150 Acre Grape Fire Continues to Expand

Smoke from the Grape Fire

Smoke from the Grape Fire. [Photo from InciWeb]

Press release from the Shasta Trinity National Forest:

50 fire personnel are on the ground ten miles north of Hyampom fighting the 150-acre Grape Fire near the border of the Six Rivers and Shasta-Trinity National Forests.

Due to an increase in fire activity, the Sims Restoration Project area prescribed burn was declared a wildfire. This incident is referred to as the Grape Fire and a local Type 3 incident management organization has assumed command.

The top priority on the Grape Fire is firefighter and public safety. Other priorities include protection of private property, water systems, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) major transmission lines and natural forest stands.

Firefighters are using hand crews and dozers to construct a line around the fire. Air resources are available.

We would like to remind the public that fire engines and personnel will be using County Roads 301 and 311, locally known as Hyampom Road and South Fork Road, to access the fire. For your own safety and the safety of the firefighters, all visitors are being advised to avoid the immediate area.

For updated information regarding this fire, please call (530) 628-0039 or visit the InciWeb Grape Fire information website: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5761.

Date/Time Reported: April 24, 2018 4:59 p.m.
Acres Burned: 150
Cause: Human
Percent Contained: 10%
Area Closures: none
Evacuations: none
Health Advisories: none
Resources
Crews:  5
Engines: 7
Water Tender:  1
Dozers:  2
Total Resources Assigned: 150
Air Resources are available

Grape Fire Map 4/26/18

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9 comments

  • The quote below in the Trinity Journal is how the Public Information Officer tried to spin it earlier today, but look again at the mushroom cloud above, which happened before this was published.

    “The fire is a prescribed burn, but the Six Rivers National Forest acknowledged that warm and dry conditions on Wednesday caused it to expand from the Six Rivers forest into areas of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest earlier than intended. It is all still within the Sims Fire Restoration Project area.”

    We’re talking spin city.

    • Just like the night before when they said all forward progress had been stopped!!! What a load of YES!!! It Is!!!

      • That was someone listening to scanner traffic, not an.official statement. Sometimes a shaky handline will be around a fire, or a hoselay, and a hot cone will roll over tbe line or the wind come up and the fire continues..

        • You’re right that it wasn’t a direct quote from the PIO. That was my bad. Here’s the original spin

          “Warmer and drier weather with normal winds increased the fire behavior within the fire restoration project area,” said Six Rivers Public Affairs Officer Peggy Lawrence. “It moved the prescribed pile burning from unit 1 to 2, 3 and 4.” Units 3 and 4 are on the Shasta-Trinity side and were planned to be burned later.

          “The wind got ahead of us,” Lawrence said.

  • A prescribed burn has run outside the designed perimeter and is now performing its beneficial ecological function over a larger area… If this had happened during July it would be something to worry about.

    • It’s a worry now. Otherwise there would not be crews assigned to try and control it.

    • The problem is that most of the area is in early seral stage due to the fire that went through 14 years ago. The reason for the Sims project is to rehab the site by burning brush piles, leaving residual hardwoods and conifers while also planting conifers. A broadcast burn, which this turned into, so to speak, isn’t the right prescription for what the project plan was trying to accomplish.

  • There’s 150 people on the fire, not 50..

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