Combine acreage for the San Gabriel Complex fire remains the same at 5,339 acres. Fish Fire remains at 4,253 acres and containment now is 88%. Reservoir Fire remains at 1,146 acres and containment is at 96%.
On June 30, Southern California Incident Management Team 3 will demobilize and command will be transferred to the local ANF Type 3 with ANF BC Alex Liau as Incident Commander. The Incident Command Post will be relocated to California Armory Center in Azusa.
337 personnel are currently engaged on these fires including 10 engines, 8 handcrews, 10 water tenders, 7 bulldozers, and 8 helicopters. The remaining segments of fireline are in the final stage of being completed and crews that were “spiked” out are returning. Crews continue suppression repair along the fire and contingency lines. The repairs include stalling water or erosion control ditches called “water bars.” The water bars channel water away from the burned area to help prevent erosion.
A Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team has been ordered for the San Gabriel Complex. BAER is the rapid assessment of burned watersheds to identify imminent post-wildfire threats to human life and safety, property, and critical natural resources or cultural resources on affected lands. Fires result in vegetation, exposure of soil to erosion risks, and increased water runoff that may lead to flooding, increased sediment, debris flows, or damage to critical natural and cultural resources. Highway 39 will re-open at 6:00 p.m. on June 29.
The Reservoir and Fish Fires began on June 20th as separate incidents. The cause of the Reservoir Fire was due to a vehicle crash with a fatality while the cause of the Fish Fire is still under investigation. The fires were burning in fuel that was 7-10 years old with 6-8 foot chaparral and large grass crop. The Reservoir Fire grew that first day to 1,200 acres. The Fish Fire grew to 3,700 acres and threatened homes. Initial concerns were that the two fires would merge into one fire. Fire crews established and provided for structure defense. No homes or structures have been damaged.
For additional San Gabriel Complex Fire Information: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4801/