Vision Fire, October 14, 1995: What Happened

Map showing the daily expansion of the 1995 Vision Fire.

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October 3: Illegal campfire ignites fuels in wilderness. Winds 40-50 mph. create fire storm which destroys 45 homes and structures. Fire 20% contained.

October 4: Erratic winds increase fire from 1,629 acres to 8,880. Firefighting force grows to 108 engines, 37 crews, 1200 fire fighters. Fire 20% contained by midnight.

October 5: 11,100 acres burned. Fire 60% contained, 2,000 fire fighters. Weather changes - higher humidity, lower winds aid suppression efforts. Major push to build fire line from Mt. Wittenberg to beach north of bear Valley.

October 6: 12,354 acres burned. Fire 60 % contained, 2,164 fire fighters. National multi - agency rehabilitation team called in to assess damage to resources.

October 7: Fire 100% contained at 6 p.m.

October 8: Mop-up of smoldering stumps and debris continues, trail rehabilitation begins.

October 9: Mop-up and rehabilitation efforts continue. Fire fighter demobilization expands. Total personnel - 1,680.

October 10: Helicopter and ground crews concentrate efforts on "Hot Spots."

October 11: Estimated full control midnight. Estimated cost of firefighting efforts $5.1 million. Total personnel - 414.

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