:44pm PT
All shot around 5:20 p.m.

Courtney fire.
Courtney fire.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
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