Antelope Complex Fire Update for Tuesday July 10, 2007
Rapid growth continued yesterday on the Antelope Complex, fueled by unseasonably high temperatures and low humidity. Active burning created smoke plume visible throughout the area. The fire is estimated to be 22,366 acres and 21 percent contained.
A forest closure remains in effect for an approximately 60 square mile perimeter around Antelope Lake to ensure public safety. As of 6:00 p.m. Saturday July 7, a California Type 1 Management Team under Incident Commander Jeanne Pincha-Tulley assumed control of the Antelope Complex Wildland Fire in support of the Plumas National Forest. Spotting over containment lines has proven to be the most significant challenge.
Campers that left equipment at evacuated campsites around Antelope Lake as well as evacuated residents in the Hungry Creek, Frank Valley, Taylor Lake, and Wilcox Valley will also be permitted into the fire area at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday unless fire behavior becomes prohibitive. They will be escorted by CHP from the checkpoint on Genesee-Antelope Lake Road to campsites and residences for the immediate retrieval of personal property. Affected members of the public should call (530) 283-7882 or (530) 283-7883 for more information.
Statistics: Acres - 22,366
Containment - 21 percent
Personnel - 1,487
Helicopters - 9 Crews
112 Dozers - 14
Outlook - Weather is predicted to be hot and dry with thunder storms predicted Monday and Tuesday. Extremely dry fuels are significantly affecting fire behavior.
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