2020 Forest Fire Season

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We are already off to a pretty big start of the fire season here in California, so it's time to start a new thread. I'll post stories and articles about fires and PSPS outages as well.

The fire in Loyalton is big news now. It's been burning down towards Reno at a pretty good pace, with evacuations in a couple of towns and two major highways closed. There was even a fire fueled tornado yesterday.

https://whnt.com/weather/valleywx-b...t-tornado-warning-for-the-pyrocumulus-vortex/

With the wind that we have had lately we are looking at some really bad fire dangers this year.
 
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I spoke too soon on the weather thread. We are now getting heavy smoke, probably from the Loyalton fire.
I stinks, but we need to keep the windows open with a fan, to keep the heat down.
 

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https://www.actionnewsnow.com/templates/AMP?contentID=572128521

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS


From the intersection of Red Rock Road and Hwy 295 to the state line


Scott Road on the north side of Hwy 70


From the intersection of Hwy 49 and 70 east to Hwy 70 and Hwy 395.


ROAD CLOSURES


Hwy 70 is closed from Hwy 49 to 395. Highway 395 is now open for escorted traffic. Travelers should be very cautious because there are many first responders working in the area.


Authorities say that people need to stay out of the evacuated area. Evacuees needing shelter can call the Lassen County Emergency Shelter at (530) 250-9088.
 
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Wow, really heavy smoke now over Reno. Visibility is less than a mile.
 

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The winds changed?

I heard they were talking about evacuations in State Line, so it's not far from you at all.
 
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Loyalton is about 50-70 miles northwest of us. The winds are not strong and mostly pointing northeast.
Don't ask me how the smoke is getting to use here in Reno, but it sure is. Probably due to different wind direction at different altitudes.
The main freeway, H395 is closed going north into Cali.
I can't find any good aerial photos of where the smoke is going.

Still no reports on how contained the fire actually is, at this point.
 

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We had a thunder storm roll through last night, and it started sever fires. They are evacuating homes on the opposite side of town right now.

I'm freaking out. I spent all morning double checking the fire preps and bug out gear. We are ready to go, either way.
 
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Good luck. Stay safe and keep us advised.
 

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It's real windy too. I'm surprised they haven't shut the power off yet.
 
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You know, I wonder what the yearly California wild fire season carbon footprint would be if they let folks do brush cutting and such. I suspect it’d be less but you know how the Left thinks ...

One lesson learned after the Yellowstone fires was the “Only you can prevent Forest Fires” helped contribute to the failure to allow proper brush, under brush, and tree density management. This left huge amounts of biomass available to nearly burn Yellowstone and surrounding towns down.
 

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You know, I wonder what the yearly California wild fire season carbon footprint would be if they let folks do brush cutting and such. I suspect it’d be less but you know how the Left thinks ...

One lesson learned after the Yellowstone fires was the “Only you can prevent Forest Fires” helped contribute to the failure to allow proper brush, under brush, and tree density management. This left huge amounts of biomass available to nearly burn Yellowstone and surrounding towns down.
Yes, it has become painfully obvious at this point that the spotted owl debacle had caused most of the issues we are having now. That coupled with overpopulation by people from the city who refuse to do any kind of brush clearing or outside work at all and we have a big problem.
 
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You haven’t lived till you’re driving on burnt pasture and realizing your brush truck is doing 40 mph and you’re NOT catching up to the fire front. That one in W Texas got IIRC around 120 sections before the wind died down.

Just before the wind changed they said it was 80% contained at + or - 15 sections.

Fun. This was on the mid-70’s before the State got into the mix on wildfires. After that resources became available.

44,000 acres is just slightly less than 70 sections ( square miles ). I hope the wind dies down out there.
 

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The problem is the fire makes it's own wind, even tornadoes. It can be downright scary to watch.
 

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Power is out to the whole town now. The fire is moving away from our house, but the smoke and lack of power are unnerving. Good thing I topped the preps up.
 

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When are they going to learn? If we don't start a serious fuel reduction program this is to happen over and over again until nature does it for us.

Defensible space and private fire protection assets is all that we can do to protect our own property. The next best thing we can do is have a working bug out plan and preps stored in more than one location.
 
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