Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Kyburz Fire 95% contained

DSC_5830 ec

SMOKE wafts among the trees as a Garden Valley Fire water tender travels along a fire road on the perimeter of the Kyburz Fire Wednesday morning. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

By
From page A1 | July 12, 2013 | 7 Comments

With 95 percent containment of the 615-acre Kyburz fire as of Thursday morning, mop-up operations began in earnest.

The main concern Wednesday morning was the fire going into the area of the 2004 Freds Fire, which had in turn gone into area burned by the 1992 Cleveland Fire, said Michelle Puckett of the Bureau of Land Management. Puckett, based out of state, was brought in Tuesday as outside help after the fire was upgraded from Type 3 to Type 2.

The trees affected by the 7,700-acre Freds Fire posed a danger to firefighters, as they were already weakened and could fall down, Puckett said. Snags, or dead trees that are still standing, were mostly in clumps.

Laura Hierholzer of the U.S. Forest Service, who wrote the analysis of the trees affected by the Freds Fire, noted that the area looked better than she thought it would. There were still green areas where the current fire had swept through so quickly it didn’t burn all the fuel.

The burn depends on different types of fuels, Hierholzer said. In this case, “flashy fuels” burn really fast but leave green areas. “It’s a very good thing. Topography also affects it,” she said, noting that the steeper area make for a quicker burn as the fire moved uphill.

The focus Wednesday, the two said, would be on reducing fuels to make sure there were no additional flare-ups. Five-gallon backpacks would be used to spray water onto dirt and mix it into mud, which would be spread around the fuels, making it harder to catch on fire. It’s better than dirt in that it takes more water to cool something down than mud does to make it less flammable. Meanwhile, breaking logs and creating firebreaks would help reduce the fuel load.

Fuel breaks tie in nicely with the idea of defensible space, Puckett said, in that the area is considered a WUI – a wildland urban interface. As there are some residents in the area, they should use the same technique, should a wildland fire spread.

Residents might also notice stacks of lumber piled around, taken from the forest to prevent fire using the trees as fuel. These will be burned at a later date, when it is not fire season, Puckett said, as part of a prescribed burn. Larger, densely spaced trees make excellent fuel, she said, as the fire can climb and the embers could float over fuel breaks. Fuel breaks themselves are “essential,” she said, whether small ones by hand crews or large ones by bulldozers.

Another major factor affecting the fire was weather. The wind was moving northward, pushing the fire. Though a “weak system” of weather was expected Wednesday, and they were “not expecting roaring winds,” hot spots and embers could still pop up, Puckett said. This would bring the fire forward and reduce containment.

With the mop-up, which included cutting down dead trees — a large one fell and broke apart after a chainsaw was taken to it — rolling debris was a concern for the firefighters. This could include rocks, burning pinecones and logs. These could not only hurt firefighters, but could roll downhill and start the fire in a new area.

Crews from outside the area including Plumas County and Klamath County in Oregon and from “all over” were shipping in after the type change for a “structure rotation” and to assist local units, who would be partially relieved to focus on other incidents locally.

“It’s mostly just mop-up,” Puckett reiterated. Though there is very little activity, with mostly smoke and very little actual flames to be found, containment remained at 80 percent on Wednesday as crews worked to make fuel breaks larger.

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | 7 comments

  • FranJuly 11, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    A heart felt thank you to any one who helped on this...I am humbled by peoples courage at times...and this would be one of them.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • FranJuly 11, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    What Is the Wildland Urban Interface? http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/Learn/content.cfm?ItemNumber=646

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • billy bobJuly 11, 2013 - 8:59 pm

    good job firefighters!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • LpJuly 11, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    To the Fire Fighters!!! Good job!!!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Vic SubiaJuly 12, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Well done. Stay safe.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Jim RiordanJuly 12, 2013 - 9:54 am

    Heartfelt thanks to all of our great firefighters. In Cameron Park, we are blessed with group to whom I owe much for their help given to my elderly parents who needed them several times before they passed away. Between law enforcement and fire fighters, we have the best in EDCO. Thank you all for putting your lives on the line every day. You are all special to me.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Patti RiggsJuly 12, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Thanks so much to all the firefighters that risked their lives to fight the Kyburz fire. You are a great bunch of people. Also, thanks to the Fire Dept. for all the helpful assistance you provided me during this trying time. It gave me much comfort.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
.

News

Woman, dog back from Oso

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: A1, 8 Comments | Gallery

 
Goodbye LUPPU, hello LRPU

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1, 4 Comments

 
Past due state taxes bring arrest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1, 8 Comments

 
Sanford trial: Prosecution, defense rest

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
 
DA candidate to remain on ballot

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A9

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Benji and the Bickersons

By Matthew Margolis | From Page: A10

 
CPCSD seat unfilled

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A14, 1 Comment

Lew Uhler backs Ranalli

By News Release | From Page: A14, 6 Comments

 
.

Letters

Evacuation

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

 
District 4 candidate

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 15 Comments

Open meetings

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 6 Comments

 
Volunteers and homeless camps

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 30 Comments

Bicycle events and traffic control

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A7, 5 Comments

 
.

Sports

Jennings wins national title

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Savannah Stephens can swing the bat

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A11 | Gallery

King of the West roars into Placerville

By Gary Thomas | From Page: A11

 
First and goal: Bunt etiquette

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

Oak Ridge suffers tough 2-1 setback

By Mike Bush | From Page: A11

 
Roundup: April 17, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Prospecting

Plantastic sale this Saturday

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Spring art brightens government center

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Things to do: April 18, 2014

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

 
Time out: A grand time at Grand China

By Earle Camembert | From Page: B3 | Gallery

Temple Kol Shalom hosts Passover Seder

By News Release | From Page: B3

 
Student art featured for Third Saturday

By News Release | From Page: B3

Promenade in high style

By Historic Old Sacramento | From Page: B4

 
Sac State Presents ‘Gypsy’

By California State Unversity, Sacramento | From Page: B4

Friday nights are engaging at the de Young

By Fine Arts | From Page: B5

 
See what is inside the vault

By Center For Sacramento History | From Page: B6

Eggstravaganza

By Fairytale Town | From Page: B6

 
Hats On For the Kids raises money for children

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B6

Gallery tips a hat to Dr. Seuss

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B7

 
Museum presents ‘Diesel Days’

By California State Railroad Museum | From Page: B7

Engagement: Adam Frega and Wednesday Bienusa

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Air Force Airman Brian Polk

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

Cal Stage presents a season of challenging productions

By California Stage | From Page: B8

 
Duty: Army Pfc. Kyle W. Beasy

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B8

KVIE calls for artists

By Kvie | From Page: B9

 
A Couple of Blaguards tell tales

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B9

America’s ClayFest II celebrates a rich history

By Blue Line Arts | From Page: B14

 
Fine Arts Museums feature two shows

By Fine Arts | From Page: B15

See wildflowers on train ride

By Railtown | From Page: B15

 
Easter at Northstar is family friendly

By Northstar California | From Page: B15

.

Essentials

Crime Log: March 28-30

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Frank “Bud” Kraus Jr.

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Roy Cluness Chaix

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Frederick Wilbur Heymann

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Arthur W. Cornell

By Contributor | From Page: A2

.

Real Estate

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

 
Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

 
Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

 
Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

 
EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments

.

Comics

TV Listings

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Sudoku

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Speed Bump

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Working It Out

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Shoe

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Rubes

By Contributor | From Page: A13

Tundra

By Contributor | From Page: A13

 
Horoscope, Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Friday, April 18, 2104

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
New York Times Crossword

By Contributor | From Page: A14

Horoscope, Sunday, April 20, 2014

By Contributor | From Page: A14

 
.

Home Source

Faster sales with spring staging

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HS4

Coldwell Banker outsells the competition

Press Release | From Page: HS7

Handsome Redmond suits modern families

Press Release | From Page: HS11

Growing your own

By Marni Jameson | From Page: HS14

Fraud workshop scheduled

Press Release | From Page: HS21

HCD launches assistance program

Press Release | From Page: HS22, 1 Comment

EZ Mortgages Inc. opens Placerville office

By News Release | From Page: HS22, 2 Comments