2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

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All California National Forest Have Been Temporarily Close

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:03 am

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VALLEJO, Calif., September 9, 2020—Due to unprecedented and historic fire conditions throughout the state, the USDA Forest Service Pacific Southwest Region is announcing a temporary closure of an additional ten National Forests, meaning all eighteen National Forests in California are now closed. The closure of the additional ten forests will be effective at 5:00 pm today. These additional forests include the Eldorado National Forest, Klamath National Forest, Lassen National Forest, Mendocino National Forest, Modoc National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, Plumas National Forest, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, Tahoe National Forest, and Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. This decision will be re-evaluated daily as conditions change.

We had closed eight National Forests on Monday evening, Sept. 7, 2020. Explosive growth of fires throughout California during the day and late evening of Sept. 8th led to this updated decision.

“The number of large fires and extreme fire behavior we are seeing across the State is historic," said Regional Forester Randy Moore. "These temporary closures are necessary to protect the public and our firefighters, and we will keep them in place until conditions improve and we are confident that National Forest visitors can recreate safely. I ask all Californians and visitors to take these closures and evacuations seriously for their own safety and to allow our firefighters to focus on the mission of safely suppressing these fires."

The Forest Service thanks our partners and the public for their cooperation and understanding of this monumental fire threat. It is critical that all Californians and national forest visitors follow these important closures and restrictions for their own safety and the safety of our firefighters. Citizens with specific questions within their area may call their local forests for more information.

The Forest Service manages 18 National Forests in the Pacific Southwest Region, which encompasses over 20 million acres across California, and assists forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands. National forests supply 50 percent of the water in California and form the watershed of most major aqueducts and more than 2,400 reservoirs throughout the state. For more information, visit www.fs.usda.gov/R5.


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Creek Fire Update 9/10

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:09 am

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by michaelzim » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:01 pm

First up...a big Thank You! to @maverick for such consistent and continued info here.

Next up is a website that had somehow never shown up on my webcam searches trying to see what was going on re smoke, fires, sky conditions, etc. I came across it c/o a local online emergency information article but see that Maverick is using it in this thread. I did an HST search for it and came up with nothing, so here it is - as is by far the best for what I have been trying to find...No more piecemeal putting together funky webcam links from numerous sources!

http://www.alertwildfire.org/

What shows up first is a map of the West and you can click on where you want to go. However, it took a while to find out how to know where the various webcams were as nearly all the names were new to me.
So first, on the initial map, click the triple box-top icon at top right and click "Cameras" and "View Field", etc. They will then show up on the map as a dot. Click on that and it will give you the name of the location, but not the camera shot - yet. You then go to the top left of the page and click on the triple-horizontal-lines icon to get "Regions". Choose where you want and click - then the pictures show up at the "arrows" on the map at right side = the cameras. Once again, you can click the top right triple box-top icon for settings.
Move the map around or zoom to shift locations. Once at the actual picture from a webcam picture you can time-lapse, expand size, zoom in on the photo itself, etc., etc.

A very useful site! ~ MIchaelzim

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:07 pm

First up...a big Thank You! to @maverick for such consistent and continued info here.
:thumbsup:

Next up is a website that had somehow never shown up on my webcam searches trying to see what was going on re smoke, fires, sky conditions, etc. I came across it c/o a local online emergency information article but see that Maverick is using it in this thread.
Here you go Michael: https://www.sierracamnetwork.com
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Sierra Webcams 9/10

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:20 pm

Some areas are a little better today:
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Dinkey Lakes (Update, it is called the Bulldog Fire)

Post by maverick » Thu Sep 10, 2020 2:00 pm

A rouge outbreak from the Cliff Fire seems to have started 9/9 according to the Caltopo Map, between Courtright and Dinkey Lakes, and the fires outer perimeter has reached the small lake just southeast of Cliff Lake. :(
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by aaron_in_sf » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:38 pm

Quietly popping up just to say that if/when Mono Hot Springs and/or VVR and/or MTR get burned out by the Creek Fire,

I may not emotionally recover.

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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by mort » Thu Sep 10, 2020 4:51 pm

Cressmans, Tuesday
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Re: 2020 Fire/Smoke Impact Reports

Post by maverick » Fri Sep 11, 2020 8:30 am

This is a fire/smoke reporting thread, keep it that way! Off topic post have been deleted, future off topic posts will also be deleted.
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Creek Fire Update 9/11

Post by maverick » Fri Sep 11, 2020 11:23 am

Some progress is being made containing the fire, great job fire fighters!!!! =D>

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