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Welcome to McNally Fire web page
Date Fire Started:  July 21, 2002 @ 2:15 PM



All of us here on the mountains want to say a very big thanks to all the Fire Departments across the state that come here to fight the McNally fire.


10 YEARS LATER  A Decade of Bolstering - Nature’s Regenerative Powers - McNally Fire 2002


  Most of the following information has been made available by the U.S. Forest Service.

DAY acres burned Percent contained Estimated Cost to Date number of personnel
Sunday, July 21, 2002        
Monday, July 22, 2002 15,000      
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 48,200      
Wednesday, July 24, 2002 55,000 5 %    
Thursday, July 25, 2002 57,000 5 %   53 crews, 10 helicopters, 117 engines, 203 overhead personnel, 17 bulldozers, 9 water tenders, 10 air tankers
Friday, July 26, 2002 60,000 10 % $5.2 Million 58 crews, 13 helicopters, 102 engines, 203 overhead personnel, 17 bulldozers, 5 water tenders, 10 air tankers.  Total Personnel: 1,560
Saturday, July 27, 2002 62,000 30 % $7.75 Million 79 Crews, 14 Helicopters, 102 Engines, 263 Support personnel, 10 Dozers, 9 Water Tenders, 10 Air Tankers.  Total Personnel: 1,655
Sunday, July 28, 2002 66,000 30 % $9.1 Million 14 helicopters, 9 air tankers, 19 dozers, 23 water tenders, 125 fire engines, 54 handcrews, and 560 support personnel. Total personnel: 2,278.
Monday, July 29, 2002 73,000 30 % $10.4 Million 13 helicopters, 9 air tankers, 19 dozers, 23 water tenders, 125 fire engines, 51 handcrews, and 550 support personnel. Total personnel: 2,208
Tuesday, July 30, 2002 80,000 35% $11.5 Million 13 helicopters, 9 air tankers, 14 dozers, 25 water tenders, 125 fire engines, 43 handcrews, and 291 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,755
Wednesday, July 31, 2002 90,500 35% $14.3 Million 12 helicopters, 6 air tankers, 22 dozers, 33 water tenders, 100 fire engines, 62 handcrews, and 647
support personnel. Total personnel: 1,967.
Thursday, August 1, 2002 93,500 45% $15.8 Million 12 helicopters, 5 air tankers, 22 dozers, 30 water tenders, 80 fire engines, 46 handcrews, and 520
support personnel. Total personnel: 2,054.
Friday, August 2, 2002 98,000 50% $19.4 Million 13 helicopters, 3 air tankers, 15 dozers, 30 water tenders, 85 fire engines, 52 handcrews, and 552 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,870
Saturday, August 3, 2002 100,000 50% $19.4 Million 13 helicopters, 3 air tankers, 13 dozers, 30 water tenders, 75 fire engines, 52 handcrews, and 552 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,870
Sunday, August 4, 2002 100,800 50% $20.6 Million 12 helicopters, 3 air tankers, 13 dozers, 35 water tenders, 75 fire engines, 52 handcrews, and 584 support personnel. Total personnel: 2052
Monday, August 5, 2002 101,200 55% $20.6 Million 12 helicopters, 3 air tankers, 13 dozers, 35 water tenders, 75 fire engines, 52 handcrews, and 584 support personnel. Total personnel: 2052
Tuesday, August 6, 2002 105, 604 55 % $22.3 Million 12, helicopters, 3 air tankers, 11 dozers, 30 water tenders, 55 fire engines, 32 handcrews & 560 support personnel.  Total personnel: 1,582
Wednesday, August 7, 2002        
Thursday, August 8, 2002 112,501 55% $24.7 Million 13 helicopters, 2 air tankers, 18 dozers, 37 water tenders, 75 fire engines, 28 handcrews, and 525 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,412
Friday, August 9, 2002 116,214 60% $24.7 Million 13 helicopters, 5 air tankers, 9 dozers, 30 water tenders, 44 fire engines, 37 handcrews, and 219 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,412
Saturday, August 10, 2002 117,447 70% $26.7 Million 12 helicopters, 6 air tankers, 9 dozers, 30 water tenders, 44 fire engines, 40 handcrews, and 223 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,342
Sunday, August 11, 2002 121,225 70% $28 Million 12 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 8 dozers, 30 water tenders, 44 fire engines, 40 handcrews, and 224 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,392
Monday, August 12, 2002 130,590 70% $28.9 Million 14 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 8 dozers, 31 water tenders, 46 fire engines, 44 handcrews, and 265 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,458
Tuesday, August 13, 2002 130,876 70% $30 Million 12 helicopters, 6 air tankers, 8 dozers, 30 water tenders, 56 fire engines, 43 handcrews, and 259 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,465
Wednesday, August 14, 2002 133,154 75% $31.5 Million 12 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 8 dozers, 24 water tenders, 60 fire engines, 38 handcrews, and 263 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,367
Thursday, August 15, 2002 134,859 75% $31.5 Million 12 helicopters, 7 air tankers, 8 dozers, 24 water tenders, 61 fire engines, 45 handcrews, and 272 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,530
Friday, August 16, 2002 136,280 85% $33.9 Million 12 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 8 dozers, 22 water tenders, 61 fire engines, 45 handcrews, and 254 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,541
Saturday, August 17, 2002 139,550 87% $25.3 Million 12 helicopters, 8 air tankers, 7 dozers, 21 water tenders, 61 fire engines, 41 handcrews, and 283 support personnel. Total personnel: 1,477
Sunday, August 18, 2002 142,815 87%   12 helicopters, 7 air tankers, 8 dozers, 17 water tenders, 61 fire engines, 46 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,471
Monday, August 19, 2002 143,322 87%   13 helicopters, 7 air tankers, 8 dozers, 17 water tenders, 69 fire engines, 46 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,494
Tuesday, August 20, 2002 147,227 87%   15 helicopters, 8 dozers, 37 water tenders, 67 fire engines, 42 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,723
Wednesday, August 21, 2002 147,227 87%   15 helicopters, 8 dozers, 37 water tenders, 67 fire engines, 4 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,712
Thursday, August 22, 2002 147,227 87%   15 helicopters, 8 dozers, 39 water tenders, 67 fire engines, 40 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,712
Friday, August 23, 2002 149,482 87% $40.7 Million 17 helicopters, 8 dozers, 38 water tenders, 61 fire engines, 38 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,591
Saturday, August 24, 2002 150,420 89% $41 Million 15 helicopters, 5 dozers, 41 water tenders, 61 fire engines, 35 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,580
Sunday, August 25, 2002 150,420 89% $41 Million 17 helicopters, 3 dozers, 40 water tenders, 58 fire engines, 35 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,525
Monday, August 26, 2002 150,420 91% $43 Million 16 helicopters, 2 dozers, 39 water tenders, 58 fire engines, 35 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,452
Tuesday, August 27, 2002 150,696 94% $44 Million 16 helicopters, 2 dozers, 38 water tenders, 47 fire engines, 29 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,400
Wednesday, August 28, 2002 150,696 97% $44.7 Million 16 helicopters, 1 dozers, 32 water tenders, 33 fire engines, 25 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,248
Thursday, August 29, 2002 150, 696 100% $45.7 Million 15 helicopters, 1 dozers, 30 water tenders, 32 fire engines, 20 handcrews. Total personnel: 1,143
 

 
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 This is yours, mine and God's country - Don't burn it.


 Road's End

   
Road's End

 

Road's End


The fire on the hillside south of Johnsondale.

Helo getting water from the Kern river.


Air crane with snorkel.

 

Again fire on the hillside south of Johnsondale.


3 miles east of Paloma Meadow along Sherman Pass road.

 


Taking a break.

 

Helo dumping it's water load.

 

After the fire has done it's damage.

 

 

Setting a back fire.

 Hand crew working on Cherry Hill.

 

During the fire.


Fire camp.

Overhead from NOAA showing the smoke plume over Nevada & Utah.  July 26, 2002.


Overhead again showing the smoke plume.  July 24, 2002.

 
Taken from Air Attack

Sherman Pass on Nov 2, 2002.  Burnt matchsticks.
Carl Cappelen
Sherman Pass on Nov 2, 2002
More burnt matchsticks.
Carl Cappelen
Sherman Pass on Nov 2, 2002  Still more burnt matchsticks.
Carl Cappelen

Sherman Pass on Nov 2, 2002
Carl Cappelen
McNally WILDFIRE - costs & resource damage statistics
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