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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/05/2019 03:40 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/05/2019 03:40 PM
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Fire Operations Around 5 Year Old Smoldering Rosasco Fire Underway on Groveland Ranger District

Groveland, CA...The Stanislaus National Forest plans to secure the area around the Rosasco Fire by reducing fuels near the underground fire on Groveland Ranger District. An area about 700 acres in size will be burned between Sept. 3 and Sept. 12, according to Jim Junette, Groveland District ranger. The primary purpose of this action is to secure the area around where the Rosasco Fire burns. “This area is within the Rim Fire footprint, which means there are a lot of standing dead trees and snags. We are removing fuels and the threat they pose so the underground fire can’t escape onto the landscape.”






Firefighters will conduct firing operations in the evening to take advantage of cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity. While it is in a remote section of the forest, the fire may be visible at night from Highway 120. Junette plans to have forest employees familiar with the operation available to answer questions in areas where the fire will be visible.

Although it might appear to residents that this is a prescribed fire, Junette explained that an existing fire cannot be a prescribed burn. “A prescribed burn means there is no fire on the landscape before we lay down a fire line. This is defined as a wildfire, although one that’s burning underground.”

The reasons for this operation are the same as with a prescribed fire: firefighter safety and resource protection.

The Rosasco Fire has been burning underground for at least five years in a remote area of the forest west of Cherry Lake and about 12 miles southeast of Twain Harte. “We know the fire has been burning since at least 2014, but we don’t know how it started,” Junette said. “Firefighters can’t examine what fuels are burning because the ground near where the fire is burning is too dangerous for them to take a look.”

The fire has escaped above ground a couple of times since it was discovered. In 2014 it burned nearly eight acres before being extinguished above ground; in 2015 it burned nearly four acres before it was put out.

Although the cause is unknown, Junette said the burning materials may be from an old railroad site. “Our records show this area was near part of the old Westside Railway, which went out of business in the 1960s.”

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Posted on: 2019-09-05 17:56:10   By: Anonymous
 
A lot of local fire personnel who've thankfully not been sent out to bigger fires this year are away on this one. Good that you have the chance to work on this one and prayers for all on the front lines.

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    Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
    Posted on: 2019-09-05 18:15:41   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!!HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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      Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
      Posted on: 2019-09-05 19:19:43   By: Anonymous
       
      Please stop. Your comments are irrelevant. Maybe someday you will not be.

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        Re: CANCELED FIRE INSURANCE
        Posted on: 2019-09-05 21:20:21   By: Anonymous
         


        A FIVE YEAR FIRE?!?!?!?
        No Wonder Insurance Companies won't cover us with Fire Insurance.

        USFS has let wildfires run rampant burning tens of thousands of acres as they are "contained" by Forest Circus policies.

        Insurance company actuaries sitting isolated in offices in Chicago, Delaware and Connecticut all think Californians is a Flaming Tinder Box.

        Thank the USFS policies for burning our Insurance chances.



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          Re: CANCELED FIRE INSURANCE
          Posted on: 2019-09-05 21:50:01   By: Anonymous
           
          Well, morons, they might have to go to true hotspots and "contain" or "control" others.


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            Re: CANCELED FIRE INSURANCE
            Posted on: 2019-09-06 06:53:03   By: Anonymous
             
            Cal Fire is well trained in prescribed burns take a look at Big Trees State Park. The finest of the finest.

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