‘Very Good Progress’ on Signboard Fire

Signboard 17Press release from Six Rivers National Forest:

Yesterday, there was very minimal activity with fire growth mainly occurring on the northeast side. Last night’s infrared flight showed a reduction in overall heat intensity of the fire; scattered heat now is visible throughout the 75-acre fire. Some smoke may still be visible from the Highway 96 corridor, north of Willow Creek and into the Hoopa Valley.

Fire personnel have made very good progress with suppression efforts. c Handline on the west side, from the dozer line down to Horse Linto Creek, is tied in; the east line should be completed today. Other operations on the east side include securing line and mopping up along the upper portion of Road 8N03. Aerial support from one helicopter is still available.

With the reduced heat intensity and activity of the fire, plus the rain events anticipated for the middle of next week, some resources have already been released and more are expected in the next several days. The two incident commanders managing the fire in unified command anticipate placing the fire in patrol status on Monday.

Fire priorities continue to be focused on firefighter and public safety, protecting economic, natural, cultural and heritage resources, and property improvements and infrastructure. Objectives are to keep the fire east of Horse Linto Road, south of Tish Tang Ridge, west of Signboard Trailhead 7N09, and north of Horse Linto Creek.

According to Rod Mendes, Hoopa Tribe/Fire Dept. Unified Incident Commander, “Working with the Forest Service in unified command shows both agencies are able to successfully work together to achieve a common goal. It’s great for the Tribe to have this direct interaction with the Six Rivers National Forest staff and leadership.”

“This has been a great opportunity to strengthen our working relationships with Tribal leadership and the Hoopa Fire Department,” said Forest Service Unified Incident Commander Paul Johnson of the Six Rivers National Forest.Signboard 17

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  • Protect the town of Hoopa, yes, but otherwise let it burn… Humidity is up, temperature is down, and rain is on the way. The only way we are going to prevent these mega fires is by getting some nice natural fire breaks. There’s nothing in the Horse Linto drainage besides a few illegal grows. Dozer lines don’t stop crown fires. We need some common sense in Calfire, but they really don’t seem to learn from their mistakes.

    • “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas it’s the best time of the year” man what a scrooge you are.

      • Are you happy with the 100+ lives, the 10000 structures we’ve lost this year and the billions in debt we’ve incurred because of poor fire management?

    • Cal Fire isn’t on this.

      • Thank you agian Kym he didn’t seem to understand it was alot of people banning together to fight the tail end of this thing.

        • Then explain. I want to know because I see comments about letting stuff burn or doing controlled burns that I find scary. But I realize I simply don’t have the expertise to know if these are good or bad things. The fire simply escaping beyond the proposed lines seems to make it a bad thing to me.

          • There is really no explanation from the other side of the argument. Every scientist who has studied fire ecology/management (myself one of them) knows that we need more prescribed burning and to let some fires burn out to reduce the fuel load and prevent these mega fires. Calfire, and just about every other woodland fire agency in the US have taken a stance of fire suppression at all costs. While it’s great in the short term, it really comes back to bite us when fires like the Carr fire come raging down the 299 and are burning areas that hadn’t burned in 100 years. There was so much unburned ‘fuel’ (old dead trees and brush) that there was no way to stop the fire. Naturally, the fire cycle would burn these areas once every 10-20 years, depending on the type of terrain, and reduce the intensity of subsequent fires to a manageable point. A couple of prescribed fires have gotten out of hand and burned structures, creating a liability issue for Calfire, which has made their lives harder, but the costs of these don’t begin to near the costs of mega fires like the Camp and Carr fire.

            If you’re interested, read up on crown fires vs surface fires. Surface fires are natural and a very healthy thing for our environment, while crown fires are not. The Carr fire and camp fire have are/were crown fires. The signboard fire is a surface fire, and based on the wind, temperature, forecasted rain and now-established firebreaks, has no real potential to grow into Hoopa. They should let it burn to the East where it will put itself out in short order, while simultaneously creating a nice firebreak for the next time a fire comes raging through town during the dry season.

      • I did misspeak on that, apologies. Regardless of who is fighting it, there is minimal sense in any agency taking a policy of 100% fire suppression.

  • This is just a quick video showing a blockage in the jet stream, preventing rain from reaching California. This blockage APPEARS to be closely related to the Pillar Point US Air Force Station, just south of San Francisco. You folks in California can shut down these drought machines, by going to Mavericks Beach, noting when the big transmitter …
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cr99pXaPtk 17 mins. September 27

    • That was fascinating thanks for posting!
      Uncanny that they built it on a beach named Maverick.
      Some say there are no such things as “coincidences”.

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