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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: 6:24 P.M. - 12,407 Acres, with 92% Containment

Basic Information

Current as of 9/13/2017, 6:23:27 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 463
Size 12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 92%
Estimated Containment Date Friday September 15th, 2017 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved 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 Only interior smoldering was noted today while mop-up and fireline suppression repair continued.

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 fully contained.

Tree mortality continues to increase safety risk for personnel engaged on this fire and the public until hazards can be mitigated.

Excess resources continue to be demobilized to appropriately size the incident for the planned transition to Sierra NF Type 3 organization on 9/14/17

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: 7:43 A.M.


There were no fire crews on the fire line last night. 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.

The Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) Team personnel will begin arriving at the incident over the next few days. The BAER program is designed to address emergency situations through its key goals of protecting life, property, and critical natural and cultural resources. BAER teams are staffed by specially trained professionals: hydrologists, soil scientists, engineers, biologists, vegetation specialists, archeologists, and others who rapidly evaluate the burned area and prescribe emergency stabilization treatments.

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 Railroad Fire will transition to a Sierra National Forest Type 3 management organization Thursday morning at 7:00 AM.

The Sierra National Forest Closure Order remains in place for the area impacted by the Railroad Fire.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 Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Update: 7:14 A.M. - 12,407 Acres, with 87% Containment
Current as of 9/13/2017, 7:14:47 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 536
Size 12,407 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 87%
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 there was no operations overnight.

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.

Excess resources continue to be demobilized to appropriately size the incident for the planned transition to Sierra NF Type 3 organization on 9/14/17

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.