[UPDATE 8:38 p.m.] Vegetation Fire North of Shelter Cove
According to scanner traffic, a vegetation fire has been reported in the Horse Mountain/Saddle Mountain area north of Shelter Cove. Cal Fire, Briceland Fire and Shelter Cove Fire are responding but the area is quite remote. It will take some time for engines to access the area.
“A good size column is visible,” says Capt. Diana Totten with the Briceland crew over the scanner about 7:45 a.m. She indicates that at least one dozer is headed in to the area.
UPDATE 8:01 a.m.: Capt. Totten tells dispatch that the fire is about 5 acres already. She says it is burning in timber and is midslope burning uphill but there is not much wind.
UPDATE 8:06 a.m.: Totten says, “I don’t believe we’ll be able to get engines into the fire at this time.”
UPDATE 8:16 a.m.: Totten, who is the incident commander for the Horse Fire, says that the fire now looks to be 10 acres with “active torching” (that means trees are bursting into flames.) Engines are staging at the Horse Mountain Creek Trailhead. Larger equipment including the biggest engines are staging at the intersection of Kings Peak Road and Shelter Cove Road. This is a terrain and fuel driven fire, Totten says.
UPDATE 8:31 a.m.: Photo from Jeramias Deselva
UPDATE 9:02 a.m.: Scanner talk states that there are no structures threatened and there is the potential for a 100 acre fire.
UPDATE 10:29 a.m.:
UPDATE 2:10 p.m.: According to Laura Coleman from Cal Fire, the fire is holding at 15 acres. No homes are currently threatened. She also wrote, “I don’t believe they have closed the bike trail but they have contacted hikers for information on first site of fire, doesn’t appear to be anyone in the area of the fire.
UPDATE 4:02 p.m.: KMUD does interview with local resident.
UPDATE 7:23 p.m.:
UPDATE 8:38 p.m.: