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The October Fire Siege 2007. California DPA. Of California’s 100 million acres approximately: 1/3 Federal 1/3 State 1/3 Local. The Conditions 10~20~2007 – 10~22~2007. Santa Ana Wind Event Sustained wind speeds – 40-60 MPH Wind gusts – up to 100 MPH

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california dpa
California DPA
  • Of California’s 100 million acres approximately:
  • 1/3 Federal
  • 1/3 State
  • 1/3 Local
the conditions 10 20 2007 10 22 2007
The Conditions10~20~2007 – 10~22~2007

Santa Ana Wind Event

Sustained wind speeds – 40-60 MPH

Wind gusts – up to 100 MPH

Fuel moistures dropped to single digits – 9%-12%

Conditions following years of low precipitation

A Hazardous Fuels Advisory had been issued by both the Forest Service and CalFire due to dead and dying trees and brush from frost kill, disease, and insect infestation

fire chronology 10 20 2007
Fire Chronology10~20~2007

Ranch Fire – LA County – 2142 Hrs

fire chronology cont 10 21 2007
Fire Chronology (cont...)10~21~2007
  • Canyon Fire – LA County – 0455 Hrs
  • Sedgewick Fire – Los Padres National Forest – 0600 Hrs
  • Harris Fire – San Diego County – 0930 Hrs
  • October Fire – LA County – 0947 Hrs
  • Witch Fire – San Diego County – 1235 Hrs
  • Buckweed Fire – LA County – 1255 Hrs
  • Nightsky Fire – Ventura County – 1430 Hrs
  • Roca Fire – Riverside County – 1552 Hrs
  • Santiago Fire – Orange County – 1755 Hrs
  • McCoy Fire – Cleveland National Forest – 2337 Hrs
fire chronology cont 10 22 2007
Fire Chronology (cont...)10~22~2007
  • Cajon Fire – San Bernardino County – 0000 Hrs
  • Grass Valley – San Bernardino National Forest – 0000 Hrs
  • Coronado Hills Fire – SMC – 0146 Hrs
  • Slide Fire – San Bernardino National Forest– 0802 Hrs
  • Rice Fire – San Diego County – 0416 Hrs
  • Walker Fire – ONT – 1000 Hrs
  • Magic Fire – LA County – 1417 Hrs
  • Rosa Fire – Riverside County – 2310 Hrs
fire chronology cont 10 23 2007
Fire Chronology (cont...)10~23~2007
  • Martin Ranch Fire – San Bernardino County – 0103 Hrs
  • Poomacha Fire – San Diego County – 0313 Hrs
  • Ammo Fire – Camp Pendleton - 0920
initial attack success
Initial Attack Success

In addition to the large fires between Oct 20th -25th, there were 251 vegetation fires started in the GACC that were caught on initial attack.

Southern 4 National Forests: 6

Riverside: 51

San Bernardino: 30

Orange: 49

Los Angeles: 9

San Diego: 45

mobilization and coordination
Mobilization and Coordination

The Southern California GACC mobilized a massive amount of personnel in a short period of time.

They mobilized more than the 6 day 2003 fire siege in about a 2-3 day timeframe.

They also mobilized and utilized more and different types of equipment than in 2003.

Largest mass evacuation in California history.

Worse conditions, but less damage and loss of life than 2003.

statistics
Statistics

Engines: 2,585

Strike Teams/Task Forces: 263

Dozers: 225

Handcrews: 298

Watertenders: 284

Overhead personnel: 1,707

Total firefighters: 15,616