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Willow Fire incident update

INCIDENT UPDATED 1:38 HRS. AGO

Approximate Location

37.282 latitude, -119.502 longitude

Incident Overview

The Willow fire continued to grow and is estimated to be 1,521 acres. It began at 2:30 pm on July 25, 2015 in the Sierra National Forest. It started near Road 274 between Central Camp Road and Willow Canyon Drive. The fire is burning through a mix of tall grass, brush, and timber; and the area has a heavy concentration of fallen dead trees from past fires, drought, and beetle kill. Short range spotting and active burning has been observed and expected to continue as temperatures rise. Crews and engines have made positive progress on the ground, and have been supported with air resources. A very large airtanker (VLAT), two more airtankers, and five helicopters are currently assigned to the incident. Road 274 and most adjacent roads near Central Camp are closed. Gaggs and Whiskers campgrounds have been evacuated and closed. There are 450 structures currently threatened by the fire. Residents of Central Camp have been placed under mandatory evacuation and additional evacuation advisories have been issued in the Cascadel Woods. The Willow Fire is currently 5% contained, and an estimated 785 personnel have been ordered to fight the blaze.

Basic Information

Current as of: 7/27/2015, 7:00 p.m.

Incident Type: Wildfire

Cause:Under Investigation

Date of Origin: Saturday July 25th, 2015 approx. 2:30 p.m.

Incident Description: Wildfire

Current Situation

Total Personnel: 785

Size: 1,521 Acres

Percent of Perimeter Contained: 5%

Fuels Involved: Timber, Chaparral, Tall grass.

Current Weather

High pressure ridge is expected in the area of the fire Tuesday, which will bring much warmer temperatures. Localized down canyon winds in the Willow Creek Drainage will push the fire at night.

--Sierra National Forest

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