Canton, Texas: At Least 5 Tornadoes Hit Area

Canton, Texas (Van Zandt County)

Disaster Incident Summary | Sources are saying that there were at least 5 tornadoes that touched down in Van Zandt County, hitting Canton the hardest.  One tornado destroyed I-20 Jeep Dodge dealership tosses its cars into the air and leaving a path of its aftermath.

Other parts of Texas were also hit hard like Fruitvale, TX and others.  We are working on getting additional reports on these towns and cities.

Damage Assessments | The NWS Fort Worth team is out today surveying the damage and will have a preliminary damage rating on Sunday.

“4 Confirmed Tornadoes: Latest preliminary map of likely tracks and other damage. Our storm survey will take days!” – NWS Ft. Worth

“Emergency Management reporting homes destroyed near Emory with injuries.”

“Emergency management reports multiple homes with major damage around Highway 69 and FM779 from earlier tornado.”

“I-20 east of Canton TX. Dozens of cars flipped; severe damage.”

(Image above is from last night’s Tornado activities – Courtesy:  Internet)

Life Impacts | 5 deaths.  50 injuries.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Shelters | American Red Cross, First Methodist Church Life Center, USAR, ITDRC,  NWS Ft. Worth, TX Task Force 2 (DFW), Dallas Fire with 1 Type III US&R Team 2, Texas Game Wardens (including search and rescue and K-9 teams),

LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF SOCIAL MEDIA

Here are some of the postings from Spotters, Weather sources and others talking about the Tornadoes and what they were seeing.

Storm Chasers | Weather 

“Observed damage on TX Hwy 64, including one vehicle tossed approx 200 ft off the road. 1 confirmed fatality in that vehicle.”

“Emergency management report plywood falling from the sky near FM 779 and US69 near Golden. Folks – that debris is from ~25 miles away.” 1853 CDT

“Tornado 5 miles south of Canton has debris signature up to 13,000 feet. This is a MAJOR TORNADO heading right into Canton!” 1756 CDT

“Very strong tornado now 2-3 miles west of Tundra, 5 miles south of Canton – moving north at 30 MPH. Life-Threatening Situation!” 1755 CDT

“Significant Tornado 4 miles southwest of Tundra, moving north at 30 MPH toward Canton. Wrapped in rain and may be strong! ” 1752 CDT

” Confirmed Tornado Moving toward Tundra and Canton!” 1749 CDT

“Circulation near Canton has weakened while one approaching Eustace quite strong. Both remain capable of producing tornadoes.” 1719 CDT

“5 miles E of CANTON, TX @ 22:12 UTC Funnel>-Cone funnel half way to ground.”

” Possible tornado very near Highway 19 and Highway 64 just southeast of Canton. Very strong rotation indicated by radar.” 1707 CDT

“Damage from Canton, TX tornado is extensive. We are actively searching for people in the wreckage just south of town.”

Damage in Jackson Community in SW Canton, TX. Photo Credit: NWS Ft. Worth

“These are V E R Y powerful high-end tornadoes.”

“Significant tornado-caused damage southwest of Canton, TX”

“This is not what you want to see at night, radar confirmed tornado just NW of Cameron, OK. Debris signature evident.”

“Blizzard in Texas on April 30….How rare is this for Texas?”

” Search and Rescue continues in Canton and other communities.”

Residents

“Second tornado warning here in Canton TX. Taking cover with my boys. Hunkering down in the hallway way.”

“Tornado ripped through a Farm in Canton, TX trapping a pony in the debris. Owners frantically saved their baby!”

Eyewitnesses

“From 45 (5pm central) minutes ago near Canton, TX. Probable tornado touchdown due to damage spotted.”

“Just observed rain-wrapped tornado just E of Canton, TX. Lots of trees down, one barn had minor damage so far.”

“Wedge Tornado causes widespread damage in NE Texas south of Canton.”

“4:45 pm we crammed into bathroom shelter as first of many tornadoes went over us in Canton Tx. We were at the Trade Days.”

“Snowing sideways in Amarillo!! Yes it’s still April 29th!”

Media Coverage

“Damage at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Emory. No injuries, but there were people in parish hall when tornado hit.”

GOVERNMENTAL 

“Texas Task Force 2 has been sent to help the Canton & Van Zandt areas respond to weather.” – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott

EVACUEES

Red Cross Shelter(s)

  • First Methodist Church Life Center, 600 S Buffalo, Canton, TX.

Mobile Feeding Station(s)

  • Salvation Army.

Tech Assistance

  • The ITDRC is on site identifying and assisting unmet tech needs in the community.

TX Resources

TX Disaster Recovery Group page created by the Texas Storm Chasers communities  to offer help to each other after natural disasters in Texas. Examples include returning lost/lofted personal items to victims, offering volunteer assistance, etc.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/121556905065713/   Requires approved membership but is a Public Group.

Lost & Found Pets (Including Injured)

 

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#Cactus Fire to be Contained on May Day

CACTUS WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Incident Cooperators | USFS, Maricopa County Sheriff Office and the Salt River Project.

Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb

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UPDATE 4 – April 30, 2017 – 1145 Hours PDT

Fire Status | Fire personnel are starting to be released to be available should a new start occur. There is minimal smoke visible in the interior of the fire, however logs lying on the ground may put up small smokes for the next few days.

Personnel  | There are 75 personnel that remain on this incident.

Acreage | 65%.

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UPDATE 3 – April 29, 2017 – 1100 Hours PDT

Fire Status | Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status and have been holding the wildfire at 818 acres.   Crews are in mop-up operations on the fire’s edge and conducting patrols.

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UPDATE 2 – April 28, 2017 – 1740 Hours PDT

Fire Status | 818 acres scorched and reached a 40% containment status.

View of the Cactus Fire from the air

Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area.  They are making some great progress.

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UPDATE 1 – April 28, 2017 – 1430 Hours PDT

Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Personnel | 80 personnel are still assigned to this fire incident.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

AZ’s #Sawmill Fire Almost Contained

SAWMILL WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | The Sawmill Fire started on Sunday, April 23rd around 1100 hours MST.  It is located about 10 miles SE of Green Valley, Arizona.  The cause was first reported as unknown, but there have been speculations that it was human-caused and under investigation. | Update | As of 1455 Hours, Media reports are now saying witnesses reported alleged shooter practiced hitting “exploding targets” that have led up to this wildfire catching drought-like fire fuels ablaze.  | Unconfirmed report.

Incident Cooperators | USDA Forest Service, American Red Cross – Southern Arizona Chapter, Arizona State Park Patagonia Lake, Bureau of Land Management, Cochise County Sheriff Office, Corona De Tucson FD, Coronado NF, Elephant Head FD, Green Valley Fire District, Helmet Peak Fire, Pima County Sheriff Office, Pima County Office of Emergency Management, Rincon Valley Fire District, Rio Rico Fire District, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Office, Sonoita-Elgin Fire District, Three Points FD, Tubac Fire District, Tucscon Eletric Power and U.S. Border Patrol.

UPDATE 9 – April 30, 2017

Personnel | Staffing has been reduced from 782 down to 617 still assigned to this incident.

Fire Behavior | Smoldering and occasional flames were observed as interior islands burned and heavy fuels (cottonwood trees/logs) continued to be consumed.

Sawmill Fire Map - April 29 PM

Acreage | 46,991 acres.

Containment Status | 89%.

Current Conditions | Potential for fire spread is moderate early in the evening as winds moderate. Potential fire activity will decrease as the night progresses and winds decrease.

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UPDATE 8 – April 29, 2017

Personnel | 782 personnel are now assigned to this incident.  Showing that resources are slightly showing reduced from the day before.

Fire Behavior | Min fire activity today but remains at high risk due to windy conditions.

Acreage | 46,991 acres approximately. Based off of Helicopter GPS measurements.

Containment | 61% containment status despite high winds. Firefighters are starting to make some progress.

Current Conditions | Last night firefighters patrolled along the fire perimeter where pockets of heat h ad been detected. No growth occurred on the fire overnight.  Despite high winds and rough terrain, only minor injuries have been reported. Fire personnel will begin to be released due to the successful firefighting efforts.

Those that remain will continue with attempts to increase containment numbers and fire patrol.

Fire Weather | Winds are expected from 12-17 and later 17-22 mph with gusts up to 30 mph making a big concern for Fire Managers.

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UPDATE 7 – April 28, 2017

Meeting Alert | A community meeting will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 1900 hours at  Benson School’s Multipurpose Room located at 360 S. Patagonia Street, Benson, Arizona.  It will also be live streamed to the Sawmill Fire Information Facebook page. ASL services and captioning will be provided.

Staffing | 799 personnel. 16 crews. 67 engines. 5 helicopters. 

Equipment | All air resources have been grounded for the rest of the day due to windy conditions.

A firefighter conducts burnout operations near Empire Ranch on April 26, 2017

Burnout Operations. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire Behavior | Active to extreme fire behavior with Red Flag conditions and very low RH.

Containment Status | 40%.

Acreage | 46,954 acres.

Cost-to-Date | $3,000,000 cost-to-date in fire fighting suppression costs.

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  UPDATE 6 – April 27, 2017

Command | Type 1 IMT assumed command.

Staffing | Approximately 606 personnel.

Sawmill Fire Map - April 27

Acreage | About 40,356 from an aerial recon flight over the fire.

Containment | 20%.

Weather Concerns | High winds prompting a Red Flag Warning.

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UPDATE 5 – April 26, 2017 – 1830 Hours

Evacuations | 200 evacuees from the Sonoita, Hilton Ranch Road and Rain Valley areas.  Pre-evacuations near the J-6 Ranch in Mescal.

Aerial view of the Sawmill Fire, courtesy of Albert Linch

Photo Courtesy: Albert Lynch via Inciweb

Shelters | Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (3142 Highway 83, Sonoita, AZ) and the Southeastern Regional Park Shooting Range (11296 S. Harrison Rd. Tucson, AZ). They also serve as evacuation centers for livestock and pets.

Resources | 386 crews. 7 helicopters and 3 fixed wing aircraft.  A Type 1 IMT will assume command on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Acreage | 40,350 acres.

Fire Tactics | Continued structure protection of homes, infrastructure, natural and cultural resources. To secure fire perimeter with air resources.

Weather | Red Flag Warning remains in effect through this evening for gusty conditions and low relative humidity.

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UPDATE 4 – April 25, 2017 

Location | Now burning in the Santa Rita Mountains being managed separately by the CNF and AZ DOF.

Acreage | 17,000 – 20,000 estimated basis from a visual basis.

Cause | Human caused. Under investigation.

Command | Miscellaneous overhead personnel along with a Type 2 IMT assuming command.  Type 5 IC ordered.

Resources | 280 personnel.  6 Hand crews (4 from AZ DOF, 5 Hot Shots from Aravapia, Blue Ridge,and Prescott).  plus 3 air tankers type 1, 2 air tankers type 2, 1 Lead Fixed wing, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 3 Type 1 crew, 4 Type 2 crew and 2 Type 21A crew.  3 Type 1 engines, 2 Type 3 engines, 7 Type 6 engines, 1 mobile shower, 3 water tenders, 3 overhead team and 2 air attack platforms.

Fire Fuels | Tall grass, riparian woodland, mesquite and oak brush, oak woodland and pinyon-juniper.

Fire Behavior | Active fire behavior.  Fire has crossed over in multiple places over AZ Highway 83.

Tactics | In full suppression efforts.

Evacuations | Evacuations and pre-evacuations of the Hilton Ranch area is either in effect or has been completed. More evacuations were conducted by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office for residents along AZ 83, south of Old Sonoita Highway.    Call the Sheriffs Office for evacuation questions at 351-4900.r

Weather | Gusty winds and broken topography have contributed to fire growth.

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UPDATE 3 – April 24, 2017 – 2130 Hours

Resources | 300 personnel. A Type 2 Incident Management Team Southwest Area Team 5 will assume command on Tuesday around 1800 Hours.  Current IC:  Howell, ICT3.

Structure Protection in effect. Photo Credit: Rincon Valley Fire District

Rincon Valley Fire District firefighters are on structure protection during night ops on this wildfire.

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UPDATE 2 – April 24, 2017 – 1830 Hours

Resources | 200 personnel,  including 20 from the Department of Corrections and 40 from hotshot crews in Payson and Globe — battled the fire Monday near Box Canyon and Santa Rita Ranch.

Cause | The blaze was human-caused and is under investigation. He said there have been no arrests. [Green Valley Fire District PIO John Cambra.

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Photo Credit: AZ Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management

Fire was reported shortly before noon Sunday and was visible from northern Tucson to south of Green Valley. The cause remained under investigation; there was no lightning in the area at the time.

Equipment | 1 Airtanker, 1 Lead, 2 FW Air Tactical, 1 T2 & 1 T3 Helo, 2 T1 IHC, 1 T2 Crew were ordered/assigned today.   Several heavy air tankers dropping fire retardant were grounded because of heavy wind.

Current Fire Conditions | 7,500 acres. 7% containment status.  Continued active fire behavior that is wind-driven.  This is due in part to gusty wind conditions and low RH prompting a Red Flag Warning.

Evacuations | About a dozen people evacuated Sunday were allowed back in their homes Sunday night and no structures were currently threatened.

Future Fire Tactics | Continue to establish secure fire perimeter with aerial and ground resources.

Closures | Forest Service Road 62 and Box Canyon Road at Greaterville east of the mountains are closed.

Social Media | #SWCC #SawmillFire #AzWildfire2017

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UPDATE 1 – April 23, 2017

Resources | 150 personnel.  Unified Command:  Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the US Forest Service.  IC:  Elliott, AZ DFFM.    The Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 0700 hours MST on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Sawmill Fire from the Air

Courtesy: Inciweb

Current Fire Conditions | 2000 acres of grass and brush scorched.  Active fire behavior with increased SW winds. 5% containment.

Future Fire Tactics | Continue to establish secure fire perimeter with aerial and ground resources.

Social Media | Hashtags for this wildfire are #SawmillFire C #AzWildfire2017 [so we can track this and all wildfires in each state in 2017].

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Tornado Damage in Canton, TX | 1

Canton, TX | Storm spotters are reporting significant structural damage to the I-20 Dodge and  Jeep dealership located on FM17, where cars were tossed.  This is about two miles N of Canton in van Zandt County.

Multiple Tornado warnings by the National Weather Service inside of Texas are ongoing and those should take cover at the time when the alerts have been given.

Here are some of the most recent warnings:

  • Sulphur Springs TX, Cumby TX, Como TX until 8:15 PM CDT
  • Canton TX, Tundra TX until 8:15 PM CDT
  • Alba TX, Yantis TX, Golden TX until 8:00 PM CDT
  • Emory TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • Grand Saline TX, Edgewood TX, Emory TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • Wills Point TX, Edgewood TX, Myrtle Springs TX until 7:30 PM CDT

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#GaylordFire Knocked Down | 2

UPDATE 2

Location | Fire is  located off of Gaylord Street in Riverside, California.

Resources | CALFire sent 10 engines, 2 hand crews to brush fire incident.

Current Fire Conditions | Fire has been knocked down.  Copters 10, 11 and 301, Tanker 70, 86 have been either cancelled, landed or returned to base.

Updates | This will be the last update unless there is more fire activity at which time will be updated.

UPDATE 1

Incident Summary | Reports of a 20-plus brush fire has ignited in Riverside, California is said to have a fast ROS and spotting.  Wildfire is dubbed the #GaylordFire.

RRU units are en route to the fire scene along with some much-needed mutual aid resources from above and on the ground.

Updates | More will be provided as information comes in.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Brush Fire Ignites in Riverside, CA | 1

Incident Summary | Reports of a 20-plus brush fire has ignited in Riverside, California is said to have a fast ROS and spotting.  Wildfire is dubbed the #GaylordFire.

RRU units are en route to the fire scene along with some much-needed mutual aid resources from above and on the ground.

Updates | More will be provided as information comes in.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Large Plastics Warehouse Burning | 1

Oak Cliff, TX | A large warehouse is burning in the 4200 (or 4100) block of Mint Way in the borough outside of the City of Dallas.  The commercial structure fire prompted the HAZMAT unit as initially thought to have been storing chemicals inside.  It would be later discovered that it is plastics burning causing heavy fire and smoke.

There are currently three aerials working at this time.  Five lines currently are over nearby RR tracks.  All train traffic has been halted due to this fire and apparatus blocking tracks.

The building has had a partial roof collapse.  Multiple fire units are working to control the blaze and stop any extensions.  Additional fire companies are en route with some three to twenty minutes from the fire scene.

Some road signals are out due to power outages in the area.

Current weather conditions are temps of 76*F, 60% humidity and winds at 18 mph.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Hashtag being used for this fire is #OakCliffFire.  For *Live* coverage of this incident, follow us on Twitter @nwfireblog as we are providing fire news coverage.

ABOUT OAK CLIFF

Oak Cliff is a 39.116 square mile borough with approximately 206,777 population that is located just outside of the outskirts of Dallas, Texas.

 

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#Cactus Wildfire Slowly Contained

CACTUS WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | A new wildfire named #Cactus has ignited in the Tonto National Forest, about 4 miles NE of Mesa, Arizona.  It started on Tuesday, April 25th.

Cause | Unknown.

Fire Fuels | Chaparral and short grass.

Incident Cooperators | USFS, Maricopa County Sheriff Office and the Salt River Project.

Fire Images | Courtesy of Inciweb

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UPDATE 3 – April 29, 2017 – 1100 Hours PDT

Fire Status | Fire crews have reached a 65% containment status and have been holding the wildfire at 818 acres.   Crews are in mop-up operations on the fire’s edge and conducting patrols.

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UPDATE 2 – April 28, 2017 – 1740 Hours PDT

Fire Status | 818 acres scorched and reached a 40% containment status.

View of the Cactus Fire from the air

Firefighters are engaged in mop up activities on the fire edge and patrolling the fire area.  They are making some great progress.

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UPDATE 1 – April 28, 2017 – 1430 Hours PDT

Fire Behavior | Moderate fire behavior with creeping.

Personnel | 80 personnel are still assigned to this fire incident.

Burnout along Phon D Sutton Road

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Status | 500 acres burned with a 30% containment status.

Firefighters plan to hold the fire south and east of the Salt River, while protecting an SRP power line that runs through the fire area. The Bush Highway, which was closed for several days, is now fully open.

Resources |  2 crews. 6 engines. 1 helicopter.  IC is Nick Castro ICT3 trainee managing 80 personnel.

Threats | Numerous structures threatened.   Firefighters are suppressing the fire and protecting power lines, recreation sites, highway guard rail and other values at risk.  Additionally, wild horses that roam free on USFS lands.  They have so far kept away from this wildfire.

Cost-To-Date | $85,000.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

#SawmillFire Explodes | Update 8

SAWMILL WILDFIRE

Incident Summary | The Sawmill Fire started on Sunday, April 23rd around 1100 hours MST.  It is located about 10 miles SE of Green Valley, Arizona.  The cause was first reported as unknown, but there have been speculations that it was human-caused and under investigation. | Update | As of 1455 Hours, Media reports are now saying witnesses reported alleged shooter practiced hitting “exploding targets” that have led up to this wildfire catching drought-like fire fuels ablaze.  | Unconfirmed report.

Incident Cooperators | USDA Forest Service, American Red Cross – Southern Arizona Chapter, Arizona State Park Patagonia Lake, Bureau of Land Management, Cochise County Sheriff Office, Corona De Tucson FD, Coronado NF, Elephant Head FD, Green Valley Fire District, Helmet Peak Fire, Pima County Sheriff Office, Pima County Office of Emergency Management, Rincon Valley Fire District, Rio Rico Fire District, Santa Cruz County Sheriff Office, Sonoita-Elgin Fire District, Three Points FD, Tubac Fire District, Tucscon Eletric Power and U.S. Border Patrol.

UPDATE 8 – April 29, 2017

Personnel | 782 personnel are now assigned to this incident.  Showing that resources are slightly showing reduced from the day before.

Fire Behavior | Min fire activity today but remains at high risk due to windy conditions.

Acreage | 46,991 acres approximately. Based off of Helicopter GPS measurements.

Containment | 61% containment status despite high winds. Firefighters are starting to make some progress.

Current Conditions | Last night firefighters patrolled along the fire perimeter where pockets of heat h ad been detected. No growth occurred on the fire overnight.  Despite high winds and rough terrain, only minor injuries have been reported. Fire personnel will begin to be released due to the successful firefighting efforts.

Those that remain will continue with attempts to increase containment numbers and fire patrol.

Fire Weather | Winds are expected from 12-17 and later 17-22 mph with gusts up to 30 mph making a big concern for Fire Managers.

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UPDATE 7 – April 28, 2017

Meeting Alert | A community meeting will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 1900 hours at  Benson School’s Multipurpose Room located at 360 S. Patagonia Street, Benson, Arizona.  It will also be live streamed to the Sawmill Fire Information Facebook page. ASL services and captioning will be provided.

Staffing | 799 personnel. 16 crews. 67 engines. 5 helicopters. 

Equipment | All air resources have been grounded for the rest of the day due to windy conditions.

A firefighter conducts burnout operations near Empire Ranch on April 26, 2017

Burnout Operations. Photo Courtesy: Inciweb

Fire Behavior | Active to extreme fire behavior with Red Flag conditions and very low RH.

Containment Status | 40%.

Acreage | 46,954 acres.

Cost-to-Date | $3,000,000 cost-to-date in fire fighting suppression costs.

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  UPDATE 6 – April 27, 2017

Command | Type 1 IMT assumed command.

Staffing | Approximately 606 personnel.

Sawmill Fire Map - April 27

Acreage | About 40,356 from an aerial recon flight over the fire.

Containment | 20%.

Weather Concerns | High winds prompting a Red Flag Warning.

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UPDATE 5 – April 26, 2017 – 1830 Hours

Evacuations | 200 evacuees from the Sonoita, Hilton Ranch Road and Rain Valley areas.  Pre-evacuations near the J-6 Ranch in Mescal.

Aerial view of the Sawmill Fire, courtesy of Albert Linch

Photo Courtesy: Albert Lynch via Inciweb

Shelters | Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds (3142 Highway 83, Sonoita, AZ) and the Southeastern Regional Park Shooting Range (11296 S. Harrison Rd. Tucson, AZ). They also serve as evacuation centers for livestock and pets.

Resources | 386 crews. 7 helicopters and 3 fixed wing aircraft.  A Type 1 IMT will assume command on Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Acreage | 40,350 acres.

Fire Tactics | Continued structure protection of homes, infrastructure, natural and cultural resources. To secure fire perimeter with air resources.

Weather | Red Flag Warning remains in effect through this evening for gusty conditions and low relative humidity.

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UPDATE 4 – April 25, 2017 

Location | Now burning in the Santa Rita Mountains being managed separately by the CNF and AZ DOF.

Acreage | 17,000 – 20,000 estimated basis from a visual basis.

Cause | Human caused. Under investigation.

Command | Miscellaneous overhead personnel along with a Type 2 IMT assuming command.  Type 5 IC ordered.

Resources | 280 personnel.  6 Hand crews (4 from AZ DOF, 5 Hot Shots from Aravapia, Blue Ridge,and Prescott).  plus 3 air tankers type 1, 2 air tankers type 2, 1 Lead Fixed wing, 1 Type 1 helicopter, 1 Type 2 helicopter, 1 Type 3 helicopter, 3 Type 1 crew, 4 Type 2 crew and 2 Type 21A crew.  3 Type 1 engines, 2 Type 3 engines, 7 Type 6 engines, 1 mobile shower, 3 water tenders, 3 overhead team and 2 air attack platforms.

Fire Fuels | Tall grass, riparian woodland, mesquite and oak brush, oak woodland and pinyon-juniper.

Fire Behavior | Active fire behavior.  Fire has crossed over in multiple places over AZ Highway 83.

Tactics | In full suppression efforts.

Evacuations | Evacuations and pre-evacuations of the Hilton Ranch area is either in effect or has been completed. More evacuations were conducted by the Pima County Sheriff’s Office for residents along AZ 83, south of Old Sonoita Highway.    Call the Sheriffs Office for evacuation questions at 351-4900.r

Weather | Gusty winds and broken topography have contributed to fire growth.

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UPDATE 3 – April 24, 2017 – 2130 Hours

Resources | 300 personnel. A Type 2 Incident Management Team Southwest Area Team 5 will assume command on Tuesday around 1800 Hours.  Current IC:  Howell, ICT3.

Structure Protection in effect. Photo Credit: Rincon Valley Fire District

Rincon Valley Fire District firefighters are on structure protection during night ops on this wildfire.

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UPDATE 2 – April 24, 2017 – 1830 Hours

Resources | 200 personnel,  including 20 from the Department of Corrections and 40 from hotshot crews in Payson and Globe — battled the fire Monday near Box Canyon and Santa Rita Ranch.

Cause | The blaze was human-caused and is under investigation. He said there have been no arrests. [Green Valley Fire District PIO John Cambra.

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Photo Credit: AZ Dept. of Forestry & Fire Management

Fire was reported shortly before noon Sunday and was visible from northern Tucson to south of Green Valley. The cause remained under investigation; there was no lightning in the area at the time.

Equipment | 1 Airtanker, 1 Lead, 2 FW Air Tactical, 1 T2 & 1 T3 Helo, 2 T1 IHC, 1 T2 Crew were ordered/assigned today.   Several heavy air tankers dropping fire retardant were grounded because of heavy wind.

Current Fire Conditions | 7,500 acres. 7% containment status.  Continued active fire behavior that is wind-driven.  This is due in part to gusty wind conditions and low RH prompting a Red Flag Warning.

Evacuations | About a dozen people evacuated Sunday were allowed back in their homes Sunday night and no structures were currently threatened.

Future Fire Tactics | Continue to establish secure fire perimeter with aerial and ground resources.

Closures | Forest Service Road 62 and Box Canyon Road at Greaterville east of the mountains are closed.

Social Media | #SWCC #SawmillFire #AzWildfire2017

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UPDATE 1 – April 23, 2017

Resources | 150 personnel.  Unified Command:  Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management and the US Forest Service.  IC:  Elliott, AZ DFFM.    The Southeast Zone Type 3 Incident Management Team will assume command of the fire at 0700 hours MST on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Sawmill Fire from the Air

Courtesy: Inciweb

Current Fire Conditions | 2000 acres of grass and brush scorched.  Active fire behavior with increased SW winds. 5% containment.

Future Fire Tactics | Continue to establish secure fire perimeter with aerial and ground resources.

Social Media | Hashtags for this wildfire are #SawmillFire C #AzWildfire2017 [so we can track this and all wildfires in each state in 2017].

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

Georgia’s #WestMims Wildfire Rages On

Incident Summary | The West Mims Wildfire was ignited by lightning on April 6, 2017, and continues to grow daily.  It is located approximately 2.5 miles northeast of the Eddy Fire Tower in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia.

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UPDATE 4 – APRIL 29, 2017 (SATURDAY) – 1000 HOURS PDT

Fire Status | Fire has increased to 94,664 acres and still at 8% containment.  Fire Managers report most of yesterday’s fire growth resulted from the fire edge gradually backing south and flanking east in active fire areas south of Strange Island and east/south of Mitchell Island.

Sometimes retardant is dropped to cooll the head of a rapidly moving fire.

Future Tactics | Crews will continue to monitor all containment lines and monitor firing operations closely.

Resources | No changes. 488 personnel assigned to incident.

Equipment |  6 helicopters,56  wildland fire engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 interagency hotshot crews and various overhead and support personnel.

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UPDATE 3 – APRIL 28, 2017 (FRIDAY) – 1750 HOURS PDT

Fire Status | 86,868 scorched acres.  8% contained.

Command | The Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team is managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

Resources | 488 personnel assigned to this fire incident along with 6 helicopters, 56 wildland fire engines, 6 bulldozers, 35 tractor plows, 2 interagency hot-shot crews and various overhead and support positions.

Fire Tactics | Strategic firing operations in effect, while addressing windy conditions.

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UPDATE 2 – APRIL 17, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1840 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary | The wildfire was sparked by a lightning strike on April 6, 2017, has now destroyed 21,308 acres of timber (grass and understory) and southern rough.  Crews have reached a 3% containment status.

Correction:  This wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.  It was previously reported in Oklahoma which was incorrect.

Resources | There are 265 personnel assigned along with ` Tree cutter (private contractor), 1 FWS Masticator, 1 FWS Maintainer-FWS, 12 FWS Hydrotracs, 12 FWS helicopters, 17 engines, 5 dozers, 27 tractor plows and 1 Hotshot crew.  The fire is in Unified Command with the Georgia Forestry Commission Type 2 Incident Management Team assisting in managing the fire with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Florida Forest Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

Current Fire Conditions | The fire behavior is currently active, running and has short-range spotting.

Planned Tactics | We will be conducting Indirect line construction where possible, utilizing tactical firing operations to secure upland land holding, mop up control lines, support prep work near private property, implement structure protection around communities and structures at risk, including Council, Fargo, Stephen Foster, and Okefenokee Refuge structures, utilize aircraft as needed to contain fire within the Refuge.

aerial view of the fire - April 11

We will work to prepare operations at the  Type 1 helibase at the Fargo golf course.

Night shift operations will commence from 2000 to 0800 hours with a firefighters on the line.  We will continue to strengthen control lines.  Additionally, we will monitor fire activity and check for  hot spots, recon potential control lines and examine area for hazards and identify areas that need to be mitigated.” – FWS

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UPDATE 1 – APRIL 10, 2017 (MONDAY) – 1830 HOURS PDT

Incident Summary | The wildfire is located 2.5 miles NNE of Eddy Tower on south end of Okefenokee NWR in Georgia.  The fire started on April 6, 2017, reported at 1700 hours PDT.  Fire Behavior is  active, wind-driven runs and creeping.

aerial image of West Mims fire, April 8th, 2017

Aerial view on April 8, 2017. (Photo Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Conditions | Active Fire behavior.

Resources | Resources are en route to the fire.

Fire Images Courtesy of Inciweb

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