Incident UpdateAirola Fire

Date: 08/31/2021 Time: 7:13 AM

Information Line: (209) 754-5527

Incident Facts

Name
Airola Fire
Start Date/Time
2021-08-25
Incident Status
Active
Location
Parrotts Ferry Rd and Airola Rd, west of Columbia
Type
Wildfire
Cause
Unknown
Counties
Calaveras
Admin Unit
CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit
Size
639
Containment
85
Expected Full Containment
Structures Threatened
Structures Destroyed
Structures Damaged
Civilian Injuries
Firefighter Injuries
Civilian Fatalities
Firefighter Fatalities

Current Situation

Situation Summary

Current Situation:

Firefighters will continue with suppression repair efforts along parts of the fire line. Where established fire line exists strengthening, mop-up and patrol is ongoing. Critical fire conditions of strong winds, low humidity, and extremely dry fuels have prompted a Red Flag Warning that will continue through tonight.

Northern California has experienced large fire activity and will likely experience an extended fire season. Fires burning in northern California are exhibiting extreme fire growth based on critical fuel conditions. The prioritization of resources is always based on life, property, and natural resources. Under these drought conditions, wildfires are burning rapidly with extreme severity and have traveled up to 8 miles in a single day. Fire spread is fuel driven and does not depend on wind speed, as we have seen in previous years. Firefighters are experiencing conditions never seen before, such as increased rates of spread, spotting and active nighttime burning. We coordinate very closely with the US Forest Service and CalOES for our local and out of state partners, to ensure resources are shared.

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Assigned Resources

Engines
5
Water Tenders
1
Helicopters
Air Tankers
Dozers
1
Hand Crews
4
Other
Total Personnel
76
Cooperating Agencies
Cooperating Agencies: California Highway Patrol, Calaveras County Sheriff’s, Calaveras County OES, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California Conservation Corps