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Modoc July Complex Dominated by Pyro Plumes and Fire Weather


Aug 15, 2017 3:29 pm

Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017.  Two days later the Modoc July Complex Fire had a name and the attention of firefighters up and down the state of California and across the nation.

Covering over 83,000 acres, the Modoc July Complex Fire proved challenging in many ways for fire crews.  Rough terrain and unusual weather patterns kept the over 2,300 firefighters on high alert trying to suppress and contain the fire.  The one overarching factor was the weather: weather created by the fire itself including something called Pyrocumulous.

If you’d like to learn more about the Modoc July Complex fire:

InciWeb

Want to learn more about the pyrocumulus formation:

Time-lapse of Pyrocumulus Formation

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An Inside Look At the Modoc July Complex Fire


Aug 11, 2017 3:07 pm

Lightning activity caused 104 wildfires on the Modoc National Forest beginning July 23, 2017.  Two days later the Modoc July Complex Fire had a name and the attention of firefighters up and down the state of California and across the nation.  

Covering over 83,000 acres, the Modoc July Complex Fire proved challenging in many ways for fire crews.  Rough terrain and unusual weather patterns kept the over 2,300 firefighters on high alert trying to suppress and contain the fire.  

Cal OES spent a week chronicling the efforts both on the fire lines and inside the Command Incident Post to bring you an Inside Look at the Modoc July Complex Fire.   

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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.

 

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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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