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2003
  • 09/18/2003
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Looks like they may pull off containment on the Loma Fire. That would be soooooo nice. Lots of resources over there to watch for slop over.

Talked with someone tonight and there are more than 1100 firefighters and support staff working on the fire, 22 type 1 crews; 15 type 2 crews; 2 type 1 helicopters; 3type 2 helos; 2 type 3 helos; 20 engines 2 strike teams of engines; 3 bulldozers; 14 water tenders; 235 overhead and 2 camp crews. One ff got heat exhaustion but was cooled off, pumped full of fluids and released.

Goodness, I sound like SoCal CDF giving a report in fire class! If you trace it back, the friend who told me probably got it from the same Plans Section Chief. He said they’re building the last of the containment line and they’re going to burn out about 1000 acres in the middle to wrap it up. Now I can visualize them doing that in that terrain and then I remember our Big Bar fire and how many times the fire rolled out, spotted, or slopped over or blew up and out of containment lines with the wind, sometimes 6 or 7 days after burnout. He said they’re giving it a 40-60% chance. So pray for the right kinds of conditions to give the tactics a chance to actually contain it.

And oh yeah, Taz, he said that they were continuing to find weapons caches and pot gardens. Nearing harvest time, ya know, but never fear, law enforcement is present on the fire line. Bet the sheriffs are just loving having to eat that smoke! NOT!

PS to Taz, cell coverage is spotty. It takes a bag phone powered by a car battery in our valley. Ironside Lookout is a mile above us, almost straight up! m

PSS the photo of the Lewis & Clark HS buggy on Arcata Plaza.

Mellie

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