Wildfires continue to burn in California, still threatening homes and business in a few cases and always making residents within sight of the fires uneasy. While most residents not already impacted by the fire will likely be okay and not have to face the hardships and hassles of fire damage cleanup, the threat is far from over.
But fall-like conditions are settling into much of California, bringing relief for firefighters and at least a chance of rain and then eventually snow to complete the fire suppression process. Just as with fire damage cleanup, fire suppression is a methodical and often-lengthy process that works well when done according to established procedures.
Here’s an update on the California fire situation as of early September 2015:
The Cabin Fire In Golden Trout Wilderness
A wildfire started by lightning in the Golden Trout Wilderness area of Sequoia National Forest is mostly contained in an area located to the east of Maggie Mountain and involves about 7,000 acres. In this case, no homes or businesses are threatened. Still, crews look diligently for hotspots that could burn across established containment lines.
Many wilderness trails were reopen for the Labor Day weekend, but those in the active fire area remain closed. Continued fire suppression efforts are underway when they can be managed in a way that doesn’t cause further damage to the wilderness. Those planning to visit the Golden Trout Wilderness area anytime in the near future are urged to monitor news reports and call ahead before making the journey because the threat has not passed.
Officials remind those visiting that area that campfires are never allowed in the Sequoia National Forest or the Giant Sequoia National Monument. Gas stoves may be allowed with a permit.
The Fork Complex Fire Near Peanut
The Fork Complex Fire near Peanut is showing greatly reduced activity with efforts now focused on an area of the Chanchelulla Wilderness. Minimum-impact fire containment tactics have the fire almost entirely contained and most of the fire has been suppressed. But more than 67 miles of road were damaged, and only a bit more than 40 miles have been repaired.
Smoke is still visible because of unburned fuel pockets burning out, so patrol and mop-up operations continue. All evacuations and road closures have ended, but many areas of forest are still closed. Open roads may remain hazardous, however, so those returning to the area are urged to exercise caution.
The River Complex Fire
The massive River Complex Fire is about half contained and involves more than 71,000 acres. It burns in the Trinity Alps Wilderness in an area near Dailey Ranch, Hoboken and Denny. This is steep and rugged terrain with damage from previous wildfires. Fortunately, there are no structures currently being threatened by the active portion of the fire. The fire will likely continue to burn to some extent until winter snow puts it out or until the fire line reaches an area where safe fire fighting efforts can be effective.
Elsewhere in the same fire complex, repairs are being made to fire suppression lines and erosion prevention efforts are underway. Equipment is being removed from some areas and trash is being flagged for disposal.
The fire is thought to have started from lightning or other natural causes.
The South Complex Fire
Things are also looking up at the South Complex Fire near Hyampom. Fire crews are patrolling the fire and maintaining existing control lines as they work to repair the damage caused by extensive fire suppression efforts. With things now under control, a large amount of equipment and many unused supplies are being removed from the area. Of the more 124 miles of fire line, about 42 miles of it needs repair. About 38 miles are already being repaired or have been completely repaired.
The best news in the area is that fall-like conditions are settling in over the area with temperatures as much as 15 degrees below where they usually are. High temperatures were expected to be in the low 60s at the highest elevations to perhaps the lower 70s near the base camp of operations. Lower temperatures help firefighters work longer shifts and help make conditions less favorable for the spread of the fire in most cases.
We Can Help If You Were Impacted
It appears that this year’s wildfire season is winding down, but many have already been impacted. Others may still be. At Orange Restoration, we can help you if you’ve been impacted by wildfires or have fire damage from lightning, home accidents or any other cause.
The longer you wait to bring in a professional fire damage restoration company, the worse your problems will become. For the best chance at saving remaining possessions and the undamaged portions of your home’s structure, contact us as soon as possible. Acid in soot and the odor from smoke can quickly permeate your home or your business and cause additional damage.
But we’re here for you. At Orange Restoration, we have the people, the equipment and the expertise for your fire damage restoration project, no matter when you choose to call us. Because we have plenty of labor and the right experience to handle every kind of job correctly, we can do a better, quicker and more satisfactory job than you can do alone. Put your fire damage problems in our hands. It’s a smart decision that will serve you well — and help you get things back to normal as efficiently as possible.
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