From the monthly archives: August 2012

Nearly a dozen wildfires continue to burn across California and over 8,000 firefighters are on the frontlines battling these fires. Above average temperatures coupled with extremely dry conditions are causing fires to burn very actively.


Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are expected over many of the mountains and higher elevations in northern California with dry lightning likely. The potential for lightning-sparked fires will be high.


Firefighters remain prepared and the public is urged to as well. is a great resource for homeowners interested in preparing for wildfires.

Fires of Interest:


**CAL FIRE Incidents**


Buck Fire, Riverside County (more info…)


Sage Rd, Aguanga


* 3,800 acres – 5% contained
* Evacuation order in affect

Vallecito Lightning Complex, San Diego County (more info…)


Throughout Eastern San Diego County


* 9,325 acres – 15% contained
* 5 total fires, 3 of which are 100% contained


* Evacuation orders in effect


Wye Fire, Lake & Colusa Counties (more info…)


Hwy 20, east of Clearlake Oaks


* 7,325 acres – 70% contained
* all evacuations have been lifted


* Hwy 20 open to one-way escorted traffic
* Expected containment Monday, August 20


Mill Fire, Butte County (more info…)


Hwy 32, 10 miles northwest of Butte Meadows


* 1,000 acres – 10% contained

**Federal & Local Fires**
Chips Fire, Plumas County
(more info…)
US Forest Service – Plumas National Forest
20 miles northwest of Quincy
* 42,215 acres – 20% contained


* CAL FIRE is assisting

Reading Fire, Shasta County (more info…)
National Park Service – Lassen Volcanic National Park
14 miles south of Old Station
* 23,958 acres – 23% contained


* CAL FIRE is assisting

Jawbone Complex, Kern County (more info…)
Bureau of Land Management
west of Jawbone Recreation Area, north of Mojave
* 12,191 acres – 45% contained


* CAL FIRE is assisting

Fort Complex, Siskiyou County (more info…)
US Forest Service – Klamath National Forest
10 Miles northwest of Happy Camp
* 3,450 acres – 20% contained

Ramsey Fire, Calaveras County (more info…)
US Forest Service – Stanislaus National Forest
Hwy 4, 11 miles East of Dorrington
* 1,000 acres – 15% contained


* CAL FIRE is assisting

Rush Fire, Lassen County (more info…)
Bureau of Land Management
Southwest of Applegate
* 96,239 acres – 40% contained

Quail Fire, San Bernardino County (more info…)
National Park Service – Joshua Tree National Park
in Juniper Flats, northwest of Keys View
* 275 acres – 60% contained

For the latest on CAL FIRE’s incidents visit or follow us on twitter @CAL_FIRE. For fires burning on federal land visit





California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection

CONTACT: Daniel Berlant, (916) 651-FIRE (3473), on twitter @CALFIRE_PIO
Julie Hutchinson, (951) 377-8380

RELEASE DATE: August 15, 2012


CAL FIRE Issues Statewide Burn Ban
Dry Conditions and Increased Fire ActivityLead to Burning Suspension

  Sacramento – California’s increased fire activity, coupled with the current weather forecast for continued heightened fire danger, has prompted CAL FIRE to suspend all burning permits and open fire within the State Responsibility Area of California. The Burn Ban suspends all residential burn permits, forest management, hazard abatement, and other industrial-type permitted burning within the 31 million acres of State Responsibility Area.

 “Over 8,000 CAL FIRE, local and federal firefighters are on the frontlines of  nearly a dozen major wildfires that are burning across California,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE Director. “With conditions being so dry, we need to take every step possible to prevent new wildfires from starting.”

Campfires within organized campgrounds or on private property are allowed if they are in a designated campfire site that prevents fire from spreading outside the site. The burning suspension will remain in effect until there is a significant change in weather conditions or until the end of fire season.

 The last two years have been relatively light for wildfires due in part to favorable weather patterns, but this year California has experienced an increase in fires statewide. Historically, the fall months are when the largest and most damaging wildfires occur, so CAL FIRE is urging residents to do their part to be fire safe during this critical time and to make sure they have prepared an emergency plan in case a fire threatens their home or family.  


Here are some tips all citizens can use to prevent wildfires:

  • Do Defensible Space clearing before 10 a.m. and never on a hot and windy day.
  • DON’T toss cigarettes out your car window.
  • Don’t pull off into dry grass or brush. Hot exhaust pipes and mufflers can start fires that can’t be seen easily by the driver.
  • Check with local officials for additional fire restrictions. Check with local officials for additional fire restrictions
  • In wildland areas, spark arresters are required on all portable gasoline powered equipment. This includes tractors, chainsaws, weedeaters, mowers, motorcycles and All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
  • Report any suspicious activity. Call the CAL FIRE Arson Hotline: 1-800-468-4408.

 Nearly ninety-five percent of all wildland fires within CAL FIRE’s jurisdiction are human-caused and CAL FIRE is asking the public to do their part in preventing wildfires. For more fire safety tips visit  or the CAL FIRE website at


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that a four-star Army general who was the first head of the new U.S. Africa Command is under investigation and facing demotion for possibly spending hundreds of thousands of dollars improperly on lavish travel, hotels and other items.

Several defense officials said Wednesday that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected soon to decide the fate of Gen. William “Kip” Ward.

Officials said Ward is facing numerous allegations that he allowed unauthorized people, including family members, to fly on government planes, and that he spent excessive amounts of money on hotel rooms, transportation and other expenses. A demotion could cost Ward about $1 million in retirement pay.

A request seeking comment from Ward was not immediately fulfilled.


WASHINGTON – Authorities say an armed man walked into the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday morning and shot a security guard who confronted him in the arm. The guard and others then wrestled him to the ground.

The man was taken into custody by the FBI and was being interviewed. Authorities did not identify the man or disclose where he was being interviewed.

Police and FBI officials said it’s too early to know the circumstances of the shooting, which occurred around 10:45 a.m. at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, or whether it was connected to the group’s activities.

“We don’t know enough yet about him…or mentally what he’s thinking,” said James McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office.

The Family Research Council confirmed in a statement that the security guard was employed by the group.

“Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today,” the group’s president, Tony Perkins, said in a statement.

The Family Research Council advocates conservative positions on social issues and strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion.

Perkins was an outspoken defender of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s public stand against same-same marriage, which made the fast-food chain a flashpoint in the nation’s culture wars. The Cathy family foundation has funded the Family Research Council.

“He’s taking a bold stand,” Perkins said after Cathy’s comments were reported. “Chick-fil-A is a Bible-based, Christian-based business who treats their employees well. They have been attacked in the past about their stand. But they refuse to budge on this matter, and I commend them for what they are doing.”

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