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Pine Fire (Ventura County)

Yesterday, firefighters were successful in constructing and holding the line on the east flank of the fire west of the Fishbowls. Today, direct line construction will continue where conditions allow firefighters to work safely. Crews will construct both direct and indirect lines from Pine Mtn. Ridge to Grade Valley Rd. Line construction will continue from the Cedar Creek Trail to Pine Mtn. Ridge. Contingency lines, further away from the active fire, utilizing existing trails and natural barriers where possible will continue to be developed.

Due to the fire being located in the Sespe Wildnerness, A US Forest Service pack string has been brought in to support firefighting operations. Firefighters working on the fireline in the wilderness are also sleeping and eating in that remote location. Each mule will be carrying about 150 pounds of gear, which will be used for restocking the firefighters on the line. The pack string is working out of Piedra Blanca Trailhead in Rose Valley, leaving early in the morning and returning again in the afternoon.

Although in the wilderness, aircraft are crucial in supporting firefighting operations on the Pine Fire. Ten helicopters are available to assist with retardant drops and transporting personnel and supplies in and out of the fire area. 280 personnel from the base camp at Frazier High School will be relocated to a spike camp today to reduce travel time for firefighters, decrease traffic, and increase efficiency.

Flying a drone near a wildfire is prohibited due to Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs) in airspace implemented by the FAA. Remember, If You Fly, We Can’t.

Evacuations There are no mandatory evacuations. There are voluntary evacuations of the Camp Scheideck community. Due to potential fire hazards, Reyes Creek Campground, and the Grade Valley area including Thorne Meadow and Fish Bowls are closed to the public.

Closures Pine Mountain Recreational Area at Highway 33. Reyes Creek Campground near Sheideck. Reyes Creek Trailhead. Piedra Blanca Trailhead. Chorro Grande Trailhead. Grade Valley Road junction at Lockwood Valley Road.


Basic Information

Current as of 7/5/2016, 6:39:53 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Under Investigation
Date of Origin Thursday June 30th, 2016 approx. 08:45 AM
Location Eleven miles north of Ojai in the Sespe Wilderness.
Incident Commander Deron Mills, South Central Sierra IIMT

Current Situation

Total Personnel 665
Size 1,814 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 15%
Fuels Involved Chaparral, brush and timber
Significant Events Fire was moderately active through the night. Ground fire, with occasional uphill runs was observed.


Planned Actions Crews have made good progress in hand line construction. Crews will continue hand line suppression efforts where feasible. Crews will continue indirect line to facilitate suppression strategies. Fire line safety is priority. Logistical support of a spike camp on the east end of the Pine Mt. Ridge near Cedar Creek Trail will be provided by Packstock, and is anticipated to begin today.
Projected Incident Activity 8 to 16 mph winds are predicted to shift to the west northwest later this afternoon. This wind shift could move the fire into fresh unburned fuels. Roll out is still a contributing factor to fire spread.
Remarks Crews and aircraft will continue to work the south flank of the fire in an effort to keep the fire from spreading to the south side of Pine Mt. Ridge. Indirect line construction along the Cedar Creek Trail is making good progress and is nearing Pine Mt. Ridge. Boulder Creek contingency line and grading of the Grade Valley Road have been completed. A spike camp is being scouted out on the east end of Pine Mt. Ridge near Pine Mt. Lodge Campground. Conditions are becoming more favorable for direct attack.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns An upper level trough of low pressure and dry southwest winds aloft will prevail over the area through Thursday. A trough of low pressure is expected to shift east Friday, while high pressure shifts north over the area. A relatively deep marine layer is expected to persist near shore as a moderate onshore pressure gradient develops each afternoon. Temperatures will differ each day by, plus or minus, 1 or 2 degrees and likely continue 2 degrees below normal inland and 5 to 10 degrees below normal at the coast and valleys. Good relative humidity recovery is likely in the lower elevations and poor to moderate in the higher elevations through the period. Temperature 84 degrees; Relative humidity 12%; Winds west northwest 8 mph gusting to 16 mph.

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