Wildfire Update: CA: Mountain Fire 15% contained ~ Alaska: Stuart Creek 2 Fire 57% contained

Posted on July 19, 2013 By

The Riverside County Sheriff in cooperation with Idyllwild Fire Protection District has issued an evacuation notice for the Idyllwild and Fern Valley area.

This evacuation notice also includes the San Jacinto State Park Wilderness, Forest Service Wilderness and Forest Service Campgrounds. The Trails End Community at the very top of Morris Ranch Road is under an Evacuation Notice. This does not include Pine Cove, Mountain Center, and Poppet Flats.

The Mountain Fire started at 1:43 PM on July 15, 2013 near the junction of Highway 243 and Highway 74. It is currently burning east of the Mountain Center and Apple Canyon Areas. It is burning in very steep and rugged terrain in the southern portion of the San Jacinto Wilderness along the Desert Divide.

Firefighters made great progress in rocky terrain and high temperatures today. Winds from the east caused fire to spread in multiple directions. The fire was held at the ridge by fire crews and aircraft. Two MAFFs (Mobile Airborne Fire Fighting System) units have been deployed to great effect.

MountainFire-NightFirefighters Took Advantage During The Night To Directly Attack The South Flank Of The Mountain Fire. Credit: USFS-Sam Wu

Tonight, firefighters plan to take advantage of cooler temperatures by continuing to strengthen and build upon containment lines. The fire remains active in the north above Idyllwild and south near Trails End. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and Mount San Jacinto State Park are currently closed because of unhealthy air quality.

NorthPole-AlaskaThe Stuart Creek #2 Fire at 85,475 acres, is burning 25 miles from North Pole.

FirePlume-Stuart#2-AlaskaAlaska Incident Management Team will assume command later today. Yesterday, fire activity decreased as cooler temperatures and higher humidity were over the fire area. Firefighters and air resources were effective in keeping the spot fires in Marten Creek in check. The spot fire south of Marten Creek was held at approximately 29 acres. The spot fire north of Marten Creek is estimated at 100 acres .

At right: smoke plume from the Stuart Creek #2 Fire.

There is approximately another mile of hand line to be constructed on the spot north of Marten Creek. There were some isolated flare-ups in the interior of the fire area. Firefighters will continue to construct direct hand line as well as mop-up hot spots along fire lines and secure the fire’s edge. Efforts to hold the two spot fires at the mouth of Marten Creek will continue today. Air resources are available to assist ground forces as conditions allow. Perimeter growth is projected to to the east and northeast.

Fire Behavior and Smoke: Fire spread is predicted to be toward the east and northeast. There will be isolated pockets that flare-up in the interior of the fire.

National Interagency Fire Center Preparedness Level: 2

National Weather Service 3-8 Day Fire Weather Outlook Issued on Jul 18, 2013

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