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Note: A fire information line has been established for the Railroad Fire- 559-373-0040

September 11, 2017 - The Railroad Fire started August 29, 2017 at approximately 1:00 P.M. West of Highway 41, near the community of Sugar Pine, South of Yosemite National Park and Fish Camp.


Update: 6:09 P.M.

Incident Overview

Summary

Fire line construction was completed last night.Today will continue with mop up operations to extinguish hot spots near the fire perimeter. No spread was observed and only interior smoldering was noted.

Fire crews will begin fire line suppression repair, repairing or improving land damaged during fire suppression and line construction activity. Resource Advisors from the Forest Service have identified the extent of suppression repair needed. Those repairs can vary depending upon the intended use of the affected area after the fire. Resource Advisors identify natural and cultural resources which may have been impacted during the Railroad Fire.

With Highway 41 open, drivers are urged to drive with caution as a large firefighting presence remains along the highway, residential streets and Forest roads. CalTrans does have parking restrictions in place along the highway due to fire crews still preforming suppression repair work.Travelers can expect to see smoke within the fire area as interior islands, and heavy down material smolder.

All evacuation orders have been lifted.

Basic Information

Current as of 9/11/2017, 6:09:17 PM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Tuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Located between communities of Sugar Pine and Fish Camp along State Route 41
Incident Commander Deron Mills, SCSIIMT

Current Situation

Total Personnel 632
Size 12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Litter and Understory., Light Logging Slash. Medium logging slash. The fire continues to burn in high tree mortality areas consisting of Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar resulting in resistance to control and danger to Firefighters. Live fuel moistures in the area are reaching critical levels.

Significant Events Minimal. Creeping. Backing.

Line construction is complete and mop up continues. No spread was observed and only interior smoldering was noted.

Outlook

Planned Actions Hold and improve containment lines. Mop up to the extent necessary to safely prevent escape. Implement fire line suppression repair where necessary.

Projected Incident Activity Fire is not expected to spread in any direction.

Remarks Efforts continue to contain the spot fire west of SR41. The spot fire is currently at 693 acres and is 80% contained.

Caltrans and PG&E continue their restoration efforts daily. Tree mortality continues to increase safety risk for personnel engaged on this fire and the public until hazards can be mitigated.

Of current total area burned: USFS Sierra NF 11,464 acres and Private 943 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Thunderstorm risk in place this week as monsoonal moisture is expected to be drawn toward the Sierra. Warming and drying is expected.


Update: 
Railroad Fire in Madera and Mariposa Counties Perimeter Map for Monday, September 11, 2017


Update: 7:47 A.M. - 12,407 Acres, with 75% Containment
Current as of 9/11/2017, 7:47:06 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Unknown
Date of Origin Tuesday August 29th, 2017 approx. 01:00 PM
Location Located between communities of Sugar Pine and Fish Camp along State Route 41
Incident Commander Deron Mills, SCSIIMT

Current Situation

Total Personnel 811
Size 12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 75%
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved Timber (Litter and Understory., Light Logging Slash. Medium logging slash. The fire continues to burn in high tree mortality areas consisting of Ponderosa Pine and Incense Cedar resulting in resistance to control and danger to Firefighters. Live fuel moistures in the area are reaching critical levels.

Significant Events Minimal. Creeping. Backing.

Line construction is complete and mop up continues. No spread was observed and only interior smoldering was noted.

Outlook

Planned Actions Hold and improve containment lines. Mop up to the extent necessary to safely prevent escape. Implement fire line suppression repair where necessary..

Projected Incident Activity Fire is not expected to spread in any direction.

Remarks Efforts continue to contain the spot fire west of SR41. The spot fire is currently at 706 acres and is 80% contained.

Caltrans and PG&E continue their restoration efforts daily. Tree mortality continues to increase safety risk for personnel engaged on this fire and the public until hazards can be mitigated.

Of current total area burned: USFS Sierra NF 11,464 acres and Private 943 acres.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns Thunderstorm risk in place this week as monsoonal moisture is expected to be drawn toward the Sierra. Warming and drying is expected.