WA WILDFIRES | NEW! | JUNE 26 2017

CHELAN & DOUGLAS COUNTY, WASHINGTON STATE

LIGHTNING SPARKED FIRES

A surprising and an unexpected lightning storm burst through Chelan and Douglas Counties in Washington State on Monday, June 26, 2017.

Multiple lightning-caused starts ignited with one becoming a large wildfire, prompting the immediate deployment of both fire suppression ground and air resources  around 1600 hours PDT.

Here are the wildfires of Washington State, a separate post from all other fires in Oregon and Idaho due to the number of incidents ongoing.

CHELAN COUNTY WILDFIRES

#AlcoaFire

‘We were about 1/2 mile up the road to where it forks to either Colokum or Tapiscan to drop off watercraft, in case we had to evacuate.  It was crazy hot inside our truck. There were a ton of smoke and patches of flames all around us.  

I have never been closer to a wildfire.

After we arrived back home, we saw lots of aircraft dropping water on the wildfires. It was an attention getter.’

– Photographer Kristen Horner

Alcoa Wildfire (Printed with Permission – Credit: Kristen Horner)

The Alcoa Fire is located West of the Alcoa Highway and North of Clockum Road in Chelan County has burned up to 500 acres and is continuing with a forward progression that has 0% containment.

#SpartanFire

Located SE of Wenatchee (Chelan), Washington State has consumed around 500 acres and has a zero containment status.  Local and DNR assets, including 2 helicopters are on-scene.  50 homes are considered  under direct threat and evacuations have begun.

DOUGLAS COUNTY WILDFIRES

Spartan Fire from a recon flight on June 26, 2017. (Credit: WA DNR)

#SoutherlandFire

5 wildfires are burning for a total 300 acres in Douglas County, near Palisades.  BLM, DNR and air support are on-scene, as of 1800 hours PDT.

Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has posted a LEVEL 2 (Get Ready To Go) evacuation notification for Colockum, Kingsbury, Moses Carr and Ingersol Roads.

WEATHER ALERT!

The heaviest portion of the storm is now moving through NE Washington and heading towards Idaho, where a Significant Weather Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

 

#PlaceritaFire Rapid ROS Now Slowing

SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA

Incident Summary

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, a vehicle flipped off the 14 Freeway and landed on to the Sierra Highway and Placerita this afternoon, sparking a massive wildfire in Santa Clarity, California.

With hot, dry and windy conditions, the fire quickly jumped both sides of the 14 Freeway and Sierra Highway had a rapid rate of spread (ROS) that would prompt vehicles being sent in the wrong direction off the freeway to homes being evacuated within minutes.

A still burning Placerita Fire. (PC: LACoFD)

The wildfire is currently at 870 acres and fire crews have successfully reached a 50% containment status.

Resources

Resources were from CAL Fire, Los Angeles County and City FD, Sheriff’s Office and the Red Cross.

Evacuations

Mandatory evacuations were conducted by the Sheriff’s Office of Running Horse Road to Tender Foot Trail Road. Voluntary evacuations were issued for the Lost Canyon Road, Cardinal Drive, Ravenger Road, Cambria Streets Lane, Via Princessa, Winter Pine Way, Pineview Road and Placerita Canyon Road.

Damage Assessments

1 home in the Disney Ranch community was destroyed, along with damage to an unknown bridge in the area.

The flames were said to have threatened the Golden Valley Shopping area and are still burning close to the Target store in Santa Clarita.

Casualties

No injuries have been reported.

Significant Events

A news van covering the wildfires, had a fire of its own and completely destroying its vehicle.  The driver/photographer was said to have escaped serious injury. (PC: Brenda  Crezette/via internet).

Current Fire Status

The wildfire is still burning but fire crews have been working super hard all afternoon to get it under control with the aid of many resources, both ground and by air.

Featured Photo Credit: Brett @linkinbrett (Published with permission)

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

U.S. Active Wildfires | June 24, 2017 | PM UPdate

Shoutout Saturday

A Shoutout to those who are reading this blog this evening from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Pakistan, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Bangladesh, Palestinian Territories, Marshall Islands and Ireland.  We are happy to have you on board.

GREAT BASIN AREA

There were 16 fires reported in this area since yesterday.  Of the 16 incidents, 2 were new large fires with 4 of those fires being not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT and 1 Type 2 IMTs are committed.

COLORADO

392 FIRE.  NEW!  Resources dispatched @ 1240 hours. Park @ Spark Ranger District X Long Chimney Spring  9.5 miles NE of Como.  Human caused.  Resources on-scene.  Grass and trees.  100 acres. 0% containment.*

BLACK BURN FIRE.  NEW!  Grand Junction Intergency Dispatch Center.  Grass and brush.  15 acres.  Dispatched @ 0813 hours.*

KAWUNEECHE FIRE.  NEW!  Kawuneeche Road.  Ft. Collins Interagency Dispatch Center.  0.1 acres.*

VISTA FIRE.  NEW!  Rio Grande County.  Monte Vista Refuge.  8.2 miles NE of Monte Cristo.  Human caused.  3 acres.  Dispatched @ 1200 hours.  Contained  @ 1420 hours.  Out @ 1430 hours.  Grass fire fuels.*

NEVADA

HUNTER CREEK FIRE.  NEW! Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.  Near the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead in the Hunter Creek area west of Reno.  On 2100 on Thursday, June 22, the Hunter Creek Fire transitioned from a unified command (TMFPD /Reno Fire Department/Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) to a single U.S. Forest Service Type 3 organization. Grass, sage and brush. 24 acres. 65% contained.  4 hand crews, 2 engines, and 3 overhead on the fire.*

Hunter Creek Fire 06/23/17

Hunter Creek Fire. Crews heading out. (Credit: John Gaffney)

RED SPRINGS FIRE.   Elko District, BLM. 5 miles NW of Jiggs. Brush, timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, group and single tree torching.  4,598 acres.  95% contained.  217 personnel.  7 crews.  9 engines.  1 helicopter.  $477,000 CTD.*

SPANISH FIRE.   NEW!  Winnemucca District, BLM.  19 miles NE of Winnemucca, NV.  Tall grass and brush. Active fire behavior with backing and running.  300 acres. 40% contained.  73 personnel.  1 crews.  4 engines.  1 helicopter.  $40,000 CTD.*

UTAH

BRIANHEAD FIRE.   Southwest Area, Utah DOF. IMT 1 (Martin) and IMT 2 (Roide). 1

Smoke Plume view from Parowan

A smoke plume view from the ICP.

mile N of Brian Head.  Timber and heavy logging slash. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and long-range spotting.  Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  37,560 acres.  5% contained.  836 personnel.  23 crews.  40 engines.  9 helicopters.  25 structures lost.  $5.7 Million CTD.*

LINCOLN BEACH FIRE.  NEW!   Northwest Area, Utah DOF. 4 miles NW of West Mountain. Short grass.  Active fire behavior with running and backing. Residences threatened. 2,252 acres.  50% contained.  0 resources.  $200,000 CTD.*

Shepard Fire. (Credit: South Davis Metro FD)

SHEPARD FIRE. NEW!  1500 N Compton, Farmington.  Start 6/23/2017.  Unknown cause.  130 acres. 20% containment.  Minimal smoke can been.*

A drone has been spotted flying over the Shepard Fire. Due to drone activity, all fire suppression aircraft will be forced to land and remain until the airspace is cleared.  #NoDronesInFireZones  It is illegal and drone operators may be pay the consequences if caught.  Some have been known to have their drone and all other equipment confiscated by Law Enforcement officials or even shot down by ground fire resources.

SOUTHWEST AREA

As of today’s report, there were 12 new wildfires reported with 2 of them being new large incidents and 9 uncontained fires.  There are 2 Type 1 IMT’s  and 3 Type 2 IMT’s committed in this area.

ARIZONA

Fire Fact:  Arizona Gov. Ducey declared a state of emergency to get additional funds to fight all wildfires.

BAR X FIRE.  Coronado, NF. 10 miles SE of Fort Grant. Tall grass and brush. Lightning ignited on June 21st around 1545 hours.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. Residences threatened. 52% contained.  0 resources.  $225,000 CTD. The Bar X fire lies within the planning area of the Frye incident.*

BATTLE FIRE.  NEW!  Prescott Dispatch Center.  I-17 NB and mile marker 250.  Dispatched at 1008 hours.*

BOUNDARY FIRE.   Coconino, NF. IMT 2 (Andrews). 12 miles N of Bellemont. Timber, short grass and heavy logging slash. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching. Residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  15,942 acres.  88% contained.  282 personnel.*

BUCK FIRE.  NEW! Flagstaff Dispatch Center. NE Buck Mtn. 1841 dispatch time.*

COLUMBINE FIRE.  NEW!  Mile marker 347 – 348.  Show Low Interagency Dispatch Center.  Dispatched @ 1958 hours.  Pine with understory.  0.1 acres.  Resources include H-118MB. *

DRAW FIRE.  NEW!  Hayfield Draw.  Prescott Dispatch Center.  Fire resources dispatched at 1115 hours.   Fire contained to .25 acres.*

Encino Fire

Encino Fire. Night operations continue showing an array of extreme fire behavior.

ENCINO FIRE.  Southeast District, Arizona DOF. 2 miles S of Sonoita.  Started June 20, 2017, near town of Sonoita by lightning.  Tall grass and brush.   10 personnel. 1,289 acres.  10% containment.  Fire weather forecast is extremely hot  with possible isolated showers. 6 structures lost.  $160,000 CTD.*

ECONOLINE FIRE.  NEW! NB I-17 and mile marker 311.  Fire resources dispatched @ 0903 PDT.  RRRD contained. Flagstaff Dispatch Center.*

FREEZE 2 FIRE.  San Carlos Agency, BIA. Previously reported incident. 27 miles SW of Whitewater. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,832 acres.  70% contained.  11 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $4.4 Million CTD.

FRYE FIRE.   Coronado, NF. IMT 1 (Poncin) and IMT 2 (Sinclair). 9 miles W of Swift Trail

Fire Sprinkler Installation in Turkey Flat

Fire sprinkler installation in Turkey Flat.

Junction.  Lightning caused.  Timber,  brush and chaparral. Extreme fire behavior with spotting, wind- driven and uphill runs. Numerous residences area threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.   35,569 acres. 29% contained.  29 Engines, 23 Crews, 10 Helicopters, 3 Dozer, 11 Water tenders and 203 miscellaneous overhead support personnel.   IC:  Alan Sinclair/ Dave Gesser, trainee with the Southwest Area Type 2 Incident Management Team 3.*

Goodwin Fire. (Credit: AZ State Forestry)

GOODWIN FIRE.  NEW! Senator Highway. Resources dispatched @ 1548 hours. 14 miles South of Prescott. Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office is evacuating the community of Pine Flat as a precautionResources on-scene. 250 acres. DFFM assisting U.S. Forest Service. Prescott National Forest.  North Red Cross shelter open at  @ Mayer High School.*

Fire Fact:  78% of firefighters tested at spike camp on Frye fire had strep throat.

KEILLER FIRE. NEW!  Dispatched fire resources @ 1926 hours to Highway 10 and mile marker 340. (AZ Dispatch Center)*

LINGSHIRE FIRE. NEW!  SR 260 and mile marker 213.  Dispatched @ 1118 hours. (AZ Dispatch Center.)*

MAGGIE FIRE.   Phoenix District Office, BLM.  6 miles N of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Last report.  1,400 acres.  90% contained.  11 personnel.   3 engines.  $660,000 CTD.*

O RO RANCH FIRE. NEW!  This wildfire was reported on June 23,2017, around 0700 hours.  It is currently burning in grass and timber and is located on private land owned by the O RO Ranch, which is 25 miles from Bagdad. The Arizona DOF and Fire Management in cooperation with the land owner is providing resources to maintain fire near existing acreage. There is 30 personnel. Minimal smoke is visible from this fire. No structures are at risk.  159 acres have been scorched and have a zero % containment status.*

R14 FIRE.   Fort Apache Agency, BIA. 3 miles S of Cedar Creek. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  749 acres. 90% contained.  118 personnel.  5 crews.  1 engine.  $400,000 CTD.*

SADDLE FIRE.  NEW!  Packsaddle Mountain.  Dispatched @ 1510 hours.  IC in place 2 2000 hours. Resources on-scene.  1500 acres.  0% contained. Tucson Dispatch Center.*

TRAMWAY #11 FIRE.  NEW! Tramway Track.  Fire resources dispatched @ 1910 hours.  Via Flagstaff Dispatch Center.*

TURKEY FIRE.  NEW! Approximately 35 miles N of Douglas and Turkey Creek and Chircahua Mountains.  Started 6/24/2017 @ 1530 hours. Lightning ignited. 100 personnel. 50 acres.  Grass and brush.  Structures are about .25 acres from fire.*

NEW MEXICO

BONITA FIRE.  Carson, NF. IMT 2 (Bales). 16 miles NE of Canjilon. Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior with backing and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.   7,426 acres.  81% contained.  315 personnel.  6 crews.  8 engines.  3 helicopters.  $3.9 Million CTD.*

Fire Fact:  Illegal drone spotted on the Bonita Fire, aircraft grounded on Friday, June 23, 2017. #NoDronesInFireZones

Helicopter safety briefing

Cajete Fire. A helicopter briefing training session where it is necessary for safety of its firefighters. (Credit: Dana Wilson/BLM Colorado)

CAJETE FIRE.   Santa Fe, NF.  8 miles NE of Jemez Springs. Timber and medium logging slash. No new info.   1,412 acres.  96% contained.  258 personnel.  5 crews.  5 engines. 4 helicopters.  $4.2 Million CTD.*

GRIFFITH FIRE.   Las Vegas District, New Mexico State Forestry. 2 miles W of Romero. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  5,000 acres.  96% contained.  9 personnel.  3 engines.  $6,000 CTD.*

HIGHLAND FIRE.   Bernalillo District, New Mexico State Forestry.15 miles NE of Encino, NM. Short grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single tree torching.  927 acres.  85% contained.  83 personnel.  3 crews.  7 engines.  $150,000 CTD.*

ROUND FIRE.   Gila, NF. Previously reported incident.  16 miles W of Winston. Timber and short grass.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and torching. Last report.  7,200 acres.  0% contained.  103 personnel.  4 engines.  $941,000 CTD.*

SEVEN FIRE. NEW!  This wildfire burning is on National Forest System lands in Catron County.  It is about 4 miles East of the Negrito Fire Base. Started June 22, 2017 from an unknown cause. Estimation is approximately 1,189 acres with a 0% containment status.  38 personnel.   Minimal fire behavior with creeping and medium to low fire conditions. Weather conditions predicted over the fire area will be an increase in moisture, primarily relative humidity with a cooling trend of 10-15 degrees cooler today.  There is a 50% chance of rain over the fire area.

NORTHWEST AREA

WASHINGTON

Fire Fact:  On June 23, 2017, the warm weather outlook pushed fire danger ratings up due to hot, dry and windy conditions in Washington State. (Map courtesy of WA DNR)

OREGON

RHOADES CANYON 0301 RN FIRE.   Prineville District, BLM. 3 miles E of Clarno. Brush and short grass.   Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven and uphill runs. Structures threatened.    14,000 acres. 50% containment. 99 personnel. 4 crews. 7 engines. 3 helicopters. $450,000 CTD.

IDAHO

CHAPARRAL FIRE.  NEW!  Wilderness Ranch and Chaparral.  0.75 acres. Resource SE625 dispatched @ 1730 hours.. Boise Interagency Dispatch Center.*

COLE FIRE.  NEW!  Cole Ten Mile Creek.  Boise Interagency Dispatch Center.  Resources BC30 , INV1, E1415, E1421, E1422, WT1931 dispatched @ 1856 hours. *

RA 1 CANYON FIRE.  NEW!  Dispatched @ 1659 hours. 7 acres.  Resources E1411 and E1412 dispatched.*

CALIFORNIA

Southern California saw 20 new wildfires since Friday, June 23, 2017, with 3 still not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT is only committed in this area.

BISHOP FIRE.  NEW!  North of Davis Creek.  Modoc Interagency Communications Center.  Dispatched @ 1651 hours.  Grass, brush and  juniper.  BC31 on-scene.  8.28 acres.*

BRUSH FIRE.  NEW!  2598 Kanan Road X Triunfo Canyon Road X Sierra Creek Road.  Dispatched @ 1915 hours. *

BRUSH FIRE. NEW!  Kristen Lee Drive X Yellowwood Drive.  Angeles National  Forest.  Dispatched @ 1407 hours. *

CREEK FIRE.  CAL Fire – Fresno County. Off Los Gatos Creek Rd, west of Derrick.  357 acres. 40% contained.*

HOLCOMB FIRE.   San Bernardino, NF. IMT 2 (Kelly). 3 miles NE  of Big Bear.  Brush,

Helicopter on it's way to make a drop with water

Holcomb Fire. You can easily see the fire inferno down below as a helicopter goes to make a water drop. (Credit: RS Vacations via Inciweb)

short grass and  timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened. Area and trail closures in  effect.   1,582 acres. 75% contained.  1,163 personnel.  27 crews. 64 engines.  $5.2 Million CTD.*

INYO FIRE.  NEW!  Owens Valley Interagency Communications Center.  Inyo  Craters.  Resources dispatched @ 1406 hours.*

LAKESHORE FIRE.  NEW!  Modoc Interagency Communications Center.  Resources dispatched @ 1719 hours. BC on-scene @ 2214 hours.*

UNNAMED WILDFIRE.  NEW!  Los Padres National Forest.  South Coast Ridge Road X Naciemento Ferguson Road.  Resources dispatched @ 1243 hours.*

Fire Images (unless specifically noted) are Courtesy of Inciweb.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

U.S. Active Wildfires | June 24, 2017

National Fire News

According to the National Interagency Incident Coordination Center, nationally there were 96 new wildfires and 4 of those being new large incidents.  There were 3 large fires that were contained.  There are still 17 uncontained wildfires.

There are 3 Type 1 IMTs and 5 Type 2 IMTS committed.

GREAT BASIN AREA

There were 16 fires reported in this area since yesterday.  Of the 16 incidents, 2 were new large fires with 4 of those fires being not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT and 1 Type 2 IMTs are committed.

NEVADA

Red Springs Fire

Red Springs Fire. Devastation to an area where wildfire has burned.

HUNTER CREEK FIRE.  NEW! Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.  Near the Michael D. Thompson Trailhead in the Hunter Creek area west of Reno.  On 2100 on Thursday, June 22, the Hunter Creek Fire transitioned from a unified command (TMFPD /Reno Fire Department/Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest) to a single U.S. Forest Service Type 3 organization. Grass, sage and brush. 24 acres. 65% contained.  4 hand crews, 2 engines, and 3 overhead on the fire.

Hunter Creek Fire 06/23/17

Hunter Creek Fire. Crews heading out. (Credit: John Gaffney)

RED SPRINGS FIRE.   Elko District, BLM. 5 miles NW of Jiggs. Brush, timber and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering, group and single tree torching.  4,598 acres.  95% contained.  217 personnel.  7 crews.  9 engines.  1 helicopter.  $477,000 CTD.

SPANISH FIRE.   NEW!  Winnemucca District, BLM.  19 miles NE of Winnemucca, NV.  Tall grass and brush. Active fire behavior with backing and running.  300 acres. 40% contained.  73 personnel.  1 crews.  4 engines.  1 helicopter.  $40,000 CTD.

UTAH

BRIANHEAD FIRE.   Southwest Area, Utah DOF. IMT 1 (Martin) and IMT 2 (Roide). 1

Smoke Plume view from Parowan

A smoke plume view from the ICP.

mile N of Brian Head.  Timber and heavy logging slash. Extreme fire behavior with crowning, group torching and long-range spotting.  Numerous residences threatened. Evacuations, road, area and trail closures in effect.  37,560 acres.  5% contained.  836 personnel.  23 crews.  40 engines.  9 helicopters.  25 structures lost.  $5.7 Million CTD.

LINCOLN BEACH FIRE.  NEW!   Northwest Area, Utah DOF. 4 miles NW of West Mountain. Short grass.  Active fire behavior with running and backing. Residences threatened. 2,252 acres.  50% contained.  0 resources.  $200,000 CTD.

Shepard Fire. (Credit: South Davis Metro FD)

SHEPARD FIRE. NEW!  1500 N Compton, Farmington.  Start 6/23/2017.  Unknown cause.  130 acres. 20% containment.  Minimal smoke can been.

A drone has been spotted flying over the Shepard Fire. Due to drone activity, all fire suppression aircraft will be forced to land and remain until the airspace is cleared.  #NoDronesInFireZones  It is completely illegal and drone operators may be pay the consequences if caught.  Some have been known to have their drone and all other equipment confiscated by Law Enforcement officials or even shot down by ground fire resources.

SOUTHWEST AREA

As of today’s report, there were 12 new wildfires reported with 2 of them being new large incidents and 9 uncontained fires.  There are 2 Type 1 IMT’s  and 3 Type 2 IMT’s committed in this area.

ARIZONA

Fire Fact:  Arizona Gov. Ducey declared state of emergency to get additional funds to fight all wildfires.

BAR X FIRE. NEW! Coronado, NF. 10 miles SE of Fort Grant. Tall grass and brush. Active fire behavior with creeping. Residences threatened. 1st/Last report.  2,465 acres. 52% contained.  0 resources.  $225,000 CTD.

BOUNDARY FIRE.   Coconino, NF. IMT 2 (Andrews). 12 miles N of Bellemont. Timber, short grass and heavy logging slash. Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching. Residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.  13,964 acres.  80% contained.  332 personnel.  5 crews.  13 engines.  4 helicopters.  $7.2 Million CTD.

Encino Fire

Encino Fire. Night operations continue showing an array of extreme fire behavior.

ENCINO FIRE.  Southeast District, Arizona DOF. 2 miles S of Sonoita, AZ. Tall grass and brush. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened.  1,289 acres. 95% contained.  30 personnel.  1 crew.  2 engines.  6 structures lost.  $160,000 CTD.

FREEZE 2 FIRE.  San Carlos Agency, BIA. Previously reported incident. 27 miles SW of Whitewater. Timber and short grass. Minimal fire behavior.  2,832 acres.  70% contained.  11 personnel.  1 helicopter.  $4.4 Million CTD.

FRYE FIRE.   Coronado, NF. IMT 1 (Poncin) and IMT 2 (Sinclair). 9 miles W of Swift Trail

Fire Fact:  78% of firefighters tested at spike camp on Frye fire had strep throat. 

Fire Sprinkler Installation in Turkey Flat

Fire sprinkler installation in Turkey Flat.

Junction.  Lightning caused.  Timber,  brush and chaparral. Extreme fire behavior with spotting, wind- driven and uphill runs. Numerous residences area threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.    29,424 acres. 29% contained.  814 personnel.  20 crews.  20 engines.  10 helicopters.  1 structure lost. $8 Million CTD.

MAGGIE FIRE.   Phoenix District Office, BLM.  6 miles N of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Last report.  1,400 acres.  90% contained.  11 personnel.   3 engines.  $660,000 CTD.

R14 FIRE.   Fort Apache Agency, BIA. 3 miles S of Cedar Creek. Timber. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  749 acres. 90% contained.  118 personnel.  5 crews.  1 engine.  $400,000 CTD.

NEW MEXICO

BONITA FIRE.  Carson, NF. IMT 2 (Bales). 16 miles NE of Canjilon. Timber, brush and short grass.  Minimal fire behavior with backing and smoldering. Numerous residences threatened. Road, area and trail closures in effect.   7,426 acres.  81% contained.  315 personnel.  6 crews.  8 engines.  3 helicopters.  $3.9 Million CTD.

Fire Fact:  Illegal drone spotted on the Bonita Fire, aircraft grounded on Friday, June 23, 2017. #NoDronesInFireZones

Helicopter safety briefing

Cajete Fire. A helicopter briefing training session where it is necessary for safety of its firefighters. (Credit: Dana Wilson/BLM Colorado)

CAJETE FIRE.   Santa Fe, NF.  8 miles NE of Jemez Springs. Timber and medium logging slash. No new info.   1,412 acres.  96% contained.  258 personnel.  5 crews.  5 engines. 4 helicopters.  $4.2 Million CTD.

GRIFFITH FIRE. NEW!  Las Vegas District, New Mexico State Forestry. 2 miles W of Romero. Chaparral and tall grass. Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.  5,000 acres.  96% contained.  9 personnel.  3 engines.  $6,000 CTD.

HIGHLAND FIRE.   Bernalillo District, New Mexico State Forestry.15 miles NE of Encino, NM. Short grass and brush. Moderate fire behavior with smoldering, creeping and single tree torching.  927 acres.  85% contained.  83 personnel.  3 crews.  7 engines.  $150,000 CTD.

ROUND FIRE.   Gila, NF. Previously reported incident.  16 miles W of Winston. Timber and short grass.  Moderate fire behavior with flanking, backing and torching. Last report.  7,200 acres.  0% contained.  103 personnel.  4 engines.  $941,000 CTD.

NORTHWEST AREA

WASHINGTON

Fire Fact:  On June 23, 2017, the warm weather outlook pushed fire danger ratings up due to hot, dry and windy conditions in Washington State. (Map courtesy of WA DNR)

OREGON

RHOADES CANYON 0301 RN FIRE.   Prineville District, BLM. 3 miles E of Clarno. Brush and short grass.   Extreme fire behavior with wind-driven and uphill runs. Structures threatened.    14,000 acres. 50% containment. 99 personnel. 4 crews. 7 engines. 3 helicopters. $450,000 CTD.

IDAHO

No current wildfires burning.

CALIFORNIA

Southern California saw 20 new wildfires since Friday, June 23, 2017, with 3 still not contained.  1 Type 1 IMT is only committed in this area.

CREEK FIRE.  CAL Fire – Fresno County. Off Los Gatos Creek Rd, west of Derrick.  200 acres.  20% contained.

Row of trucks parked at bottom of a steep hill

Highway Fire apparatus parked at the bottom of very steep and rugged terrain.

HIGHWAY FIRE.  Sequoia, NF. Transfer of command from IMT 2 (Mills) back to the local unit occurred yesterday. 5 miles SW of Bodfish.  Tall grass. Minimal fire behavior.  1,522 acres.  95% contained.  57 personnel.  1 crew.  4 helicopters.  $3 Million CTD.

HOLCOMB FIRE.   San Bernardino, NF. IMT 2 (Kelly). 3 miles NE  of Big Bear.  Brush,

Helicopter on it's way to make a drop with water

Holcomb Fire. You can easily see the fire inferno down below as a helicopter goes to make a water drop. (Credit: RS Vacations via Inciweb)

short grass and  timber. Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. Residences threatened. Area and trail closures in  effect.   1,582 acres. 75% contained.  1,163 personnel.  27 crews. 64 engines.  $5.2 Million CTD.

Alert!  Southern CA Edison will be conducting repair to their lines that deliver power to the Big Bear Valley area.  The estimated outage will be from 0900 – 1300 hours in order to safely complete repairs.  For more info, go to their website at : http://www.bves.com.

Lake Fire. This was in its early stages. As you can see, fire is going to spread pretty rapidly. (Credit: LACoFD)

 

LAKE FIRE.  Angeles, NF. 1 mile NE of Castaic. Chaparral and tall grass.  800 acres.  98% contained. 48 personnel.  1 crew. 1 engine. 1 helicopter. $800,000 CTD.

Fire Images (unless specifically noted) are Courtesy of Inciweb.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog

ARIZONA WILDFIRES | JUNE 23 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA

 

#3 RAIN FIRE – NEW!

This wildfire is on the Kaibab National Forest and about 5 miles SW of Tusayan.  Fire fuels include timber with active fire behavior.

There are 80 personnel along with 3 crews, 3 engine and 1 helicopter assigned.  $40,000 is the total for suppression costs-to-date.*

303 FIRE

The 303 Fire is located 4 miles North of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area and South of the Carefree Highway, near the Intersection of I17 and Loop 303.  Fire fuels include hot and dry brush. This fire was ignited June 22nd @ 1400 hours.

1,150 acres. 0% contained.  There are 107 personnel. 3 crews. 5 engines. 2 helicopters.*

ANTELOPE VALLEY FIRE – NEW!

Per Arizona’s Dispatch Center, this wildfire was reported on Highway 89 A at mile marker 526.  Resources were dispatched at 1726 hours.  Limited fire details.*

BONI FIRE – NEW!

The Boni Fire was reported burning at the Gilson Wash today, dispatching resources at 1202 hours.  1 acre was destroyed.*

BOUNDARY FIRE – 12 miles North of Bellemont.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching.  Structures are still being threatened.

There are 13,464 acres burned with an 80% containment status.  332 personnel along with 5 crews, 13 engines and 4 helicopters are assigned to this incident.

Suppression costs today to date are $6.6 Million.*

BULL PEN FIRE – NEW!

The Bull Pen fire had fire resources dispatched at the crack of dawn.  Well, okay…kinda sorta.  This wildfire prompted Dispatch to send Coconino NF and RRRD fire crews out at 0005 hours to the Bull Pen Pit, where RRRD contained the fire to 16.5 acres.*

ENCINO FIRE

The Encino Fire is located 2 miles S of Sonoita, in the SE District and under management of the AZ Dept. of Forestry area.  Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running and spotting.  Structures are currently being threatened.   There are 1,289 acres with a 75% containment status alongside 137 personnel, 2 crews, 21 engines, 0 helicopters.

5 structures lost.*

FLAT FIRE – NEW!

Per Arizona’s CAD system, the fire is located NW of Hondah Casino where 0.06 acres of grass has been burned. Fire resources were dispatached at 1123 hours.*

FRYE FIRE –  Coronado NF. 9 miles West of Swift Trail Junction.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and creeping. Structures being threatened.

Earlier Friday morning, there had been 17,833 acres scorched with a 10% containment but by this evening, more acreage had been burned bringing the total to 21,335.  There are 842 personnel assigned along with 21 crews, 33 engines and 7 helicopters.

Total fire suppression and containment costs have reached a total of $6.7 Million.*

June 19 Water drops over the fire, view from La Cienega area.

Highline Photo (Courtesy: Inciweb)

HIGHLINE FIRE

This wildfire is located on the Tonto NF, about  8 miles North of Payson.  Fire behavior is minimal with creeping and smoldering.    Friday’s evening update is showing a total of 7,198 acres destroyed with a 92% containment status. 421 personnel are still assigned along with 5 crews, 15 engines and 3 helicopters.

Total suppression costs are $14.4 Million.* Note: This is the last update for this wildfire.*

Fire Wrapped Cabin

Fire wrapped cabin. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

LAVA FIRE – NEW!

The Lava Fire resources were dispatched on Friday around 1320 hours to a wildfire burning on US 93 and mile marker 148.  10.75 acres were destroyed.  Limited fire information.*

LEE FIRE – NEW!

The Lee Fire is located in McNary, where 0.1 acres of pine litter have been destroyed. Fire crews responded at 0923 hours.*

MAGGIE FIRE – Phoenix District Office.  BLM.  6 miles North of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  There are 1,400 acres scorched with a 90% containment status.  11 personnel are on-scene with 3 engines.

Total cost-to-date is $660,000.*

ORO RANCH FIRE – NEW!

The Oro Ranch Fire began earlier Friday morning around 0651.  It was located at the Oro Ranch and Baca Float.  Limited fire information.*

RAIN FIRE – 5 miles SW of Tusayan

The Rain Fire is  located SW of the Grand Canyon airport on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.  The started  on June 21, 2017 around noon from an unknown human cause that is currently under investigation.

This photo was taken from the Red Butte Lookout, and it shows the Rain Fire on June 21.

Photo taken from the Red Butte Lookout. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire fuels include pinyon-juniper woodlands. 154 acres. 80% contained.  Fire conditions are hot, dry and windy.  Firefighters are in mop up operations.

80 personnel.  3 crews.  3 engines.  1 helicopter.   A small amount of smoke is visible from the Red Butte Lookout.*

RIDGETOP FIRE – NEW!

The Ridgetop Fire was reported as burning on Highway 260 and mile marker 285.  Per their CAD system, fire resources were dispatched at 1417 hours. 0.2 acres of grass were consumed. Limited fire information.*

TRAIL #3 FIRE – NEW!

Per Arizona’s CAD system, fire resources were dispatched around 1051 hours to 301 – 9018 N for a wildland fire.  FRD has lined this fire.*

Photo of active fire burning after a drip torch operation to prevent spread of fire; photo provided by Hawk Thul

Maggie Fire (Credit: Hawk Thul via Inciweb)

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ALASKA WILDFIRES | JUNE 22 2017

STATE OF ALASKA

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EAST FORK WILDFIRE | 15 miles NE of Soldotna

Incident Summary

The East Fork Wildfire was ignited by lightning on June 15, 2017, around 1825 hours.  It is burning on the Kenai Wildlife Refuge and at the East Fork of Moose River of a limited suppression area.

The fires column at initial attack

Fire column showing with an initial attack in progress. (Courtesy: Inciweb)

Fire Fuels

Fire fuels include black spruce and hardwoods.

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The fire has scorched 1016 acres as of June 23, 2017, but fire behavior is considered to be minimal and smoldering.  Though there has been no rain over the fire, it has been cool positive RH.

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ARIZONA WILDFIRES | JUNE 22 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA

Fire Facts:  The majority of wildfires are burning in both Arizona and New Mexico.  As of today’s date, there have been 27,943 wildfires in the United States with 2,577,417 acres destroyed versus 2016’s 23,862 fires and 1,969,965 acres.

And, things are beginning to dry out even more.  Furthermore, lightning strikes are igniting many of the wildfires while some are human-caused.

303 FIRE (NEW!) – 4 miles North of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area.

This wildfire is South of the Carefree Highway and North of the Phoenix Sonoran Preserve near the Intersection of I17 & Loop 303.  Fire fuels include hot and dry brush. This fire was ignited today @ 1400 hours.

1,150 acres. 0% contained.

BOUNDARY FIRE – 12 miles North of Bellemont.

Moderate fire behavior with backing, flanking and torching.  10,344 acres. 42% contained.  Structures threatened.

ENCINO FIRE – 2 miles S of Sonoita

The Encino Fire is located in SE District in the AZ Dept. of Forestry area.  Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running and spotting.  Structures are currently being threatened.   1,289 acres. 60% contained.   5 structures have been lost.   293 personnel.  6 crews. 39 engines. 3 helicopters.

$13.2 Million CTD.

FRYE FIRE –  Coronado NF. 9 miles West of Swift Trail Junction.

Moderate fire behavior with single-tree torching, backing and creeping. Structures being threatened.   17,833 acres. 10% contained. 831 personnel. 21 crews.  36 engines. 7 helicopters.

$5.8 Million CTD.

June 19 Water drops over the fire, view from La Cienega area.

Highline Photo (Courtesy: Inciweb)

FREEZE 2 FIRE – San Carlos Agency. BIA. 2,832 acres. 70% contained. 110 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. $4.4 Million CTD.**

HIGHLINE FIRE – Tonto NF.  8 miles North of Payson.

Minimum fire behavior with creeping and smoldering.   6,840 acres. 92% contained. 608 personnel. 8 crews. 35 engines. 5 helos.

$13.2 Million CTD.

MAGGIE FIRE – Phoenix District Office.  BLM.  6 miles North of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with 90% containment.  11 personnel.  3 engines.

$660,000 CTD.

R-14 FIRE – Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  3 miles South of Cedar Creek. Timber.  Human-caused and is under investigation.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering.

750 acres. 80% containment. 120 personnel. 5 crews. 1 engine.

$400,000 CTD.

RAIN FIRE (NEW!) – 5 miles SW of Tusayan

The Rain Fire is a newly reported fire that is located SW of the Grand Canyon airport on the Tusayan Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.  The started today from an unknown cause.  Fire fuels include pinyon-juniper woodlands.

154 acres. 40% contained. 80 personnel. 1 helicopter. 3 engines. 1 dozer and 2 crew.

Smoke can be seen from the Grand Canyon National Park, Highway 164 and the town of Tusayan.  Firefighters will hold the fire line and continue with mop-up operations.

SNAKE RIDGE FIRE – 9 miles NW of Clintswell (previously reported)

The Snake Ridge Fire is burning in a remote area on the Coconino National Forest, about 9 miles NW of Clintswell and about 10 miles SW of Happy Jack.  The fire was caused by lightning, called in by the Baker Butte Lookout on May 19, 2017.

15,333 acres. 100% contained.  IMT 4. 20 personnel.

Photo of active fire burning after a drip torch operation to prevent spread of fire; photo provided by Hawk Thul

Maggie Fire (Credit: Hawk Thul via Inciweb)

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NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | JUNE 22 2017

WASHINGTON STATE

SHORT ROUND FIRE

Spokane County.  Dragoon Creek.  Resources dispatched @ 1604 hours.  Arrived on-scene @ 1616 hours.  (per CAD)

HAYFORD FIRE

Spokane County.  Hayford Road. Resources dispatched @ 1338 hours.  1830 hours, fire controlled.

IDAHO

No wildfires reported.

OREGON

No wildfires reported.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/22/2017 0845 Hours PDT

NORTHWEST WILDFIRES | JUNE 21 2017

WASHINGTON STATE

Unnamed DNR Fire – 1miles West of Yakima, Washington

Off of Slaven Road.  25 acres. 3 engines. 1 helicopter.

LA Allen Fire – Stevens County – Blue Mtn. .36 acres of grass, brush, slash, pine.  Dispatched @ 1035 hours. Resources @ 1205 hours.

Elk Ford Fire – Spokane County – Chattaroy.  Grass and logging. Control @ 1048 hours.

Yellow Pine Fire – Stevens County. .25 acres. Resources dispatched @ 1529 hours.

Joe Bower Road Fire – 8 miles NW of Starbuck. Active Fire behavior. Grass fire fuel. 51 acres. 95% contained. 41 personnel. 16 engines. $1,000 CTD. Washington State Fire Marshal.

IDAHO

Idahome Fire – I-84 Milemarker 232, near Malta Rest area in Idaho. Dispatched @ 1120. Controlled 1330 hours. Contained @ 1430 hours. Grass and brush. 5.1 acres.

Sawdust Fire – Dispatched @ 1510 hours. Controlled fire. 0.1 acres.

Portheuf Road Fire – South Pocatello, ID. Resources dispatched @ 1649 hours. 0.25 acres.

OREGON

Milepost 13 Fire – South of Adams.  Resources dispatched @ 1311 hours.  0.5 acres.  0% contained. Active fire behavior with wind-driven runs, spotting, single tree torching and structures threatened.

Rhoades Canyon Fire – 3 miles East of Gamo. 0301 resources dispatched. Brush.  60 personnel. 3 crews. 8 helicopters. 8 helicopters. $15,000 CTD. BLM lands.

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 6/21/2017 2022 PDT

ARIZONA WILDFIRES | June 20 2017

STATE OF ARIZONA

Due to the high volume of wildfires, we are combining all incidents into one single post for each State.  If the fire is new and has considerably high amounts of fire activity, we will post it separately and add it later to this list.

HIGHLINE FIRE – Tonto NF.  8 miles North of Payson.  6,634 acres. 76% contained. 1,181 personnel. 27 crews. 66 engines. 7 helicopters. Moderate Fire behavior with backing, creeping and smoldering. $10.9 Million CTD.**

June 19 Water drops over the fire, view from La Cienega area.

Highline Photo (Courtesy: Inciweb)

FRYE FIRE –  Coronado NF. 9 miles West of Swift Trail Junction.  10,896 acres. 16%

Aerial view of the Frye Fire column

Frye Fire (Courtesy: Inciweb)

contained. 738 personnel. 22 crews. 25 engines. 7 helicopters. Active fire behavior with uphill runs, flanking and group torching. Structures are under direct threat. $3.8 Million CTD.**

BOUNDARY FIRE – 12 miles North of Bellemont. 8,213 acres. 30% contained.  381 personnel. 6 crews. 14 engines. 4 helicopters. Moderate fire behavior with flanking, torching and backing.  Structures under threat. $5.3 Million CTD.**

FREEZE 2 FIRE – San Carlos Agency. BIA. 2,832 acres. 70% contained. 110 personnel. 2 crews. 3 engines. $4.4 Million CTD.**

R-14 FIRE – Fort Apache Agency. BIA.  3 miles South of Cedar Creek. Timber.  Human-caused and is under investigation. Minimal fire behavior.  829 acres. 146 personnel. 4 crews. 8 engines. 2 helicopters. $350,000 CTD.**

MAGGIE FIRE – Phoenix District Office.  BLM.  6 miles North of Black Canyon City. Tall grass, brush and timber.  Minimal fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. $500,000 CTD.**

Photo of active fire burning after a drip torch operation to prevent spread of fire; photo provided by Hawk Thul

Maggie Fire (Credit: Hawk Thul via Inciweb)

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