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September 12, 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: 7:57 P.M. - 12,407 Acres, with 83% Containment
Current as of 9/12/2017, 7:57:04 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 536
Size 12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 83%
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 and Smoldering

No significant fire behavior or events to report today as mop-up and fireline suppression repair continued throughout the incident today.

Outlook

Planned Actions No night shift operations are planned for the incident.

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 90% contained.

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 Cooling and good overnight recovery will continue for several days.



Update: 7:50 A.M.

There were no fire crews on the fire line last night.Thunderstorms brought about a quarter inch of rain over the fire area overnight. Today fire crews will continue with mop up operations to extinguish hot spots near the fire perimeter. 

Fire crews will also continue with 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.

The Sierra National Forest has issued a Forest Closure Order for the area impacted by the Railroad Fire. The purpose of this closure is to provide safety for the public and for the firefighters who are engaged in the fire suppression and suppression repair efforts within the Railroad Fire Closure Area.This restriction is necessary for the purpose of ensuring public safety until the wildfire can be managed to protect the public. Closure of the fire area is necessary to help ensure that no one is injured within or near the active fire perimeter. All National Forest System roads and trails, within the active fire perimeter will be closed due to fire suppression and suppression repair activities that create a hazard to the public which includes the falling of hazard trees that were weakened by fire and the construction and maintenance of fuel breaks. This closure will remain in effect until the fire is declared out. The full Forest Closure Order and map can be viewed at www.fs.usda.gov/sierra/


Update: 
Railroad Fire in Madera and Mariposa Counties Perimeter Map for Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Update: 7:05 A.M. - 12,407 Acres, with 80% Containment

Current as of 9/12/2017, 7:05:44 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 632
Size 12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 80%
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.