Friday, 12 July 2024

Oasis Fire reaches 1,400 acres; fire continues to jump lines

THIS STORY HAS BEEN UPDATED.


CACHE CREEK WILDERNESS – By day's end on Wednesday a fire on Bureau of Management Land in the Cache Creek Wilderness Area had burned an estimated 1,400 acres.


The Oasis Fire moved into its second full day on Wednesday, with approximately 1,114 firefighters – 1,059 of them with Cal Fire – on the ground trying to knock the fire out.


The fire, which broke out Monday evening, is located south of Highway 20 and six miles west of Highway 16.


It's located both in Lake and Colusa counties, burning on federal land and in the Northshore Fire Protection District, according to Northshore Fire Battalion Chief Pat Brown.


The Oasis Fire reached 55-percent containment Wednesday, with 75-percent containment reported Thursday morning. Cal Fire said it's expected to be fully contained on Friday.


The cause is still under investigation, officials reported.


Three injuries have been reported so far, according to Cal Fire.


Since it began the fire, which is burning in oak and brush on steep terrain, has jumped fire lines and even Cache Creek itself. On Wednesday afternoon, it jumped a retardant line.


Firefighters had to deal with hot, dry conditions on Wednesday, according to Nancy Carniglia of Cal Fire.


Road access to the area where the fire is burning is limited, so bulldozers, air tankers and helicopters have played an important in the fight.


Cal Fire reported that 15 bulldozers are being used to get access for ground crews, while several air tankers and eight helicopters continued water and retardant drops.


On Wednesday air tankers were being brought in from around Northern California, including McClellan Air Force Base near Sacramento, according to reports from the fire scene.


Resources on scene Tuesday included 40 engines, 43 fire crews and 14 water tenders.


Brown, who is working with Cal Fire as an agency representative and medical unit leader, said Northshore Fire resources include one engine from Lucerne and a water tender from Clearlake Oaks, as well as a medic rig that is staffing the fire's base and another medic rig that is transporting injuries out of the Oaks station.


In addition to Northshore Fire and Cal Fire, cooperating agencies include Williams Fire Department, BLM, Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and California Highway Patrol.


Costs to fight the fire have been estimated at $1.7 million so far, Cal Fire reported.


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