#WindComplex | Fires Almost Contained

POST SUMMARY | The Wind Complex Fires are almost fully contained after many tireless efforts by air and ground fire resources over multiple days and nights of intense fire suppression and containment operations.

Here are the latest results of their efforts and our recap for Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

Sacramento Fire crews assisting CAL OES on Engine E8434 (Credit: SFD PIO)

INCIDENT SUMMARY

The Wind Complex is made up of four (4) wildfires:  Cascade Fire, La Porte Fire, McCourtney Fire and the Lobo Fire that started around October 8th and 9th from an unknown cause.

COMPLEX OF FIRES

Cascade Fire started on October 8, 2017, around 2302 hours and is located off of Cascade Way and Marysville Road in the Loma Rica area and north of Collins Lake in Yuba County.  The fire has scorched a total of 9,989 acres but has reached a 98% containment status.

The Lobo Fire also started on October 8, 2017, but would start less than one hour later (2335 hours) near the Lone Lobo Trail and near Rough and Ready.  The fire has destroyed 821 acres but is also said to be almost fully contained at 99%.

McCourtney Fire, the third fire would start less than fifteen minutes later at 2349 hours and is located off of McCourtney Road and Hwy 20 in Grass Valley.  This fire has reached a 100% containment with fire crews holding it at a total of 76 acres.

The LaPorte Fire would start not long after the McCourtney Fire off of La Porte Road and Oro Bangor Hwy in Bangor.  This fire would grow to 6,151 acres and is said to be currently holding at a 98% containment status.

RESOURCES

Some fire resources have come from far away to headquartered here locally.  With all of these wildfires, it is great to see them pouring in from other States as well.  We saw some Social Media posts from the Spokane County Fire District 8 and 6 along with Spokane Firefighters, Reno Fire Department, as well as Sacramento Fire.

Nice job, firefighters and thank you for your service, dedication and hard work!

Spokane County Fire District #8 and Spokane Firefighters leave for CA Wildfires. (Credit: SCFD8)

TOTAL STATS

While firefighters worked day in and night out, there were some serious damage and destruction reports.  There was also an announcement of casualties and a reported injury.

We thank you for your amazing internal fight to keep going and working so hard in conditions that seem so impossible, but your tireless efforts are not going unnoticed and you are making progress.

All-in-all, there have been 17,037 acres burned but crews have reached an overall 99% containment status.

Currently, there are still 632 personnel along with 38 engines, 11 water tenders, three helicopters, 15 hand crews and four bulldozers.

South Placer OES and TF 4801 heading to CA Wildfires. (Credit: South Placer Fire)

The fires have destroyed 203 homes, 194 outbuildings and one commercial building for a total of 398 structures.  Six homes and 10 outbuildings for a total of 16 structures were considered damaged.

One injury was reported.  It was unknown if it was a civilian or firefighter injury. Their condition is unknown at the time of posting.

We are very sad to report there were four people who were killed by this wildfire.  We send our sincere sympathies to their families, communities and those whom have been or still being affected by these senseless tragedies. – Ed.

FIREFIGHTERS, “We know you all have been pushed to your limits both physically and emotionally.  We also know how these events can weigh heavily on you.

FIREFIGHTERS, if your Department does not provide CISD briefings, please reach out to your local Pastor, Fire Chaplain or to https://www.safecallnow.org/ (this organization has those who know exactly what you are going through and are available confidentially 24/7/365)

(c) 2017 The CA Fire Report – 10/17/2017 @ 2140 hours PDT

 

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