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Pyrocumulus Clouds, The Six P’s and Safety on the Modoc July Complex Fire

Aug 8, 2017 6:25 pm
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Dave Welch is a 24 year veteran of the Rohnert Park Police Department (Department of Public Safety) and has been with Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District in Sonoma County where he’s currently a part time battalion chief. He’s serving as a Type I and Type II safety officer on the Modoc July Complex fire in Modoc County, California.


Cove Fire: Dangerous Roots Burning


Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District

Modoc July Complex on InciWeb

Levels and Types of ICS Management

Type 5: (very small wildland fire only)

  • Initial attack
  • Short duration, seldom lasting into the next burn period
  • Few resources assigned (generally less than 6 people)
  • Little complexity

Type 4

  • Initial attack or first response to an incident
  • IC is “hands on” leader and performs all functions of Operations, Logistics, Planning, and Finance
  • Few resources are used (several individuals or a single strike team)
  • Normally limited to one operational period
  • Does not require a written Incident Action Plan (IAP)
  • Examples: Search & Rescue (SAR), motor vehicle accidents, small fires

Type 3

  • Extended initial attack on wildland fires
  • IC walks the line between a manager and a ‘doer’
  • Resources may vary from several single resources to several task forces or strike teams
  • Some Command/General Staff positions (ie, Division Supervisor, Unit Leader), may be filled
  • May extend into another operational period (12 hours), and require an IAP
  • Examples: Larger SAR’s, law enforcement incidents, special events, technical rescues, fires

Type 2

  • IC spends all time being a manager
  • Most Command and General staff positions are filled
  • Large number of resources utilized
  • Incident extends into multiple operational periods
  • Base camp(s) established
  • Significant logistical support is required
  • Examples: Major fires, VIP visits, lengthy search and rescues, law enforcement incidents, multi-day special events

Type 1

  • All functions are filled, plus leaders, branches etc.
  • Multi-agency and national resources
  • Large number of personnel and equipment are assigned to the incident
  • It is a large, complex incident
  • Examples: A major Incident—hurricanes, very large fires, natural disasters

Dave’s 6 P’s

  1. Proper
  2. Planning
  3. Prevents
  4. Piss
  5. Poor
  6. Performance

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Modoc July Complex in Pictures

Aug 8, 2017 8:00 am

Thunderstorms are a welcome relief when rain is needed for crops, but when the lightning comes without the rain, wildfires often become the result. Such is the case with the Modoc July Complex fire. Lightning hit the ground on July 24th and the fire was born. The Steele and Cove fires were the most threatening in Modoc July Complex. The Cove Fire became plume-dominated which by each evening had generated cloud-to-cloud lightning and increased winds as a result of the intense heat buildup and atmospheric conditions. Extreme fire behavior in the form of fire whirls and spotting caused the fire to further advance southwest towards a pre-established dozer line near County Roads 90 and 87. High temperatures, low relative humidity, and forecasted west winds also allowed the fire to grow to more than 83 thousand … continue reading »

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